…that got your attention didn’t it?
I’ve been using the Lumos High Speed Top Coat (and base coat) for a few months now, it’s a product that I hadn’t heard much about before. It’s not cheap but I’m confident that you’re going to need it.
To be honest with you, it’s been *killing* me that I haven’t been able to blog about this sooner but I wanted to make absolutely sure that I didn’t go ahead and rave about this top coat only to watch it go the same way as my numerous bottles of Seche Vite a few months down the line – i.e. gloopy and unusable.
The Lumos High Speed Top Coat hails from a company called Famous Names LLC and a little bit of digging reveals that this company is owned by none other than Jim and Linda Nordstrom of Creative Nail Design fame. These are people who quite frankly, know what they’re doing when it comes to nails.
So… why do you need it?
Because it appears to be the top coat we’ve all been waiting for.
~ It dries solidly in a couple of minutes… touchproof, smudgeproof. It’s equally as good as Seche Vite in providing a quick-dry finish.
~ It applies effortlessly, floating over the nail bed without pooling and it doesn’t complain and drag if you need to ‘go over’ it to spread it a little thinner.
~ I haven’t noticed any shrinkage or colour change to my polish after application.
~ It doesn’t go gloopy after a couple of months (3 months of frequent use, still perfect).
~ It seems to last and last and last!
How about some cons to even things up a bit?
Well.. it’s a bit expensive at around £10/£11 a bottle… but considering the image above shows 3 months usage (yes, really – there’s barely a dent in it!), I think it still represents great value for money.
I’ve also been using the Lumos Instant Impact Bottom Coat which promises to increase polish longevity but in all honesty, I’m just not the best placed to comment on its effectiveness simply because I don’t suffer from chips and I rarely want to wear my polishes for longer than 4/5 days at most anyway. I can say that I haven’t experienced nail staining from my blue polishes (a.k.a smurf nails) since using this, so on that score – it’s a good base coat.
The UK distributor for LUMOS are Sweet Squared, a professional-only distributor. I bought my duo set from eBay in January (£19.50 for both) but a quick google search also reveals a few other stockists that will sell directly to consumers.