NYC In a New York Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish in Grand Central Station
(retail: $1.99, 0.33 oz)
So here's the deal: This product is not technically a top coat, although many people use it as one. I first heard about using this as top coat from YOU, and I seriously wish I could hug each and every person who has mentioned this product to me over the past year or so....it's a game-changer for both me and my mom (more about that in a minute).
The brush is flat and wide, but not as wide as a Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure or Insta-Dri brush.
When I bought my first bottle of Grand Central Station, I actually gave it to my mom to try first. My mom is 73 and she became a nail polish fanatic later in life (thanks to her daughter!) and now she LOVES rocking glitter manis, which I think is absolutely adorable. Anyway, I visited her about two weeks after I gave her this polish, and I couldn't believe what I saw. After two weeks of rocking a thick, glitter-dense manicure, there was NO peeling or chipping. She said that about every three days, she just applied another coat of NYC Grand Central Station and two weeks later, her nails were still shiny and perfect. And this is woman who is HARD on her nails. She's old-school and uses bleach for cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, she gardens daily, and her manicures never last more than a few days before there's serious chipping.
And now, on to my own personal experience. If you'll recall, I did my Sinful Colors Glitter Gradient manicure on Sunday night (10/19) and posted pics of it on Monday (10/20). Today is Thursday (10/24) and here's what my manicure looks like (picture taken just moments ago):
Two coats of NYC Grand Central Station were applied over this manicure
(no base coat)
I've used Grand Central Station over just about every type of polish finish you can think of and, for me personally, it works every time--even when I don't apply a base coat first. Granted, top coats work differently for EVERYONE (so much depends on body chemistry, what other polishes you're using in conjunction with your top coat, how rough you are on your nails, etc.) but for $1.19 this week at CVS and Rite Aid, or even for $1.99 at full price, it's worth a shot, right?
For me, the key is to apply two coats over your manicure (wait a few minutes for the first coat to dry before applying the second). And if you want your manicure to last more than three or four days, I suggest applying another coat of Grand Central Station every 2-3 days until you're ready to remove your manicure.
Don't get me wrong, I still love Seche Vite, Gelous, Out the Door and other great top coats, but factoring in price, availability and performance, NYC Grand Central Station is my new Holy Grail top coat. And I have YOU to thank for that!
Do you use NYC Grand Central Station? If so, I'd love to hear from you!
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