The Best Top Coats to Preserve Your Manicures and Protect Your Nails

Get salon-like finish at home with these top coats that save your manicure and nails from damage.

A good nail top coat is ideal for not just enhancing the longevity of your nail art, but it helps to smoothen the nail surface, concealing any dents and delivering an overall finesse to your manicure. With our busy schedules we often skip the last and perhaps the most important step in our manicures at home—applying a top coat—that provides the much-needed protection to your nail polish and seals it in while maintaining its colour vibrancy. Applying a top coat is a must especially when you are using a glitter nail enamel and it can also help those who have weak nails prone to frequent breakage or chipping as top coats fortify nails and add structural strength to them. So, here are some top coats we recommend for protecting your manicures and keeping them fresh longer. 

For Glossy Finish

O.P.I Protective High-Gloss Top Coat

It perfectly preserves your manicure, adds tonnes of lustre to it, avoids damage to the nail polish, and locks in its colour pigments for an extended wear.


Rule out the possibility of your manicures fading away or chipping just after a few days with this shine boosting top coat. Its unique non-yellowing formula is nail-friendly and does not discolour nails.

For Fragile Nails

Ola! Candy Nail Lacquer Top Coat in Transparent

Adding a smooth final layer to keep your nail art intact and looking perfect, this top coat does not contain any toxins.


Transform your dull nail colour into a glossy, sophisticated one with this strong top coat made with special resins that strengthen your talons. Its quick drying formula protects nails from breakage and its colour lock technology inhibits nail polish from peeling or fading away.

For Flawless Application

Revlon Nail Enamel-Matt Top Coat

Its chip-resistant and mattifying formula is free from harsh chemicals like formaldehyde and toluene and it also comes with a unique double barrel brush for effortless and precise usage.


With streak-free application this top coat promises long-lasting protection with its unique ShadeLock Technology that stops your nail colour from fading away. It glides on smoothly, sans formation of bubbles or any visible brush strokes.

For Two-in-One Benefits

Lakmé 9to5 Primer+Matte Nail Color in Clear

Delivering an instant matte effect, this nail varnish has a chip-proof and long-stay formula, which can be used to increase the longevity of various nail art concepts and designs.

This dual-purpose formulation can be used as a base coat or primer before applying nail enamel to smoothen out uneven or rough nail surface as well as at the end to seal it in.