Battle Of The Top Coats: Dior Style

I never really liked any top coats until I found Dior. My Revlon one didn’t add any shine and the Sally Hansen chipped by the 3rd day. Dior Top Coat is really one of the most underrated top coats ever. Everyone talks about Seche Vite and I’ve tried it (chipped by the 5th day), but I still prefer my Dior. I was recently sent their latest top coat in gel form, so I thought it appropriate to tell you about both the top coats from Dior. Which is better?


battle of the top coats

First, let’s talk about the obvious. The packaging. The regular top coat comes in a clear bottle with white cap. The brush is the flat paddle brush that I love. One stroke and it covers my little pinky. The gel top coat* is also in a clear bottle, with a different cap and brush. The cap is a reflective metal while the brush is the regular flat brush. I don’t find any difficulty in using either, and the brush of the gel top coat* is more flexible. It might be due to the different texture we have to work with.




The regular top coat is clear liquid which is thin and easy to spread. It gives instant shine to any nail polish I wear and it helps minimize the drying time. The gel top coat* however is of a thicker consistency. It takes a little longer to dry (but it’s still fast) and when it does, my nail feels stronger and thicker in a way. My nails feel smoother to touch, and any bumps are evened out. While both top coats perform fantastically on my nails (8 whole days without chipping! With minimal house work >.<), the regular top coat doesn’t last as long. While my nails protected by the gel top coat* stayed perfect, the others started to chip and I could see the wear at the tip of my nails. I find the gel top coat* shinier and it lasts like crazy! Either way, I actually see my nail growth BEFORE there’s any chip on my nails. However, once it chips on my gel top coat, it chips away quite fast after that. But hey, it wears a week and a half on me. It’s CRAZY!!




While I love my Dior Top Coat for fast and easy, careless application, the Dior Gel Top Coat* needs some care in application. If I want perfectly smooth and healthy nails, I’d go for the gel, but if I’m pressed for time and need quick dry time, I’d go for the regular joe. I find it difficult to choose because I love both of them, but if I must, I’d go for the gel. If you haven’t tried either of this, you must! The regular top coat sets you back for RM69 while the gel top coat costs RM75. Expensive? Yes. For the superior quality, totally worth it!


xoxo Lily


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  • Charlotte

    Ahh! I was contemplating whether or not to get this last Saturday. Not sure if I would want to spent RM75 for a top coat, considering the fact that the price of Seche Vite is half of that ><

    • Yeah, but it’s twice as good as Seche Vite. HAHA!

  • i’ve been really curious about gel topcoats lately. nails inc has one for $10 and i’m quite curious about it! thanks for sharing this one 🙂

    • Gel top coats are awesome! This is the only one I’ve ever tried so I’m not sure about the rest. I’m really happy with these 2 that I’ve got though. No wandering eyes there…

  • Claire

    I absolutely agree, Dior is the best, they also have the best nail polish formula (love those nail polishes so much). A cheaper alternative is KIKO gel top coat, not ‘as’ good as the dior one but nearly as good. I have large nailbeds and I don’t bother with so-so nail polishes anymore, Dior ones are fuss-free and that is what I am going for, haha.

    • I’m with you. Why bother with the average when you can get awesome?

  • Oh the gel coat is so totally on my wish list! I’m not 100% sure I’ll grab it yet. I want to try it on first. The problem is I often do my manicure in the wee hours, and the only thing that’s on my mind is getting it done — ASAP! I love the regular Dior Top Coat for that reason. Basically by the time I’m done with my 10th nail the first 5 are already dry. I’m not too sure how much longer the gel coat can make nail polish last on me either. My nails are peeling all over the place again *big sigh* and generally speaking nail polish just doesn’t stay on broken nails… Oh we’ll see. I’ll keep you posted! Thanks for the comparison Lily!

    • Oh I hope you’ll give it a try. I’d love to know how it works on your nails. I’m lucky not to have any problems with my nails but the gel top coat is all sorts of fantastic!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Great article, interesting!

    • Glad you like it!

  • Liz

    I change my manicure often enough that there’s no need for a gel top coat in my stash. But good to know it’s out there for those who like to make their hard efforts last! Heard good things about the regular top coat, but I’m quite happy with OPI RapiDry for now. 🙂

    • I don’t change it unless it’s looking worn. I’m lazy like that. Lol!

  • Haha, that’s crazy! I was very curious about the gel top coat. Does it give your nail a gel-quality look? Like does it appear like a thick glaze on the nails?

    • Yes it does! Makes my nails thicker and evened out any bumps. Crazy awesome, isn’t it? You have to try it!

      • Oh no! Sounds too good. I love that gel finish. Thanks

        • You have to try this, Taylor. I think you’ll love it!

  • Oh, nice! I probably don’t need this at the moment, but it’s nice to hear that it lasts so long.

    • It does… but when you’re looking for a top coat, I hope you’ll give this a try. It’s Amazeballz!