I love how a special top coat can breathe new life into old nail polish hues and effectively double your nail polish collection. Dior usually launches one special top coat in every seasonal limited edition and MAC recently came out with a collection of Transformation top coats. But for a budget-friendly option at the drugstore level, Revlon Transforming Effects Top Coats ($6.49 at London Drugs) are where it's at.
Available in 8 different finishes, the Transforming Effects Top Coats aren't all that impressive on their own. The two shades I received for review—'Pink Glaze' and 'Holographic Pearls'—look like sheer shimmer/holographic nail polishes in the bottle. You'll have to apply them over a darker nail polish to get the full effect.
See what I mean? This is one coat of 'Pink Glaze' over two coats of plain black nail polish. The shimmer glaze pigments change from pink to purple depending on the light, and they're so dense they make the black nail polish look like a dark metallic purple.
Similarly, 'Holographic Pearls' bathes nails in a densely flecked coat of holographic, multi-coloured particles. The particles change colour from red and green to gold and silver depending on the light. The black provides depth as a base colour, but the finish is completely different.
Here are both shades again, in slightly different light this time. So pretty, right? You hardly recognize the creamy black polish underneath; it's merely lending depth to the Transforming Effects Top Coats.
Would you try Revlon's new top coats? (I mean, for the price, why not?)