The Best Drugstore Top Coat: Sally Hansen Diamond Flash

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Sally hansen diamond flash top coat review

After years of using every kind of nail polish under the sun I have found one thing to be true, if you don’t use a good topcoat you’re wasting your time. A good topcoat will add a professional finish to your manicure and make it last longer. If those 2 reasons aren’t enough, check out these 5 more reasons why top coat is essential post. The good news is that you don’t need to search for the best top coat any longer, because the best top coat is available in any drugstore. It’s Sally Hansen Diamond Flash!

Want to know more about this glossy wonder product? Read our full review below!

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Claim: A fast drying, strengthening top coat that helps prevent nails breaking, provides brilliant shine and results in a long lasting manicure.

Reality: Manicure can last up to 5 days chip free with  Sally Hansen Diamond Flash top coat. Yes, it is super shiny and nails literally feel harder with this top coat. The top coat doesn’t shrink like some other top coats do (Seche Vite, we’re looking at you!). The application was super smooth and easy and yes, it dries super quickly. It’s touch dry in 2 minutes and you can walk out of the door in 5-10 minutes after you’ve finished your manicure.

Formula: The formula is 3-free and quite thin. However, the watery consistency allows for thinner coats meaning less of those pesky bubbles you get from thick top coats. After you used about half of the bottle it gets thicker which is quite normal for any polish or top coat.

Verdict: This is hands-down the best topcoat from a drugstore we have ever used. Fast drying and easy to apply, it results in a super glossy, long lasting professional looking manicure and it’s 3-free. The only concern about this top coat is the skinny brush, which makes it hard to get a good amount of coverage. Apart from that, it’s a fantastic product! Half manicures featured on SoNailicious were finished with this top coat and we can personally testify to its awesomeness!

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Availability: 13.3 ml  online – $6.99 US here; in Australia, $13.95 AUS  –  here via Priceline.

Have you tried Sally Hansen Diamond Flash top coat before? What is your favorite drugstore top coat?

Anna Gooden & Maria Vlezko

Photos by Maria Vlezko

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  • Totally agree! I actually prefer this to the thick and gloopy Seche Vite. It dries quickly and the shine is amazing!

    • And… it’s super easy to get – available worldwide! Sally Hansen totally nailed it with this one ;)

  • Is

    It looks too good to be true! I’ve also heard that it can be used over holos without dulling the effect. I might have to try this out… How does it compare to Essie Good To Go, in your opinion? Does it smear nail art? Does it bind the layers of nail art totether like Good To Go? Thanks!

  • Is

    It sounds too good to be true! I also heard that this topcoat can be applied over holos without dulling the effect. How does it compare to Essie Good To Go, in your opinion? I like Good To Go because, while it does everything Diamond Flash can, (I think!) it also doesn’t smear nail art and binds all the layers of nail art together into a single, anti-chipping layer. Which do you prefer? Thanks so much! :)

    • I like both Essie Good To Go and Sally Hansen Diamond Flash. They are very similar but I’ve found that I can use Essie top coat till the last drop. With Sally Hansen, when you get to the last 1/3 of the bottle it gets a bit tricky to use, too thick and can get bubbly. But here in Australia Essie is really expensive $18 per/bottle, while Sally Hansen I can get for $11 or cheaper if there is a special deal or sales.

  • Sally Hansen Diamond Flash looks nice, i agree with you that if you don’t use a good topcoat you’re wasting your time. Its very important to have a good topcoat for professional nail designs.

  • Amanda

    I bought this yesterday, thanks for the recommendation!

  • Thank you for this one! I really am tired with those bubbles spoiling my nail art!
    I am going to get this today !
    Hope this is available in India :)

  • Mani

    Does this topcoat blend colors together when you put it over nail art? Other topcoats I have tried smear the colors together even if my manicure is completely dry to the touch

    • I think the trick is here not to go hard on the brush. Try to pick up a good amount of your top coat and gently, slowly distribute it over your nail without touching nail surface with a brush. x

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