Painting your own nails can seem like more of a daunting task than simple beauty upkeep, especially when you get bored with plain, solid colors. Not all of us are blessed with the artistic skills or a steady enough hand to create time-consuming nail art—and even if you are, who has the patience? Luckily for the busy, lazy, and/or shaky-handed girl on the go, today’s advances in nail lacquer allow for some super cool effects in the form of easy-to-apply topcoats. A far cry from boring, these will bring your basic flat colors to life in a salon-status manicure in minutes.
Whether layered over a solid color or applied directly to bare nails, we rounded up the best topcoats out there to give your nails extra shine, texture, and cool factor. From heavy-duty glitter to opalescent sheens, to sprinkle-like colorful particles, click through the gallery to see our top 12 picks.
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