If you’re anything like me, you love products that help make your life easier and add to something you enjoy doing. Essie’s Gel•Setter does both for me. I love having my nails painted and I love being the one to paint them. Who am I kidding, I would love to be able to afford a shellac manicure every other week but we just don’t have the money and I don’t have the time to get away even if we did. If we ever win the lottery, I would definitely make sure I get a weekly manicure, that’s a promise!  

Look at all shine!
 But because I’m my own manicurist, I love finding products that make the process easier and quicker. My husband (thanks to my hinting) got me Essie’s Gel•Setter top coat for Christmas and I was really surprised he found it (he says without helpfrom anyone at the store!). I have used it several times and I don’t think I will ever use another top coat. It goes on so smooth with no bubbles and so much shine! I’ve used a lot of different top coats in hopes of finding one that I really love but never managed to find until Essie’s Gel•Setter. I need my nail polish to stay on through all dishes I wash, the  baths I give my toddler, showers (that I rarely get) and not to mention all of the hand washing and amount of Purell I use during the winter. Although it doesn’t say it’s a rapid dry top coat, it actuall dries really fast which is absolutely necessary with a toddler running around.  
They look fabulous even on day 4! I forgot to take a picture before taking the color off on day 7-8.
As for the length of time it lasts without chipping, I must say it does not last 2 weeks, even when applying 2 coats. I really don’t think you’re going to find an at-home product that is going to last 2 weeks. You’re going to have to go to the salon for that. But I’m okay with a little over a week like my manicures have lasted. I get bored easily and by day 7-8, I’m itching to change my color. I give this product 2 thumbs up! You can find it at Walgreens and Target. At $10 a bottle, it’s well worth it and will last you months. Here are some links to purchase online:

Essie Gel•Setter from Amazon – $10
Essie Gel•Setter from Target – $9.99
Essie Gel•Setter from Kohls – $10

– Casey 

PS – you can use any brand of nail polish color, not just Essie brand!