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Set a strong foundation for polish with RUFFIAN Gesso Base Coat.

RUFFIAN

Birchbox Breakdown

Adding a top coat is like frosting a cake—it’s the essential final step that makes everything so much sweeter. The geniuses behind NYC fashion house Ruffian don’t mess around—this top coat dries to a high-gloss finish and keeps polish intact for days (really!). No chips? Now that’s pretty sweet.

How it Works

This long-wearing top coat dries quickly to that hard, glossy finish we crave. Caviar extract is rich in vitamins and amino acids to hydrate and protect nails. A UV filter prevents polish discoloration and nail yellowing.

How to Use

Apply one smooth coat over dry nail polish. Reapply throughout the week for extra shine.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Polish came off within Hours
Purchased

I was really excited to receive my Ruffian Varnish Top Coat because I fell in love with their new line of nail polishes and found them to last for a very long time. However their Top Coat does not seem to be of the same quality. I have given it multiple tries to prove itself and sadly it has failed each time. On my most recent use my polish peeled back completely in a manner of hours. I am not talking about slight chips, I mean the polish came off entirely.
I will still remain loyal to their polishes because the colors are beautiful, long lasting, and the top makes it easy to apply. But I will find a different top coat.

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Disappointing II
Purchased

I bought the entire product set and it chips within a day, expensive mistake, glad the bottles were small. Print is too small and hard to read as well

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Doesn't work
Purchased

This top coat didn't work I used the top and base of the same brand and my nail polish peel right off the next day like sticker

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The top coat I've been looking for for years!
Purchased

I bought this on a whim and it is fantastic! It goes on very evenly and dries super fast. Plus, after a week of my nails being painted, no chips and no peeling!

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I love giving Birchbox as a gift!
Purchased

I've given subscriptions to three different friends—and I have gotten both my mom and aunt to sign up—and they have all loved it. If you ever trade product/beauty advice with friends or family, this is a sure thing. Make sure they fill out their online profile, though, so they get more of the types of samples they like. My mom says she gets too many shimmery shadows and bright lip colors. While she is a beautiful, stylish lady, those are things she just doesn't use at 60!

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Great Stuff
Purchased

I used this with the sample nail polish I got in Octobers box and it works great! my nails lasted about a week, they could've lasted longer I suppose, But I got bored with the color and had to switch up.

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Not very good
Purchased

I purchased the top and base coat after receiving a color sample. First impression was, this is a small bottle. As for the product itself it reminded me of the nail polish you played with when you were little and playing dress up. It peeled right off in a matter of days. At first I thought it was the other polish I was wearing (a thicker glittery kind), but then I tried it with a plain solid color, and same thing it peeled off easily in big chunks. I have used many other top/base coats and never had this happen before.

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nice quality, not perfect.
Purchased

First and foremost, my nail polish has been on for two weeks (and I'm not easy on manicures), and is barely chipped. This topcoat does take a while to dry and is easy to mess up with dents, fingerprints, or random textures off of surfaces you may touch accidentally during that time. It's also not quite as high gloss as I'd hoped for, which could have to do with the previous point, however. To keep my nails going two weeks, I added another coat of top coat after the first week. For the first time in a while, I think I may have to strip them down because I'm bored with the color, not because it's so chipped up it's no longer appropriate for going out in public. As with the other Ruffian nail products I've tried, I do think the design of the cap makes it easier to control, so there's not as much polish that ends up where I didn't want it to.

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Unimpressed
Purchased

I was not pleased with this product. I purchased the clear coat after receiving a sample color in my September box. The clear coat went on very thick and did not dry well.

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Disappointed
Purchased

First off, the size of the bottle is quite small. I was really hoping for more of a shiny impenetrable layer over my polish. While it does have some staying power, it's not as hard or shiny as I would like even though I put on a thick layer. The surface isn't smooth, it's really susceptible to indentations and random texturing. Not good.

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