I like to change out nails often and I don't have time for chipping to repaint nor drying with a life full of 4 boys, a husband and college. So I thought I'd give this a try. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! The base coat is nice and thin but a bit gritty to give awesome adhesion to any color of any brand. I've used drugstore brand to another Lippmann color and they all hold up amazing. Even my hardest-to-dry colors are nearly perfect with the top coat which stays wet just long enough to paint a whole nail, but dries within a minute-2 minutes where I can walk out the door less than 5 minutes after application.
The days of clearing an entire night to wait on base coat, color coat, decorative coat and top coat to dry (and STILL hoping it doesn't smudge) are over. The top coat even holds small gems in place amazingly. It's super hard. I don't use large gems however so I can't speak on those, but flat stickers and tiny gems? Just awesome.