After reading the awful article in the NY Times about nail salons, I decided to try and paint my own nails regularly. My nails look almost professional with this base and top coat. You don't need much and it truly extends the life of your manicure. The top coat also makes your nails look shiny and fresh. I noticed that the top coat does come off when I'm cleaning a lot, but I simply reapply. Lastly, this duo dries quickly which is a godsend for someone (like me!) who always messes up the paint soon after application. A bit pricey but totally worth it and the bottles will last a long time!