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Perfect Formula Gel Coat

What it is:A clear, protein rich nail coating that strengthens, seals, and protects.What it does:This "Suit of Armor" creates a clear coating that strengthens and hardens natural nails so they can grow beautifully long and strong. This keratin-rich formula can be worn alone or layered over your favorite nail color.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Synthetic Fragrances- Synthetic Dyes- Phthalates- GMOs- TriclosanWhat else you need to know:The owner of one of the largest manufacturers of nail polish formulated Gel Coat to address her own problems with nails that split and broke. She was so pleased with the results that she created the Perfect Formula brand to help other women achieve strong, beautiful nails.
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Questions & Answers for Perfect Formula Gel Coat

Question
Does it make a good top coat?
I am wondering if it helps the polish stay on longer, and not chip, if you use it as a top coat. Let me know, Thanks.
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
shannon217
(nj)
on Gel Coat
12 answers
Answers
answer 1
The directions on the main page say to wear alone or apply over your polish. Then when you click on "How to use" the directions say to wear alone or under your polish! I haven't tried it, and was reading through to make a decision. I thought I'd comment b/c it appears that people are reading one set of directions or the other. My guess is that it doesn't properly work as either base or top coat.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
RB88
(Fort Collins, CO)
answer 2
I would say Why Not? You have nothing to lose in trying it.
It is a protector.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
blondebabe
(Weston, FL.)
answer 3
Yes, will keep your nails stronger and your polish will not chip - This is like getting those 30.00+/every 2 weeks gel nail fillins for much less and it removes easily with acetone nail polish remover.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
kateem
(Nassau County, NY)
answer 4
I think it does. This really is good stuff. I don't always bother posting reviews but I've been impressed with this product, as it has solved a problem that has truly caused me concern as my nails were getting weaker and weaker with every shift I worked at the hospital.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
kathrn
(CollegeTown, Florida)
answer 5
Not good as a top coat, because it makes polish peel and quickly. The product actually suggests using I as a base coat mostly, but even a a base coat it peels off when used with out polishes. By itself it actually seems to work the way it should, less peeling. But my nails still broke, and seemed weaker when the product wasn't on. But it's very shiny! Lol hope that helps!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
humblednready
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 6
Instructions suggest using as a base coat. The formula isn't meant to perform as a top coat.
To me the product gets a bit goey with more than two layers, so its not as if its the type of product that you would want to add a daily refresher coat to.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
sherrelyn
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 7
I've done it two ways. 1) Put on a thin coat (it starts out thick so be careful), let it dry for 15 minutes, and put on another one. I usually re-coat the next day, then again two days later. Gets me through the week! 2) Two coats, two coats of polish, one more coat of the strengthener, then a quick-dry top coat. I use two coats for the base because I'm trying to rehab the nails on my right hand. When the thin parts grows out, I'll probably change it to one. Be careful not to put it on too thick since it may bubble and will take awhile to dry all the way through, even with a quick-dry on the top.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
jlynae
(Richland, WA)
answer 8
Tried it as a top coat - nothing special - save your money.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
lovesfragrance
(California)
answer 9
yes it does. put it on as base coat, then a couple coats of color, then put PF as a top coat.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
ocmom22
(Orange County, CA)
answer 10
I put Seche Vite as a top coat to guarantee a fast dry and lasting glossy finish
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
gawinechick
(Savannah, Ga)
answer 11
I use 2 coats as a base coat, then polish, then top it off with a quick dry top coat. The polish lasts for many days with that routine.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
kit2kat00
(north huntingdon, pa)
answer 12
The gel coat makes an excellent top coat! I used it as a base and a top coat and have had my nail polish on for 2 weeks with no chipping (please note that I wear gloves when I wash the dishes or clean my bathtub). It does take some time to dry though.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
ddfforlife
(Washington, DC)
Question
is it shiny? does it look like clear nail polish?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
molly15
(Eliot, ME)
on Gel Coat
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, it is shiny - looks just like a high shine top coat when used on top of color or alone. I bring the clear formula with me to my manicurist - no more of the cheap top coat for me - this makes my nails stay longer.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
kateem
(Nassau County, NY)
answer 2
The clear version is nice and shiny, just like any other clear coat. Yep. It's very pretty, actually, without going overboard on the girlishness. If I didn't have some dings in my nail beds I probably wouldn't worry much about using color in addition to this stuff.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
kathrn
(CollegeTown, Florida)
answer 3
It is shiny. And it does look like spear nail polish but better looking
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
humblednready
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 4
yes... it looks like clear nail polish. I usually start with one coat & let it dry, then add another coat. The first coat adds some shine, but it looks like a nice buff & shine, then the second coat gives it the clear polish look.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
vanessaj
(Asheville, NC)
answer 5
Yes, it is shiny, and looks like clear nail polish.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
oldladyinohio
(Twinsbrug, OH)
answer 6
Yes, it's got a nice high gloss shine that is durable.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
sherrelyn
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 7
It's very shiny.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
addictedtobeauty
(Harrisburg, PA)
answer 8
Yes, it is shiny on my nails. Sometimes I use only this Gel Coat, other times I have put Nubar or OPI polish over it.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
charlottem17
(Long Beach, CA)
answer 9
It does look like clear nail polish!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
mkeupgrl
(Idaho)
answer 10
I tried the regular one, not the pink, and it's just like a clear polish. Nice and shiny!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
jlynae
(Richland, WA)
answer 11
Yes, it looks like clear polish.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
lovesfragrance
(California)
Question
Can I use nail polish then this gel coat as a clear coat over it? (like in nail salons, without the UV light)
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
coronas
(Cerritos, CA)
on Gel Coat
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes!!
answered 9 months ago
MrsMaggie
(Vacherie, LA)
answer 2
No, this is intended for the base coat.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
littleseahorses
(minneapolis, mn)
answer 3
Now that my nails are long enough I am going to try this; I think it should be fine, no UV light is used. I will do a PF base coat, regular polish, then PF top.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
shawntak
answer 4
thats how I use it
answered 3 years ago
puyallupkris
(puyallup,wa)
answer 5
Yes and it works fabulously!
answered 3 years ago
sterling25
(New York, NY)
answer 6
Yes, this is not a UV Gel. Only UV Gel's require the UV light. But after using it for a long while I don't think it was a "Gel" in any form, just a catchy product name "Gel Coat".
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
sherrelyn
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 7
Yes - absolutely.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
answer 8
i use this as a base coat. it's not the same kind of gel as the stuff used in the salons that has to be cured under a uv light. it just air dries. i suppose you can use it as a top coat also, but i only use it as a base coat to help strengthen my nails.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
janrich
(Oxnard, CA)
answer 9
I use it strictly as a base coat (or, if you wish, put it down first and then layer your base coat on top of it, then put on polish & a top coat). As a first layer is where it works to strengthen the nail AND keep the upper layers of polish from chipping. No need to use it again on top... (it is so expensive that you probably don't want to waste it!)
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
lyndabeth
answer 10
I have used it both as a base and a top coat. I top it with a quick dry and it works beautifully.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
naiad
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 11
Yes, however it does take a little longer than normal to dry and if you use the gel as a base coat as well, give a little extra time to dry before applying the color.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
shoes78
(Lake Hiawatha, NJ)
Question
What is the difference between the pink and the clear?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
rbutler60
(Phoenix, AZ)
on Gel Coat
11 answers
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answer 1
One is pink and one is clear, Same formulation as far as I can see.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
shawntak
answer 2
Per their website "Pink Gel Coat contains an optical brightener that will bring out the natural color in your nail bed and filter out any yellow appearance in the nail. Nails immediately appear fresh clean and healthy. They will look like you had a French Manicure."
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
sherrelyn
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 3
the pink one ads a slight pinkesh nailbed tone to the nails. not too much. it's nice. i would recommend either one.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
janrich
(Oxnard, CA)
answer 4
I have used both the pink and the clear. The pink has a very pale pink caste to it. Some people say it looks like a French manicure, but I don't see that since the tips are no whiter than the rest of the nail. The clear is just that. Clear without any color, unlike other clear polishes. That's the only difference I can see.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
nbuckellew
(Niceville, FL)
answer 5
It seems the clear can be polished over with a colored polish, but the pink is to be used alone. The pink gives just a slight pink hue to your nails and the clear is just shiny. I have both and use the pink when I don't intent to add a colored polish. By the way...I LOVE this product!!
answered 4 years ago
katy1957
(Lincoln, Nebraska)
answer 6
I would think if you are not applying a nail color you would use the
pink and on top of a color use clear.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
blondebabe
(Weston, FL.)
answer 7
Nothing except the color. If you use polish afterwards, I would stick with the clear. Clear is very shiny so nails look pretty even without color
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
mamawithstyle
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 8
I honestly couldn't tell the difference in the pink vs the regular gel. It might have made my nails look "whiter" but I don't have the yellow nails nor the discoloration dark polishes can leave.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
scretwitch
(Tucson, AZ)
answer 9
The pink is to use alone with no color polish for a natural pink look, but it's better looking when used as a top coat over a pale pink french manicure. This stuff keeps the white tip from chipping. Just make sure to use on the edge/tips of the nails to seal better.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
kateem
(Nassau County, NY)
answer 10
I've only used the clear but it looks nice and shiny like any other clear coat. The pinkness didn't seem worth adding another $6 onto a product that was already a bit expensive. Having said that, however, I'll probably try the clear next to see if it camouflages the dings in my poor nails (in which case I won't need to put a layer of color on).
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
kathrn
(CollegeTown, Florida)
answer 11
The only difference is one has a pink tint, and give the nails a French manicure look, and the other is clear. They both are excellent products.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
oldladyinohio
(Twinsbrug, OH)
Question
Does it work?
I've just had acrylic nail tips removed and my nails are weak. Does this really make nails stronger?
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
pictureme
(Alexandria VA)
on Gel Coat
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
I find it of all the stuff I've bought it's been pretty good if you use it every day!!!
answered 9 months ago
MrsMaggie
(Vacherie, LA)
answer 2
In my opinion it made my nails stronger. Granted, if you recently had fake nails on, you usually have to grow out that indent you get from the drill they use, so expect breakage at that point, regardless of product. BUT this stuff worked for me!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
cgswaby
(Stamford, CT)
answer 3
Yeah! This works so well. I've owned it for months and will never get my nails done professionally ever again because I don't need to - they look THAT nice :)
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
littleseahorses
(minneapolis, mn)
answer 4
It helps but it takes time. Nails are badly damaged by acrylic nails
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
goofyrn
(Mechanicsville)
answer 5
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
shawntak
answer 6
100 times YES.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
chanphi
(Shark City, Ca)
answer 7
Using this product has improved the strength of my nails.
answered 2 years ago
clarke1950
(Marlton, NJ)
answer 8
Absolutely. My nails were in BAD shape, peeling and cracking. They were actually sore b/c they were so thin. This stuff is ridiculous. My nails are strong, long and they DO NOT break. Absolutely worth it!
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
toocoolmomma
(Garrettsville, OH)
answer 9
It sure does and this answer is coming from one with the most embarrassing nails on the face of the earth-I had a gel manicure which was great (did not do the toes) but I went into my drawer of tricks and found the gel nail coat which was hanging around and used it on my toe nails-so far so very good-the big toe nail was splitting down the middle and I mended it with the gel coat-so far so good. I am a believer.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
blondebabe
(Weston, FL.)
answer 10
This product works! I have used it for about 2 months now and I have had to cut my nails down because they get too long to type :). I won't buy anything else.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
gladues
(Sioux Falls, SD)
Question
how do you remove the gel polish?
asked 2 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
on Gel Coat
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
With normal nail polish remover. I wear colour on top of mine.. and then a top coat!
answered 11 months ago
elzag
(Kitchener Ontario)
answer 2
It's not a gel polish really. It's more like a base coat. Mine comes off with normal nail polish remover
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
cgswaby
(Stamford, CT)
answer 3
Just with regular polish remover. It'll start chip off on its own after maybe 8-10 days. It's just like typical nail polish. This isn't "gel" in the sense that you need the special UV light and such - it just produces gel-like strength and the look of a gel mani to your nails.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
littleseahorses
(minneapolis, mn)
answer 4
Acetone nail polish remover
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
goofyrn
(Mechanicsville)
answer 5
Regular nail polish remover.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
shawntak
answer 6
nail polish remover
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
chanphi
(Shark City, Ca)
answer 7
easily removed with regular nail polish remover
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
rddvl
(Duquesne PA)
answer 8
Regular nail polish remover will remove this product.
answered 2 years ago
clarke1950
(Marlton, NJ)
answer 9
It's just like regular nail polish. Nothing special required
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
toocoolmomma
(Garrettsville, OH)
answer 10
Same as usual-regular nail polish.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
blondebabe
(Weston, FL.)
Question
how do I remove this polish
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
happyamae
(Las Vegas, NV)
on Gel Coat
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
Regular nail polish works just fine.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
dhmes
(Irving, Texas)
answer 2
Any regular remover or acetone. It's not one of those light activated gels.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
veecat
(Southern CA)
answer 3
came off with regular polish remover
answered 3 years ago
puyallupkris
(puyallup,wa)
answer 4
With regular nail polish remover
answered 3 years ago
sterling25
(New York, NY)
answer 5
The gel polish comes off easily with any polish remover.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
star774
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 6
Regular nail polish remover works for me. I like using the kind that comes in a short tub with solution-filled foam that you dip your fingers into. Works faster!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
1artsy1
(Reynoldsburg, OH)
answer 7
I use my regular nail polish remover and it removes it just fine.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
bella7114
(San Antonio Texas)
answer 8
it's removed with regular nail polish remover...
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
janrich
(Oxnard, CA)
answer 9
You can remove the Gel Coat with regular polish remover.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
naiad
(Milwaukee, WI)
Question
what is the difference between this and the pink one?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
bronzedasian
(Valley Village, Ca)
on Gel Coat
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is the base coat. The pink is the top coat. This is colorless, whereas the pink has a slight pink tint to it. Get this, as it's more versatile and cheaper, and in my opinion, works better because it lasts longer on your nails than the pink top coat does. I've tried both, but only bought this brown one.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
littleseahorses
(minneapolis, mn)
answer 2
Inside you will see no difference. Outside it gives it a pink irredecent glow.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
goofyrn
(Mechanicsville)
answer 3
It is clear. I found two coats of the pink too pink. I use one coat of each pink, then clear on top.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
shawntak
answer 4
The clear gel coat can be used over polish. The pink gel coat is used over bare nails.
answered 2 years ago
clarke1950
(Marlton, NJ)
answer 5
The pink one just gives your nails a hint of pink. You can't tell that much as it is very light, but I do love the pink one too.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
gladues
(Sioux Falls, SD)
answer 6
I've used both and like the clear much better. The pink gives nails an unnatural pink color that gets worse with each additional coat. The clear looks much more natural. Both work equally well, though.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
dhmes
(Irving, Texas)
answer 7
Just the tint. Clear is clear and pink gives a natural looking transparent pink coating.
answered 3 years ago
brookshire
answer 8
There's only a slight difference between the clear and pink formula is that the pink one, after a few layers, will give your nail a light pink coat over your nail. The pink one looks nice, but you do need to put on a few coats to see the color. Oh and there a pretty big price difference. $6 I believe.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
star774
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 9
Per their website "Pink Gel Coat contains an optical brightener that will bring out the natural color in your nail bed and filter out any yellow appearance in the nail. Nails immediately appear fresh clean and healthy. They will look like you had a French Manicure." BTW, I testesd it for a while it never helped my nails.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
sherrelyn
(Brooklyn, NY)
Question
Does it cure with a UV light
It takes hours to dry two coats of this stuff. Has anyone tried curing it under a UV light? If so, what wattage is your light?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
savanna3
(Fort Mill, SC)
on Gel Coat
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
I haven't had any problems,are you sitting under a fan or in front of an air vent, sometimes it'll dry the polish as you leave it open while using it ... Just a thought.
answered 9 months ago
MrsMaggie
(Vacherie, LA)
answer 2
NO light.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
shawntak
answer 3
no light needed
answered 3 years ago
puyallupkris
(puyallup,wa)
answer 4
No you don't need to use a UV light. That's one of the great things about this polish.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
star774
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 5
Don't apply until the first coat is completely dry. I only apply one coat at all. Try one coat followed by a second coat the next day.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
sherrelyn
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 6
you actually don't need 2 coats. Use just one coat and it will work just as well plus will dry faster!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
lyndabeth
answer 7
I use a quick-dry top coat over this and have no issues with drying time.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
naiad
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 8
Yes, it ca n.
answered 4 years ago
camiller12
(OKC, OK)
Question
Gel is getting thick in the bottle
Anyone have issues with this as you reach the middle of the bottle, the gel gets kind of thick and gloppy. And has anyone used a nail polish thinner and still gotten the same results? Thanks!
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
scretwitch
(Tucson, AZ)
on Gel Coat
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I'm about a third into my bottle and haven't had these issues yet. Perhaps you need to speed up your nail painting so the bottle isn't open as long?
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
littleseahorses
(minneapolis, mn)
answer 2
I thinned it with straight acetone, two or three drops when goop impossible at half full and the next time I went to use it a week later, it had re-gooped. I got a new bottle and keep it in its original box in an insulated container...we'll see.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
casilda
(Chatttanooga, TN)
answer 3
My gel coat was very thick and sticky from the beginning. I did not use a thinner.
answered 3 years ago
nanneebt
(Wellsburg, WV)
answer 4
Haven't had it very long, but I did read to keep it in the fridge to avoid clumping!
answered 3 years ago
sterling25
(New York, NY)
answer 5
To me the product is already prone to gooiness if allowed to dry and layered with colored polish. I imagine a nail polish thinner will cause drying issues. On their website there's an option to them with questions sales@perfectformulas.com
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
sherrelyn
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 6
I haven't gotten to the middle of my bottle yet-but I would certainly try a nail polish thinner-then maybe apply three coats instead of two(depending on how it looks to you-it's better than
discarding the bottle) it does work with nail polish. Give it a go.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
blondebabe
(Weston, FL.)
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