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Strip it -- your nail color, that is -- and go bare for a change. A shiny clear polish gives nails a clean fresh look. Choose one of the shiniest lacquers, and your nails will glisten -- no color required. Since many shiny clear nail polishes are actually made to be top coats, they can be worn over color as well. As a top coat, a clear polish will extend the life of your manicure by preventing chips, plus the layer of shine will add a dose of glamour to any nail shade.
Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1 Treatment
Base coat? Check. Strengthener? Check. Growth enhancer? Yep. Top coat? Of course! This shiny clear polish -- Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1 Treatment -- does it all. And that's probably why it won "Allure" magazine's "Best of Beauty" award in 2010. Editors say it will protect your color from chipping and peeling for a week, but will also look great on its own.
Deborah Lippmann's "Addicted to Speed"
Copy the super-shiny look models sported on their nails at the Zac Posen fashion show. Manicurist Deborah Lippmann was backstage, "Elle" magazine reports, and used her fast-drying topcoat called "Addicted to Speed" to give nails a shiny reflective finish.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
To achieve a smudge-free sheen, try the clear top coat that won "Allure's Best of Beauty 2009" award. Seche Vite is among the pros' favorite brands, and its Dry Fast Top Coat will look like you've coated your nails with a layer of gloss. And, it's named appropriately; editors say it dries in minutes. It won't chip either.
CND Super Shiney High Gloss Top Coat
Don't overlook the clear polish recommended by "Seventeen" magazine -- CND Super Shiney High Gloss Top Coat. According to CND's website, the high-gloss formula dries to an extra hard finish, for long-wearing durability. "Allure" magazine featured the product as well, and says it gives nails a "blinding shine."