I first saw this polish by INM 10 years ago and had to have it. It had the tiniest sparkles and I loved wearing it by itself on my nails. When I saw it again a couple weeks ago, it charmed me again. This time, though, I wasn't just wearing it for looks, but to see how it stood up as a top coat.
Northern Lights makes a few claims. Let's see if it lived up to them.
Perfect for today's high fashion nails?
I don't know if they're wearing it on the runway, but I think it looks pretty cool.
The Northern Lights Hologram Top Coat "dries in seconds"?
Yes, but you have to give enough cure time for the polish underneath to dry completely. If you don't and you bump or touch your nail, the top coat is fine, but the polish below gets ruined.
Forms a glaze to make your polish chip-proof?
Nope. My polish lasted as long as it would have without this top coat. As you can see, my nails still chipped (my right hand is even worse).
All in all, it creates a beautiful effect. It definitely looks better in person than in the photo. But if you're looking for a sturdy top coat to make your manicure last, I don't recommend Northern Lights.