I'm not sure what I expected but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like the effect this polish gives. When you first paint it on your nails it looks like a regular sparkly glossy polish, as it tries it turns to a matte finish and really does look like you poured super sparkly sand over each nail. I always use a top coat so I tried my regular Seche Vite and Essie Matte about you and both destroyed the awesome effect, so I would recommend not using any at all.
* Was hoping to capture the texture on pictures but it was hard to do.
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