I must admit, I've seen Tip Top nail polishes on a lower shelf in Clicks for ages, and never thought to pick one up. Lately, however, I've been seeing them pop up on blogs all over, so I thought I'd give them a try.
The first major advantage was that this polish was only R39 for a bottle! Compare that to Revlon polishes, which retail for around R90, or even Rimmel polishes at around R50. Another advantage is that all Tip Top polishes are free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate, so they're good for your nails and the environment.
I applied the polish in the standard three-stroke pattern and was pleased to discover that it went on smoothly and evenly, with no streaks or bubbles. It dried quickly as well: it's no "quick dry" marvel, but I didn't have to wait around with wet nails for much longer than two minutes. The shade I chose was quite light, so my white tips still showed through after one coat, but a second coat yielded proper opaqueness. The final result was an even, glossy colour that looked like a really expensive, salon-quality manicure. I didn't have access to top coat, so this photo is just of the polish itself:
Nails painted with shade 916 "Beach Babe"
I only painted my nails last night, so I can't yet comment on the chip-resistance properly. However, my nails did survive washing my hair - something which usually leaves me with at least a chip or two if I haven't used top coat.
Overall, I'm a new fan of Tip Top polishes, and will definitely be buying more from their range in the future!
Update: With my long nails, I can get three days chip-free wear without top coat. With short nails, that extends to a week! Now I think I must try find a top coat by Tip Top...