I was not going to buy any of the gold leaf topcoat polishes that have been released lately. I made my own awhile back and did not like it at all. It was too crude and clunky on the nail. I also think they are easy to make for a fraction of the cost. The only issue I see with making your own is that gold leaf is fussy to work with and it is time consuming to get the pieces shredded finely. It can also turn green depending on the base used. Pain in the butt overall.
Having said that, I am enjoying the Jessica 18k Gold Leaf polish. It's easy to work with and the pieces are finer and it's much more refined compared to my franken. This was sent for review and I honestly don't think I would have purchased it unless I found it for cheap because this is an expensive splurge but I am enjoying it now that I have it. It does dry to a satin finish but topcoat makes it shiny again.
One coat over Jessica Notorious which is a brown based vampy red shimmer. There is something so lush about red and gold together.
One coat over a greenish turquoise franken that I made that is awful. Don't mind the creases and ridges - those are all from the base color.
*This item was sent to me for review and can be purchased at Jessica Cosmetics*