I found out about INM’s Out the Door, after using their silver holographic top coat, called Northern Lights, which dries to touch in 45 seconds (so, the bottle claims, but I didn’t test this, but it dries fast). I was impressed with Northern Lights so I started looking at what else INM manufactures. Since then, Out the Door is one of my go-to top coats. I am almost done with a second bottle, so I think I can do a fair review.
What I like:
· Big 3 free.
· Low odor.
· Dries fast, 1-2 minutes to touch, 5 minutes go about your business. (Light duty that is, don't go scrubbing pot and pans in the sink, you'll need to wait a least three hours for that).
· Delivers high gloss shine.
· Decent smudge fixer.
· No shrinkage.
What I don’t like:
· Not the best leveler, it’s not bad, there are just slightly better top coats for glitters. (China Glaze Fast Forward top coat, and Seche Vite are better/smoother for glitters).
· Halfway the formula gets a bit thick and the rim of the bottle gets a bit crusty. I add thinner to it and then add fresh top coat to top off the bottle. The brush doesn’t seem to pick up much top coat once it is half empty. I also take time to clean the rim so that the top goes back on nicely.
· The label goes all the way around I have a hard time seeing how much polish I have and how far down the brush is going when I’m dipping into the bottle.
Cost and availability
· About $5 a bottle, at Sally’s and CVS pharmacy.
· Out the Door is inexpensive and easy to find, at least where I am. Big refill bottles are available too. I think those are $10.
When do I reach for Out the Door?
· Especially, over any jelly polish, due to the advantage of no shrinkage.
· Over any polish, except glitters and flakies.
· Over any nail art. (Apply via floating technique to prevent smudges. Which means apply with a big dollop and try not to let the brush touch the nail/paint, just kind of pushing the large drop over the nail.)
Overall, there is a lot to like about Out the Door. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, and the disadvantages are not really that bad, they really trivial. I highly recommend, without hesitation INM’s Out the Door.
This is a continuing segment of top coat reviews. To start at the beginning (China Glaze's Fast Forward review), click here for this post.
Coming up, I’ll review Revlon’s Quick Dry top coat.