Smith & Cult polish is vegan,gluten free and 8 free! It has such a nice smooth shiny formula. It looks like I already applied a topcoat after polishing and I love when polish has that look. Yes I still use a topcoat,mostly a fast dry but you can get away without. When I first received my smith & cult I thought it had gotten banged up during shipping. I contacted them and they said the tops are made that way. Having them kinda banged up does actually help with holding it and polishing.