Three coats, no top coat. This didn’t apply quite as easily as the BlueBell and needed three coats to get full and even coverage. If you have perfectly smooth nails it might be okay with two coats. It’s a pretty colour and has the starkness of white without being quite so extreme. I think this would look fantastic on tanned and darker skin tones as it would really pop but it still looks fresh on paler skin too. I love it.