I have used this on its own and with chunky glitter and it works very well. I'd recommend to put more top coat layers if you're covering glitter. Holds up great, it's cheap and when you're using this, you don't need a lot. Make sure to scrape off the majority before applying or it'll run. It also cures well. I cured It for 1 minute and it's dry and yes you don't need to wipe off a tacky layer.