The coat (2) by itself is very matte and unattractive to the finished look.... I NEEDED to apply a very thin coat of top coat and I was safe with the way it came out, people at work actually liked it and thought it looked more like leather with the top coat. However the bottle states not to use a top coat but I paid for it i'll do as I please :))).
Looking at it up against my favorite Tory Burch handbag it looks wonderfully leather to me!!