Standing in line at the bank to see a teller. Downloading a new software. Boiling water for the pasta. We play the waiting game all the time. The last thing we want to do is also wait for our manicure to dry.
This is where the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat comes in. It knows you want to lock in the color right here and right now. But it’s not down and dirty – it’s clear and glossy like glass.
With the Seche Vite topcoat, dings or sheet marks on your manicure are a thing of the past. After discovering this gem years ago, it has completely changed (improved!) my polish routine, and I can’t imagine painting my nails without this stuff!
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat Pictures
√ Leaves nails silky, stronger & resistant to chipping & peeling
? Penetrates through the nail lacquer to the base coat & forms a single solid coating over the nail plate
- Name: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- Sizes Available: Regular-size bottle of polish (14 mL) & Professional Kit (14 mL + 118 mL + funnel)
- What I Paid: $18.15 USD for the Seche Vite Professional Kit (from Trans Design)
- Where to Buy: Trans Design, Head2Toe, 8ty8Beauty, Sally Beauty Supply & select beauty-supply stores
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat Ingredients
Butyl Acetate, Toluene, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl Disobutyrate & Benzophenone-1
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat Review
In the bottle, it looks like your Average Joe top coat – it’s clear, it promises to deliver shine, and it claims to dry nail polish stat. Well, guess what? It passes the polygraph test with flying colors!
When I read rave Seche Vite reviews on nail forums years ago, I wasn’t so quick to believe the hype. As usual, I needed to test-drive it for myself to determine how well it performed. To my pleasant surprise, the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat quickly became my Holy Grail Product.
I’m a nocturnal polisher – I never paint my nails in the day. Normally, I’d have to wait several hours before going to bed to avoid the dreaded sheet marks that ruin your hard work. But with the Seche Vite Dry Fast topcoat, I could literally go to bed in 30 minutes and wake up to perfectly polished tips! It’s amazing! Instead of just drying the surface of the polish (which seems to be my experience with most other quick-dry top coats), the Seche Vite fast drying topcoat dries everything rock-hard!
And ohhh, the shine! It’s glossy glassy perfection that intensifies glitters, brings matte neons to life, and generally makes any lacquer look better. Plus it seems to reinforce my nails so they feel stronger. (My nails are already strong, but with this stuff, they’re ridiculously tough!)
Of course, over time, the formula gets thick. You’ll notice that by mid-bottle, the consistency gets goopy and harder to manage. Don’t throw it out! There’s another product called Seche Restore – you need just a few drops and Seche Vite springs back to its youthful hay days. Good as new!
Application is easy, although I’ve heard some people complain about how it’s tricky. The only ‘trick’ is to get a lot of Seche Vite on your brush for each nail. It self-levels very well, so don’t worry if you accidentally put a bit too much in one section of your nail. However, if you go crazy and really put a crap ton too much, it could cause your lacquer to wrinkle.
Now for the smell – it’s terrible, but did you really expect it to smell like fresh lilac blossoms? Didn’t think so. Seche Vite top coat has a strong, chemical smell that punches you in the face. When it dries, it’s gone. But when wet, watch out…and make sure you use it in a well-ventilated room to avoid getting high.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat can cause polish shrinkage. Although they recommend you apply this to wet nails, I discourage this. Every time I’ve done this, I’ve had major polish shrinkage. The key (in my experience) is to wait about 5 minutes after you’ve painted your last coat (and make sure you wrap your tips – that is, paint the free edge of your nail, too). Then use this magical stuff. You won’t get any shrinkage this way.
Some people have said that the Seche Vite topcoat makes their nail polish just chip off in sheets. That has never happened to me, so I think maybe Seche doesn’t play well with certain base coats or colored lacquer formulas. (I’ve used Nail Tek Ridge-Filling Base Coat Foundation III and Creative Nail Design (CND) Sticky Base Coat without any problems.)
Seche isn’t Big-3-free – it actually contains Toluene. There’s controversy surrounding using non-Big-3-free formulas. If this is an issue for you, don’t use this product. (I clearly don’t care because I paint my nails and know the potential risks of using polish chemicals and breathing in the nasty fumes.) Be a smart shopper, and do your research whenever you’re in doubt.
You may remember me raving about the Nubar Diamont Seal & Shine Topcoat a while ago. It was my favorite…until they changed the formula. Now it’s watery, doesn’t dry as fast, and is too thin – I tried 3 coats of the new formula over a gritty polish and it didn’t smooth it out as much as I’d like. So now I’m back to using my first love – Seche Vite! And now I’ve learned my lesson – never stray when you’ve got it good.
Final Verdict: 10/10
The Seche Vite quick drying top coat is a must-try. Trust me – it will change the way you polish your nails. You’ll save time and your manicure!
Have you tried this top coat? What’s your Holy Grail fast-drying top coat?
This product was Mary’s winner for the 2010 Nailed It Award!