I bought a bottle of this about 5 years ago, and some how it got chucked to the back of my nail polish draw. I was having a clear out a few months ago and came by it. WOW! it's as thin and easy to use as it ever was! I don't know why I had not used it all up when I bought it...I do my nails in last thing at night sitting up in bed, then apply this straight away and never get bedclothes marks! I have used SV which turned thick very quickly on me, so much so that I never repurchased it. I will definitely be repurchasing this if it ever runs out!
Very goopy less than halfway through the bottle. Adjusted with polish thinner, slightly better now.
I've tried three quick dry top coats. This is the least favorite of the three. Essie Good to Go dries semi fast and doesn't goop up towards the end, Seche Vite dries the fastest but goops up half way through the bottle, and this ORLY in a snap dries slower than both. It still dries faster than a regular top coat, but for the price, I will be going with Essie. The Orly was just tacky/sticky too long for my taste.
A pretty good quick-dry topcoat, dries all layers of even the thickest lacquer in 10 minutes. Nice packaging, doesn't smell. Fair price for the quality.
Bought this on a friend's recommendation when I complained that Sec N Dry dries almost instantly, but does not have a shiny finish. This is shinier, but takes longer to dry. I'd say probably a few minutes before it is dry to the touch. I have not noticed shrinkage, but I am still testing for that. It is fine, but nothing to write home about. Would probably not repurchase.
I don't really classify this as a "quick-drying" topcoat. It isn't as fast as Seche Vite, or Poshe, or even SH Insta-Dri. It is faster than most regular speed topcoats, but you can't just slap this on and walk out the door.
I have no shrinkage with this topcoat, and I like that it isn't as toxic as the others. It is a thinner consistancy, and very easy to spread without causing drag lines. On the other hand, I find that the thin formula soaks into glitter polishes too quickly, leaving no shiny hard topcoat!
It isn't perfect, but it is good. You get a huge bottle for a reasonable price, and it works for most everyday manicures.
I love this top coat. It makes polishes dry very quickly and leaves a beautiful shine. Easy to apply and really does what it's supposed to do. I love Orly's generous bottles and rubberized tops as well.
Orly In A Snap Topcoat has changed my nail polish wearing life. I am a very impatient person and was constantly frustrated at nail smears and smudges due to slow drying nail polish. I now apply one coat of Orly and in a few minutes nails are set to a beautiful glossy finish. This polish glides over nails effortlessly without interfering with the nail colour. I like the easy grip rubber handle which makes opening the bottle nice and easy. The product size is more than sufficient and will last a long time. The price is right and worth every cent. I love this product and Orly has now become my HG in Topcoats!
This review is going to focus mainly on comparing In A Snap to Seche Vite. Despite being an avid Seche Vite user, I've been on a longstanding quest to find a B3F top coat that still dries my manicure quickly. As of right now, I use In A Snap on all my manicures unless I'm in a real hurry, in which case, I'll bust out the SV. Orly was one of my top picks for several reasons:
1) I love the brush and bottle. Rubber grip + a soft brush that's just wide enough for a speedy spread but you still have control
2) 20% more product than your average polish! Normally you get ~15mL of product, but Orly gives you 18mL.
3) B3F formula
But, I want to get this out of the way: it doesn't dry as quickly as SV. There, I said it.
In A Snap doesn't really penetrate the layers of polish and dry them the same way SV does, so it works better if you give your color some time to dry. On average, In A Snap dries to the (light) touch within 15 minutes or so, but it's still susceptible to dings and scrapes for another 45 minutes In terms of drying time, however, I still find it very acceptable. I normally set aside an hour or so to do my nails, so getting things rock solid in 10 minutes is nice, but not a must.
Formula-wise, In A Snap is easy to work with. It's thinner than your average quick dry TC, and it flows over the nail easily. Be careful not to layer it on too thick or over wet polish because you might get bubbling, though! I'm about 10 manicures into my bottle and it doesn't suffer from the gooping-up that SV is infamous for. I've also had absolutely no shrinkage problems, and In A Snap works great as a refresher top coat in between color changes.
Overall, I really like In A Snap and would recommend it to anyone look for a B3F top coat. While it doesn't beat SV in terms of absolute drying time, it's become my go-to top coat because of its low toxicity and easy application (both due to formula and bottle/brush design).
I bought this as an impulse and I'm so glad I did. It dries my polish to the touch in about 5-10 minutes and dries it completely in 30-40. It's a little too thin at first, but it gets to a nice consistency after a few uses. It keeps my polish on for 5 days, which is great because I can't seem to find a top coat that leaves my nails perfectly manicured for a full week! It goes on smoothly, doesn't smell horrible and the grip on the cap keeps my hands from slipping. The best part about this top coat is that it is sold at drugstores. This is a great top coat for people who love how fast Seche Vite dries but hates the goopiness.