I tried this TC because my beloved Seche Vite wasn't working well with some polishes, namely Zoya. I had been bad mouthing Zoya and didn't understand all the love for it. NB said to try Poshe, I ordered some, online, although I have seen it in local stores since then. I adore it! My SV has taken a back seat to Poshe, even when using polishes that worked well with it in the past. You have to be careful when applying as Poshe likes to go on thickly but you can control it. The brush is good quality, nice and pliable, and not overly thick nor thin. It's important to apply Poshe when the last coat of NP is still fairly wet. The finish this top coat leaves is shiny and hard as a rock after it sets. Nails feel dry to the touch in about two minutes after application of Poshe--rock hard within two to three hours. I usually manicure late in the day when I won't have to use my hands very much, so I usually fall asleep during the final drying time. When I awake, I have gorgeous "fresh-from-the-salon-looking" nails. I don't know what I did before Poshe and SV. (I wish I had those hours back!) Those horrid oily drops are virtually worthless, the sprays put me into a coughing fit and using the old top coat then praying I wouldn't get a nick is so OVER now. (That's not to say that I don't use traditional TCs a day or two after a fresh manicure to help extend wear as I wouldn't waste my precious Poshe or SV on that--I use Revlon Extra Life No Chip TC for this purpose.) Poshe is a step above SV, IMHO, because it doesn't cause shrinkage so many people mention, though I haven't had many problems with it. I will buy Poshe over and over!
SV caused shrinkage on my nails. Trying this for the first time over China Glaze. Dries pretty fast, but not super glossy. I wrapped the product under the tips and hopefully won't see the shrinkage probs I've had with SV. This runs about $7 at Ulta.
UPDATE: like this better than SV, no visible shrinkage yet.
I've tried both Seche Vite and Poshe, I still own both of them, so I think I should be able to write a fair and honest review.
Now, both are highly raved top coat, and I expect some kind of stiff competition between the two.
I was quite disappointed when Poshe didn't really put up a good fight. I think it's not fast drying enough. I'm actually quite surprised by how slow it dried, like a normal top coat, and I still get smudges and wrinkles after 1 minute, this I cannot tolerate. It's suppose to be fast drying! :(
I wanted to like Poshe, I really did. I like how the brush is long enough to reach the end of the bottle, that's why I gave high marks for packaging, and it's a cute and ergonomic design as well.
The top coat texture is not thick, quite smooth and thin.
BUT, it does not correct the mistakes on my nail polish like how seche vite did. It does not level out the uneveness, it's just like a clear nail polish on top.
Moreover, it actually left some kind of streak marks on my fresh nail polish. :( I'm not sure it's the brush or the polish, but I could actually see lighter tone brush marks on my nails, which is very frustrating as I've never had any kind of problem like this with Seche Vite.
No, I will not repurchase, nor will I swap it away because I won't promote this as a top coat.
I've been following the Seche Vite vs. Poshe debate very closely, and ultimately went with Poshe because of the Seche Vite 'shrinkage' issue. I'm really glad I did, because HOLY COW THIS STUFF IS GOOD. My manicures last a good seven days with this stuff, no joke. It stays shiny, doesn't dent once completely dry, and completely masks the ridges in my nails. There was once a time when even with a ridge-filling base coat and top coat my ridges would show. I'm eager to try the Poshe base coat, because if the top coat can mask my ridges (and they are BAD) I can only imagine the good it would do underneath my polish!
This, like Seche, made my polish peel up in big sheets. This one does last a little longer on me than Seche and it's easier to work with. But I won't be buying this again.
A quick-dry top coat that works great without the formaldehyde!? Unbelievable!
I switched over to this stuff because its formaldehyde free. It drives just as fast as Seche Vite without the gloopy dragging. I gave it four stars for a few reasons - the shine isn't nearly the same as Seche. I also find that it chips a lot sooner than Seche Vite.
It's not THE BEST, But it's the best if you want a formaldehyde free top coat.
Stopped using SV since I'm pregnant and decided to try Poshe and very impressed. It's a little cheaper than SV but performs equally. It smells horrendous but it does dry really quickly and leaves a beautiful finish.
I like Poshe as well as I like Seche Vite. For me, they both work about the same. Poshe is a bit thinner than Seche Vite is, which works better or worse depending on the polish it's being used over.
I absolutely love this topcoat. I bought it unboxed for $1 at Marshalls - lucky huh? I am running out. I have the Zoya top coat now and it's pretty similar in quality.
This is my HG top coat. I honestly wouldn't even bother doing my nails ever if I couldn't use a fast-drying top coat. I am very impatient and want things to be easy. Before this, I was using Seche Vite, which I wasn't totally happy with and stopped using. Yes, Seche was relatively fast drying. But the texture was thick and gloppy, making it not easy to apply. Also, something about it going on thick makes my nail dry to the touch, but somehow takes a very long time to feel that they are dried all the way though. On the other hand, Poshe doesn't go on thick and is much easier to use. It goes on thinner, so after 15 minutes, my nails fell dry all the way though and in 5 minutes, dry to the touch. The finish is very shiny, but perhaps a hair less so than Seche. I think its because it goes on thicker. Overall, this is a high quality top coat and it's very easy to use.
Btw, I do wrap the tips of my nails with both to prevent shrinkage. continued >>