Seche Vite • Dry Fast Top Coat • Top/Base Coats
|Would buy this product again.||76%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I love how this product made my nail polish dry so quickly... But the only thing I hated about this was my polish would peel in large sections from my nails. Also because I wash my hands frequently due to my job, it accelerates this process.
I love the shine and how quickly my polish dries... But I dislike how it doesn't last on me.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I don't know how I lived without this product before! I love how it's so shiny and dries all my layers of nail polish within minutes! It hardens great, and prolongs the life of the colour by preventing chipping. It works way better than the OPI quick drying top coat, which I find dries out my nails themselves and also doesn't have quite the shine. The packaging is alright; nothing special.The price is alright when you buy it @ a beauty outlet store (about $7 Canadian), but even at full retail price, it's so worth it, and I'd buy it again and again.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I admit - I am lazy - if I am going to be painting my nails I want the colour to last. And now, thankfully due to Seche - it does!!! In the past, I have forked out stupid amounts of money on expensive nail polish brands thinking they would last longer and they never did! But now....I can paint my nails and if I put Seche on top they will last around 5 days (sometimes more) without chipping (it has even worked with really cheap drug store nail polishes). It is brilliant!
It is shiny, but I quite like that. It doesn't make it harder to remove nail polish either when you are ready to take it off. It can sometimes emphasise the fact that I haven't neatly painted my nails, but that's my own fault really! It does smell strong but you get over that quickly. Plus it dries super quick so the chances of you messing your nails up after you've painted them is rare!
Overall, really happy!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Dark Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I noticed the shrinkage right away. Along my cuticles. My nails did dry quite quickly but the shrinkage issue bothers me. Stuck with two bottles of this stuff as I got it as a bogo at ULTA. I will go back to my Essie top coat paired with my Revlon Quick Dry after I'm done with these bottles.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Fine Eyes: Blue
Top coat is hard. I don't know why but it is. This year I've bought maybe 6. Here are my thoughts on Seche Vite:
Pros: inexpensive, easy to find, nice & shiny, dries really fast
Cons: dries with rough bubbles on top, doesn't protect well against chips, doesn't smooth out flaws in nail polish it's covering, can shrink polish underneath if it's fresh, loses its glossiness on the 2nd day
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This has got to be the best top coat on the planet! It does not bubble at all, does not chip and dries fast and rock solid quickly with a high shine! Whenever I go to the nail salon I make the nail technicians use this top coat and they always tell me I've made a great choice of purchasing seche vite. The only problems I may have with this product sometimes is that if you do not apply carefully and fully covering the nail, this top coat with shrink and make the nail polish look horrible and not applied properly. I will definitely be repurchasing and recommending it to anyone looking for a great top coat :)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
When I first discovered my obsession with nail polish, I did some research only for a top coat and everyone was raving about the Seche Vite top coat. So I bought a bottle and loved it. However, over time, after trying other top coats, I have come to realise that the Seche Vite top coat is greatly flawed.
I formula is super shiny, but after a few days, the shine wears away and then your nails just look old and ugly. I also find that the top coat is very thick, which is good if you just have a layer of base coat, a layer of polish and then a layer of top coat. But I like to draw designs and will at times end up with several layers of nail polish. If I add Seche Vite on top, I end up with the chunkiest nails that are certainly not attractive from the sides.
My current bottle of SV top coat is just under half full, but already, the formula is a sticky, slimy mess because it has dried out. This happened to my previous bottle as well. I live in Australia, and cannot easily get a hold of the thinner. So I basically pay for an expensive bottle of top coat (yes it is quite expensive in Australia to buy this top coat), and only get to use half of it.
Another problem I find is that the formula shrinks my nail polish, so I always end up with a thin line of unpainted nails where the polish has shrunk back.
So I'm moving on, and I'm not returning.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I used to swear by Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. And I will admit, it has some good qualities. But, the bad very much outweighs the good. First off, the top coat is incredibly shiny, but it dulls over time. Secondly, Seche gives the look of a very thick, almost acrylic nail. I like this, but if you need more than one coat, it's too thick and then your nail polish tends to peel off in sheets (ANNOYING!!). Also, Seche always, always, always causes nail polish shrinkage which is so not cute. Next, the smell is so incredibly strong, I feel like I had to have a window open to use it. Seriously, this stuff will make you high, open a window!! Probably the worst thing about this top coat is that when you get halfway through the bottle it starts getting so thick, goopy and stringy that you can't even use it unless you buy their brand of thinner. I can't find the thinner where I live, and I don't feel like I should have to buy a product to fix a product. They should fix the formula. I went through this like crazy and found I was better off to buy something else than to waste my money on 1/2 a bottle of Seche that I could use for 2-3 weeks, if that.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium Brown Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
Gives nails a high gloss shine like the nail salon does. It dries my nails in 5 minutes.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Seche Vite is the best product I have used to achieve the quickest dry on newly manicured nails. It can be tricky to use but once you know how to circumvent some issues, it is arguably without peer in the quick-dry world. FYI, the most cost effective way to get this is in the Professional Kit size. You get a regular half ounce bottle of SV plus a 4 ounce refill. I got this kit in January 2010, paid $33 for it and still have 2/3 left. The price has probably increased by now, but I think it's better than buying one small bottle at a time.
SV can get a bit blobby/stringy when the half ounce bottle gets down to the halfway mark. You can use Seche Restore, a thinner made for SV or the thinner Sally's sells. Either one works fine. Be generous in how much you put in there but stop often to check it's not getting too watery.
SV needs to be applied to freshly polished, still tacky-to-the-touch nails. It is not meant to be used over dry polish, i.e., a shine refresher on the days following the original manicure.
For the best results, let a drop of SV almost start to drip from the brush and then very gently "ride the bubble" across your nail. This means don't press down hard because SV can sometimes pull some of the polish off, leaving bald spots. The brush bristles should not touch the nail; you just want to guide the bubble over the nail.
Now for the "elephant in the room" regarding SV's famous shrinkage problem. If it has happened to you, you know what it is. For the uninitiated, it's when one or more layers of polish seem to pull back a bit. For me this happens at the cuticle line and sidewalls but others say they see it more at the tips, despite "wrapping" them. Two ways to defeat this: before using SV, apply a coat of any non quick dry clear top coat (I prefer Barielle's Manicure Extender) to act as a buffer between your nail polish and SV. Another way is to get a drugstore item, NYC Grand Central Station (#202), which is also a clear quick dry. Mix it 50-50 with SV, either in an existing half empty SV bottle or any empty bottle you might have. This solves shrinkage. You end up with the fastest drying nails ever, as well as the shiniest.