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In my spare time, one of my hobbies is nail art. It is something that I have done since I was a teenager and I have managed to turn it into a mini business with people requesting for me to do their nails. Not long ago, I came across this top coat, gave it a try and now I love it!
The things I love about this top coat is that it dries incredibly fast. Nail art often takes a long time anyway so having a fast-drying top coat really decreases the time spent on waiting for the nails to dry. It also gives this really nice, shiny finish to your nails and I personally find that it is fairly similar to the effect of gel nails. This top coat makes your nails seem as though they were professional done at a nail salon, it's that good. Usually, with this top coat, my nail polish lasts for around 4-6 days which is not bad at all.
The downsides to this top coat is that it comes with a funny smell that I am not too keen on.
My hobby is my doing my nails and I have searched around for ages for a decent top coat. This one is amazing!! It's fast drying so I don't have to wait around for ages not touching anything just in case I get a dent or a smudge, I literally have to wait not even 5 minutes before I can get on with my day. It's also so shiny and people have asked if I have got gel nails on because of how good it makes my polish look! It is a thick top coat but it's easy to use once you get used to the consistency and making sure you don't put too much on the brush. Depending on what polish I use, it can last between 5-7 days and I am on a computer typing away every day with work so to me that's really good so it's a winner for me and I'll definitely repurchase it
..::Why I wanted the product::..
I love painting my nails, to be honest I am a little bit obsessed with nail polish. I have a collection with hundreds which include many top coats. What I don't like doing is waiting for the polish to dry before putting the top coat on as I am quite busy throughout the day. After reading many reviews and watching youtube reviews I thought that it could be quite a useful purchase.
I purchased this for £9.95 but it can be anywhere between £8-£10. This is a little pricey compared to many other brands but the quality and efficiency really makes it work it.
I really like this top coat - it is by far the best one I have bought. What I like most about it is the fact you are able to put it on over nail polish that has not quite dried which means there is a lost less waiting around when you use it. Once the product has been applied it also dries very fast itself.
Overall, if you are happy to pay the price it is well worth it. It is a quality product that works just as it says on the bottle.
This is the best top coat I have ever had, and just wouldn't be without. I am addicted to doing my nails since I got married 3 years ago, however I was continually redoing my nails at night as it was just chipping off in work. All this changed when a friend bought me this, one of the best presents I have got!
The top coat has many advantages that others just don't seem to. Once on this lasts, on a normal week for me, a week, no matter what the quality of the nail polish below, meaning your nails last longer, saving me time at night and also money on continually buying new nail polishes. I also find as it such a good top coat you can buy cheaper branded nail polishes, like Asda own brand and make them last just as well as an expensive nail polish.
Also you can apply this to damp nails, so there is no waiting around or wafting your hands about trying to get your nail polish to dry, you just put it on and away you go. If you are anything like me and not big on patience this means that your not smudging or wrecking your nails straight after doing them.
My one worry about this was as it is so good, was it going to difficult to get off, the way gel nail polish can be, but I didn't need to worry, it just comes off with your normal nail polish remover and your ready to go again. I also love the finish this gives, I sometimes do two coats on to get an almost gel look from my nails. Also Seche Vite also do a thinner, meaning that you can top up your bottle and make it last far longer!
Just wouldn't be without it!
I bought this product after reading good reviews and I am so pleased about the results that I had to add my own! My nails are a bit of a hobby to me, I'm always experimenting with colour and nail art, however most regular top coats only spoilt my work - an extra layer of varnish (albeit clear) would often mean that my nails would never dry and I would have to take the whole lot off and do them again - either that or I didn't put enough coats of colour on prior to top coat and the result was patchy. If anything many top coats actually made my varnish more likely to chip.
Seche vite top coat is completely different in that you don't have to wait for the colour varnish to dry, no matter how many coats you have on already. Be generous with it - it dries almost instantly no matter how thick it is (nb you can also get thinners for when your bottle is too thick) but do put it on quickly. Better to quickly paint on one thick brush full and it kind of "seals" on your colour - slow thin coats evaporate really quickly so you don't always get a to spread it over the full nail.
I cook, clean, operate keyboard, do tons of filing - my nails last about a week and never chip. I might get slight wearing away at the tips simply because I use my hands, but just touch it up with colour and enough top coat to cover the tip and they are fine.
You need a good bit of remover to take the polish off, but not anything fancy or too harsh.
Many people comment that my nails must be false - or at least have gel polish they look so good and are so strong. If only the rest of me was up to the same standard!
***Why I want the product***
I am a busy woman and do not have time to wait for my nail polish to dry. Because of this I rarely paint my nails even though I have a few nail polishes that are literally wasting away that have had to thrown some away due to them going off. I used to use OPI Rapid Dry Top Coat and although it is a great top coat I found the waiting time, even though was quick, just was not quick enough.
I know everyone raves about the most famous top coat around and I had never used it before. It is the one and only Seche Vite Dry Top Coat.
***Why do I need a top coat?***
The purpose of a top coat is that it should be applied over nail colour to seal in the colour that was applied underneath, seals in moisture so water and chemicals cannot penetrate underneath thus damaging your natural nails and more importantly your hard work, your nail colour chipping or peeling off. Even though a top coat helps to protect your nail polish and natural nail, water is still not your best friend.
Top coats help to protect your nails and nail polish from wear and tear, so polish staying great for longer. It creates an instant water/mirror like shine on the nail that lasts for days (if you find a good one).
If you do not want to wear nail colour because you do not like colours, prefer a more natural look or your job doesn't allow you to, instead of applying a top coat on your naked nails I would personally apply a base coat first, a top coat straight on to the nail may look pretty and shiny but it can actually damage your natural nail due to the adhesives in the top coat. Top coat is designed to go over polish and sink into the layers to seal it all in; there is a lot of base coats on the market that are very shiny when worn alone.
Seche Vite comes in a lovely cardboard box that feels and looks shiny. The colouring is white stripe down the middle with black boarder to the left and right. Writing is in black to give it a lovely contrast. The bottom half sees a cut out where you can see the bottle inside. The back explains about the product and how to apply.
Opening the box you are also greeted with a small leaflet that tells you how to prepare the nail, how to choose a base coat and of course Seche Vite recommend their base coat and then the top coat, which can be read in different languages.
The 14ml round glass bottle is thick but after all is glass, the bottle is finished off with a shiny black lid with black writing to compliment it all.
***How to use this product***
To apply this top coat, make sure your natural nails are free from oils by wiping over with nail polish remover. Apply one coat of your preferred base coat, two coats of your favourite polish and then one coat of Seche Vite Top Coat, waiting for at least 90 seconds between each coat for better results. Or if you prefer, one coat base coat and then Seche Vite Top Coat for the natural look.
Screwing off the black lid it is seen that the bottle and lid itself are very well made. Seche Vite Top Coat is clear in colour with thick consistency, which on first impression it seems way to thick to dry quickly without peeling off. Seche Vite can be used on any type of nail whether it is natural or acrylic. Upon unscrewing the lid the strong smell hits you, just like all other polishes and nail treatments, but when on the nail it disappears quickly and doesn't linger in the air. When applying over my nail polish, it seems a little thick to begin with but just seems to glide over the nail so smoothly, covering the whole nail without any smudging, dragging, or going over the same spot again and again so no streaks are in sight. AI also noticed the polish seems cold on contact, which I have never felt before with other top coats.
Straight away the top coat levels itself out over the nail leaving a beautiful shiny finish that seems to intensify the colour you applied underneath with no bubbling when dry. The brush itself feels light on the nail and good quality that leaves no steaks unlike cheaper ones on the market.
***How have I used it?***
All the nail polishes I have used are not all high end, yet when Seche Vite Top Coat is applied the polish instantly looks more expensive and a lot shinier, glossier and polished (pardon the pun).
Drying time with this product is brilliant and I do believe everything that is claimed with this, which not a lot of people can say that about any product.
Over a base coat and two coats of nail polish Seche Vite is dry within five minutes, however I still feel it is ever so slightly tacky even if it feels touch dry there is still a possibility of scuffing the polish. Instead I love to apply my Solar Cuticle Oil over the top. Nail polish stays wet because oxygen is all around the polish feeding it, even with a dry top coat. Oil applied afterwards kills the oxygen which means polish drier even quicker. I find this way every time I polish my nails they are completely dry within ten minutes.
Just remember although this top coat is thick don not apply it overly thick as this can lead to peeling quicker and longer drying time.
I have used different top coats in the past, which starts to chip within a few days, looks dull and in need to start again. With this my polish is still intact and looking great a week on, with no chips or peeling in sight. With all nail polishes look out when you are washing the house with chemicals and of course water is no friend to polish as the water can creep into polish, lifting it off the nail so gloves is advised for washing up and tasks like that.
The only thing I would recommend and I would with any top coat is to reapply after a few days to keep your polish from fading as with my hands in and out of water I have noticed it doesn't matter what polish is used fading does happen. So reapplying keeps your nail colour strong and more wearable for longer.
This top coat does not go yellow on the nails, unlike some cheaper brands on the market and keep all nail polishes and treatments out of direct sunlight to prolong its life.
***Price and availability***
Seche Vite Top Coat granted is not the cheapest out there but in this instance you really do get what you pay for. The best deal I have found for this product is QVCUK.com with two bottles for £15.50 plus £2.95 postage or three bottles for £18.75 plus £3.95 postage. Counting the postage on the three bottles that are only £7.50, which is a lot cheaper than other high end brands.
***What I think about it/do I like it?***
I really do love this top coat and for the price above I think it is great value for money. I have found my passion for painting my nails again and love everything about it. This is a top coat I will be getting in the near future.
Since getting this product, which was last Christmas 2012 I have painted my nails around 20 times so not a lot by any nail polish addict standards but more than I have ever done before and I am nearly half way down the bottle.
I am really obsessive about nails and nail polish and I often do nail art for myself and friends so my top coat has to be of very high quality and last a long time. All other top coats I have used have chipped within a day and just weren't good enough apart from this one.
This polish is very fast drying which is great and time efficient. I also can't stress enough how super shiny and glossy this dries, making your at home manicures look professional. Also its great if you accidentally smudge or have imperfections with the nail colour application because by applying a coat of Seche Vite it fixes little errors like this and smooths them out.
Usually I uses two coats of Seche Vite and my nails last up to 5 days without chipping. However, I have found that sometimes the product causes the nail polish to shrink as it dries, pulling it back from the tip of the nail. This is easily solved by making sure when putting on nail colour I also apply it to the edge of the tip of the nail as well.
Although the product is fast drying I would recommend that if you are doing nail art to make sure it is completely dry before applying Seche Vite as it can smear or drag polish. Also sometimes I find that after a week I can peel the nail polish off in one, which i don't necessarily mind, but some people might.
The last con i can think of for this polish is that the smell is very strong! It smells a bit like petrol, very chemical. But overall I love this product and it has become a necessity for me when doing my nails.
I love nails products and I am always wanting to try something new. I love painting my nails but waiting for them to dry sends me mad, then I came across Seche Vite. It is a top coat which I had read about on beauty blogs and saw on youtube videos, I was hoping I would not be disappointed as it sounded so good.
To use this top coat you just paint your nails as usual, I then give a small break (20-30 secs) and apply the top coat straight on to your wet nails. You load the brush and apply to the nail, as it is thicker than usual it spreads out so if you are not the best at painting nails, you do not need to worry as this corrects itself. You do not need to worry about your polish underneath, the top coat is quite thick and goes on perfectly. To make my colour last longer I always take the top coat over the tip of my nail to seal the colour on. It really is so simple to use which is a great advantage. After about 5-10 minutes I find my nails are totally dry and I can get on whatever I am doing - so much better than having to sit still for a long amount of time!
.....Price and availability.....
Asos - £10.95
QVC - Duo for £15.50
QVC - Trio for £18.75
It is also worth keeping an eye out on Amazon and eBay as you can often get this at a reduced price on there. You can also get a mini bottle on eBay if you are just wanting to try it out before paying the full amount.
I get bored so easily with colour so I do often change my nail colour but Seche Vite top coat means that for the days I have the colour on it is protected. I also find that the top coat gives an extra shine, unlike some top coats which can make the colour go dull.
So....I love trying out new things and often I find them great but then will love on to something else, but now I know this is something which I will continue to use as it really is amazing and does what it says!!!
I didn't know anything about Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat when I picked this up in a job lot of nail varnishes from eBay. Since then I heard the rave reviews about this product by professionals and at QVC. According to Seche Vite, this dry fast top coat is widely acknowledged as the world's finest top coat. Specially formulated to penetrate through nail lacquer to the base coat forming a single solid coating over the nail plate for a much more durable finish. Guaranteed not to yellow while leaving nails silky, stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling.
Luckily I picked this up for a few pounds, but it usually retails around the £10 mark for a 14ml bottle and can be picked from various online retailers such as FeelUnique, ASOS and on eBay.
So I used this product after I had applied a base coat and 2 coats of a Nails Inc varnish. I waited a few minutes after applying the colour before I used Seche Vite top coat.
The product is colourless and has a strong varnish odour - not unusual, and the brush is a standard size nail varnish brush. The product is thick and viscous when loaded on to the brush which lead to a thick coating of the product being applied to my nail. The top coat was easy to apply to the nail, despite the nail colour underneath being barely dry, it did not drag or smudge the colour. When the product was first applied, my nails looked glossy and smooth, but as it looked so thick I wasn't convinced it would dry, but I was wrong!
Luckily, within seconds after applying, the top coat sinks in and doesn't look thick. My nails were so glossy they still looked wet, I knew this was supposed to dry quickly, but I did not want to poke at my nails and ruin them if this hadn't dried! I did touch my nails with my fingers and dug my nail into the colour to check, about 2 minutes after applying and I am pleased to stay that my nail colour was unaffected! Normally, without a top coat that would have been disaster for a manicure and the varnished would have smudged and dented to touch. The overall look of my nails with Seche Vite has improved and I couldn't stop looking at my nails.
Seche Vite makes my manicure last for about 5 days without chipping, even at the tips. The glossiness on the nail also remains until it is removed and my nails generally feel a lot stronger when I use this. Removing this is not too much of a problem with acetone-free remover, a soaked cotton wool pad is held over the nail for around 10 seconds to remove everything from the nail.
A 14ml bottle of this will probably last for around 20 manicures, so it lasts well making the £10 price tag more comfortable.
Overall, I love this product and will be purchasing a new bottle soon. It increases the longevity and general look of nail colour on the fingers and is easy to apply.
A must have for nail varnish wearers - 5 stars
Slow drying nail varnish can be a polish addict's nightmare. All your hard work, the base, the carefully applied coats, destroyed with a simple action - washing your hands or searching for a pen at the bottom of your bag.
My favourite nail varnish of all time is also one that does not seem to match my body chemistry. If I so much as tap my nail within 3 hours of application, BOOM, a dent, or worse, a smudge. But let's face it, who has three hours to sit & do nothing after applying new nail polish?
This is where Seche Vite comes in. (Argh - as a French speaker I am so distressed by the lack of grave accent on the 'e' - why?!) Despite their dodgy French, this is a product that goes on over your nail varnish, as a top coat, & promises to dry it within 30 seconds.
It sounds too good to be true? Well I tried it tonight. Three coats of Essie's Olé Caliente, then a brief wait (roughly 2 minutes.) I then added a liberal coat of Seche & waited the required 30 seconds before lightly touching my nails. I was shocked! They were genuinely dry! (This is saying a lot for Essie as their polishes are notoriously slow to dry..) What's more, the felt smooth, almost like satin. The finish, however, was not particularly shiny, so I added a second coat to get the shine I wanted. In the words of Ronseal, this product does exactly what it says on the tin!
My bottle was the standard 15ml size, & lining it up next to other polishes of the sme size, it seems generous. I can imagine it will last me a good two months, despite my dangerous addiction to nail polish!
To be updated! I was so impressed by Seche that I wanted to write this straight away, haha! Howevert, I will update in 2/3 days to let you know how long the result lasts..
Update - my first experience of this was great, but now I am coming to find that it doesn't wear very well. I would recommend adding another topcoat after a day or so's wear.
I paid 10pounds50 for this on ASOS, which is a little steep, but it seems to available much more cheaply elsewhere. However, I think the price is reasonble if it saves me from ruining my freshly painted nails!
Overall, I am thrilled with this. I often paint my nails when I don't really have time to dedicate to it, then end up disappointed after scratching, denting or smudging the polish. This product is a saviour for me!
I absolutely love this product! It has really saved me from the tedium of waiting for my nails to dry.
I came across it while reading blogs about nail polish and nail art - so many of the writers raved about it that I bought a mini bottle to try out, through ebay. The mini bottle (0.125oz) is a great way to try it out - mine was only about £2, which isn't such good value as a standard sized bottle (0.5oz/14ml) but it's cheap enough not to be too annoying if you decide you don't like it. I've almost finished mine and will definitely be ordering another!
Seche Vite is a bit unusual compared to other topcoats. The bottle I got didn't come with any real instructions, so I was glad I'd found it through the blogs - there is lots of advice online for how to get the most out of it.
The first thing is that you shouldn't apply it straight to a 'bare' nail - it goes on top of other nail polishes, so if you just want a clear, shiny finish with no colour then you'll need to use another clear nail polish first.
The second was the most disconcerting thing - you should apply it over wet nail polish. This was a bit scary at first, as it goes against all my nail-polishing instincts, but it really is best to paint it on when the coloured polish is still tacky. I find it's best to give it 30 seconds to a minute between painting on the colour and the Seche Vite. If you've been arty and are painting patterns on your nails, I'd give it longer to avoid smuding your design.
Now, the way you apply it! It's very odd. Seche Vite is thicker than most nail polishes, and it really does dry very quickly, so you need to be fast. First, gather a nice big bead of Seche Vite on the brush - enough to cover the whole nail. 'Lay' this down in the centre of your nail near the cuticle, and then quickly use the brush to spread and paint it over the whole nail (I do a stripe down the middle, then one on each side). I've found it levels itself out quite well, so it's okay if it's not the same thickness all over. You do want to cover whole painted area though.
You do need to make sure to 'wrap' it round the tip of your nail - use the brush to paint it down over the front edge of your nail at the same time. If you don't do this, sometimes the layer of Seche Vite shrinks as it dries, leaving a strip at the tip that's not protected or shiny!
It sounds fiddly, but I got used to the method after a couple of practice nails! I was absolutely amazed by how quickly it dries - this is why it's a godsend for me. I've always found that my nail polish takes ages to dry, and even once I think it's fine it easily gets dents and so on, for several hours. Seche Vite has saved me from all of that. Once you've applied it, your nails should be touch-dry within 5 minutes (so you can change the tv channel, read a book, etc) and completely solid in about 15 minutes. I've never had such quick drying, even with the usual so-called fast-drying polishes! It dries very shiny and firm, and I've found I can grow my nails a bit longer than usual without breaking them when wearing Seche Vite. It also stops my polish from chipping for a few days longer than usual - once it lasted 10 days, which is unheard of for me!
As I said, you can get a mini bottle for about £2 if you want to test it out before committing, and the standard one is easily available on Amazon and ebay for around £7. If you find out you absolutely love it and want to stock up, you can also buy a 'professional'-size bottle (about 120ml?) for about £20!
The only negatives I can think of are that it does smell stronger than standard nail polish, though it goes away once it's dry! The other thing is that it can start to get thick and gloopy as you get to the bottom of the bottle. This doesn't stop it working, but it makes it harder to apply. Seche have a product called Seche Restore which you can use to get it back to it's original consistency if it bothers you (though it's a bit annoying to have to buy another product!).
All in all, though, I absolutely love this stuff, and I'd really recommend it if you like to paint your nails regularly - especially for impatient people like me!
I don't wear coloured nail varnish on my hands, but I do sometimes go to town a bit on my toes. I'm one of those people who think feet are perhaps the ugliest thing on any human being, no matter how pretty some may perceive them to be. This may be down to my grandfather shoving his gnarled hobbits foot under my nose as a youngster and offering me sixpence to cut his toe nails, cue screaming ten year old and a sharp exit. So I go to great pains to try and make mine look as presentable as is possible.
Anyway, I don't usually have lots of time to allow my nails to dry properly before shoving my feet into some kind of footwear... or bed as I tend to try and do them last thing at night after a shower. So I have been looking for quick dry polishes, fast drying top coats and 'drops' and sprays for many years. None have really cut the mustard some have done a decent job, but the fastest dryers left my nails looking a little dull.
I saw Seche Vite being demonstrated while browsing QVC on a quiet afternoon. At first I thought it looked as if it couldn't possible do a decent job, as I could see from the demonstration and the presenter even commented on how thick this top coat is. As you are meant to apply this while your nails are still damp I thought it would drag the varnish and give a messy look. I read some good reviews about it though so went and bought it.
The bottle is pretty much like most varnish bottles, it is round and squat which makes it great for resting on surfaces without falling over; the glossy black lid is a nice size and makes for easy handling. The brush is a good thickness so that you don't have to paint your nails in little strips.
Were my worries when watching the demonstration proved right?
Not one bit. The texture is indeed thick (a little like your nail varnish might start to go when getting a little old, a little thick but not 'separated'); but if you use a slightly different technique when applying this - as was demonstrated by the presenter when I saw it on the telly - it goes on magically.
You need to load the brush a bit more than you would with a straightforward nail varnish, and then apply as normal. It's also a good idea to draw the brush across the free edge of your nail, as this helps to 'seal' the coats of varnish and help reduce chipping.
I've heard the way it works explained as: It soaks into the still moist varnish a little so they become almost one coat, and dry as one layer, more quickly than the varnish alone would.
The thick texture of Seche Vite remains thicker than normal top coat as it dries, providing a good protective shield to the nail. The finish is beautifully glossy and this top coat can zhuzh up a cheaper varnish (which sometimes dry slightly dull) and give it a much higher end and longer lasting look than without the top coat.
This is the best fast drying product I've ever tried, and within a minute or two I can put on a pair of sandals without risking dents or smears from straps etc. Within just a couple more I can put on tights and shoes without getting the impression of the fabric pressed into the varnish.
Though I rarely paint my finger nails I do apply colour very occasionally and have used this as the top coat. The same is true on fingernails as toenails. I can use my hands pretty much as normal within a short time of applying this. I mostly use it on fingernails alone on bare nails to give a glossy groomed look if I'm going out. This works well over nail art too, and doesn't smear or move anything painted or stuck on. It helps little gem type thingies stay put longer than normal. My finger nails are horribly thin and weak, and the thick coating this gives to them seems to provide added protection, and they feel harder and peel and split less when wearing it (the product isn't a treatment nail hardener).
I notice a definite reduction in chipping while using this and the colour stays looking fresh and glossy for much longer. The colour does wear at the tip of the nail a little if you wear if for long enough, but it wears fairly evenly as friction will wear away at anything eventually; to me the wear doesn't seem very noticeable.
A friend says that she sometimes experiences the polish lifting and peeling off the nail when using this, strangely (as I do experience that problem when wearing almost any polish on my nails) I don't get that issue when using this. She has found that if she doesn't apply the Seche Vite right to the edges of the colour it seems to prevent the peel off to a certain extent (she says she found the tip on Youtube, but hasn't provided me with the link sorry).
If you are using a matte varnish, obviously don't use this as it gives a high gloss finish. Seche do have products which give a matte finish but they tend to be base coats, or treatments to be used alone on bare nails.
You can buy this in many places, I bought a double pack for about £17 but there is postage on top of that. This is one of the few items I wouldn't buy from QVC again unless on offer as it is available elsewhere a little more cheaply, currently £5.99 with £1.05 postage from one seller at Amazon, though am sure it could be sourced even more cheaply if you have time to look
If you are a regular varnish wearer I would highly recommend this product, though like most varnishes it does contain chemical compounds which some people may not want to use. To see the full range of products you can visit http://seche.com/
I love giving myself "at home manicures" but my only problem is that I slave away for an hour on them and then 24 hours later they are dull and chipped. I had to find a solution to this. So I researched online about which top coat was the best and came across Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat which is otherwise known as the worlds finest top coat, it sounded good enough to me so I thought I would give it a whirl. I grabbed a bottle from boots for around £10 and rushed home to make my nails look beautiful.
So you start by painting your nails as normal (base coat and as many coats of the colour as you need) and then get a ball of the Seche Vite top coat on the end of the brush and paint directly onto wet nails. The top coat seals the colour in and dries super fast! After about 10 minutes my nails were dry with a glass like shine and it looked like I'd had a professional manicure.
As this is known as the worlds finest top coat I thought that my nails would look fabulous for at least a week. I was wrong. The next day I had the same old problems with my nail polish with it peeling, chipping and just generally looking a mess.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Topcoat is perfect if you have an evening out - It does create a fabulous manicure in the short term as long as you don't use your hands or nails too much but in the long term it is no better than any other fast drying top coat on the market.
I bought this product as I am desperate to achieve the "perfect" manicure thats doesn't chip after a couple of days- ideally I'd like my nails to last a working week. I don't have a job that is manual and uses my hands a lot- i spend the majority of my life typing at a computer so really my manicures should last!
I purchased Seche Vite after I'd read some pretty remarkable claims in reviews online- how it kept manicures looking fresh for several days. I got it from Ebay for around £6 including postage and packaging- mainly because I was unsure which shops stock it- I haven't seen it in Boots!
It doesn't look anything special in the bottle- clear and is a little bit gloopy on the brush- note I have read that after a few uses and as the liquid in the bottle decreases it can get really thick and unworkable and so it's advised you buy some Seche Vite thinner to keep it going.
I painted my nails with a couple of coats, after using a base coat, and then when the nails were dry I painted on Seche Vite. It is a little pungent but nothing more than the general nail varnish smell. I have to say it did leave my nails looking good- really glossy and shiny and quite professional :-) It also dried pretty quickly which I was very impressed by.
Now I was hoping to have a manicure that lasted about a week or at least five days, but for me unfortunately my nails did chip. It wasn't any worse than my previous top coat, but nevertheless it didn't improve the staying power of my polish. This, in all honesty, was very disappointing.
I have also had a professional manicure in which the manicurist used Seche Vite as a top coat, and this manicure lasted no more than a couple of days before chipping- so it wasn't just my technique!
I have read several reviews on the product, some say that Seche Vite should be applied on wet nails rather than dry- note it doesn't say this on the bottle! I have tried it on tacky nails with the same results, I am always wary of using top coats on wet nails as I don't want the brush to drag the colour and mark it, and also get colour in my clear top coat.
Overall, it was ok- made my nails look nice for a short period of time.
This is every girls must have beauty secret, I found this product when looking at a girlfriends nails in the office, and asking what made her nail polish look so shiny and glamorous. I genuinely though she had had a professional manicure don't, but when she told me she had brought Seche from Boots I was amazed and went straight out and brought a bottle.
It is one of the more expensive top coats on the market I think I paid £6.98 but defiantly worth every penny. It was easy to apply and dried within seconds, the only bad side I found is once it has been opened a while it becomes a little sticky and hard to apply. I applied a coat over a red nail varnish one evening for a party and it lasted over a week, I washed the pots, cleaned the house and did some plant potting and it was still immaculate.
It looks fabulous if you apply over a red nail varnish, I wouldn't recommend wearing it as a clear nail varnish as looks a little lumpy.
Compared to other top coats on the market I would defiantly recommend this product to any one.
Seche Vite is unmatched as a top coat leaving the nail feeling silky, stronger and more durable / Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat is acknowledged as the worldÈTMs finest top coat / Its patented formula allows it to penetrate through the nail lacquer to the base coat forming a single solid coating over the nail plate for a much more durable finish which is guaranteed not to yellow /