I’m still no nail blogger, despite the occasional posts I’ve put up on the nail polish I like. You will notice that it is overwhelmingly dominated by one or maybe 2 brands and that’s how I intend to keep it. Nail polish isn’t my thing the way lipsticks or blushes are. I could own 20 peach blushes or 15 red lipsticks and tell you how they all differ and identify the subtle difference in each shade. I could own 3 green nail polishes and think “I think I’m tired of green polish” In fact, I’ve just fallen off the nail polish bandwagon again :D
But all that ranting aside, you maybe wondering why after I declared openly that the one area I failed in being a beauty blogger is nail polish (and hair!), I started talking about nail polish. Well, the only reason I started painting my nails again is because a good buddy of mine pushed me in the direction of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. I purchased it at her insistence and when I used it, I knew I’d finally be able to use nail polish, because the Seche Vite top coat is amazing! It dries in what feels like 2 seconds (ok realistically, about a minute) and I’m free to do whatever I want thereafter! Free as a bird!
Granted, the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat doesn’t exactly dry the nail polish in full, but it leaves it dry to the touch, so you can actually function as a normal human being without having to have your hands sticking out of you as you wave your freshly painted nails under the fan.
I usually apply a layer of Seche Vite over the last layer of colour and it helps to not only seal the colour and protect from chips and wear, but also helps to even out the nail colour. This last point is especially helpful if you are anything like me and a right klutz at painting your nails. Sometimes, the colour is a bit streaky, so I apply a layer of Seche Vite top coat over the polish while its still a little wet and it helps smoothen the colour.
I’ve read of complaints that Seche Vite can cause the colour to “shrink” away from the nail tip so some people experience wear faster. I’ve never had that. With this top coat on, I can take my nail colours for about a week without wear showing significantly. The shine does start to wear off after a few days, but in the main, I have little problems with this top coat. I also remove colours after about 2-3 days because I get bored so longevity doesn’t bother me.
The primary boon is of course the quick drying aspect. In about a minute, if you just touch the surface, the top coat would be dry and you can go on your merry way. I paint my nails before bed most of the time, so this is very very important for me. If you press down hard on it you will of course expect to see an imprint because its not quite dry all the way through, just on the surface.
Another problem I’ve read about is the Seche Vite top coat thickening up quite quickly. There is a product to restore it called Seche Vite Restore that you can add to the bottle to restore the consistency. But I’ve had my bottle for a few months now, and I haven’t experienced this thickening problem yet (touch wood!). I maybe in the minority, or I just may be oblivious (I suspect the latter) but so long as I don’t have a problem with the product I’ll hold out on getting the Restore.
Have you a favourite nail polish top coat? Do you use Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat and do you like it as much as I do? I swear, if not for this Seche Vite top coat, I’d never paint my nails. Ever! So if you have the same problem I do i.e too impatient to wait for painted nails to dry, Seche Vite top coat is your answer :)
Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat was purchased online from Nail Fiesta at RM33/14ml