Sunday, September 26, 2010

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

You may be asking why write about something that everybody knows :) But from my experience there are still a lot of people that never heard of this and if my post could help just one person out there I will be more than happy.

Seche Vite is my HG nail product. It is a fast drying top coat from Seche that is applied over your last coat of nail polish to speed up the drying time from hours to minutes. And you know what? IT WORKS! I think I could never become a nail polish addict without this. I am sure you all know it...you paint your nails and then start waving your hands up and down like crazy, then are very careful not to ruin the mani, go to sleep and in the morning find sheet imprints on your nail. I had it the same before I bought my first bottle of Seche Vite. Now here are my thoughts about this product after using it for about three years:

+ dries your polish fast - it really does! I have my polish perfectly dry in about 20 - 30 minutes. I have tried some other top coats and sprays but none worked so well for me as Seche Vite. Remember! It is important that you apply it onto WET nail polish so that it can go through all the layers.
+ cheap - it isn´t very expensive which is great because I use tons of it :) (a 15ml bottle costs $4.20 on transdesign)
+ great brush - I really like the brush of this one. Very easy to use and to get the right amount of product on your nails.


- not available everywhere - if you are from the US you will have no problems in getting it but you might have problems if you are not. Seche Vite doesn´t sell in my country but you can always get it on the internet.
- goes thick - after you use about two thirds of the product it starts to go thick and is hard to work with. I tried a thinner (not Seche Restore - must try that) but it doesn´t work much so I just buy another bottle :)
- not for holographic polishes - like most top coats don´t use this over holographic polishes. The effect will show much less and we don´t want that to happen :)
- shrinkage - it desn´t happen often but sometimes it can. Make sure you wrap it around your tips to avoid it.


I hope this was helpful. I really LOVE Seche Vite and because of it I can paint my nails every day and have fun with it.

31 comments:

  1. Is it a good top coat with Konad ??
    thanks Isa

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  2. Isa: yes, I use it even on top of my konad designs but I leave them to dry a bit longer so that it doesn´t smudge.

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  3. I haven't had the problem with shrinkage yet either(probably because my nails are short anyway).

    I love Seche Vite for glitters(things that need a thick topcoat), but I also have Out the Door for other polishes(creme finish, though I like glitters so much more.lol).

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  4. This is one of my must have nails thing. I can't even imagine my daily manicure without using Seche Vite.

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  5. Love my seche!! Going to try INM as well...

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  6. I love Seche, but it gives me really bad shrinkage when I use it with Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes. Just with that brand, though...so weird. :(

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  7. I agree that SV t.c. is a must have. I can't get it in Canada anymore and have to go to the states to get some because they won't even ship it across the border....so I stock up in Buffalo or when I travel to Florida, etc. I am getting some Seche Restore soon and I'm very curious to see if it will revive the half-full bottles of thick Seche Vite I have lying around.

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  8. do you have any suggestions for a topcoat that is okay to use with holo polishes? i never realized that the topcoat would affect a holo!

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  9. You absolutely MUST use Seche Restore to thin your bottles of Vite. Seche Restore is the only thinner that has toluene in it, which is the ingredient that makes Vite smooth and super quick drying, and all of the other ingredients in your bottle of Vite are meant to dissolve in it. If you use another type of thinner, the Vite will just stay thick, because most other thinners do not contain toluene these days. Seche Restore works very well to thin out those half-full thickened bottles... add a few drops, roll it around in your palms, check to see if it is the consistency you want, repeat if necessary.

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  10. I've never tried this, but I want it. :) I have Essie Good to Go and Poshe and they both dry polish really fast.

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  11. you have to use Seche Restore to thin out Seche Vite. Works wonderfully! You can even thin colored nail lacquers as well. Caution the restore product contain toulene. (but so does Vite)

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  12. I agree with you - SV is the way I save my mani from sheet prints. Girls at work are always asmazed when I tell them what time I did my mani and then what time I went to bed. It's a little more expensive where I pick it up.

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  13. Steffi: you are absolutely right! It is a must have over glitters :)

    Lili: me too, I so much suffer when I run out of it.

    Morgaine: Love it too

    Varnish Vixen: I don´t have RBL polishes yet...waiting for the sale :)

    Lucisek: thank you!

    glitterM: I have to get them from the US too, all the way to Europe :)

    Jessica: I don´t use any top coats with holo polishes, they dry quickly so I don´t need it.

    Jennifer: thank you for your comment! It was very helpful :) I will buy the Seche Restore and see how it works :)

    Tassa: I didn´t try these two..I think I had something from China Glaze and OPI.

    Beata: I know about the toulene and don´t care much, thanks for your comment :)

    Megan: same here. Everybody thinks I spend hours doing my nails but that is not true, you just have to have the right stuff

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  14. I've never tried Seche Vite...Sally Hansen Insta-Dri was my go-to for quite some time, but now I'm in love with Rush. It's amazing and cheap ($5 for 30 mL)!

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  15. Thank you for this! I have been using the SV on all my manis, but I do a lot of stamp art. Often by the time I am stamping the polishes beneath are dry, so I am applying SV to already dry polish. What happens if it doesn't penetrate all the polish? Denting? I have had that.

    Also thanks for the tip about taking the Vite around the edge of my tips to prevent shrinkage!

    Annnd it's good to know from the other notes that Seche Restore is meant for SV. I will save mine for that purpose and buy another thinner for the rest of my polishes!

    UBER helpful, yo! :)

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  16. I know that everyone loves this topcoat but I wasn't that impressed with it. I actually prefer Essie's "Good to Go" topcoat... much better and doesn't go bad sitting on your shelf.

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  17. Vite is definitely my go to top coat as well. I need to pick up some Restore though it sounds like.

    The only polish brand I've had any real issues using Vite with is Zoya. I had horrible wear issues with Charla using Vite.

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  18. I've only recently (past few months) starting using SV and I am never lookin' back to that dark period that was my entire life before the quick dry top coat!

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  19. I can't live without SV top coat. The other one of my favourite is Essie Good To Go topcoat, it's not that thick when applied.

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  20. Unless the polish I'm wearing is a matte or a glitter, I get really bad shrinkage with Vite. I have short nails, so wrapping the tips isn't much of an option.

    But don't get me wrong! I still wear it about 75% of the time. I just love how even and shiny it makes my nails!

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  21. Ive heard so many people talking bout this and i really wish i could get it easily in Malaysia. Here it costs abot Rm 55 (~USD 18) which is just crazy! OPI top coat is much cheaper thn this. Im using Nubar Diamont and i think since its the 'older' stock, its perfect for me. I heard the newer ones are bad. Hope to try SV one of these days:-)
    thanks for the review:-D www.nailgalore.my

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  22. I use Seche Vite and my manicure does not last one day with it! I have to constantly take my polish off and try again. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but there is always shrinkage and chipping not even after 24 hours! I love that it dries so quickly, but hate that my manicure does not last longer than a day.

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  23. I like this top coat but its not my HG. I hate how quickly it thickens! My personal preference is Poshe ;)

    I loved this post! Very informative

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  24. I have it and I really like it. And Essie Good to go is also great fast drying TC!

    But what I didn't know was that's not for holo polishes. I used it over ChG QT but I think holo effect was visible as without TC or I just didn't pay attention on that. :D

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  25. the label on this brand says it could cause birth defects :(

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  26. omg thanks for this post !! i have big problem with it... the shrinkage.. every time i've done my mani :( but i never try to wrap it around my tips xD thanks a lot ! :3

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  27. I just want to say THANK YOU for this post....you said you would be happy if this post could help just one person, well please know that it HAS. I don't know how I ever survived without this. I bought this top coat about 5-6 weeks ago, after reading this post and it has changed my life.

    Loving your blog and beautiful nails!

    Thanks again....seriously! =D

    <3, KP

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  28. KP: so glad to hear that! Thank you for letting me know it helped :)

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  29. you can get it at nailfiesta.com-I got my bottle from there.

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