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Friday, April 19, 2013

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat




Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat: £9

Seche Vite has to be one of the most hyped up products in the beauty world. Although every review I'd ever seen had only good things to say about it, for some reason I put off buying it for the longest time. I really enjoy using the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat but it leaves a slight orange tint and can make some shades of polish look a bit odd, so I was on the lookout for a clear one. Upon perusing the nail care aisle in Boots (as ever) one day, I saw the little Seche box and decided to bite the bullet at long last. I was always under the impression that it cost a lot more than it does, so it's nice to see a product with such a good buzz to be under the £10 mark.

My first impressions were sky-high with Seche Vite. As instructed I applied one thick coat over my coloured polish and was astounded by the high shine finish of my nails. I couldn't stop staring at them! Once fully dry, which doesn't take long at all, the surface of the nail feels incredibly smooth. Everything seemed perfect and verging on holy grail territory till maybe the second day of polish wear. I was already experiencing some tip wear and chips here and there as well as some crack-like appearances down the sides of some of my nails. The day after some of the topcoat would peel from random areas and be really easy to lift by mistake, leaving a matte strip of the polish in its wake. Suddenly not so impressive!

I'm just hoping I've been using it wrong, so let me know of any experiences you've had with this! Considering Seche Vite claims to be the 'world's finest top coat' which leaves nails 'resistant to chipping and peeling' I can't say I agree with this in the slightest. I'm seriously disappointed with it so far as I had such high hopes! For reference, I've used this top coat twice now over Essie Fiji and also Rococo T-Cup and had the same experience with both polishes, so it can't be down to a certain brand. Like I said I can't be sure if I'm using it properly since it has such great reviews elsewhere! I can't believe how big the difference in expectation and reality is with it though to be honest. Sorry Seche Vite but it's back to the drawing board!

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  1. I've never used this top coat before, actually I never use top coats because I'm too lazy haha. I just paint my nails and get on with it. I'd love for my nail polish to dry quick though! Great post!

    XO
    scribblesofvalerie.com

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  2. You should give Sally Hansen a go... I absolutely adore the 'Dries Instantly' topcoat. It has the most gorgeous formula and my nails last for 5+ days!

    twincolours.net

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  3. I agree with you. I don't get why everyone raves about it! I find that my nails still chip with this stuff, and worse it can make them peel. It's a shame because it makes them look awesome and shiny and the drying time is second to none but I don't think it helps my nails in the long run.

    The Sally Hansen Insta Dry that the above commenter mentioned is pretty good and a little cheaper too.

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  4. As far as chipping and shine goes, seche vite is second to none but I find that when applied over some polishes it "shrinks" around the edges which leaves the finish looking messy.

    I'm currently using Lumos which is a pro-only topcoat (although I think you can sneak it from amazon etc). It probably has 90% of the shine that seche does, no shrinkage problems, just as excellent at preventing chips and dries my polish just as quickl as seche vite does.

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  5. It's the best dry fast top coat on the marked imo, it is getting a bit gloopy after a while but that doesn't bother me. My other fav is Dior. Those two work for all nail polish textures and I am very happy about that. My manicure always looks nice, since the day I use those two :D / Claire xxx

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  6. Sadly I agree with you, I stopped using it many years ago! I found it peeled off really easily, it also used to go gloopy before I had even used half of it. I like Orly Polishield or Nubar Diamont these days xx

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  7. I used it for a whole until I found that I was getting shrinking on the polishes (the cracks down the side of the nail) and how gloopy it went in the bottle! I've switched to Sally Hansen Insta-Dri now and I love it!
    Yasmin xx
    thestudentwardrobe.com

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  8. I really didn't rate seche vote either. I love Orly Polishield, it's a really great topcoat!
    www.charliehearts.com

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  9. I've only just started using Seche Vite and I adore how shiny it makes my nails and how fast they dry, but I have to agree about the chipping. After a day or so they will chip without fail and sometimes the whole nail of polish will just peel off.
    Such a shame because at first they look so nice!

    Lottie x

    http://lottiekerr.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I have this too and love it works so well! x

    www.krystelcouture.com

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  11. I thought it was just me having this problem! I'm determined to make it work though.
    I find I don't get on with the Kensington Caviar topcoat though, chips like nothing else.

    elliemae636.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. I have this polish and wrote a similar review. But also addressed its health warning on the back of the bottle...

    http://astylishcocktail.com/2012/09/04/seche-vite-to-paint-or-not-to-paint/

    Hayley x

    astylishcocktail.com

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  13. So sad to hear it didn't work out as planned! Seems like it's the perfect top coat otherwise :(

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  14. Such a shame because I've been wanting this for ages:) x

    www.thebeautymist.com

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  15. Great top coat, but the smell is horrid! I've actually found it's started to damage my nails as well unfortunately :(

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  16. Hey love, have you tried it Zoya Armor Top Coat? I like it a lot, and it's three-free.

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  17. Thanks for the honest review! I have been thinking of getting this but maybe I will try some of the others suggested in the comments first..

    http://www.sequindoll.com/

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  18. I've had similar experiences too, and the smell is disgusting! x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I love this top coat! Have been using it for absolutely ages now and I've never had any problems with it. I know it probably won't make much of a difference but maybe try sealing the end (tip) of your nail with polish and the top coat to make it last longer.
    Also, covering every bit of the nail that's polished creates the more finished look, I've found that more often than not when I get the 'shrinking' down the side, it's my own fault for not brushing over enough.
    And thick application doesn't always help the polish to last, the thinner it can be the better!
    Hope that helps! Sometimes it's just the nails that aren't suited to it, everyone's are different :) sorry for the ramble haha
    x

    http://annas-block.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. I have to say I haven't had this problem. you HAVE to make sure you apply the top coat while your nail polish is still wet though!! Otherwise it does peel off. xx

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  21. Oh god dammm i just bought this and essie fiji hahah ill have to see how it goes! Xo

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  22. I completely agree, but i normally use seche vite just for its drying properties, and use another top coat underneath! xx

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  23. I paint my nails every other day anyway, so chipping, cracking and peeling are not the biggest issuesl to me. Also, I buy it from and American seller on amazon for about $5/£3.30, so being so incredibly cheap (Seche restore is the same price too) I don't really mind the chipping/wear time issue :)

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  24. I'm so glad you've said this as well because I bought it recently and couldn't understand why everyone was raving about it when it makes my nail varnish chip so easily! Like you, I don't know if I'm using it incorrectly but other than it drying quickly I don't think it's a great top coat at all.

    Louisa's Notebook

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  26. Very surprised reading these reviews, I found the complete opposite! Painted my nails with Essie a week ago and used Seche Vite, a week on and only one chip, despite washing dishes and everything. I do agree the smell is awful though!

    www.alavish.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. Such a shame it went wrong, it looks so amazing on everyone else! xxx
    Maddy from http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. Aw sounds disappointing! I thought I'd be great!

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  29. I agree with you! I've just repurchased it but found my new one made my nail varnish peel off really easily, maybe its been reformulated?
    http://novanumberone.blogspot.com/

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  30. I'm surprised you had such a disappointing experience, I've read such good reviews! I was going to try this one, but I think I'll give it a miss!


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  31. I wasn't too impressed with this stuff either, much prefer sally hansen insta dry.

    allie from alliesbeauty.blogspot.com

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  32. I've heard so many good things about this polish but haven't put it to the test myself just yet. I'm still not sure after your review, thanks for sharing! xxx

    seeking--serendipity.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. This is so popular. I really want to try it

    http://seasidebeauty.blogspot.com

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  34. I really don't like Seche Vite - it initially seemed to dry nails super quickly, but I was finding my nails weren't quite dry underneath at least ten minutes later and I'd be leaving fingerprints in my polish if I pressed on it too hard. Plus the major shrinkage and the fact it's not 3 Free is just a big no no for me. x

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  35. I am yet to try this! Sally Hanson diamond shine is also a great base & top coat to try! xx

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  36. Did you apply it when the nail varnish underneath was still fairly wet? I had the same problems as you until I took the instructions literally... also I buy mine from beautyone ebay store for £5 inc shipping from america!

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  37. I had the exact same problem!

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  38. I've never tried it but I had only heard good things before this! I was going to try it but maybe not now, because I'm quite happy with my basic Revlon one. Plus I have no idea where I was going to buy it in Australia! xx

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  39. oh nooo i'd been looking forward to getting this :( if you find a good on please review it! :)

    beautyandtheb1.co.uk

    B xxx

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  40. I've only read good reviews about this but oddly never wanted to buy, and I'm glad I didn't... I use Mavadry from Mavala and it's great. Maybe you'd like it, too. It does leave a nice shine and dries the nail polish seriously fast. Sometimes I paint my nails before going to bed and wake up the next day without any marks from the sheets. I really like it.

    my love list

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  41. I feel like although I do use this as my top coat all of the time, I feel like there are much better ones out there. I really don't understand the hype around it really. Pretty gutted as I stocked up with 2 bottles!

    Love Lorna xx

    www.studsanddreams.com

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  42. this is so disappointing, i've never surrendered to the hype and stick to my sally hanson anti chip and i'm glad! this sounds terrible!xx

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  43. Something I want to try, not sure about the down falls of it tho!

    Pipp xx
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

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  44. I had exactly the same experience with this top coat. I tried it over numerous brands, but always with same dodgy result. I have since gone back to OPI and it's all good.

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  45. You have to make sure you're using it right! As soon as you've painted your last colour coat, put the Seche Vite on the nail. It has to be super wet still in order to work. Somehow, the SV seals with the wet colour coat to prevent chipping and last longer.

    I generally wear my nail polish colour for about 3 days before changing, but on the few times I've worn it for 5+ days, I've had no chips when using SV. It stays shiny for that long too, but it's not great when you're not using it right.

    Shrinkage of the nail polish has never been a big problem for me, unlike some other people. Sometimes, I'll get one or two nails that have a bit of shrinkage on them but it happens pretty rarely for me!

    You should give this another go, Emma, and see what you think of it when it's doing it's proper job. I'm sure you'll love it!



    brizbelle.blogspot.com

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  46. Yes Seche wears exactly the same for me which is why I no longer use it. Although it looks amazing it peels off within a day so what's the point?! Essie Good to Go is much superior in my opinion - still fast drying, nice and thick and shiny but lasts longer.

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  47. I like the OPI rapid dry top coat so I think I might stick to that one hahaa :) would totally recommend it to people looking for a fas dry top coat!

    xxx

    http://sarahslittlegems.blogspot.co.uk/

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  48. I bought this having read many race reviews but also experienced chipping the day after application which is a massive annoyance to me!
    I will be going back to Sally Hansen's Mega Shine without waiting for SV to run out!

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  49. I swear by this top coat. In a nutshell:

    1. prevent tip wear and minor chips by reapplying every other day. not as heavily as the first application.

    2. as all top costs thicken eventually, keep the formula nice and malleable by warming before use. don't microwave it! I honestly sit on it while I apply my two coats of polish and roll it in my palms before applying.

    seche vite keeps my manicures shiny and knick free for at least a week, sometimes more. you can also swab your nails with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol to bring back some luster or polish off moisturizers.

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