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Get the Most From Your Manicure With Seche Vite

Frustrated by my inability to achieve a long-lasting finish to my manicures and pedicures at home, I asked three salons in my town what they used as a topcoat for manicures and pedicures. All three told me the exact same thing: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. So I caved and plunked down the $10 for a bottle. Not an outrageous price, but enough that I wanted to be sure I was getting the best.

Seche Vite is meant to be applied thickly, and it leaves nails incredibly glossy and chip proof for way longer than anything else I've tried. The weird thing about the product is that unlike other top coats, you are supposed to apply it over wet polish. Applying it this way allows the formula to actually penetrate the polish, solidifying it into a shield-like protector for your nails. This is tricky to do at first while avoiding streaking, but once you get the hang of it, it's smooth sailing.

In 2006 InStyle magazine picked up on it, too, and named Seche Vite one of its Best Beauty Buys of the year. You can find this little gem at almost any nail salon, or online. And let me know what you think — I always like hearing if you agree or disagree.

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imcs imcs 8 years
$10 is too much for this polish... they sell it in miami GBS for only $7.50 - see if you can find it cheaper than $10 in your city. my manicurist also uses this top coat and absolutely loves it... I'm buying it this week. Glad to see you all love it too, having the reco's works :-)
frimpled frimpled 9 years
If the top coat starts "going bad" you can use Seche Restore (you just add 1-2 drops of it to the top coat) and roll it around between your fingers and it's good as new! Try it works :) Seche Restore also works on old chunky gloopy nail polishes too.
Fabulous-Me Fabulous-Me 9 years
Seche Vite is the greatest! I love it sooo much!
lightheaded lightheaded 9 years
Also an "Out the Door" fan... perhaps when I run out, I'll give this a try.
thelorax thelorax 9 years
I haven't tried this one, but I'm a big fan of "Out the Door" (about $7, lasts quite a long time) and also OPI's top coat (about $10), which I don't believe claims to dry fast but it really does, and it's long-lasting. Both of these can be applied over not-quite-dry ("tacky") nail polish without making it wet and streaky again.
emilie11 emilie11 9 years
I randomly picked this up at a Sally's Beauty Supply store and it really is amazing! My manicures last forever- especially when I layer this over Sally Hansen Diamond Strength nail polish. Thanks for the tip on applying a thick coat to still-wet nails!
lillybunny18 lillybunny18 9 years
If you love the Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, I would also reccommend trying their Crystal Clear Base Coat. It's amazing and makes my manicure last 2x as long as it normally would.
lushylashes lushylashes 9 years
omg I am so glad you are spreading the word on this! I love it! I have used it for years and its terrific! Would definitly recommend to anyone
emalove emalove 9 years
I love this stuff! It works so well.
Neuroticone Neuroticone 9 years
Seche is the best! My nail polish didn't chip for at least a week.
taratootie taratootie 9 years
EVERY time I use a quick drying topcoat my nails are chippy as heck! When I just use the reg OPI topcoat, I am fine though. I used to use out the door, but now Ill just wait and type or read for 30 mins while it dries b/c my mani lasts longer.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Sounds great!!
jennellc85 jennellc85 9 years
i love this stuff too. i like that if you do happen to hit your nail against something before this fully hardens and dries, you can just sort of push it back in place and you can't even tell you messed up on a nail.
pandatours pandatours 9 years
If you have a Sally's card, it's worth it to buy it there because it's $4.95 I think with the card as opposed to the reg. price of $7.99. I like Out the Door better because though because there's less shrinkage
audreyxoxo audreyxoxo 9 years
i will definitely buy this
thalltrac thalltrac 9 years
My polish chipped way faster with this topcoat, I'm now an OPI Start to Finish girl.
kitkat87 kitkat87 9 years
How does the topcoat go bad?
elle619 elle619 9 years
Thanks for the tip can't wait to try it :)
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Wow! I must try this! Sounds amazing!
LilyBiscuit7 LilyBiscuit7 9 years
This is the only top coat I have ever used! I apply mine as soon as all the polish is on, so the color probably has been on a couple of minutes. I like it so much I've never tried any others. It's even at a local chain drug store now!
moonstone-girl moonstone-girl 9 years
Question: If you apply it over wet polish does the wet polish stick to the brush?
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
Sheet marks are the killer for most of my manicures, if this prevents that it's worth every penny!
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 9 years
I looooove seche vite and refuse to use anything else now! It makes every nail polish fast drying and it is so shiny! However, it goes bad fast and I always have to throw away the bottle when it gets to half-full.
Meka_suga Meka_suga 9 years
I'm gonna try this. Thanks.
geenah geenah 9 years
i have this but after a few days, it's not as shiny anymore :[ it kinda chips easily too. maybe i got a bad batch :T
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