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.