Magic in a Bottle??? Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat Review

If you checked out my September Loves or my amazingly punny post about how to nail your manicure, then you already know that I have been living for the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. It’s a favorite of the web and my YouTube nail queen Cristine/SimplyNailogical, so I knew I had to try it out. Did it radically change my life? Is it magic in a bottle? Let’s find out!


The Lineup

For the relatively low price of $7 to $10 (it really depends on where you buy it), you can be the proud owner of 0.5 fl oz of quick drying nail coat. The actual product is a combination of thick and runny and is applied with a brush that was way thinner than I expected. It claims to “penetrate” all the way to you nail bed to create nails so powerful that you never have to think about chipping or peeling again.

It’s Like a Failed Pinterest Nail Tutorial

I see 3 potential problems with this nail polish and, honestly, none of them bother me all that much. The first problem is the fact that it apparently contains toluene, which can cause birth defects and other types of “reproductive harm.” Personally, I always assume that nail polish is full of wild ingredients that are particularly harmful and I’m not pregnant, but if you are with child, maybe stay away from this.


Also, I have had some smudging and chipping with this polish. If you use a lot of polish in thick coats, it will take about 30 minutes to an hour to fully set. Additionally, I tried this out with my cheapest nail polish where I learned that it is not a full on miracle worker. My nails did chip a little bit on my dominant hand, which was a bit sad.

It’s Like a Bomb Pinterest Nail Tutorial


Now here is the part where I explain how this polish mainly lives up to it’s claims. Assuming you apply it properly (i.e. don’t put on the world’s thickest layer), it does get my nails solid within 10 minutes. This being said, if I am a fool and I get an indent line, I just go in for a second layer about 2 hours later and not only does it dry correctly, but it fills in the gaps!

Secondly, this polish helps give the illusion that my nails are professionally done. Like I said, it’s a weird consistency of runny and thick, so when it coats your nails, it’s literally like you’re applying a shiny shield. If you do a bad job and miss a spot, you will be able to see the difference, because this product is so hardcore. Also, the shield does do a great protection job on most polishes, and I remain relatively chip-free throughout the week.


Ultimately, I’m a huge fan of this nail polish. Most of the problems with it are fixable and can be avoided if you do your nails correctly. This means, apply your polish in thin coats, wait 5 minutes between coats, and give your nails at least 15 minutes of chill time before you do anything dangerous like going to the toilet. Unfortunately, it can’t work miracles on your absolute worst polishes, but it will level up all the other ones!

What’s your favorite top coat?

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!

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