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Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat Review and Experiment

I’ve been wanting to try the much talked about Seche Vite for a while now, so when I received a 20% off coupon from CVS i decided to give it a shot. I thought I’d do a bit of an experiment to document how the product held up on my nails:

Day 1: Fresh nails

In preparation, I took a hint from the nail salon and prepped freshly washed nails with polish remover to get rid of any surface oils and residue. To get the best results, I followed directions and started with a base coat. I use Start to Finish by OPI for this purpose. It’s important to always use a basecoat to A. Give the nail color something to adhere to B. Prevent color from staining the nails and C. To help smooth the nail surface a bit (ridge filling basecoats do this even more). The featured color is Pretty Edgy by Essie, which you may have seen from my Easter nails post. Please excuse the imperfect paint job.

Day 2: Still holding up

My nails still looked fresh after wearing them for a full day.

Day 3: Not too bad 

Just a nick on my pinky. I usually have more chipping by this time. And this is after a night of bowling, although this isn’t the hand that went into the ball holes. I broke a thumb nail on that hand, but that’s to be expected. There is some wearing at the tips, though. I don’t know if that’s ever avoidable? I’m not the most delicate when i have painted nails.
Day 4: Showing it’s age
Aww, a chip on my index finger. Even so, quite impressive for me for a 4th day. About the same amount of wear on the tips of the nails.

Day 5: The jig is up!

After a day of washing a few pots and my hair, my nails finally succumbed to the elements.
I have to say though, before I started all that, which was later in the day, the nails looked pretty much like day 4.

My final analysis:

While they didn’t hold up like acrylic nails or anything, I definitely think Seche Vite prolonged my manicure longer than the usual results I’ve been able to get at home. While I love nail color, I’m often hesitant about doing my own nails because they last for a day or two. I think I’ll keep putting this Seche Vite to the test and maybe change that habit.

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