Monday, March 17, 2014

Underwhelmed and Unimpressed

You know that feeling that you get when you get your hands on a raved and loved product? Finally, you get to see what all the fuss is about and join the masses in recommending and raving about said product. That's how I felt when I picked up the Seche Vite base and top coats. Everyone and their donkey raves about the amazing shine and longevity that Seche Vite base/top coats promise. I think maybe one or two people didn't like it and that was mainly due to the fact that after a while it turned to goop in the bottle. No worries, I thought, because that usually happens to a lot of base/top coats when you get down to the bottom of it. I was so excited to try it and there was never a doubt in my mind that I wasn't going to love it. Welp, I'm here to tell you that I don't love this stuff and here's why.

Application is a deceiving breeze, haha. The base coat goes on smoothly and evenly. Makes any nail polish apply nice and even. Then the top coat leaves a shiny and glossy finish on every nail, no biggie. Those are qualities I enjoy in a base/top coat. My issue came along with the wear. My nail polish started chipping almost immediately the next day. It started to crack and chip in big chunks. If it made it past that phase, the top coat started to fade away. You could see patches of nail polish exposed without top coat and I still don't know why that happened. At first I thought it was the polish I was using but applied on their own, without base or top coat, they ended up lasting a lot longer. I spent more time picking at my nails than enjoying my manicure, which blows. 

I don't mean to offend anyone who religiously uses the Seche Vite base and top coats. I was expecting a lot more for such a raved about product but it just fell short. I much prefer the Revlon ColorStayTop & Base Coat, which I reviewed quite some time ago here. The shine and application matches Seche Vite's, but Revlon's longevity far surpasses it. It's also a lot cheaper! I'll continue to use these as to not waste product, but after that I'm def. going back to Revlon.

Have you tried Seche Vite base/top coats? What were your experiences like?


  1. I've read so many good reviews too but never have bought them, so after reading this I think I'll stick with what I know too.
    Rachel x

  2. Yea, I don't like Seche Vite either. I hate the base coat, and while I like how fast the top coat dries, the smell is so powerful and overwhelming.. Blech! I really like using Cult Nails' Wicked Fast top coat. It dries just as quickly and makes my manis last for at least a week.

  3. That's the bummer about these quick drying top coats! They chip nail polish like no other!

    xo Brianna | Glazed Over

  4. I really am not a fan of Seche Vite top coat. I bought it expecting miracles but in my eyes it is clearly inferior to my fast drying, high shine top coat of choice - Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. Seche Vite also contains toluene which is why they have to write that disclaimer about it containing a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Eeeek.

  5. My main issue with seche vite is that it shrinks polish. I love the shiny finish though and I haven't had the chipping issues you have. I think outthedoor topcoat is similar but slightly better than seche vite.

  6. I have a love hate relationship with this one. I agree that it doesn't prolong the wear of your nail polish but in fact makes it chip faster, and it definitely gets way too goopy way too quickly, but I keep repurchasing it because it dries my nails SO FAST. If I don't use it (iwhen it's in a non goopy state), my mani always ends up being ruined a few minutes down the line.

  7. Seriously?????? I don't know Jess, I have to wonder if you got a bad bottle… I NEVER had chipping problems with Seche Vite when I was using it D: It was probably one of my favorite top coats ever (though the Butter London topcoat reigns supreme)! So sorry you aren't having a good experience!


  8. I agree, I think the Sally Hansen top coat is so much better (the fast drying one) and so much cheaper. Glad to hear an honest review x
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  9. I'm not a fan either. I thought maybe it was me...I'm glad I'm not alone.


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