So what makes a good top coat? Most people look for something that is quick dry, long wear, high gloss, and chip resistant. A top coat that is quick to dry is usually the most sales-driving product feature. No one wants to wait forever for their nails to dry, and what about a product that will actually dry the nail color below even faster? Here is my favorite all-time top coat:
It is Seche Vite and, like with most of my nail favorites, I discovered through trying many brands before settling myself on this one.
Seche Vite is a very fast, hard drying topcoat. It even dries my underlying color even faster. It is high shine and very glossy. You can expect it to begin to chip after 5-7 days depending on how rough you are on your nails, or how often your hands are in warm water.
I want to briefly mention my least favorite topcoat.
It goes to OPI by a long shot.
This formula is honestly terrible. I have had nothing but bad results from it. I am honestly not sure what the reason is, because OPI polish is so nice and dries fine on me, but this topcoat is awful. It seems like it never dries completely. I would let my nails dry for over an hour and then go to sleep. When I wake up, my nails are completely smudged with no shine. The topcoat has the imprints of my finger tips, or the bed sheets, or anything else I may have touched whilst sleeping. And again, this is after an HOUR of letting them dry!
You never have to worry about this if you use Seche Vite. It dries so quickly that I notice it thickening even as I am applying it.