I’ve mentioned before that I have no patience for waiting for my nail polish to dry. Often I paint my nails at night just before going to bed, so I don’t want to wait up for them to dry completely. But I hate waking up to nails that have the imprint of my sheets on them. Fast drying top coats have become a necessity.
Also, there’s something about the way my nails grow or how they’re shaped, but most nail polishes chip at the tip by the next day. I try to wear gloves when I wash dishes, but my hands are in and out of water all day mostly without gloves. What to do?
For a couple of years, I was using the economical NYC Grand Central Station Quick Dry Topcoat or essence cosmetics Fast Dry Drops, both are priced at a little more than a dollar. They worked pretty well to dry my polish within several minutes. But when CVS dropped NYC New York Color from the brands they sell, I needed to find a replacement. I decided to up my game and spend a little more money to see if I could find a better option. I bought Seche Vite for less than $10. A couple of weeks ago, Barielle had a sale, offering No Chip Speed Dry for one cent plus shipping ($4.95). How could I pass that up?
So, I’ve been using Seche Vite and Barielle No Chip Speed Dry for a few weeks. What’s the verdict? Which one wins?
Seche Vite Dry Fast Topcoat
Seche Vite means dry fast in French, and that it does. It dries to the touch in a couple of minutes and dries hard in about 5 minutes.
Seche Vite is a rather thick topcoat. What I also love about Seche Vite is that it leaves a very glossy look to my nails!
How does it do in preventing chips? Honestly, not too well. Often I’ll get chips on the tips or the sides the next day or certainly by day 2. Frankly, Seche Vite doesn’t make any claims about being a “long wear” topcoat. It just dries fast and the glossiness is a bonus!
Seche Vite is priced around $10, and the bottle contains 0.5 fl. oz./14 ml.
Barielle No Chip Speed Dry
Barielle No Chip Speed Dry claims two big benefits: no chips and fast dry. Does it live up to its claims? Pretty much yes!
Like Seche Vite, it dries very fast: dry to the touch in a couple of minutes and hard in about 5 minutes.
In terms of preventing chips, it does much better for me than Seche Vite. I can go for about 5 days before my polish starts to chip at the sides of the tips. Although I was hoping I could get a week of chip-free wear, I guess that’s pushing it. About five days is still quite good.
What about the look of the topcoat? Barielle No Chip Speed Dry is a thinner topcoat than Seche Vite, and it doesn’t give me that thick glossy, almost gel-like look that Seche Vite does. So I’m trading off shine for more days of chip-free wear.
Barielle No Chip Speed Dry is formaldehyde and DPT-free, contains 0.5 fl. oz./14 ml and is priced around $12.
Although Barielle No Chip Speed Dry is the winner because it delivers on both fast dry time and keeping chips at bay longer, I miss the glossiness that I get from Seche Vite. My solution is to use both of them! Since the Seche Vite dries so fast, I put it on top of the Barielle, and it doesn’t add much time to the process.
Here’s my 4 day old mani wearing butterLONDON Vintage from the Fall 2015 Arm Candy collection wearing both topcoats. I love this shade!
I know there’s gotta be one topcoat out there that does all three – fast dry, no chips, glossy shine – but I haven’t found it yet. If you have any suggestions for me, please comment and let me know!