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Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat.

If you've been here before then you won't be surprised when I say I take my manicures very seriously. I was at one point a 'salon Shellac addict' spending hundreds of pounds on the perfect finger tips. I even went as far to book home appointments and was once very good friends with my nail lady. Since becoming a student I've had to make do with the 'do it yourself' method, and the Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat came into my life, but to be honest I wouldn't batter an eyelid if it left. If anything I'd shove it through the door myself.

I spend most of my free time reading blogs and books. Lifestyle, travel, food, fashion and of course a lot of beauty. The one manicure product that everyone praised was from Seche Vite. I've been testing the waters of all things nail related for almost two years now, and nothing compares to my pre-student lifestyle. Not even this supposed miracle product.

At first maybe I thought I was being too impatient, maybe I expected too much from it. I used the same base coat on each hand (Ciate's Underwear) then painted my nails in two thin layers of pink polish (Essie's Watermelon). It was time for the test, I used the Seche Vite Top Coat on one hand and Ciate's Speed Coat on the other.

At a first glance Seche Vite's offering is a much thinner formulation, it's thick on the nail and leaves a beautiful glossy finish. Ciate's own has the same effect but is a lot thicker from the pot to nail. The drying time between these two is shocking, the nations favourite took forever to dry, the nails felt dry but with pressure can leave imprints in the polish. My trusted Speed Coat took about 10 minutes of scrolling though Pintrest to be rock hard.

Their wear over time is a different story, the Ciate Speed Coat looses it's shine after a few days whereas the Seche Vite look like a fresh manicure. However as fresh as the shine may look it chipped one nail the next day, my other hand (Ciate protected) was still in tact and looking strong. Giving it a few more days both hands looked like crap, (I am a perfectionist) which resulted in my reapplying and using the only top coat for me, Ciate's Speed Coat Fast Drying Top Coat. With only a handful of uses out of everyone's favourite it's been placed in the back of the draw for a day where I need to fill the gap until my next Ciate delivery.

As much as other people love it, I will not be repurchasing the Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat. Especially as for a few pounds more I can purchase something far better. The Ciate Speed Coat is £11, available online and currently sold out. But you can still get your hands on it from BeautyBay and LookFantastic.

Whilst checking the stock for you all I came across someone with a very similar opinion to mine, make sure to read this post by Becky on A Little Blog Of Beauty. 

Have you tied either of these products? What do you look for in a top coat? Any recommendations?

Gem. x