Whoa that was a moutful! (That's what she said teehee).
Well, back again for another top coat comparison! This time around I'm pitting more topcoats against the one, the only, the mighty Secheeeee Viiiittee! Ever since my first top coat comparison, it was always meant to be a series of sorts, I just never had the chance to get it done. Until now that is!
In this round, we'll be comparing Essie Good To Go, Poshe, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Clearly Quick with Seche Vite. Little disclaimer, while doing this I could tell that my polishing 'style' has definitely changed since last time. I have learned how to apply polish more evenly with thinner coats I think, so that's something that probably affected the results. Also, to eliminate any other influence that could alter the results, I used the same polish I used for my last comparison, OPI Thanks a Windmillion.
Here's what I did to compare: I applied my basecoat and two coats of polish as normal, and waited ~1 minute while I did cleanup. Then, I applied the top coats, waited 5 minutes, and started making dents in the polish with my own fingernail at 5 minute intervals so 4 dents = 20 min. of drying time.
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As always, Seche Vite wins out, but not by such a wide margin as last time. Poshe and Essie have comparable shine and formula (thick in a good way) and are really only just a fraction behind Seche Vite. Insta-Dri was the slowest in this round and also has a different formula that I don't really love as much. Since I've given these topcoats a more thorough testing than just this comparison, I'll share my thoughts on each one.
SH Insta-Dri Clearly Quick is good for the price (around $4-5 in most drugstores) but it leaves some weird brushstrokes sometimes and it smears nail art like nobody's business, it could be thoroughly dry and it would still eff it up. Also, the big paddle brush will be a deal breaker for some. I just use this one for my pedicures now (especially my big toenail).
Essie Good To Go is much better than I expected it to be, but I've noticed some weird shrinkage around the edges. Maybe I didn't get it as close to the cuticle as I should have or maybe I applied too much and it shrunk. Either way it was there.
Poshe is really the best alternative to Seche Vite in the thickness and glassy shine that most of us love about Seche, without the funky interactions like shrinking polishes that are B3Free. However, and this is a big breaking point for me, I read on twitter that it damaged Jeanette from The Swatchaholic's nails and a co-worker of hers as well. I think Mara of Mara in Polishland also had similar problems. Now, everyone's body chemistry is different and what will make someone else's nails peel, won't affect others in the slightest. In this case, it's just a matter of using it with precaution and keep a close eye on your nails for signs of damage.
Bottom Line: Seche is still the winner but she definitely doesn't stand alone in the fast dry market. She might still be the best and most people's holy grail but, if she doesn't watch her back, someone might fall in love with another less high maintenance top coat. Also, I haven't had these for a long time, so I don't know if they become a gloopy mess like Seche. Upside is, if they do, you can probably use regular polish thinner.
If you haven't seen it, check out my first top coat comparison which had Seche against Revlon's Quick Dry and NYC In a Minute top coat.
What do you guys think? Do you agree with the results or any comments you want to add? What's your holy grail top coat? Any other top coats you'd like to see compared?