Monday, November 7, 2011

Seche Vite Rescue

Seche Vite is one of those cult nail products.
A fast drying top coat (filled with a ton of suspect ingredients that are not meant to be inhaled - I always make sure I use it in a ventilated area... or maybe a fume hood if you have one handy) that leaves the nails looking shiny and glossy and perfect for up to a week, depending on the polish you're using. Mine has a pinkish tinge because I've been enjoying it with red nail polish a bit too much lately.

I tried to stray from it and tested out options from Sally Hansen, OPI, Essie... but none of them were as efficient as Seche Vite. I'm not the most skilled manicurist so I'll take the fastest drying I can get.
With that all being said - the one fault of Seche is that because of its fast drying capabilities, it also gets super goopy and thick in the bottle. After a few uses the consistency changes and it becomes increasingly difficult to use. Some people throw out the bottle halfway and purchase a new one.

However, a solution does exist in the form of Seche Restore.
A nail polish thinner specially formulated to restore your bottle of Seche Vite to its original consistency. I bought my first bottle of Restore (pictured here) well over a year ago on eBay. I have also seen it at Ulta in the US and on Amazon. It costs the same as Seche Vite, around 8 or 9 dollars. It comes in a standard nail polish bottle and comes with a glass dropper.

Now, I didn't want to write about it right away because I was skeptical at first and wanted to see how long a bottle of it would last me. I have about 2/3 uses of it left and I am happy to say that it is definitely worth it if you are a Seche Vite lover like me. So far, I have used my one Seche Restore on 3 bottles of Seche Vite and it enabled me to use them up completely. I used about a half a dropper of the Restore anytime I felt that Seche Vite was drying out and it ensured that the consistency stayed the same. Start by just adding a few drops  first since it's better to gradually dilute it rather than dilute it too much and make it streaky - a mistake I made before.

All in all, I would recommend snatching up a bottle of Seche Restore if you're feeling unsatisfied with Seche Vite drying out. It will extend the life of your top coat  (and many more after that). It also claims to be good for thinning out regular nail polish but I have never tried.

Hope you are having a good Monday!


  1. Great post. Thank you for the info!

  2. My Seche Vite's never done that but I'm glad for the heads up. What base coat do you use? OH can that be apart of your Blogvember a nail polish collection? or even YT?


  3. @ Channing - planning on doing a YT on it at the end of the year :) you're lucky your Seche Vite never got goopy! the base coat I use is Essie "fill the gap"

  4. Great post :) although what's the point of making the thicker one when you can get hold of the thinner one now? :P definitely worth a try though! xxxx

  5. I haven´t had problems with my Seche Vite, yet, but its great that they have a product to make all the Seche Vite top coast usable.

  6. ahh I love seche vite top coat - nothing else can compare! xo

  7. Ooh I'm tempted to try this... I probably shouldn't though as i've been trying to convince myself to give up Seche Vite. Everytime I smell it's noxious stink I think "well, there goes another year off my life" haha. Too bad it works so damn well.

  8. After I saw the warning label, I decided against buying SV. I have heard good things about the top coat though.

    I didn't like OPI's top coat. After awhile the top coat got extremely goopy and was unusable. So far, I really like Butter London's top coat. It is quick-drying as well. It is on the pricy side ($18) but seems like it'd be around the same price as buying the SV & restore. Hoping the Butter London doesn't turn goopy after awhile.

  9. Thanks Sandra! I'm loving your blogvember posts. I've thrown out way too many halfway used up Seche Vite top coats so I'm going to pick up the restoring bottle soon.

  10. Have you tried adding drops of polish remover? That usually does the trick, in terms of thinning out any polish!

    Love your posts,

  11. Interesting. Very very good to know. Love the red tint you have going on. I'm the exact same way. Whenever there is a color block, I immediately run to OPI Vodka and Caviar.

    I need to pick this up. PS Do you have a brilliant way to store your polishes?

    Love the blog.


  12. @ Chelsea Blush - I store my nail polishes in a clear plastic storage bin :)

  13. I am not sure if you can get your hands on it in canada. but try out essences new topc coat called "better then gel nails fast drying top coat" it is super cheap and works as good as seche vite. at least on me and many other ladies here in switzerland or germany. love your blog by the way! grüsse from zurich

  14. Oh, just saw that the topcoat I mentioned is called: "Better than gel nails. top sealer"...

  15. Thank you for the post.I Am really lucky to find your blog. Love
    gel nail polish
    so much :)


  16. Can you use nail polish thinner us it the same.


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