Splurge or Save: Fast Drying Topcoat Showdown

by West Parsons on August 1, 2011 · 6 comments

in nails, product review, splurge or save

A few days ago I was talking to my bestie over at Refined and Polished about splurging on the huge bottle of Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat. I loved that stuff so much until…[dun dun dun] she mentioned something about birth defects. GASP! 0_0

There is literally a warning on the bottle:

Warning: This bottle contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.”

As much lovin’ as I have been giving this bottle of Seche Vite, how could I have missed the fact that it may cause harm to my unborn/future womb occupiers? Probably because the warning is written sideways, for one.

After much sobbing and disbelief that the only topcoat I have ever loved (are you sensing the dramatics yet?) could be harmful to my health, I swallowed my pride and asked about the topcoats KayJay has been using and she recommended Out The Door Topcoat ($5.50), which can easily be found in Sally’s. I had also been eying Poshe Super Fast Drying Top Coat ($7.50) which comes highly recommended and often compared by many nail bloggers to Seche Vite.

So why not have a show down?

West’s Word||

Pictures alone tells the tale of which topcoat is the winner.  I applied over a previous manicure in which Seche Vite was the topcoat. I found both polishes to have a smooth application . The consistency was typical of any other topcoat (as compared to the super thick Seche Vite) and scent was not nearly as pungent as Seche Vite.  Both, Out The Door and Poshe lived up to its name of being a fast drying topcoat, but it seems that Poshe, although more expensive, allowed for miniscule scratches that left the finished not to my liking. The sheen was not great either. I prefer my manicure to have a  gel-like finish. The Out The Door Topcoat results were the closest to that, it also happens to be the least expensive. SAVE!


African Violet August 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Before I got to your verdict, I was going to say that I like the finish of Out the Door. I, like you, much prefer that super glossy look.

TJM August 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

Another great instant drying top coat that I think you will love is Essie’s “Good To Go”. It costs around $7 and is the best one that I have ever tried. It gives great shine and literally dries on the spot. I refuse to purchase anything else now. I normally get it at Ulta, but recently Target stores have started carrying the brand as well.

vonnie August 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm

yay! will get some of that my next trip to sally’s…thanks for the comparison


vonnie August 5, 2011 at 11:53 pm

yay! will get some of that my next trip to sally’s…thanks for the comparison

Kaz June 6, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I’m also a fan of Out The Door. I haven’t tried Poshe and was thinking or getting some to see what it was like, but now I am happy to stick with OTD and the evil but awesome Seche. Thanks for the informative post.

Shannan Smith January 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm

The birth defect thing is only if the product is ingested or purposely huffed. Will what you put on your nails seriously absorbed through nail polish and then your nail then into your skin and travel to your Fallopian tubes and ovaries to cause birth defects? No! The chemical is Toluene. Repeatedly breathing toluene through deliberately “sniffing” or “huffing” can cause birth defects….and so will doing that to anything thing else!