Monday, October 25, 2010

Tips & Tricks- How to Restore Your Seche Vite!

If you're a fan of nail polish blogs, chances are you've read rave reviews about Seche Vite, the super-amazing quick-dry topcoat that smooths out bumps, dries your nail polish in 5 minutes flat, and makes your polishes look super glassy. I'll be honest- I didn't think a topcoat could be worth $10 when I read the reviews. Once again, I thought polish was polish, and didn't see a reason to spend $10 when I could buy a topcoat from Love My Nails for $1.

Like I said in my last post, I'm frugal.

Then I worked on a set of nail tips that needed to be leveled out, so I splurged on a bottle. I figured hey, once I sell them I'll get the money back, so it's worth it. And I was amazed at just how different this top coat really is. Then I used it on my own nails as an experiment and was astonished. It really is that good!

Unfortunately, as I continued to use it, I found out what everyone else already knew: as you use it, it gets thicker. And thicker. And thicker. It gets so thick that eventually you can't use it, and it does it quickly. By the time I'd gotten halfway through my bottle, it was like trying to paint my nails with molasses!

I was absolutely disgusted. What's the point of spending $10 on a bottle of topcoat if it's going to be unusable halfway through! It's a total waste, I thought. I decided to use my nail polish thinner to try and salvage what was left in the bottle, and while it's usable, the magic is gone. It's no longer the amazing topcoat it was.

Then I learned something amazing. This morning I was chatting on twitter when @the_asian_girl told me her secret: Seche Restore. This isn't a solvent that thins polishes. Instead, it actually replaces the volatile chemicals that have evaporated from the bottle of Seche Vite, restoring it to its original magical state!

Do I even have to tell you how excited this made me? Seriously, I am absolutely giddy. This means I am once again willing to buy Seche Vite because I'm not going to be wasting half the bottle! I have no idea how I managed to miss this information, but I'm so glad I learned when I did!


  1. Albeit, it does restore it. However, they get you to buy even more stuff from them to fix a problem of their own making. >:( Don't make me too happy.

  2. I LOOOOVE Restore!! It fixes other polishes too, I've used it to fix several of my old, discontinued polishes that I love.

  3. I heard the beauty secrets thinner (as far as i know, it's a huge bottle) also works like a charm on seche vite. (i think seche restore isn't B3F free)

  4. Whoah, I didn't know something like this was available! I too had stopped using Seche Vite for the same reason & I was bummed because it truly is a fantastic topcoat. Thanks for the tip!

    1. Yep. I'm absolutely lost without it. Although I have to admit, I'm loving my new topcoat. It's a HUGE bottle I got at WalMart, but I think it's available other places too... it's called Pro FX Quick Dry High Gloss Top Coat, and it's something like $4 for 2.5 fl oz! That's literally 5 times the amount you get in Seche Vite.

      To keep from having it to gloppy on me, I'm portioning it out into a different bottle and trying to leave the main bottle alone. Seems to be working well so far!

  5. I love Seche Vite!!!! I bought it at Sally's because it was bogo and it is by far the best top coat EVER!!!! Plus it dries so fast! By the time I'm done top coating they are dry! Im going to go by the restore for my bottle today!!


Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I may not reply due to time constraints, but I read every comment and I appreciate them all!

Please don't leave links in my comments unless they directly apply to a conversation. If you want a link exchange, feel free to email me. Spam links will be deleted.