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Nail Essentials: Seche Base and Seche Vite

Seche Base and Seche Vite 2I don’t like to talk about it, but I can no longer find my favourite top coat in Canada, so as I near the end of my stash I am looking for a replacement. I’ve actually tried Seche Vite* before, but I was definitely interested in revisiting it, along with the Seche Base* for that all-important under the polish step.

Seche Base Seche Base 2In the above photos I’ve applied Seche Base to my ring and pinkie finger only, while adding OPI This Silver’s Mine! on top. The reason I was really interested in Seche Base was because it is described as a ridge-filling base coat. I have really obvious ridges on my nails and I’m not a fan of the way they look and feel–but I’m also not going to damage my already weak nails by buffing them. However, I’ve got to say that I really don’t think Seche Base did much to hide them, especially compared to the Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat. However it’s still a decent base coat to help prevent staining and it dries quickly, which is a important criteria for me.

Seche ViteThen there’s the classic Seche Vite. I mean, it’s hard to think of a polish top coat which is as well known as this one. I have actually finished a bottle or two of this top coat in the past. Using it again reminded me how nice it is–it dries incredibly quickly with a thick glossy layer. I’ve used it on my ring finger and pinkie nail over OPI Petal Soft, to show that it provides a thick enough layer to help even out those pointy flowers. I really love the effect that it gives, and it’s amazing for making sure my nails are dry before I go to bed. The only issue is that in the past, I haven’t been able to make it through an entire bottle without it thickening–however I think that is an issue with almost any quick dry top coat. I’m honestly not sure if I will repurchase it, it depends how long this bottle lasts, but it has definitely reminded how nice a good top coat is!

Seche Base and Seche ViteI honestly think the most important polishes in any polisholic’s collection are a good base and top coat, because they will get used every single time–which means they are some of the only polishes to regularly be finished! With that in mind I’ve shared Essie and OPI options in my Nail Essentials posts, and so it was great to add a third brand to the mix. The Seche Base was just okay for me, but I’ve got to admit, there’s a reason Seche Vite is a firm favourite and using it again has definitely been a treat.

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