5th Place:Seche Vite
Don't get me wrong, this polish dries at lightning speed BUT I have three major issues with it. First off, it contains toluene which is a carcinogen, and also the chemical is known to affect the developing fetus. I would not recommend regular use, and I would suggest staying away from it all together. (I only noticed it contained toluene after purchasing it… and I tried it a few times out of curiosity.) My second issue: shrinkage, ruins a perfectly good manicure. Third, it has the tendency to make your polish chip more quickly. Wait… make it 4 issues, it smells horrible too.
I found this one a bit disappointing. It’s not as glossy as I would like, and drying time is just whatever. I don’t have much to say about this one because I haven’t used it too much.
Drying time is okay, if you work in thinner coats it’s much more decent. One thing I do like is the high-gloss shine it has once it’s dry. It works great with heavy glitter polishes, I’m not sure how to describe it but some glitter polishes look best when wet, and this top coat gives is that effect. Also works great with neon and matte polishes. I should make note that this polish thickens up pretty quickly, you’ll need to thin it regularly, especially once you pass the half way point.
I quite like this one… I actually used up the whole bottle. The formula is much thinner than other top coats making it very easy to apply without the brush drying out. It also delivers a decent amount of shine to polishes that are already glossy, I wouldn’t recommend it over neon or other matte/satin polishes because the overall look isn’t as glossy say if you were to apply OPI’s top coat over it. Overall, very happy with this one I will buy again.
1st place: Dazzle Dry
My favourite by far… this one really surprised me and knocked my expectations out of the park. So many things I like about this top coat. First, it dries super fast, like Seche Vite fast! Second, very glossy; third, doesn’t have a smell to it. Definitely my go-to top coat! I don’t think I’ve seen this being sold in Canada, but I hope to see this top coat more widely available. It’s seriously great.