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18 November 2012

Seche Vite Dry Fast Topcoat - A step too far in the name of beauty?

My Grandad always used to tell me ‘If it seems too good to be true it probably is’….

Seche Vite dry fast top coat is without doubt the best top coat in existence, a bold claim I know but I am yet to come across anything that remotely lives up to it. Not only does it keep your polish chip free for a good
week but it leaves the nails with an amazing glossy shine that doesn’t fade and the best bit for me is the drying time. Unlike regular topcoats you can apply it to wet freshly painted nails and its unique formula penetrates the layers of varnish to form a single solid layer over the nails and the nails are touch dry within seconds and rock solid within a few minutes!  

I used to find the process of painting my nails painstaking and a bit of a faff, each layer of varnish has to be completely dry before you apply another as it needs to be exposed to the air in order to harden. With a base coat, 2 or 3 layers of varnish and a top coat this can take quite a while and then you have to wait another half an hour before you do anything just in case you knock them – nothing is more annoying than getting to that stage only to smudge one! With Seche Vite the time it takes to achieve a salon perfect manicure is drastically reduced and then, as a bonus, it lasts so much longer than any other top coat I have tried.

So far so good, BUT and it’s a big Beyonce sized but(t, ha!) hidden on the back on the bottle in tiny writing is the following message:  WARNING! This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause birth defects or reproductive harm. Oh dear. 

Although I am not pregnant and don’t plan to be for a little while yet, this still alarmed me somewhat. Does it mean it shouldn't be used during pregnancy? Is it safe to use at all when you plan to have a family in the future?
The chemical in question is Toluene which is a solvent that can also be found on household substances such as adhesives and paint. From what i can gather it's inhalation and overexposure of this solvent that poses a risk to your health.
My thinking is that the warning is probably just on there to cover the manufacturers backs for any adverse affects from substance misuse, and if you exercise appropriate caution when using this such as being in a well ventilated room, then it should be ok, but i still fell uneasy about it.

I have written to the Seche Vite company to ask for more information regarding the safety of this product and advice as to use during pregnancy and await a reply that i will share as soon as i receive it, but until then what are your thoughts? Have you used this? Does the warning worry you? 



I have just received the following reply from Seche Vite:

Dear Anna,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We understand your concern regarding the ingredient toluene in our Seche Vite topcoat.

Please note that when used as intended and directed Seche is completely safe. Like other chemicals, toluene can be harmful when abused or used in a manner for which it is not intended. When deliberately inhaled through "sniffing" or "huffing," toluene can cause dizziness and nervous system issues and it can be harmful to developing fetuses.

The warning that appears on the Seche Vite label is required under California Prop 65, which is part of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 which was intended to protect California citizens and the State's drinking water sources from chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and to inform citizens about exposures to such chemicals. California is the only state that requires this warning.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us again. Have a great day!

So there you have it - When used correctly this product is completely safe. This news has pretty much made my day, and on that note, i'm off to paint my nails :)


  1. Toulene is used in loads of nail polishes apart from any brands that are '3 free'. Polishes contain other ingredients too which affect your lungs and other organs.

    I prefer Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat to Seche Vite. Have you tried it?

  2. Oh really? Thats interesting, i wonder why others don't carry that warning? Scary stuff! I havn't tried The nails inc one but heard lots of good things so its on my 'to try' list :) x

  3. That warning is scary but I'm glad you got a response that's really good of the company. I currently use Sally Hansen top coat which is pretty cheap and does the job!

  4. Yeah i thought it was good of them to reply, and pretty quickly too. If in doubt its always worth asking ;) x

  5. Wow!! Thanks so much for this article. I've been really curious about Seche Vite for a while. One thing to consider and something beauty lovers like us don't want to hear, is that A LOT of beauty products have toxic ingredients. Just because the FDA says "ok" doesn't mean it's not toxic. That's why so many products now say "San (no) parabens; sans propylene glycol; sans SLS; sans silicone" etc. All of those things have been linked to cancer and other illnesses. I have recently been researching truly pure and natural products and plan to detox my products 1 at a time. As I run out I will be buying a better alternative. Sadly I have decided to not purchase UD, MUFE, Nars, Clinique, Too Faced, etc products and only use Caudalie, LaVanilla, Tarte, Korres, etc. Cosmetic purists even say those aren't clean enough... Ugh! So frustrating, but at least we can try one positive choice at a time...? :)


    Beauty & the Bibliophile

    1. Very frustrating! I admire you for making those positive choices, its hard to not use brands like Nars etc though isnt it?! x

  6. this is great thank you so much! i have been using it and saw the warnings online and stopped! loving your blog! x

    1. Thanks so much :) Now you can start using it again without worrying! x

  7. Thank you for the update! I freaked after I had used this while pregnant, then read another blogger didn't due to pregnancy.

  8. Great review! I really want to try this top coat, everyone raves about it!

    Kimberley x

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