To use, just apply two coats of any Essie polish and let it dry for about two minutes. The fact that you can use any Essie polish is a huge perk! There's no need to go out and buy special base coats or polishes in order to use this top coat, which my wallet certainly appreciated! Once dry, apply a single layer of gel setter and within about a minute, you've got a mani that's dry to the touch.
- No More Shrinkage This was my #1 complaint with Seche Vite. I was getting tired of having the polish pull away from the tips of my nails and almost immediately ruining the look of my fresh mani. With gel setter, I haven't experienced any shrinkage, which keeps my mani looking fresh longer.
- No Funky Smell We all know that some top coats can down right stank. I didn't have any odor issues with gel setter, which is a breath of fresh air. Yes, pun intended.
- Minimal Chipping I'm not sure if I'm just hard on my nails or what, but I can rarely get a mani to last more than a day or two before the chipping starts to drive me crazy. With gel setter, however, I've noticed that my manis last much longer. Scroll down below to see pictures of what my nails looked like on day four!
- Easy Application The formula is a nice consistency - not too thick and not too thin. It is easy to spread across the nail, and levels itself well.
- Quick Drying Time It dried much more quickly than I expected and was very comparable to Seche Vite in that regard. I was truly impressed! The drying time was one of the things I liked about Seche Vite, and was a major reason why I was afraid to switch. It took about a half hour to fully cure, however, so just be cautious. I got a small dent in my thumb because I was too anxious and started to do laundry within 15 minutes of top coating. Because sticking your hand in a pile of clothes makes perfect sense after you've just applied layers of wet paint to your fingernails. Genius!