Nail polish is one of my favourite beauty products, and I very rarely have bare nails as I love painting my nails on a regular basis. Whenever I apply nail polish, I always use a base coat before applying my polish of choice and I always apply a quick drying top coat, which until recently was the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat but I have since replaced my Seche Vite with the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar 45 Second Top Coat. I’m pretty impatient, so I hate waiting for my nail polish to dry, especially as I usually do my nails at night before bed so a quick drying top coat is essential to prevent the dreaded smudged duvet nails.
The Nails Inc Kensington Caviar 45 Second Top Coat £15 is their bestselling topcoat, and is described as being a super glossy, wet-look topcoat which leaves the nails touch dry in just 45 seconds, as well as helping to increase the weartime of your nail polish by adding chip resistance and sealing in the colour.
The Kensington Caviar Top Coat really appealed to me as it isn’t laden down with nasty ingredients like Seche Vite, it doesn’t contain Formaldehyde or Toluene which can be harmful to the nails. I love Seche Vite, but I don’t love how gloopy it gets very quickly, as it’s practically unusable once you get halfway down the bottle so you only ever get half a bottle’s worth of use.
I really like the new Nails Inc design, their rectangular bottles with silver lids are so much more chic than their previous round design – and I also think the new design looks more highend. The bottle has a silver lid which pulls off to reveal a black screw cap, which holds the brush which is a lot easier to control. The brush is nice and wide, so it covers a lot of the nail with one stroke which minimises any streaking, whereas the brush on Seche Vite is pretty narrow.
I apply the Nails Inc Kensington Caviar 45 Second Top Coat over my polish whilst it’s still slightly tacky, before it dries completely in a thin and even coat leaving my polish looking instantly very glossy. In 45 seconds the top coat is slightly touch dry, but definitely not dry enough to touch anything without smudging your polish.. and takes around ten minutes to dry completely which is about the same for Seche Vite in all honesty, if you use multiple layers of polish like myself.
Once the polish has dried, I don’t notice any shrinkage of my polish like I do with Seche Vite which I’m very pleased about. The Kensington Caviar 45 Second Top Coat ticks all of the boxes, and is essentially a kinder, safer and more effective version of Seche Vite in every single way.