Monday, August 22, 2011

Supplies: Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat

This is a series I was running on my other blog, so I think it's useful to continue it here. I hope you all will like it and find it useful! When I talk about supplies, I am referring to things like top coat, base coat, treatments, cuticle removers, nail polish removers, etc.
I want to talk briefly about formula. Not every top coat works the same way with every person - for instance, there are a lot of folks who absolutely adore Seche Vite. I can't stand it, it doesn't work for me at all. It shrinks every single manicure, and I don't want to have to thin the bottle halfway through. Same for Out The Door, which works great for many folks - it never dries on me! I had previously been relying on CND Air Dry, which is not billed as a quick dry top coat, but for me it dries relatively quickly, never thickens, levels out polish imperfections very well, and most importantly - no shrinkage! So it hit all of the major points I look for. However, I read a couple of reviews of Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat, and I decided to give it a whirl.
There were a couple of reasons I decided to try it out - when CND changed their bottle style, they also changed the brush. Air Dry now has kind of a moppy brush that's almost too big for my taste, I have less control. Secondly, the Revlon is roughly half the price of the CND!

So, does it work? For me, yes! It's self leveling - meaning, I rarely ever have to use a second top coat, and any imperfections in application get smoothed out. It dries quickly, no shrinkage, and hasn't thickened up at all! Even better, sometimes you can nab this at the drugstore on sale. So it's easy to find, you don't have to go to Ulta or order online! If you love CND Air Dry, and you have problems with Seche Vite and Out The Door like I do, this may be the solution you've been looking for.
Edited to add: This makes my polishes super shiny! I used it with my China Glaze Flying Dragon manicure, for reference. So it is very glossy!


  1. Great... now you tell me! ran out of my fave, now discontinued, Joan Rivers top coat & bought Orly Sec-N-Dry.

  2. Thanks so much for this. I have tried Seche Vite recently and like that it dries quickly but hate the shrinkage. I am going to give Revlon a try. Thx again!!

  3. Thanks for this post! I'd really like to see more of those supply posts! I have Seche Vite and love how fast it dries every mani but everytime I experience severe shrinkage :( ATM I'm using Essence 60s top coat which works fine for me. And I'm still waiting fot CND speed dry top coat to arrive. Does anybody have experience with this one?

  4. Love the supplies posts! Love love love Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat. Seche doesn't play nice with most of my polish so I tried the Revlon after fading about it somewhere. No more shrinkage!


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