Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Review: Oh So Wet! Quick Dry Topcoat

For those of you that follow my blog, you might have noticed my earlier post on my decision to be Big 3 Free.  As part of this decision, I decided against continued use of my once favorite quick dry topcoat, Seche Vite.  Consequently, I went out and bought myself a few topcoats to try, one of which being Oh So Wet! quick dry topcoat.

Oh So Wet! Quick Dry Topcoat

What it is:
It is described as a quick drying topcoat that is designed to be placed over any 7-day manicure.
My impression:
Prior to my exploration of the Big 3 toxic trio, I had never really thought about any other quick dry topcoats than Seche Vite.  After all, it was the go-to topcoat for everyone and was receiving such rave reviews--it was almost as if nothing at all could measure up.  Fortunately, I think I've found a pretty comparable topcoat in Oh So Wet! that meshes with my beliefs.  Though it did not dry as quickly as Seche Vite, it did take a much shorter amount of time than if I had used a typical topcoat.  I estimate that it probably took around ten minutes to feel dry to the touch and maybe another five or so for me to feel comfortable with the dryness.  While it wasn't as glossy as Seche Vite, it did give a relatively nice shine.  A plus to this was that unlike Seche Vite, I didn't experience any dulling of the color after a few days of wear.  I also did not experience as much chipping or any polish peeling off cleanly, though this could have also been attributed to my change in base coat from Seche Clear to Orly Top 2 Bottom.  I also liked that the consistency was a lot thinner than Seche Vite and more manageable.
My recommendation:
Although it dries a little bit slower and is a little less glossy than Seche Vite, I still think that this is a great topcoat.  I really like that it doesn't dull after a few days or cause the polish to peel off cleanly.  It also takes care of the main function of a topcoat--to protect a manicure.  I think that this would be great for anyone looking to try a Big 3 free topcoat.  I can really only compare it to Seche Vite, since that is the only quick dry topcoat I've used so far, but putting that experience entirely aside, I still think it's a great product worth trying out.
The rundown:
  • Product:  4/5
  • Packaging:  5/5
  • Quality:  5/5
  • Overall:  4.8/5
  • Would I buy this again?:  Sure would!
  • Where to buy:  Sally Beauty
  • Price:  $4.49
  • Pros:
    +  Big 3 free
    +  Affordable
    +  Dries quickly
    +  Glossy finish
    +  Applies well
    +  Protects manicure
  • Cons:
    -  Doesn't dry as quickly as Seche Vite
    -  Not as glossy as Seche Vite
I hope you enjoyed round one of my Big 3 free quick dry topcoat reviews.  If you have any experience with this or know of any similar products I should try, please feel free to leave a question or comment below!

Disclaimer: I have not been paid to review the product featured above. I purchased all of the products reviewed in this blog post and did not receive them for free. I ensure that this is my true and honest opinion.


froggistyle73 said...

I will have to find my local Sally's and try. I have sworn off manicures because I can only get them to last 1 day :( Maybe this is what I need lol Great post, thanks

Red said...

This has been on my list of things to try for months! I love you for this review! LOL This is cheaper than the Seche Vite too isn't it? (Been so long since I've gone to Sally's. It's calling me in my sleep. lmao)I may have to try the Top To Bottom too; I've yet to find a base coat that I love.

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