The problem when doing nails yourself, though, is that when you're at your house you're tempted to go do things before they're all the way dry. Or you might forget about them and go do something, and then notice your work is ruined. To me it is soo annoying to take the time out of one's day to polish your nails, and then within a few minutes to an hour there are smudges, wrinkles, or chips already. And this would happen to me 9.5 out of 10 times. So I would either redo it a hundred times (I'm kind of a perfectionist) or just leave it looking crappy, only for it to chip within the next day or two. But since I am a perfectionist, once it starts to chip I feel compelled to compusively peel off the polish wherever I am, untill I can get home to remove it. So this could happen the day of or after the application.
No matter what, polish seems to chip really easy on me. Most people love China Glaze, OPI, and Essie nail polish, some even say it won't chip for a whole week, but on me, regardless of whether I use a base coat, my polish usually chips within a few days. If I don't use a base though, it peels off in a few hours. I use Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat. The chipping within a few days doesn't bother me now though, because I was used to it smudging within the day, but If ound a product that helps dries nails almost instantly, so redoing my polish isn't a big deal. It just takes a few minutes.
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat will dry your polish within 10-15 minutes (not the usual 1/2 hour to an hour). Since your polish will actually be dry, and quickly, your polish won't chip or smudge within that first day of application. Have you ever left a nail salon after waiting a 1/2 hour for it to dry, and then you realize it's chipped a few hours later anyway? And you think "Great, so for it to fully dry I would have had to wait like 3 hours? And I even spent all that money to get it done. Ridiculous. I'm never doing my nails again."
But now you can do your nails while you're watching TV, or online, or whatever, then wait a few minutes and they will be completely dry and won't chip. Seriously. I'm one of those people who would always have to redo my nails or even take off all the polish and give up because they would smudge super quickly (even if I built up the patience to wait a long time for them to dry before doing anything which is especially annoying). I do my nails so much more now because the process is so much easier/quicker/less annoying. Like I said though, for me, regardless of what brand I use they tend to chip within a few days, but I really don't mind because redoing them is super quick. (To be even more efficient you can you use pure acetone to remove polish, but be careful, it's super flammable and chemical-ly).
You can purchase both the Seche products Sally's, other beauty supply stores, and Ulta. You can get acetone at both those places and at drugstores, though it usually comes in a small round tub used for removing acrylics.
Do you use a quick drying top coat? Or any at all?
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