Best Top Coat

For those who are looking to know if Seche Vite is tested on animals, I’m happy to inform you that the answer is no. Seche Vite is a part of American International Industries, which also own the nail polish brand China Glaze (which I love) and Ardell false lashes. All of these brand are cruelty-free and Ardell eyelashes are 100% vegan and free from any animal hair.

Out of all the top coats I’ve tried throughout the years, Seche Vite remains my favorite. Every once in a while, I try to switch it up, and I’m disappointed (–if you have any other top coat suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them!). I love that this top coat is actually fast-drying and I don’t have to worry about my nail polish after I use it. I also love how freaking shiny and glossy it is and it REMAINS shiny well after the first day of nail polish. Going top-coat-free sucks. You tell yourself that you’re saving yourself time and trouble, but really your nail polish just ends up chipped and loses all of its luster the very next day. Which brings me to my second favorite thing about Seche Vite: it keeps even the cheapest nail polish chip-free for up to a week.


  • Dries fast.
  • Keeps nails super glossy.
  • Prevents chipping. Extends nail polish life for real.
  • Inexpensive if you buy it online (pack of 3 for under $7).


  • Gets goopy near the end.

Where To Buy

You can get it from Amazon here for less than 7$ for a pack of 3 — and I recommend buying a 3-pack for the reason above. You can also find it at Ulta or some drugstore, but it’s just about $10 a pop.

I’m going to keep using and repurchasing this top coat. The only downside I’ve noticed (and have heard others mention) is that it gets goopy before you get to finish a full bottle. Given the pros, I can live with that. What’s your favorite top coat? I’d love to hear it.

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Meghan B

I love this top coat too! Great to know there’s no animal testing. It’s super fast drying and provides an incredibly shiny finish! I haven’t finished mine yet, so I can’t attest to the goopy-ness, but I’ve heard that same comment lots before.

Suzi Scheler

I’m glad you liked it too! 😀


I just saw this at CVS on Sunday but didn’t buy as I wasn’t sure on their CF status. Thanks so much for sharing!


omg i am so happy it’s cruelty free! this is definitely my HG top coat. I just decided to go cruelty free so it’s great I don’t have to go on the hunt for a new top coat. 🙂

Suzi Scheler

Yay! 🙂


I bought this stuff after hearing so much praise about it, but when I looked on the box mine came it, it says “This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” So I got a bit scared lol.

Abigail Charlotte Phillips
Abigail Charlotte Phillips

I stopped buying this upon going vegan cause it assumed it wouldn’t be cruelty free, I’m so happy it is!


I stopped using this years ago when I changed all my products to cruelty free! So glad to see its on the good list! I also got scared of the chemical warning, but it is such a fab top coat! x


Seche Vite is absolutely the best quick dry top coat I’ve ever used. It’s shiny and dries so fast. And it’s cruelty free!


Does anyone know of a cruelty free gel nail polish.

Krista Saunders

You can try Madam Glam, NCLA or I believe Wet N Wild has a line of gel polishes as well if you need something cheaper.

Aly Laughlin

Thanks for these suggestions Krista! 🙂

Tiffany Coffin

Is Nutra Nail cruelty free?