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The Best Top Coat Ever Is Cruelty-Free!

by Suzana Rose

May 22, 2018

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.

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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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Suzana Rose

Suzana Rose

I created Cruelty-Free Kitty because animal testing has no place in the 21st century. My mission is to tackle ethical issues in the beauty industry one by one and find solutions for a better future.

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  • Avatar Nikki says:

    Seche Vite contains Toluene which is an allergen and can cause reproductive problems. While Seche Vite works well at fast drying it may not last 1 week and I am highly allergic to tolulene. Do you have any truly vegan suggestions that are fast drying, high gloss and long lasting?

    • Suzana Rose Suzana Rose says:

      I haven’t found any products that are as good as Seche Vite, but I’ll come up with some suggestions. Thanks for the feedback!

  • Avatar Lilo says:

    Hi Suzana!

    Thank you for your hard work for making such an awesome cruelty free list.

    But Unfortenately I suspect that Seche isn’t cruelty-free anymore.

    They sent a statement to Sophie Carleen from Naoki (dutch): here’s the source: https://naoki.nl/informatie-over-cosmetica-merken-die-op-dieren-testen/

    Statement: AII Beauty (Seche) has never, nor will it ever, test its end products on animals. However, some chemical manufacturers are required by federal law to use some ingredients that have at one time been tested on animals. We believe that it would be misleading for any beauty company to claim that it conducts no animal testing, when associated chemical manufacturers are required to do so.” (source: email 19-08-16)

    Plus I see it’s sold at Aliexpress located in China: https://nl.aliexpress.com/wholesale?catId=0&initiative_id=SB_20190314032240&SearchText=seche+vite

    Hope te hear from you, thank you so much in advance.


  • Avatar Ana says:

    Hi Suzie! I’ve been looking into another brand from American International Industries, Body Drench… do you know if ALL their brands are CF?
    I hope you see this, I’m going crazy finding CF stuff in my country.

  • Avatar Suzanne Morss says:

    I guess this means that it is not vegan, which IMHO makes it NOT cruelty free. 🙁

  • Avatar Tiffany Coffin says:

    Is Nutra Nail cruelty free?

  • Avatar Laurie says:

    Does anyone know of a cruelty free gel nail polish.

  • Avatar Patricia says:

    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!

  • Avatar zoe says:

    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

  • Avatar Abigail Charlotte Phillips says:

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

    • Avatar Suzanne Morss says:

      Cruelty Free Kitty for some reason does not count killing in its determination of Cruelty Free. So the products which are stated to be Cruelty Free are often not Vegan (and in my opinion, that means not Cruelty Free).

      • Avatar Joyce Calvo Chen says:

        There is a warning on the box that contains chemical including Tolune which is know in state of CA to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

  • Avatar Catherine says:

    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.

  • Avatar Adriana says:

    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. 🙂

  • Avatar Lidi says:

    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!

  • Avatar Meghan B says:

    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.

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