Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Seche Vite vs Gelous + Holiday mani

Because I could not capture the differences in appearance with these top coats I am going to have to explain it to you. I'll start off by saying I usually always use Seche Vite as my top coat. I am always in a hurry so having something that dries as fast as Seche Vite is an absolute must. I bought Gelous originally because some ladies I know in the polish community stated that it is great for a base coat when using glitter because the glitter won't stick to your nails as much. This is true. So now I use it as a base coat a lot. Last night I decided to use it as a top coat which is what it is intended for. I did one hand with Gelous and one with Seche Vite. The nails with Gelous on it became more dull after application. I then remembered what happened when I used it with GOSH Holographic. It completely dulled the Holographic effect and took some shine away from it. Seche Vite went on and brightened everything up. There was a very noticeable difference to me. I put Gelous on about 5 minutes before I put Seche Vite on and when Seche Vite dried Gelous was still tacky. I think I will stick to using Gelous as a glitter barrier. Seche Vite FTW!

Now onto a quick Holiday mani. I decided I would do some holiday colors up until Christmas. Keep it simple. This mani was done with two mini NOPI polishes that I got recently in a three pack from Marshalls. I used Stuck in The Chimney as a base and Spark My Mistletoe for the glitter. Stuck in the Chimney is a gorgeous shade of red. It made me think of Garnets. Spark My Mistletoe is a lovely glitter polish. It has a slight red tint to it and is full of small red glitter and holo glitter. I used one coat of Stuck in the Chimney and two coats of Spark my Mistletoe.



4 comments:

  1. I only use Gelous over top of glitter and under SV(or whatever QD TC I use). It keeps the glitter from eating the top coat and also smooths it out more so it's not like pavement.

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  2. Actually, Gelous is intended as a base coat. However, most people I know use it to smooth out gritty glitters before adding Seche Vite on top. I've never heard of someone using it as a top coat over a holo before.

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  3. Which Gelous are you referring to? I have not used it yet but have 2 bottles. I also got them due to chatter on blogs about it as a great top coat. However when I got them, they were 2 for 1 $ wise. I got the green cap one that can be a base or topper and then I got the blue capped one that also is a base - but it's a strengthening. I thought the one I had heard buzzed on blogs was the green cap one, but was not sure. And getting 1 free - I got talked into the blue one by the clerk. I have been a die hart SV addict. It's thick, shiny and dries fast. I have had many other toppers and always kind of sad when I use them vs. the SV because of the depth it seems to add looking through it to the color and well as the shine that lasts and lasts. I almost have forgotten how fast it dries as a bonus too.

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  4. BTW = thanks for doing this comparison review. It's right up my alley of info I needed to know.

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