I have long been under the impression that Revlon makes one of the best base coats out there. I’m talking specifically about the Quick Dry Base Coat. This stuff is sort of elusive. It’s not always available at every Revlon nail polish display. (The one place that consistently has it in stock at the best price is Christmas Tree Shoppes. )
It looks like this:
I used this stuff for several years as my regular base coat, and was always really happy with the results.
Then Seche Vite (pronouced “SESH VEET”, according to French people) came onto my radar. It pretty much seemed like everyone praised their top coat as being the best thing ever. Well, I can now say from experience that they do make an awesome top coat, so I assumed that they made an awesome base coat as well.
That’s what prompted me to buy Seche Clear:
The formula for these two base coats couldn’t be more different. Revlon is thick and pretty much looks exactly like Elmer’s Rubber Cement. It fills in any nail ridges and self-levels really well. When it dries, your nails feel rubbery, almost sticky. Seche Clear is crystal clear and super thin. It feels like you are just painting a really thin clear polish on your nails. When it dries, it is slightly shiny a bit tacky.
I have never put these two base coats to a head-to-head test, so I figured it was time to do so. I painted alternating fingers with the two base coats and followed them with 2 coats of white polish, a cute neon glitter polish, and Seche Vite top coat. Specifically, Revlon is on my first and ring finger on my left hand, and my thumb, middle finger and pinky of my right hand. Seche Clear is on my thumb, middle finger and pinky of my left hand, and first and ring finger of my right hand.
Let’s see what happens…
Both base coats trucked along beautifully for 3 days. On the 4th day, I started to notice a few little chips.
Seche Clear nails. There’s definitely some tip wear, and a visible chip on the pinky of my left hand, and the first finger of my right hand.
Revlon nails. There’s some tip wear and a little chip on the middle finger of my right hand.
By day 5, I was getting really tired of looking at the same polish every day. Under normal circumstances, I would have repainted my nails. Since I wanted to hold out a little longer on this head-to-head challenge, I satisfied myself by adding some different colored glitter to my nails.
At the end of day 6, I got a HUGE chip on one of my nails. The chip was huge enough for me to declare day 6 as the last day of this little challenge. Here they are..
Seche Clear nails. The left hand doesn’t look too much different than day 4, but look at my first finger on my right hand! I lost almost half of the polish! It chipped off some time while I was at Hersheypark, but I didn’t actually notice when it happened.
Revlon nails. Still only that little chip on the middle finger of my right hand.
I also compared the tip wear of each finger on my right hand with its counterpart on my left hand and found that…
Thumbs: Revlon wins (on my right hand)
First fingers: Revlon wins by a landslide (on my left hand)
Middle fingers: Seche Clear wins (on my left hand)
Ring fingers: Revlon wins (on my left hand)
Pinky: Revlon wins (on my right hand)
This little experiment has pretty much confirmed my hunch that the Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat will help your mani look better longer than Seche Clear. Revlon will continue to be my go-to base coat for the foreseeable future.
What has been your experience with base coats? What base coat do you love?
Orly Bonder Rubberized. It’s the same style you like, the sticky kind. It’s amazing! You can get it at Sally Beauty Supply.
Thanks for the tip! I’m almost out of my Revlon base coat, so maybe I’ll give the Orly one a try next!