I've mentioned this topcoat numerous times on the blog but never really given it it's own post, which it truly deserves. Most recently, it was the topcoat used in my Ciate Paint Pots - Mistress post.
For the past few years I have been on a mission to find a less toxic and less flawed alternative to the raved about Seche Vite. I like Seche Vite, but it contains ingredients I would rather steer clear of and I find it causes awful tip shrinkage, whatever polish I apply it over. Yes it dries in the blink of an eye but it also leaves garish white tips where the polish has shrunk back, no matter how I apply it. It is also incredibly drying on my nails causing them to peel and split - and so my search for a new holy grail topcoat began.
I've tried many supposed fast drying topcoats over the years - some with great success and some that ended up straight in the bin.
Poshé is definitely the former.
The consistency of Poshé is much thinner (without being runny) than the fast drying topcoats I am used to, making for easier and quicker application. It flows on to the nail smoothly and is self leveling which results in a perfectly smooth and glossy finish. It maintains it's shine and never dulls the polish and I have never noticed any yellowing when using Poshé.
On average, a manicure using Poshé as my topcoat lasts 4-5 days which is exceptional for me, as a mother of a very active little boy I can't be precious with my nails. Tip wear is minimal, if noticeable at all after this period of time and I have never experienced chipping. As a topcoat, Poshé is incredibly strong yet flexible, so if your nails take a blow then the polish isn't going to chip away or flake off.
A big plus for me with Poshé is the lack of toluene, formaldehyde and pthalates (the 'big 3') - these ingredients are what I believe dry my nails out to the point they break, peel and split (Seche contains all 3) Where possible these days, I try and stick to nail products that are big 3 free, with a few exceptions.
Drying time with Poshé is on a par with Seche Vite, nails are touch dry in seconds and fully dry and set in a few minutes.
I am yet to find a nail polish brand that doesn't work with my Poshé topcoat.
A bottle of Poshé topcoat usually lasts me around 6 months (this is my 4th bottle) the fomula does thicken over time, but not to the point it become unuseable. Also, Poshé sell a thinner, much like Seche Vite, to return the formula back to normal.
Posheé Super Fast Drying topcoat costs around £7.95 - £8.50 depending on retailer. When I first started using this, I had to order via eBay from the USA but now there are a few UK retailers stocking Poshé. I recommend Cult Beauty.