Review: Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat

Hello gentle readers. How is everyone, today? Me? I am sweltering. It is hot. It is humid. It feels like August, not September. Blech!

Today I have a product review to share with you. 

Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat. I purchased this top coat at my local CVS  at full price for five dollars and change. Prices vary by area and market, so this may cost a bit more or a bit less where you live and shop. Most drugstores also run BOGO free or half off specials and you can often find Revlon coupons in your Sunday newspaper circulars or online, making this top coat even more affordable. I don't know about you, but even more affordable works just fine for me, thankyouverymuch. :D 

Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat

From the Revlon Website: "Quick Dry Top Coat sets in 60 seconds to a hard, lustrous finish. Formula safeguards polish from nicks and chips." 

My experience with the product: Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat is, in my opinion a nice top coat. It gives lovely shine and helps my polish last a little longer than it would, on it's own. I get an average of three days wear with minimal tip wear which, for me is excellent. I am plagued by short polish wear, regardless of base and top coats. Must have something to do with my own chemistry. If a polish lasts, in great condition, for four days, it is fabulous and I hear angel choirs. lol 

The brush irritates me. It is a typical round, slender Revlon brush with the added disadvantage of being made of clear plastic "hairs". The brush doesn't pick up and hold on to enough product for the way I like to apply, making it necessary for me to often dip again to complete application to even one nail. The texture of the brush bugs me because it feels a bit stiff and doesn't fan and bend as much as I would like it to. That said, the brush doesn't keep me from using this top coat and won't scare me away from buying it again. 

The formula is thin, much thinner than Seche Vite, Poshe` or even China Glaze Fast Forward top coats. It slips smoothly onto the nail and self levels very nicely. It also seamlessly blends together when I have to go back to the bottle for more to finish my nail. As long as I work fast. 

This top coat sets up quickly. It is dry to a gentle touch in about one minute. Within three minutes it is dry enough for me to clean up my space, put things away and take photographs of my nails without too much worry of smudging. However, on me, it is still highly dentable, leaving my manicure vulnerable to nicks and dents and my nails remain that way for quite a long time. About an hour, in my own experience. 

Once this top coat does cure, tho the finish is lovely. I get a hard, glass like shine very much like the finish from Poshe` top coat, that holds up well to daily wear and tear, including scrubbing my bathroom. This top coat has an advantage over other fast dry top coats that I have used in that it doesn't cause as much shrinkage and tip pull when applied over certain jelly and glitter polishes and I have come to depend on Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat for use over those polishes. 

Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat doesn't seem to thicken over time, like Seche Vite, Poshe` or China Glaze Fast Forward. I have used this top coat for a while, now and it is still the same consistency it was when I purchased the bottle. Time will tell if it retains it's original texture or changes and thickens. But so far, so good. 

Overall, I like this top coat. As I said earlier, I am not wild about the brush but that isn't a big enough irritant to me to cause me to stop using the product. It seems to take longer to set, dry and cure for me than it does for other users but it still does it's job in an acceptable amount of time. I just make sure that I have a little more time to be careful of my nails if I choose to use this top coat. 

Would I purchase this top coat, again? Definitely yes. Is it a replacement for any of my other quick/fast dry top coats? Nope. But it has become a much liked member of my quick dry top coat family and it gets regular air play in my rotation. 

Would I recommend this top coats to my fellow nail polish fanatics? Yes. It is a good, solid top coat that is easy to find at a very reasonable price and sales and coupons make it even more affordable. 

Okay, I need to run along. I have to fire up my A/C, I am going to be so happy when it cools down enough that I can stop running that thing. My electric bill is ridiculous. Two hundred clams a month for a two bedroom condo is out of line, my friends. And that is with being careful to only run the dratted thing when I have to. And never at night. Pfft! 

Thank you for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. 

6 comments

  1. thanks for the review, I wish I would had purchased some when it was on sale at a local store.. will def keep a look out now!

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  2. Good info, Seche Vite is not always available!

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  3. I always wonder about these quick dry things. Thanks!

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  4. Thanks for the detailed review! I can't remember the last time I tried a Revlon TC.

    In my part of Michigan, we're in one of the wonderful times of the year when it's not necessary to use the AC or the heat. Too bad I can't use the savings on utilities for nail polish, but that's a different budget bucket. ;)

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  5. I'm glad to hear that this works well with jellies. I've been needing to find something for that purpose, so I'll probably pick up a bottle of this today.

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