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Nail polish won't completely harden

Started 1337470894.9 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1341438917.993 by champagnepoodle

Here's my problem...
I polished my nails yesterday morning, using Bonder (Orly) base coat, 2 coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pat on the Black, and one coat of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Ultra Wear Top Coat. The problem...my polish never totally hardened, and I woke up this morning with "sheet marks" on my nails. This has happened before with other polishes, too. I don't glob on my polish, and let it dry a bit between coats, too. All the polishes are no more than 2 months old. I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem, and miht anyone have a solution?

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missy42133747122531 PostsRegistered 4/12/2012

Happens to me all the time when I do my nails at night and don't let the coats dry completely. You might look at using a quick dry spray. I think you can get it at any drug store. Guessing they still sell it, it's been a while since I picked it up.

rina331337471309.214620 PostsRegistered 6/17/2008

FOUR coats is an awful lot. Anyway, put Seche Vite over it. It'll dry in ONE minute.

NoTan4Me1337471497.067859 PostsRegistered 11/8/2007NY

Rina33, 4 coats is what they do in the salons when I go to get a mani. I'll look for Seche Vite. Missy42, I've used the sprays. I've also dunked my tips into ice water (I read that in a mag...)

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cupcake131337472800.91898 PostsRegistered 10/11/2010Kentucky
On 5/19/2012 rina33 said:

FOUR coats is an awful lot. Anyway, put Seche Vite over it. It'll dry in ONE minute.


I wouldn't even consider polishing my nails without Seche Vite top coat. You can find it at Walmart.

Tsukiko1337474686.35698 PostsRegistered 3/11/2006Arizona

Out the Door is another good top coat. I also do 4 coats (base, 2 color, one top). Many times I've done my nails about an hour and a half before going to bed, woke up with no smudges, no problem. And I don't really wait in between for them to dry. As soon as I'm done with one coat on both hands, I start again.

Shelbelle1337523670.78333926 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Best top coat ever is Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear in the mirrored bottle. Dries in 60 seconds to a glass like finish. Puts the other top coats to shame.

AnnikaC1337524544.783999 PostsRegistered 4/26/2011
On 5/20/2012 Shelbelle said:

Best top coat ever is Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear in the mirrored bottle. Dries in 60 seconds to a glass like finish. Puts the other top coats to shame.

I wish I could agree. I tried it, and it just didn't work well for me. It's either Seche Vite or one by Poshe that works the best for me.

Shelbelle1337524774.34333926 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 5/20/2012 AnnikaC said:
On 5/20/2012 Shelbelle said:

Best top coat ever is Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear in the mirrored bottle. Dries in 60 seconds to a glass like finish. Puts the other top coats to shame.

I wish I could agree. I tried it, and it just didn't work well for me. It's either Seche Vite or one by Poshe that works the best for me.

Sorry to hear that, for me it is sheer perfection, even hides flaws in my manicures.

rina331337524894.784620 PostsRegistered 6/17/2008
On 5/20/2012 AnnikaC said:
On 5/20/2012 Shelbelle said:

Best top coat ever is Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear in the mirrored bottle. Dries in 60 seconds to a glass like finish. Puts the other top coats to shame.

I wish I could agree. I tried it, and it just didn't work well for me. It's either Seche Vite or one by Poshe that works the best for me.

@AnnikaC - same here. I was shocked when after day 2, my polish started chipping with SH. I went right BACK to Seche Vite.


Shelbelle1337525079.6133926 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 5/20/2012 rina33 said:
On 5/20/2012 AnnikaC said:
On 5/20/2012 Shelbelle said:

Best top coat ever is Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear in the mirrored bottle. Dries in 60 seconds to a glass like finish. Puts the other top coats to shame.

I wish I could agree. I tried it, and it just didn't work well for me. It's either Seche Vite or one by Poshe that works the best for me.

@AnnikaC - same here. I was shocked when after day 2, my polish started chipping with SH. I went right BACK to Seche Vite.

Let me clarify, I didnt say it prevents chipping, I only commented on the way it dries my polish. I have never actually found a top coat that really prevents chipping, tried them all.

Vamp1337525712.4811213 PostsRegistered 3/9/2007

Seche Vite {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

NoTan: since you did your nails in the a.m., they should have been dry by bedtime, regardless. However, if at all possible, I would wait longer in between coats next time. I know they don't do that in salons because time is a premium, but at home, if you can work it into your schedule, give it a try. It helps me.

Sunshine K­ate1337525940.06311956 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky

Seche Vite or Out the Door are the only two I'll use. I've tried everything; buy them from Sally's Beauty.

Respectfully ~
Kate

All Dolled­ Up1337526247.533258 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Yes -- I've had this happen. So annoying! I agree you have to find the right top coat for you. I used to use Seche Vite but found Perfect Gel Coat works even better on me. I had to try ALL of them to find the best one for me. I would say start with that Sally Hansen one (even though it didn't work for me) -- lots of people love it and good price/availability. Good luck!

bella-luna1337528061.882538 PostsRegistered 2/4/2007TN

I'm wondering if your polish didn't dry because the SH Complete is supposed to have a base coat and top coat built-in and applying a base coat/top coat with it was just too much? Or as someone else suggested, maybe because each coat wasn't completely dry before you went on to the next coat? Um, not that I always allow each coat to completely dry, but it seems when I do, my mani lasts longer. {#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}

Clover291337529080.410141 PostsRegistered 1/19/2008
On 5/20/2012 Shelbelle said:
On 5/20/2012 AnnikaC said:
On 5/20/2012 Shelbelle said:

Best top coat ever is Sally Hansen Mega Shine Extended Wear in the mirrored bottle. Dries in 60 seconds to a glass like finish. Puts the other top coats to shame.

I wish I could agree. I tried it, and it just didn't work well for me. It's either Seche Vite or one by Poshe that works the best for me.

Sorry to hear that, for me it is sheer perfection, even hides flaws in my manicures.

My salon uses Seche Vite and I invariably get a smudge on the way home, getting my keys, taking off my shoes etc. I have to make sure I get a color that I own (or take my own polish with me) so I can re-do any smudged fingers at home.

I have not had any such problems using the Sally Hansen one when I do a home manicure.

yellowbird1337547648.19773 PostsRegistered 2/5/2007

That's why I love Revlon's Top Speed polish. It really is "good to go" in 60 seconds! Love the colors too.

poodlpoo1337550294.8134265 PostsRegistered 10/23/2010

It may have just been the COMBINATION of products..maybe they didnt work well together? There are just some polishes that don't dry well. I agree, out the door and Seche Vite are great. I used out the door for MANY years, before SV came out. And YES, the cold water is an old trick that always works. Do a coat, run them under COLD water, shake your hands till all is dry and then do your next coat.

NoTan4Me1337643011.983859 PostsRegistered 11/8/2007NY

All good suggestions. Thanks ladies! I'm going to try Seche Vite and go from there!

"Love people. Use Things. Never confuse the two."

Sister Gol­den Hair1337643784.8714230 PostsRegistered 7/18/2008
On 5/19/2012 LizzardDance said:

Out the Door is another good top coat. I also do 4 coats (base, 2 color, one top). Many times I've done my nails about an hour and a half before going to bed, woke up with no smudges, no problem. And I don't really wait in between for them to dry. As soon as I'm done with one coat on both hands, I start again.


"Out the Door" is my favorite tooSmile

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bruingirl1337644590.476713 PostsRegistered 8/3/2006Los Angeles, CA

I've used "out the door" and Seche Vite, I like them...then I discovered Nails Inc. Kensington Caviar top coat at Sephora. This is now my favorite quick dry glossy top coat. I've also started swiping each nail with a cotton ball soaked in remover before applying polish...like they do at a nail salon. My DIY mani's last much longer since I incorporated this step.

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Abrowneyeg­irl1337645712.913835 PostsRegistered 12/7/2009PA

I also use Seche Vite and my mani lasts at least 7 days with NO chips. I do my own nails.

Note for max. effectiveness:

DO NOT LET POLISH DRY BEFORE appling Seche Vite top coat, it needs to applied directly onto a wet polish to properly seal and cure. This makes a HUGE difference.

PS -- I use a base coat, 2 coats of polish and a top coat of Seche Vite.

Wishing you health and happiness.

baby burns1337655029.5138793 PostsRegistered 12/9/2007

i do first coat, then i only do one coat polish, i coat of top coat, i have used duri for ever. mine i do at night and they dry pretty quickly. most polish you do not need two coats of base coat, i use one. put the top coat on quickly after you put poish on, no need to wait a long time inbetween. plain and simple if you put too many layers it does not dry!

dsky1337657230.761037 PostsRegistered 1/3/2009

Wonderful tips, thanks!{#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

nantucket ­shore1337657647.3375543 PostsRegistered 10/14/2007

You're having a compatibility issue...you're mixing brands and it appears whatever is in your Sally Hansen polish is actually softening up the basecoat and not allowing it to cure. I try to use the same basecoat, polish and topcoat or I'll have the same problem and need to start over.

Hope that helps.

NoTan4Me1341425530.37859 PostsRegistered 11/8/2007NY

Nantucket, I mix brands all the time! That's not the problem!

I tried Seche Vite and I am HOOKED!

"Love people. Use Things. Never confuse the two."

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