Friday, 12 July 2013

China Glaze - Fast Freeze Quick Dry Top Coat

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Anyways, today I wanted to share with you the current top coat I am currently using. I swear by Seche Vite for a fast drying top coat but I wanted to try something else in the market to see if there was a better alternative. I've been using the China Glaze Fast Freeze Quick Dry top coat for a couple of months now and I'm not too impressed sadly.

This top coat is DBP, toluene and formaldehyde free in addition to containing no alcohol or oils. China Glaze claims that this top coat dries up to 5 coats of lacquer in 30 seconds to the touch, and goes over the top coat to speed up the drying process.

PACKAGING: It comes in a regular cardboard box which includes a dropper as well, which is optional to use. The brush is very thin but it's not a big concern. I like how the bottle is frosted as it makes the liquid look icy blue.

FORMULA: Despite the claims of no oils, the product feels VERY oily - emphasis on the very!! It's very thin and runny, which makes it quite messy to use especially if you're using the dropper. The product spreads all over your nails and it's just oily in general... Surprisingly it has a subtle minty scent which is pleasant to the nose.

APPLICATION: As I mentioned, if you're using the dropper it's completely messy. You're supposed to add one or two drops to the center of your nail and the formula spreads across, making your nails feel oily. You could opt for the brush to make life easier and it's not necessary to apply all over the nail since the formula spreads.

My biggest disappointment is the fast drying part. From my experience, even after a couple of minutes my nails still have a bit of smudging and random marks even though my nails seem dry. Heck, what's worse is when I wash my hands my nails are all ruined as the lacquer smudges off. I get annoyed and have to redo my nails again. There are times when my nails do dry fairly fast but I would choose Seche Vite over it any day.

So that's my two cents and I will revert back to using Seche Vite unless someone can suggest an alternative fast drying top coat just as good?

Have you used the Fast Freeze Quick Dry top coat before?


  1. Aw, sorry to hear that it doesn't work well. :(
    I was thinking of trying the one from OPI. I desperately need some drying drops. I keep smudging my nails! xD

  2. MyBeautyJunction12 July 2013 at 18:23

    I'm looking for an alternative to Seche Vite as well! Too bad this isn't one :( Ah well, the quest continues.

  3. This sounds so disappointing ! :( not sure about any fast drying top coats but I'm currently liking the top coat by nature republic!

  4. TheHappySloths13 July 2013 at 03:07

    Tried a similar product from opi before, wasn't impressed at all and returned it. I use sally hansen instadri, it works very well and its inexpensive, I can't stand the smell of seche vite

  5. Too bad that it don't work..

  6. Hi Louise, how disappointing! :(((( I still love essence's gel look top coat but it is not fast drying. I have got Seche Vite but find my nails chip much faster with it - I only use SV when I know I am in a real hurry! :P

  7. Thanks for the info! It's really helpful to know what to skip on the shelf!


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