This post is dedicated to chicandpolished, who requested that I do a review on Poshé topcoat after I raved about it in my Essie gel-setter topcoat review.
It is by far my favourite fast drying topcoat that I’ve tried! I push it onto all my friends and they love it too. 🙂
Before Poshé, I used Seche Vite but grew tired of the amount of shrinkage I’d get with Seche Vite. Shrinkage occurs when the quick dry topcoat is drying so fast that it causes the nail polish layers to pull back from the edges, making it appear as though there is tip wear – this is super annoying on newly applied polishes. Another annoying aspect of Seche Vite was how it’d turn so thick about half way through the bottle – it would become so stringy and goopy that it wasn’t usable unless thinner was added (it was recommended to only use Seche Vite brand thinner due to the formulation or something – it was a money grab, I tell ya!) But don’t get me wrong, Seche Vite is a great topcoat and I can understand why it is so popular: it’s fast drying, very shiny and lasts a long time on the nails. But I wanted an alternative – enter Poshé:
I read about Poshé from a nail polish blog and it basically retains all the good things of Seche Vite (dries quickly, shiny, and long wearing) but none of the bad (no shrinkage, no thickening, and not super smelly). I tried my first bottle and haven’t looked back. It claims to dry polishes to touch in 1 minute (true) and dries completely in 5 minutes (also true) – but I typically wait 10 minutes before doing anything strenuous just to be safe.
I keep a couple of opened bottles of Poshé – one for lighter coloured polishes and the other for dark shades. Since it is instructed that the topcoat can be applied over still damp polish, sometimes the polish transfers into the brush so it tints the topcoat a pinkish colour when I’m using reds, but it doesn’t affect the performance (and despite my best efforts, I still tint both bottles!) Poshé works equally well on all brands of polishes that I’ve tried (except for Zoya – it seems to only like its own brand of base and top coats).
I love Poshé so much that I bought a salon-sized bottle (480ml) which I decant into the small polish bottles. I ordered this bad boy off eBay years ago and it’s only down to the top of the purple line (not visible in the photo). The bottle will likely last me another 10 years! The only place I’ve seen Poshé sold locally is at Sally Beauty Supply ($10 for 14ml) – it is also sold online from NailPolishCanada.com
This is what Poshé topcoat looks like over Essie Limited Addiction, about 10 minutes after application – this is 1 coat of Orly Bonder basecoat, 2 coats of Essie and 1 coat of Poshé. I used a dark polish colour to show how truly incredible the wear time is on this topcoat:
And this is after 6 days of wear (sorry I couldn’t do a full 7 day wear test this time due to the need to change my polish for Thanksgiving weekend):
Some minor tip wear, slightly dulled shine, a tiny chip on my thumb but overall, still in amazing shape! I definitely could have gone the full 7 days. Impressed? I constantly am, whenever I wear Poshé!
• super fast drying time
• chip resistant
• long wearing
• doesn’t thicken up mid-way through the bottle
• works well on all brands of polishes
• does not cause shrinking when drying
• not super stinky
• not as readily available as other brands
Stash worthiness: 10/10
Have you tried Poshé? What’s your favourite topcoat?