Seche is popular for their award winning top coat but another one of their popular products is Seche Restore. It's actually a polish thinner made specifically to use for their top coat but it works well with other nail polish brands as well.
The ingredients are
Butyl Acetate, Toluene, and Isopropyl Alcohol
Other nail polish thinners in the market also commonly use Heptane and Ethyl Acetate.
Toluene is a solvent commonly used in paints, paint thinners, nail polish, hair dyes etc. It is potentially hazardous so some nail polish and nail polish thinners don't have toluene but the amount of toluene they use in cosmetics is way too low to be a health hazard so personally I'm not bothered. I'm just saying this for people out there who are really conscious with whatever they put on their bodies.
Basically, Seche Restore replaces ingredients that have evaporated from your nail polish. With this in mind, it is important to keep Seche Restore with its cap closed tight when not in use to avoid evaporation.
I actually used it on a nail polish without toleune (OPI Gwen Stefani, I Sing in Color), and I fucked up the polish but it was my fault though.
|Seche Restore Nail Polish Thinner|
Let me just say that I loove OPI Gwen Stefani in I Sing in Color. Other people are like, meh it's just a normal vampy red but I don't think so. Most polishes of similar shade tend to look brown especially in direct sunlight. I Sing in Color has a purple undertone so it's a true vampy red colour in my opinion. Initially, the formula was good but it got thick and unusable which made me sad. I didn't have the heart to throw it out though so it was just sitting inside a dark drawer for almost two years.
When I finally bought Seche Restore, it was the first polish I thought of experimenting on although I probably shouldn't have lol. After reading reviews online, most people put in half a dropper on the polish bottle, roll it for 30 seconds and if the consistency is still not good they will repeat the process.
Some people test the consistency by measuring how many drops of polish will drip within 5 seconds. I did this method because I didn't want to constantly check if the formula is okay by painting it on my nails but I wished I had been more patient.
I placed way to much Seche Restore and thinned out the polish into (near) oblivion. It now paints more like an indelible ink rather than a nail polish. I'm wondering if I leave the bottle open and let some of the ingredients evaporate will it help somewhat? (I actually need to try that sometime).
Tips For Minor Fixing:
- If your nail polish is fairly new (maybe a few months old), I'd start with a 1/8 or 1/4 of the dropper
- For older nail polishes, 1/4 or 1/2 of the dropper at first is a fair amount
- Roll the polish bottle between your hands for a minute
- Don't trust the first swipe. After putting in Seche Restore and closing the lid, most of the thinner goes in your polish brush. So when you first use the polish brush to paint your nails the formula may seem fixed. Do paint several nails first before deciding if you need to put more thinner.
- If the consistency is not yet fixed, add one or two more drops, roll the bottle for 30 seconds to a minute then check the consistency by actually painting your nails.
Tips For Really Hardened Nail Polish:
- If the polish is really hard (ie. some, if not all of the polish is stuck and not budging on the bottom and sides of the bottle), after putting on half a dropper don't be afraid to shake the bottle. We all heard that shaking a nail polish bottle is a no-no because it will form bubbles but really those bubbles will settle. After putting in Seche Restore and shaking the bottle allow the nail polish to settle for around 15-30 minutes
- Again, don't trust the first swipe. Do several nails first before deciding if you should add more thinner
- If you need to add more, do as you now would with a younger polish bottle. Just add one or two drops, roll the bottle for 30 seconds to a minute before checking the consistency by painting several of your nails.
Despite me failing the first time I've used this, I've fixed several nail polishes since then so I now consider this as an indispensable part of my life lol. I've never actually finished a nail polish bottle, if it's cheap I'd probably just toss it but for the mid-price and expensive ones I now know I can keep them forever as long as Seche Restore is still available.