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Personally, I was on the fence because I saw a lot of reviews where people complained of Seche Vite's shrinkage. But it doesn't really cause your polish to shrink any more than any other fast-dry product. IF....you don't swoosh ("wrap") your polish up and over the edge of your nail tip, then it's possible that as the Seche Vite cures, it will harden the underlying nail color and drag it back from the tip. There's no harm in it, of course, other than the fact that it resembles premature wear-and-tear (like from typing or handwashing) on your tips ("free edge.")
In the attached photos, you can see that on my index and middle finger, I DID NOT swoosh my nail polish over my tips enough, and as a result, you can see how the Seche Vite caused the fresh nail color to recede from my tips. On the ring and pinky fingers, I DID wrap the polish over the tips, and the Seche Vite did not pull the color back from the edges. SO just be vigilant about wrapping your nail tips with color.
Seche Vite dries your nails enough that you can lightly touch them in about 2 minutes. If you gouge them, they still dent, because the polish is soft underneath, but they're dry enough that you could go pee in an emergency (my top concern.) In about 25-30 minutes, your nails are probably 90% dry, which is enough so that you can go to sleep without leaving sheet prints on them. The other advantage of the Seche Vite is that it keeps the thick, glossy look for maybe ~2 days longer than other top coats I've tried. It's a thicker coat, so the finished manicure almost looks like gel/shellac polish.
So far, I haven't had to thin mine, but when you do, you'll need to buy a bottle of Seche Vite Restore, which has different chemicals than regular nail polish thinner. Since you get the 0.5oz bottle, plus the giant 4oz refill bottle (and funnel) I'm planning to decant some into an empty polish bottle, so I can mix in my own glitter or pigment, etc. This is an amazing deal----do yourself a favor and stock up here.
that being said, i've been using seche vite since college, and it's because it's really the highest quality top coat available. it's also what's in every nail salon i've ever been in.