Seventeen Quicker Slicker Colour Ruby Gem, two coats plus Seche Vite
I am still getting through all of the polishes that I got from my trip to the UK last year. I’m sure you are sick of hearing me mention that trip, as quite of few of my first impressions polishes were purchased during it, but you will have to get used to it because there will be a lot more coming! I stopped in at multiple Superdrugs and Boots (how do you pluralize the word “Boots?” Bootses?) and picked at least one polish from every brand I saw that I had not seen before in the US. My mother actually spotted this lovely red from Seventeen for me and decided I was getting it, because thus far in the trip I had grabbed greens, teals, blues, purples, and one orange. Clearly I need to branch out more. Anyway, this juicy berry color is just my type of red. It has a little pink and a lot of richness. Yum. This polish line claims that it is “single coat,” “high shine,” and “touch dry in less than 50 seconds.” I will be giving you my experience and then noting whether it lives up to those claims!
All swatches are shown over Zoya Get Even base coat.
Seventeen Quicker Slicker Colour Ruby Gem, 1 coat
The formula of Ruby Gem is really opaque on the first coat and it does dry really quickly to the touch. It is just a surface dry, however, because even after five minutes if you do the “tap test” it still is not dry all the way through! The formula goes on easily, but it would have been easier if the brush in my bottle had been cut a little better. It is a paddle brush of medium width (a little thinner and smaller than the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure brush). The end is more squared off instead of rounded, though I’m not sure which shape it was supposed to have. Note that I did get a bit too much polish on the brush for my ring finger and then proceeded to ding it before I took the picture because I am a very talented person.
Seventeen Quicker Slicker Colour Ruby Gem, 2 coats
There were still some lighter, sheerer patches after just one coat so I did a second. After two coats Ruby Gem is definitely opaque and very shiny! The application of the second coat felt weird, it almost had some pull or stickiness when applied over itself. It is not tacky but it does not apply as easily or smoothly as you would like. That is not to say it was difficult to apply, it just did not feel normal.
I did not find this to be a single coat polish, but I suppose if you laid it on thick and are not picky, you could be satisfied with this polish at one coat. It definitely is very shiny and did dry to the touch quickly, so two out of the three claims were satisfied for me! To be honest, I got this polish for the color and not for any of those reasons so I was happy with it. Ruby Gem is absolutely beautiful and the formula was decent, I had no real struggles with it.
Have you tried any Seventeen polishes before? How do you feel about “quick dry” polishes and which ones have you tried?
Seventeen Quicker Slicker Colour can be found at Boots.