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The Arsenal – Prolana Quick and Slick Top Coat

By on October 15, 2009
in Big 3 Free, The Arsenal

I get a lot of questions and comments regarding the tools and treatment products I use to keep my nails healthy and in tip top shape. Since my routine changes as I test new products, I’ve launched, The Arsenal, to share with you the items that are “must haves” in my nail kit.

For as long as I can remember, Seche Vite and Poshe have been staples in my top coat collection. When it comes to quick dry, they are the gold standard BUT (and that’s a very big “but”) the major complaint has always been the thick, tricky-to-apply consistency that only gets thicker as you work your way down the bottle. Sure that’s what Seche Restore is for but what if there was a product that worked just as well without that issue? Fanatics, I’ve found it! Prolana Quick & Slick.

My uber-fab eyebrow waxer recommended this top coat to me a while back and I bought a bottle on the spot but let it sit in my to-be-tried box for way too long. I finally cracked it open a couple months ago when I was short on time, low on Seche Vite and not in the mood to add Seche Restore. Well color me impressed!

Quick & Slick is 3-Free, non-yellowing and quick drying. It leaves a high gloss shine and the thin, self-leveling formula applies like a dream I’m about halfway through my bottle and there’s not a sign of those telltale strings from thickening when I pull out the brush. In my opinion it’s pretty comparable to Lippmann Addicted to Speed except it’s less than HALF the price!

You can purchase Quick & Slick directly from the website for $7.95. There’s even a trial size for $2.95. I’m sure if you search online you’ll find other e-tailers but I purchased mine at John Robert’s Spa in Mayfield Heights. p.s. if you’re in Cleveland and looking for a waxer/esthetician see my girl Abby. She’s phenom!

Have any of you tried Quick & Slick before? What do you think of it?

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  1. Jennifer says:

    So… I am a bit confused (sorry), would you just use this one product then on top of the polish – not a top coat AND quick dry?

  2. The Pretty Brown Girl says:

    I just ordered some. Based on your description alone, I have to have it. I love my SV, but that thickening is a PITA.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I need to order this product! I was under the impression that SV was not Big 3 free, I thought it had Toululene (or however you spell it), thus, I have never used itbut have been curious.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love the concept of the quick dry – but the problem I seem to have with all of them except SV (Out the Door, various SH's, Poshe) is that they crack the polish after only a couple of days – regardless of whether it's just the polish or full mani (bc/polish/tc). Has anyone else had this? I'd love to try the Olan – I love SV, but it is tough to work with… Thanks!!

  5. lola says:

    Thanks for the tip. I am currently in love with my Revlon Topspeed topcoat. It's cheaper (about $4 bucks), and is a thin consistency so it applies quick and easy. It also leave a super shine to my nails. And in a minute or two the polish is totally dry and I can go about my day. Have you tried it before?

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have been using Quick & Slick for a while now, and I absolutely LOVE it! It can even be reapplied in between mani's to freshen & protect the polish- it's a great product, AND- no thickening like Seche.

  7. Beana says:

    this is really helpful! thanks! I'm still mad it took me so long to discover Seche Vite. I just wish I could find it in a store instead of just online.

  8. All Lacquered Up says:

    Jennifer – I'm not sure what you mean? Are you applying two top coats? A regular top coat and a quick dry top coat? Or just quick dry drops? You can always use the drops/spray to speed up the process but with Quick & Slick you really don't need it.

    The Pretty Brown Girl – Oh cool, I hope you love it. I'm with you. I love SV but the thickening drives me batty.

    Anon – I believe you are right about SV. I'd have to check the label to be sure.

    Anon #2 – I've never experienced cracking before. Is it all over the nail or only in certain spots? It's it big cracks or small ones?

    Lola – I haven't tried the Revlon but based on your recommendation I definitely will. Thanks!

    Anon #3 – Thanks for adding your 2 cents. I'm glad you like it as much as I do.

    Beana – I believe all Sally Beauty Supply stores carry Seche Vite. I know mine do. They carry Poshe as well.

  9. Anonymous says:

    do you find that quick & slick makes a manicure last long? how does it compare to seche or poshe? thanks for the review!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I get hairline cracks all though the nail – since I usually use shimmer polishes, not creme, I'm not sure they're visible to anyone else, but I can see and feel them. Thanks for any suggestions!

  11. Laura says:

    I always love hearing about new quick dry top coats. Sounds like this one is a great one to try!

  12. Kareberry says:

    Haven’t had a post on The Arsenal for quite a while! Wondering if you could do your next post on cuticle cutters?! I’m sick and tired of them just not seeming to work after a while, can they be sharpened or something??

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      You’re right, I need to do more of these. Thanks for the reminder. Though I don’t use cuticle cutters and I don’t condone using them. I believe cuticles should only be pushed back, not cut. Unless you have a hangnail, you should just put them away.

    • michelle says:

      Yeah I am sick of that too. I use to buy mehaz cuticle cutters and they would last. I would love to see a article on cuticle cutters and pushers. Although I am set with my opi pusher LoL!

      • All Lacquered Up says:

        I actually don’t use cuticle cutters or allow my cuticles to be clipped. The only exception being if I have a hangnail that needs to be trimmed. I soak my hands, put on a cuticle remover and push back using a metal cuticle pusher. It’s not any specific brand, just the one I got from

  13. kelliegonzo says:

    do you still use this topcoat? do you like it as much as you first did? thanks in advance :)

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Hey Kellie! I do still use it. It’s funny you ask because I just picked up a bottle at my salon last week

  14. Kim says:


    Just wondering before I buy this, have you ever used Essie’s Good to Go or Revlon’s quick dry? If so, how would this compare to those. If not, you should try them! The only issue I have is wrinkling, but I have yet to find something that prevents it.

    – Kim

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Hi Kim! Thanks for the suggestions. I haven’t tried those two top coats but I know a lot of people are fans of the Revlon quick dry.

  15. Fran says:

    I tried Quick and Slick, but have to say I was not impressed with it. I love Lippman’s addicted to speed. I think it is worth the money. I am curious about the Nails Inc 45 sec. top coat. How long does it keep a manicure?