I paint my nails four to seven times a week. I call it dedicated. My roommate calls it "an illness" and suggests that I "get help, psycho." What she fails to realize is that this hobby (fine, obsession) has left me with the sort of nail product knowledge that chipped-polish girls everywhere wish they could get their grubby, badly manicured little hands on. Today, let's talk top coat.
Go ahead and buy your shitty drug store brand polish, whatever. But do not go anywhere near that $4 top coat. As far as I'm concerned, there is only one option when it comes to quick dry top coat: Seche Vite. If this is starting to sound a little dramatic, it's only because this is an issue of immense importance. Unlike your standard Sally Hansen fare with its watery consistency and utter uselessness, Seche Vite means business. Wait two minutes after painting, cover your second coat with this stuff and your nails may very well be dry before you have time to fuck them up with your fidgeting (about 3 minutes).
Case in point (above): Yeah, it seems that I'm about to snap that guy's neck, but don't try to tell me those nails aren't looking great.