Seche Vite Rebuild Nail Strengthener Review

The last couple months I have yammered on about Seche Vite Rebuild and how I liked it and had been testing it. Well I think it’s safe to say I love it now and totally recommend it.

What Rebuild is, is a nail strengthener for weak, peeling and thin nails, which I definitely have. It helps seal the layers of the nail together to prevent the peeling and splitting that can happen.

I have been having peeling issues for as long as I can remember. Especially now, as I age my nails have gotten a lot more ridges than previously (this can happen with age but also can be hereditary). For me what happens on a couple of my nails (mainly my middle finger of right hand) is the ridge is so deep that it goes up my nail to the tip, and then splits at the tip. And it’s not something I can cut off and fix because it does it no matter the length. Damn you RIDGES!!!!!!

So when I was sent this Rebuild to test out I was really hoping it would help. It did!

Rebuild is a milky colored strengthener, but when you apply it on the nail it’s pretty clear looking. It takes a little longer to dry than some base coats, but still around 3 minutes or so.

For the first week I wore Rebuild alone, with nothing over it just to test it out. It stayed on my nails without chipping for probably 3 days. Other strengtheners I have tried (Nail Tek II for instance) only lasted a day or less without coming off, so that’s a bonus. It leaves your nails looking shiny and nice, not dull.

Then I asked Seche Vite via Twitter if you can use it as a regular base coat and they said yes. I was SO happy because I cannot deal with not wearing polish for long!

As a base coat Rebuild works really, really well for me. I noticed that my polish was wearing longer than normal. I thought it was maybe a fluke with the first color so I kept on using it. Without fail, every color/brand I wore over it lasted from a day to 3 days longer than normal. I even was able to wear one color (cannot remember what now) for FIVE days before I had to remove it, which is unheard of! So yeah, it’s my new go-to base coat. I love it because not only is it helping the polish last, it’s strengthening my nails under there!

Oh but you wanted to hear about my nail health, right? It took about a week-10 days for me to really notice any difference as far as the health of my nails. But then I started realizing I wasn’t having to cut them down as often because of splits. I was having a lot less peeling than normal also. That’s not to say it cured my nails or every ailment though. My ridges are still there (like pores, you cannot get rid of ridges permanently) and I do still have some peeling from time to time. But it’s really helped cut down on a lot of the problems I was having, so yahoo for a product that actually works!

Rebuild is part of Seche Vite’s “Perfect Nail” line. It also includes Retain, which helps you to maintain your already healthy nails and Recondition which helps to add conditioning and flexibility to dry brittle nails.

Overall:

I totally recommend Rebuild to anyone having the same problems I was having. Not everything works for everyone, so keep that in mind. I have heard plenty of people who loved Nail Tek’s line, but they don’t work for me at all. I would say even if you don’t have weak nails, this still makes a really good base coat!

Have you tried this or any other nail strengthening products? Which are your favorites?

-VV

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51 comments

  • September 17, 2010

    I totally love this stuff. It works so well as a base coat and get better wear compared to other typical base coats. I also notice less peelies (didn’t eliminate it, but hey I don’t believe in miracle products).
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    • September 17, 2010

      Oh and on an additional note, I really hope Seche comes out with this in a larger size, like Seche Vite. It just seems so wasteful to have to buy a new bottle all the time. Not to mention I totally loathe the Seche bottle when it is 1/3 full. :( So hard to get product!
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      • September 17, 2010

        Hi Belle,

        The bottle I have is a normal polish bottle size…Do you have a mini?

    • September 17, 2010

      I have the normal size. With Seche bottles (both rebuild and seche vite), I have problems having the brush reach the product at 1/3 full. So I always have to pour from a new bottle or use a new bottle.

      I wish they really come out with a salon/refill size!
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      • September 17, 2010

        Oh gotcha! Yeah I agree.

  • September 17, 2010

    That sounds really awesome. How do you think it does with preventing stains? I’ve already switched over to darker fall colors & I’ve been looking for a better base coat that doesn’t leave my nails so stained.
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    • September 17, 2010

      Hi Andi,

      I can’t comment on that really because I rarely get nail stains for some reason. I would assume it would work as good as most base coats though.

  • September 17, 2010
    Amanda

    Great to know! I had been using Nailtiques but it kinda stopped working after a while. I recently bought two different nail strengtheners, Rebuild and Nail Magic’s Base Coat Therapy (both @ Sally’s). I’ve been using Nail Magic under my polish and so far so good. I’m glad Rebuild works and that I didn’t just waste my money ;)

  • September 17, 2010
    aaminahs mom

    i’ve seen this items at h2t and td , will pick this up. also its a little cheaper thru etail too.

  • September 17, 2010
    Ashley

    I love Rebuild! It really saved my nails after I took my acrylics off. I’m never without this on my nails. :D

  • September 17, 2010

    I appreciate your review, and I’ll probably try this out. I saw that Seche came out with some new products, but they didn’t do a good job in explaining what the heck they were supposed to do for me.
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  • September 17, 2010

    love this stuff. i like rebuild but i LOVE retain :)
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  • September 17, 2010

    I don’t have peeling nail issues, but this base coat sounds promising. I use Orly’s Ridgefiller and it works alright, I’m not fond of the almost opaque white finish of it. I should probably try Recondition, have you heard any good things about it?
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    • September 17, 2010

      Hi Serena,

      I haven’t heard about Recondition, but others also like Retain. :)

  • September 17, 2010
    scandalous

    Oh, I’d never tried this one! I’m a huge fan of Dermelect, but I may have to give this a try

  • September 17, 2010
    Lisa

    Thanks for the review, it seems really good ! :)

  • September 17, 2010

    I love Seche top coat so I may have to invest in this – looks v impressive cheers x

  • September 17, 2010
    SB_Sweetie

    I don’t have this issue, but I might someday, so I’ll file this. From this post, and your “Farewell to Diamont Top Coat,” I am assuming you are on the outs with Nubar in terms of base & topcoats?! I am slowly going through my “good” bottle of Diamont, wondering what to try next?!

  • September 17, 2010
    Sarah

    I believe Rebuild has formaldehyde in it for anyone who prefers b3f.

  • September 17, 2010

    When I asked Seche’s old rep about how to wear Rebuild, she said apply one coat every day for 7 days, then remove with non-acetone remover – continue this for 2-3 weeks.

    However, for a polish blogger, that means 2-3 weeks without polish so yeah, no go! :)

    Glad it’s working for you!
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  • September 17, 2010

    I was using retain for awhile and it was pretty good!, but once I found out it was not B3F, I stopped using it…plus retain has a TERRIBLE stink to it lol
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  • September 17, 2010

    I was thinking about trying Rebuild tand comparing it to Nail-Aid’s products. I’ve been a big fan of Nail-Aid’s “Peeling Nail intense repair gel” and “Pink Natural Growth therapy” for about a year. All their products are dedicated to nail health and are cheap ($6.50!!). http://www.nailaidcares.com
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    • September 18, 2010
      Monti

      I just got my Nail-aid peeling nails gel and top coat yesterday. I can’t wait to try them!

  • September 17, 2010
    Liz

    I will have to try this soon. I have been using one of Orly’s, can’t remember the name (but not Bonder) and it’s just not helping my peeling nails. Right index and middle = the peelers. So frustrating.

  • September 18, 2010
    ali

    i definitely have to get this during my next nail polish haul. i’ve been using sally hansen, which seriously, doesn’t work but i bought it so i might as well use it, no? but definitely gonna get this next time. thanks for the review! ^^

  • September 18, 2010
    SannaK

    Hi VV! I have tried a bunch of different nail strengtheners. Opi Nail Envy and Seche Plus work for me the best. I must try this one too. Thanks for the review! Do you use miracle nail files/buffers? I also have very deep ridges, and the nails split at the tip if I use these buffers. I tried different types of buffers but they always ruined my nails although I didn’t use them that often, maybe once or twice a month. (Some “experts” claim that I should use them to get rid of the ridges…) If I use for example Nail Envy and keep far away from miracle files/buffers, the nails are fine despite the ridges and don’t split.

    • September 18, 2010

      Hi SannaK,

      I don’t use buffers much. They don’t seem to help or hinder my nails, just do nothing :/

  • September 18, 2010

    So is this better than Nail Tek?
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    • September 18, 2010

      Hi erinsgobragh,

      As I mentioned Nail Tek didn’t work for me, but different things work for different people.

  • September 18, 2010

    I’m currently trying out Gelous from Sally Beauty. It lasts a long time on my nails and has helped with pealing, still don’t know about extended length of time as a base coat but it wasn’t too expensive so I’m happy. Thanks for the review if this doesn’t work out I’m def. gonna try this one next!
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  • September 18, 2010
    maria

    I suggested Sack’s to bring this brand to Brasil. Friends of mine that live in Europe told me about the excellence of the products Seche Vite.
    Any way, even Sack’s starts to sell it here it’s going to cost o little fortune. We pay much more for european and american brands at the brasilians stores.
    I have to loose the fear and start to use credit card in Amazon.com and ebay to buy my baby polishes.
    A nice weekend for all.

  • September 18, 2010

    I’m really glad to hear that it is working for you!

    I gave this a try a few months back and it is so awful for me. :( I was really hopeful, too! It is absolutely terrible as a base – my polish was lifting and peeling in under 24 hours. I couldn’t bear not to wear polish over it, so I never did try it just by itself. I also tried it with other base coats over it, hoping that would help, with no luck.

    I should probably dig out my barely used bottle and send it your way! :)
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  • September 18, 2010

    Thanks for this review, I think I’ll give this a try.
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  • September 18, 2010

    I love Rebuild and have used it as a base coat/nail strengthener for a little more tahn six months now. I used OPI Natural Nail Strengthener before and that worked really good for me but in the end my nails got hard and unflexible. I tried Nail Tek but it isn’t very good as a base coat, so I decided to try Rebuild. It is perfect! My nails are stronger than without a strengthener but not unflexible. They never peel anymore, well actually that stopped with tho OPI NNS but they haven’t started to peel again either. I just love Rebuild! And my nails don’t get stained from the polishes so it is a perfect base coat too!

    • September 18, 2010

      Hi Sminkan!

      Long time no chat!! Glad to see you like it also, it rocks! :)

  • September 18, 2010

    hmmm. i currently SWEAR by dermelect launchpad and i’m not sure anything could get me to switch but i’ll keep this in mind if i ever change my opinion!
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  • September 18, 2010
    Julie

    I Think i am bound to OPI nail envy :) cant switch :D but if i get the chance i’ll still probably pick this up . i’m a sucker for anything that’ll helping my peeling nails . both of my index fingers peel like mad . well the left one is rare .. but the right hand just likes to peeeeel

  • September 18, 2010

    I’ve been looking for a good strengthening base coat, so I’m glad to hear that you like Seche Rebuild! I’ll probably end up getting that.
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  • September 18, 2010
    Lucy

    I’m always happy to hear of a product for peeling nails. My nails had stopped peeling for quite awhile. They just strarted up again. Thankfully not every nail. I’ll have to try this.

  • September 19, 2010

    Oh man, I saw this in the store yesterday, and I wondered if I should get it. I have fully grown out the yellow on my nails now, so I want to stick to something B3F. Is this B3F? I know that Seche topcoat isn’t… much to my dismay… But I want something that helps my nails.

    I ended up buying Gelous, because I heard so much talk about it.

    • September 19, 2010

      Hi Mariah,

      I don’t believe it’s B3F, sorry!

  • September 19, 2010

    Oooh I think I’m definitely going to have to try this one out, I have teh same problem with my nails peeling really badly and nothing has seemed to work well enough yet.
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  • September 19, 2010
    kimberly

    so, what harm do the big 3 really do? im just curious if i should stay away from anything with these ingredients in it? thanks!

    • September 19, 2010

      Well, some people think the chemicals are bad for you to inhale, but what bothers me is that they turn my nails yellow. Formaldehyde, one of the “big 3″ is actually in a lot of base coats because it hardens your nails like no other! It works really well. (Mostly because it’s basically embalming your nails!!!)

      Pregnant women are told to stay away from Big 3 also. I just want to keep my nails white, because it took forever to grow out!

    • September 22, 2010
      kimberly

      thanks so much mariah!

  • September 20, 2010

    You make me need it!
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  • September 20, 2010

    Sounds encouraging! I am currently testing Nail Tek II, and so far I’m not impressed… I have had to reapply daily (sometimes twice a day) like you said. After a week, I haven’t noticed a difference. I’m going to give it another week and then make my judgement. Rebuild sounds like a good backup plan!

  • September 20, 2010

    I need to pick up this set :)
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  • September 20, 2010
    Sandy

    I have all three of Seche’s new products and I love Rebuild and Recondition. I have Recondition on now because I have been using cleaning products too much and they make my nails a wreck. Like you, Nail Tek II and I didn’t agree – it just wouldn’t stay on my nails. Thanks for this review!

  • September 20, 2010
    ReaderRita

    I love the picture of the goat!!!! I love goats, they crack me up. Super cute!