Inspired by all the lovely ladies I’ve seen whose nails are always lacquered, I decided to buy some nail polish. Not just any polish though, I wanted the quick dry kind. I’ve actually tried to paint my nails a couple of times with the Essie polishes that haven’t gone bad, but no-fail both times I ended up messing them up within half an hour of application. And by then either Ava was waking up or I had some other chore to do so I’d just remove it and move on. Even when Ava is napping I can’t just sit, I always have to be doing something. So after polishing I try to do a task that should be ‘safe’, but no I still end up smudging. I wanted to try the Rimmel one, but they don’t carry the polish at my Target so I decided to try the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color.
I actually got two colors, but the first one I tried was Show Steel-er, a light blue grey shade. I like that the brush is rounded at the edges, but I do wish it was slightly less wide. The polish was a little on the thick side as well. I needed two coats to get an opaque layer so it felt like it was a little hard to spread evenly. It also is definitely not ‘insta-dri’. Even after 30 minutes of waiting for them to dry, they still had a bit of a tacky feel to them. I ended up nicking them a bit, but not so bad I had to remove re-do it. Once my nails were finally fully dry (honestly, I stopped timing after 30), I applied my top coat. I used the Essie base and top coat that I had, they’re okay, nothing special.
So this is how they turned out! Not too bad. I mean, I probably could have used regular nail polish because the dry time was pretty standard. Although it didn’t fully dry very quickly, it did seem to ‘set’ more quickly and I think that’s why the little nicks I got didn’t turn into full on smudging. It lasted for about 3 days before chipping which is pretty average for me. I don’t think I’ve ever gone a whole week without a chip.
I’m going to keep trying other quick dry nail polishes from other brands to see if there is something better out there. I want something that will at least be fully dry after 10 minutes max if possible. If you have recommendations I’d love to know!