If you’ve been following this little blog for a while now you may already know that I’m not a great one for painting my nails on a regular basis. One of the reasons is that I hate waiting for the polish to dry. Many brands claim to dry in 60 second and now there are some that claim to dry in 1 second. The varnish may be “dry” but it definitely hasn’t hardened. I certainly wouldn’t suggest going to the loo a second or even 60 seconds after painting your nails. Have you ever touched a nail with your finger to see if it was dry only to leave the imprint of your finger print on your nail? Even when you have waited an hour after painting your nails with the fastest drying nail polish, you can still end up smudging them.
Many bloggers swear by the top coat Seche Vite to quickly dry and harden nail polish, but I’ve never tried it so I won’t be doing a comparison. Seche Vite is not readily available where I live so I would have to order it online. Sally Hansen on the other hand is a brand that is available in loads of pharmacies and grocery stores. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (€7.95) is a top coat that you apply over whatever nail polish you choose. It dries and hardens the nail polish in a matter of seconds so you are free to get on with life. You can go to the loo, sort the clean socks, do the dishes, or actually go have some fun without smudging your nail polish. I get a lot longer out of a mani with Insta-Dri because the polish doesn’t chip as quickly as it normally would and it also adds a bit more shine.
In the pictures below I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri over Essence Colour and Go in C’est La Vie, a cute coral, which is perfect for summer. Essence Colour and Go nail polishes are cheap and cheerful (€1.79) so normally I wouldn’t make it to the end of the day without chipping it. It also took three coats to get this one opaque and the more coats, the longer it takes to harden, so the more likely I am to smudge it. With the Insta-Dri it hardened in seconds and it lasted almost four days without any chips.
(Without Insta-Dri and with Insta-Dri)
What top coat do you rely on? Have you tried Insta-Dry?