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DRY! Nail Polish...DRY!!!


Last night I decided to change my nail polish, which is always quite a chore because it always gets ruined almost right after. After clicking on the "stream" button for The Ugly Truth, and an hour later, I was satisfied with my perfectly shiny and smooth, black-purple nails.

After waiting another 45 minutes for it to 'seemingly' dry, I took a shower, and 'lo and behold, some tips were pushed back into a shape unsurprisingly resembles a frown.

So... How do you dry your nail polish quickly and effectively? And how long do you wait before you do anything without dainty hand movements?

Thanks Ladies ;)
Sep 09, 2010 @ 11:48 am

15 Replies


tips please!

Yes, I have the same problem. I find my nails don't fully cure until many hours later. Last time, I painted them in the early evening and was careful for hours. I went to bed with seemingly perfect nails but woke up with bits of lint and dings/ridges pressed into my polish. Sheesh! I have given up on strong hues for my fingernails and stick to clear/nude shades that don't show the imperfections. Toes are easier since they are a lower traffic area.
Sep 09, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

I use Axxium or Shellac

These are nail lacquers applied by a nail technician and cured by UV light. They dry instantly!
Sep 09, 2010 @ 01:47 pm

Different Methods of Drying?

I was doing a little search on Google, and out of the suggestions I found:

Quick-drying top coats
Fast-drying aerosol spray
Setting your nail polish in cold water

Has anyone tried these before, and what were your results?
Sep 09, 2010 @ 02:52 pm

tried cold water

Don't know how long you are supposed to soak your nails, but I lasted about 45 seconds. I think it worked some, but it didn't finish the job. Sped things up at the most, which I guess is something.
Sep 09, 2010 @ 03:02 pm

seche vite top coat

Seche vite is a high quality fast drying top coat that dries instantly (almost lol). You need to at least wait an hour or so for your nails to be completely dry. But this also depends on the colour that you're using. Dark colours take longer to dry vs light colours. I suggest you to paint your nails before you sleep, my nails always stay perfect when I wake up in the morning. But really seche vite = love. I THINK you can get it at Sally's beauty supply or the Beauty Supply Store :)
Sep 09, 2010 @ 11:45 pm


I use Essie To Dry For top coat. I find it works fairly well.
Sep 10, 2010 @ 02:58 pm

Sally Hansen's

My solution: Sally Hansen's Insta-Dry nail polish (in an abundance of colours, lord love them!) is faaaabulously fast drying and the brush is the perfect shape for a quick, non-messy application for those of us with two left hands when it comes to application. Really, it dries so, so fast I couldn't even believe it. Just put a protective cover on top, like the Hard as Nails or X-treme Wear gloss to make sure your mani stays chip-free for longer.

I'm still in shock and I've been using it for months!

Good luck!
Sep 10, 2010 @ 03:13 pm
Kellie Atkinson

It's all about Insta-Dry!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry is my hero as well... it dries really quickly and lasts a long time. The top coat is glossy and makes your nails look fabulous!
Sep 11, 2010 @ 10:48 am
Ali de Bold

I agree re: Insta Dry

Honestly, I don't usually do my own nails because I suck at it and they always get ruined, but if I do, I find the Sally Hansen polishes (not just insta dry) dry fast enough I can get by without ruining them.
Sep 11, 2010 @ 06:03 pm
Carol W

The Cold Water Trick

I run my nails under cold water after the polish has set and this works OK. I find that it works best if you do this before going to bed and then by morning the polish is as hard as can be. The cold water hardens it enough so that contact with something else does not ruin your polish. This also does not dull the finish as so many products do.
Sep 13, 2010 @ 07:22 am

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