I Tried This Quick-Dry Vegan Nail Polish—and Now I’ll Never Wear Anything Else

I’m a sucker for a good dip manicure, but my 2020 resolution to save more money has put quite the wrench in my biweekly trips to drop $50 at my local nail salon. As I’ve mourned the loss of my favorite Thursday evening pastime, I’ve been looking beyond to the horizon to nontoxic brands that allow me a DIY-yet-luxury result that will save me money in the long run.

So, where did I go for inspo? You guessed it: Instagram. I sifted through my explore page and came across a brand—Dazzle Dry—that checked off all of my boxes: nontoxic/hypoallergenic, quick-drying, long-lasting, and not tested on animals.

 

 

Each step of the system costs $12-20 dollars, and after reading rave reviews of the brand and their products, I decided upon “The System,” which is a bundle of all of the products you need for the results they promise. It included the nail prep, base coat, top coat, and “revive” which helps to maintain the integrity of the top coat and nail lacquer if they thicken or bubble over time. Their website offers 148 different shades of nail lacquer, and I was so overwhelmed by choices that *naturally* I settled for a clean looking, shade of white called “White Lightning” that I saw featured on one of their IG posts. The nail color was an additional $18, so I refrained from purchasing any more until I gave it the good ole’ college try.

I’ve spent an absurd amount of time in my life trying to find a home nail polish routine that would save me money/time at the nail salon, but my impatience and dissatisfaction towards my end result (AKA, watching my hard work chip away in 3-5 business days) left me frustrated. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by another brand that claimed a five-minute dry time and lasting results. 

 

 

I must say, I am so. pleasantly. surprised. I literally can’t believe I’m saying this, but it actually dries in less than five minutes, as promised. Even better than the quick dry time, I found that this polish lasts me two weeks without chipping. Unfortunately, it didn’t hold up to the three-week guarantee, but I blame washing my hands an absurd amount (hello flu season), ripping open packages in a pinch at work, and nervously picking at them for their inability to endure until that third week. Perhaps a bad habit to crush in 2021 …

Overall, I’m so pleasantly surprised by the quick-dry time, longevity, feel, and make-up of this product. Bravo, Dazzle Dry. Dare I say it? You ladies nailed it.