Quick-Dry Nail Polish Round-Up

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Quick-Dry Nail Polish Round-Up

Nothing makes me feel more polished (no pun intended) than a fresh manicure. During the spring and summer, I feel naked without my trademark hot pinks, bright reds and vivid corals on my fingers and toes. There never seem to be enough hours in the day or money in my bank account to maintain a weekly manicure. That's why I'm thankful for quick-dry nail polish!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Colour in Sonic Boom

Sonic Boom

Dry time: Roughly 60 seconds

Verdict: Sally Hansen is the crème-de-la-crème of drugstore nail polish. There’s a wide range of colours and the new bottles contain a handy flat brush for easy application. Sonic Boom is a fantastic bright red, and one coat gave me streak-free coverage. The polish seemed to shrink back from my nails tips a bit when it was completely dry, but I know that a top coat would solve that problem.

Avon Speed Dry+ Nail Enamel in Mambo Melon

Mambo Melon

Dry time: One minute, 15 seconds.

Verdict: I’m a newcomer to Avon polishes, but I’m impressed with the sleek packaging (another flat brush!) and beautiful colours. Mambo Melon is a pretty coral shade, and two coats gave me full, opaque coverage. Unfortunately, the polish chipped almost immediately. This formula definitely requires a top coat, but the extra step is worth it when the colour is this fabulous!

Revlon Top Speed Fast-Dry Nail Enamel in Jelly


Dry time: Less than 30 seconds

Verdict: I am absolutely smitten with the bright, glossy colour (a perfect pinky-red). The colour on my nails matches the colour in the bottle perfectly, and I only need one coat for full, rich coverage. I went 4 full chip-free days before removing the polish to try a different colour.


  • Not sure if your polish is dry? Gently rub your nail against your bottom lip. If the polish isn’t completely dry, you’ll feel a slight tackiness. The smooth skin on your lips won’t smudge the polish or leave imprints the way your fingers would.
  • Apply a clear top coat every few days to stretch the life of your manicure, making sure to swipe a bit of polish over the edge of your nail to prevent chips.
  • Try not to push polish all the way into your nail bed. This can irritate the cuticles and make removal difficult.


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Quick-Dry Nail Polish Round-Up