Some polishes take ages to dry, and if you don’t have a quick dry top coat or any other items that will help speed up the process, this can be a nightmare. I’ve even come across terrible polishes that took so long to fully dry, I woke up the next morning with bed sheet imprints. Pretending it’s an intentional textured decoration is the only way to go in those situations.
A quick dry nail polish will have you ready in a minute or less. It eliminates the risk of ruining a manicure shortly after it’s done. If you’re the kind of person who lacks any sort of patience, these types of polishes are a necessity. Here are some nail polishes that won’t leave you waving your hands around for 3 hours after you’ve applied it.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Polish
This Sally Hansen polish comes in a whopping 32 shades, all of which dry to a shiny finish in 60 seconds. The brush that it comes with is really great. It contours to any nail shape and size. It’s large enough that you may even be able to achieve one stroke application, and one coat is all it takes to get nice coverage.
The color glides on quickly and easily. You can pair this one with the Insta-Dri top coat to get even better results. Whether or not you use it, the polish will be chip free for days.
Revlon Top Speed Polish
This is a polish that you’ll be able to apply in one thick coat and it’ll still dry in a flash. The formula includes silicone that rises to the surface and creates a built in top coat. It also hardens, adding extra protection to your nails.
Maybelline Express Finish Nail Color
Maybelline Express Finish goes from wet to set in 50 seconds. The anti-chip formula will keep your manicure going and going for days.
Like most of these polishes, it includes a control flow brush that will help your manicure get a smooth finish that is resistant to both chipping and peeling. It doesn’t leave any streaky marks either. This polish is not too goopy or thick, and two coats should be enough to give a solid look.
NYC In a New York Color Minute Nail Polish
NYC may get a bad rep amongst some polish snobs, but this is a really good line of polishes with intense pigmentation. You’ll be able to apply it and then head out the door because it dries in less than 60 seconds.
Wet n Wild Fast Dry Nail Color
Here’s another really cheap quick dry polish. It’s not as good as the NYC line, since some of the lighter colors may take several coats before they become opaque, but it’s still a great deal for the price.
One coat of these will dry in 60 seconds. These contain a brush that is ideal for evenly dispersing the polish over the nail and leaving a finish that is smooth, and streak free. There’s minimal chipping even after several days. While the light colors are not really my favorite, the reds and pinks are incredibly vibrant and stunning.
Milani High Speed Fast Dry Nail Polish
Milani’s line of fast drying polishes come in gorgeous, vibrant colors that dry in 60 seconds. The brush is flat, so you can apply the polish quickly and flawlessly.