Which are the Quickest Drying Nail Polishes?


Nail polish is such a pretty thing to play with and can make unhealthy nails look a lot more polished and neat.

However one of the major downfalls is drying time. If you’re anything like me, you lose patience and tend to smudge a few nails in the process.

So to prevent any disappointment, I tested the dry time of each nail polish formula in my collection and tested their dry time.

Each polish had two layers on my nails and were tested at 30 second intervals until they were touch dry.


The Slowest

At a whopping 3 and a half minutes, the Formula X took the longest to dry, which surprised me because it is such a thin formula. It is a pretty formula, but not one to apply in a hurry.

2.5 Minutes

Nails Inc. Gel Effect: This is such a pretty formula, and did dry all in one go. I didn’t notice any tackiness at some parts of the nail where the rest had completely dried.

Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing: Again, this dried all in one go, but I did expect this one to dry quicker than it did.

Barry M Matte Paint: This one did dry great; all in one piece with no weird tacky patches.

Essie Gel Effect: This is quite a wet formula so I was expecting it to dry quicker. It’s still really pretty, but I wish it did dry quicker. I smudge quite a bit when I wear these normally.



2 Minutes

Body Shop Colour Crush: These are really nice but did appear a little patchy after two coats. This is the sort of dry time that I expected for this type of polish.

Nails Inc. Alexa Collection: Although these were limited edition, you can still get them. This smudged really badly during the test.

Dior Vernis: I love the colour of this polish, and this is the dry time that I expected for it since it is quite a thick consistency.


1.5 Minutes

Rimmel Super Gel: This dried really quickly compared to the other gel formulas. This actually really impressed me. I wasn’t expecting it to dry that quick!

Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Dry: For a 60 seconds to dry formula, this took longer than it should have. Although it didn’t take as quick as it should have, 30 seconds extra isn’t too bad.


60 Seconds

Barry M Quick Dry: This lives up to it’s name and dried really quickly. This is actually one of my favourite formulas for the Summer months.

Barry M Coconut Fusion: These smell amazing, and I wasn’t actually expecting this to dry as quickly as it did. These really are beautiful.

Models Own Chrome: Although these are beautiful, they applied quite patchy. There are other Models Own polishes that I prefer to these.


30 Seconds

Barry M Nail Paint: Barry M’s original nail polish is actually it’s fastest drying.I was not expecting that! But if something works well, why change it?

Maybelline Superstay: These polishes aregorgeous. They give a completely opaque layer with one swipe. And this dried really quickly. That’s pretty awesome.

Essie Nail Lacquer: There is a reason that these are well loved. There is such a vast array of colours and they dry really quickly.

Leighton Denny Nail Polish: This is quite a patchy polish, so maybe one extra layer would have sorted this, but it did dry really quickly.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure: Yes this dried quickly, but I hate the formula. They’re just too sheer for my liking. And it is extremely wet, making it difficult to keep under control.

Models Own Hydra Gel: It’s no secret that this is my favourite nail polish formula. The colours are stunning and they warp over any cracks and peels in the nail to create a healthy surface. They are gorgeous and dry really quickly for quite a thick formula.

Tanya Burr Nail Polish: These are quite patchy to apply, but do build up quite easily, unlike the Sally Hansen formula. They are pretty, and I hope Tanya Burr brings out some more shades soon.

Tanya Burr Matte Nail Polish: This is a pretty colour but quite thick to apply. It was actually quite messy. Maybe it had gone bad, but I haven’t had this pot that long.

This experiment did give me quite a few interesting results. I was not expecting my Models Own ones to be some of the fastest drying ones out there, and I really wasn’t expecting the Formula X ones to dry the slowest.

Which polish do you find to be your go-to fast drying product?

I hope that you’re all having a lovely day, and take care!






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