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Doing Drugstore: Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Polish

Doing Drugstore: Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Polish

I've loved this stuff since it first came out, and if there's a drugstore product that deserves a post, it's this one. Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Polish ($5) has, on many an occasion, saved me from losing my mind waiting for polish to dry and ruining an entire manicure out of sheer frustration.

When I looked in my drawer this morning, I had seven bottles of the stuff, ranging from bright, sunny yellow to teal to perfect French-tip cream. I'm not saying they have the most gorgeous colors, because they're not all that special, but for five bucks and only two minutes for fully dry hands, this stuff absolutely can't be beat. This is my day-to-day nail polish. Sure, I might throw on something luxe, beautifully hued, and boring as all get-out to wait on when a new episode of True Blood is on and I'm going to be glued to the couch anyway, but Insta-Dry is what keeps me a happy and productive member of society. Thanks, Sally.

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gardeniagirl07 gardeniagirl07 6 years
In the Hints from Heloise section of my local newspaper, I saw an article about how massaging a drop of colorless iodine on each fingernail for one week, and then applying the iodine once weekly thereafter, and it was supposed to help make fingernails a lot stronger. You can't use too much of the colorless iodine though because if you use too much, it can dry out your nail bed. I have always been a believer in Sally Hansen's Hard As Nails products because they truly do add some strength to my weak nails. I guess that I must have worn artificial nails for too long because I have to keep something fairly reliable on them to keep my nails from breaking so easily. And Sally Hansen Hard as Nails is as good of a product as I've ever found. It's been around for a long time and it seems to work pretty decently for me. Thanks for sharing this tip and I hope there is some truth from the Hints to Heloise article that I've posted here. First I have to find the colorless iodine... it isn't available at all pharmacies so I have to shop around. Whatever you do, do not use regular iodine in a bottle. It is a dark, rusty red color and it will stain your fingernails! Since I haven't tried the colorless iodine application yet, I don't know if it works or not but I found it to be an interesting and inexpensive tip for strengthening nails.
gardeniagirl07 gardeniagirl07 6 years
In the Hints from Heloise section of my local newspaper, I saw an article about how massaging a drop of colorless iodine on each fingernail for one week, and then applying the iodine once weekly thereafter, and it was supposed to help make fingernails a lot stronger. You can't use too much of the colorless iodine though because if you use too much, it can dry out your nail bed.I have always been a believer in Sally Hansen's Hard As Nails products because they truly do add some strength to my weak nails. I guess that I must have worn artificial nails for too long because I have to keep something fairly reliable on them to keep my nails from breaking so easily.And Sally Hansen Hard as Nails is as good of a product as I've ever found. It's been around for a long time and it seems to work pretty decently for me.Thanks for sharing this tip and I hope there is some truth from the Hints to Heloise article that I've posted here. First I have to find the colorless iodine... it isn't available at all pharmacies so I have to shop around. Whatever you do, do not use regular iodine in a bottle. It is a dark, rusty red color and it will stain your fingernails! Since I haven't tried the colorless iodine application yet, I don't know if it works or not but I found it to be an interesting and inexpensive tip for strengthening nails.
dianadilettante dianadilettante 6 years
Ooh, I love quick drying nail polish. I always ruin my manicures when I get tired of waiting. Thanks! :)
roseate roseate 6 years
I just bought a bottle of this nail polish in Pronto Purple (or something similar to that). It looks great on my toenails!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 6 years
I'm not a big fan of this stuff, it goes on my nails weird and then seems to clump together. To get my nails done fast I just put a L'Oreal fast dry top coat on them and they are dry in a couple of minutes.
grlykool grlykool 6 years
I don't have a high opinion of most Sally Hansen polishes, but I've found the Xtreme Wear line to be the best, it is very shiny, and last a lot longer than the other lines, oh and it is half the price!
Swangeese Swangeese 6 years
Hopefully it wears better than the HD line. I love the colors in the HD line, but the polish chips easily even with a topcoat.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
i only have one of these and it is a shimmery blue, i forget the name. it dries quick and i love the brush, i would buy more but i just bought about 14 polishes from transdesign.
Mikaela81 Mikaela81 6 years
I had a bad experience with this polish - it all peeled right off every single finger the very next day! Maybe it was a bad batch?However, I freaking LOVE the brush on it.
Mikaela81 Mikaela81 6 years
I had a bad experience with this polish - it all peeled right off every single finger the very next day! Maybe it was a bad batch? However, I freaking LOVE the brush on it.
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years
I just hope this polish is not like the formula they put in their Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Color Pen - that is some horrible polish.
Rigor-Mortis Rigor-Mortis 6 years
LOL @ "Insta-Dry is what keeps me a happy and productive member of society". Ghaaaah, we don't have Sally Hansen where I live X(
Rigor-Mortis Rigor-Mortis 6 years
LOL @ "Insta-Dry is what keeps me a happy and productive member of society".Ghaaaah, we don't have Sally Hansen where I live X(
TrnSmleShiftRpt TrnSmleShiftRpt 6 years
I have the emerald green color of this brand. Love it to pieces!
acemonkey acemonkey 6 years
I've never tried this particular Sally Hansen product, but I love the extreme wear line. My manicure lasts for sooo long without chipping (at least a week or more) when I use it and they have great colors in the line also. I'll have to check out the insta-dry line as well.
sham28 sham28 6 years
I have a lot of this polish. The colors (while not the most unique) are really creamy and rich. Just use a shiny topcoat and they look great for a long time. I'm one of those people who always realizes at 9 PM that my nails look awful and do a last minute paint job- this polish does dry pretty quickly. I never wake up with my pillow pattern pushed into the color (that's my quick- drying test). :)
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
I always wondered how well this worked. Thanks Bella!
Food Food 6 years
Brilliant!
Food Food 6 years
Brilliant!
Dubn8tr Dubn8tr 6 years
I've been eying this polish for a while. I need a fast drying polish b/c I always seem to smudge. Thanks, Bella!
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