Product review: Sally Hansen Speed dry drops Insta-Dri

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I have not done my ‘Magical Product’ series for a while. Simply because now most of my time is dedicated to my 6 week old daughter, personal beauty routine activities have been reduced by 97%. Okay, just kidding: by 80%. Still, I want to look presentable. Therefore the importance of well groomed hands and nails is paramount. Looking for a way to speed up the manicure process and in particular, make nail polish dry faster, I have decided to test drive Sally Hansen’s Speed Dry Drops.

Here is my review on this potentially magical product.

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The promise:

“Flawless finish to manicures for conditioned nails and cuticles. The Speed Dry Drops formula penetrates from base coat to top coat, to completely dry manicure to a smooth hard finish in just 5 minutes.”

The verdict:

  • Yes, the wonder Drops made my nail polish dry faster and with “a smooth hard finish”. First image demonstrates my glossy all dried up nails. Because I always wear at least 3 coats (protective base + nail enamel) it normally takes up to 20 minutes to dry, whereas with the Drops it took only 6 minutes. That is a great result.
  • Easy to apply. Basically, just use the applicator provided to apply 1-2 drops on each nail. So not much concentration required to complete this action.
  • The main trick is to get the bottle opened and the applicator extracted with freshly painted nails. So please learn from my mistakes, prepare all ‘tools’ before starting on your nails.
  • Conditioned cuticles? I personally have not noticed any significant changes as seriously my cuticles look fine, they are moisturised on a daily basis.

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Conclusion: I would recommend this magic product. Especially for those who have no time to wait for nails to dry. I guess when you are in a hurry the last thing you want is to ruin your fresh manicure simply because the nail polish has not dried properly ;)

Another trick to speed up the nail polish drying process is to use ice cold water! Put enough water to cover your fingernails in a small bowl and add a few ice cubes to lower the temperature. Sink your hands into the water for at least 3 minutes.



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  1. Marina August 3, 2011

    Oh my goodness I so needed this review so badly!!! Girl my nails are not always so manicure because everytime I’m doing my nails my son decides is time for him and I to have our play time and they just become a hot mess!!! I need a miracle drier and it sounds like this is exactly what I been looking for.! Thx again girl.

    <3 Marina

  2. gorgeousglam August 3, 2011

    Every girl’s dream dry fast nails that work!! thanks for the great review! xo

  3. Plums and Pearls August 3, 2011

    Love your review! And…I’ve never heard of the ice cold method but def going to try it during my next polish sesh!

    xoxo, Plums and Pearls

  4. Jennifer Fabulous August 3, 2011

    I’m really pleased to know this polish works because I’ve actually been wanting to try it for a while. Sally brand really never disappoints me in general. :)

  5. DanniiBeauty August 3, 2011

    This sounds great – will definitely give it a try!

  6. Marina August 3, 2011

    Thanks for sharing, I love reading reviews.. :)

  7. SARA August 3, 2011

    Hi dear, thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, your blog is lovely and I’m now a follower!

    Pop Culture&Fashion Magic

  8. Mel August 3, 2011

    I like the looks of these, I have the expensive OPI ones and am impressed, however if I can get them so much cheaper, yay, bring it on, hehe. Wonder if they have them here in my Priceline store, I gotta check it out :)

  9. Marusya V August 3, 2011

    Yes, they do have them at Priceline store. It is around $15 full price. Cheaper than OPI!

  10. Norlin August 3, 2011

    Would have to try this out! Busy mumhas no
    patience waiting for painted nails to dry. ;)

  11. Amy August 3, 2011

    I love you! This is great!!! :D

  12. Alyssa August 4, 2011

    Sweet! Nice to hear that it works! I love polishing my nails but hate the time I have to wait for them to dry ha! Should buy this product!
    -Alyssa from The BF Mashup

  13. Deidre August 4, 2011

    I ALWAYS ruin my manicures by doing something when the polish isn’t dry. So this might help me. To be honest, I ruin my nails anyway, washing dishes is a deathwish for nail polish.

  14. DeniseAngela August 4, 2011

    Great review & thanks for visiting me…..from your newest follower!

  15. Margarida August 5, 2011

    hello! Thank you for your review of this product and for your tips. For me it’s very useful since I hate waiting for the nail polish to dry. I just don’t have the patience…ehehhehe ;)
    That tip of the ice cold water seems great to me! I’m going to try it for sure!
    Kisses!!! :)

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    I love this! Have been using it for years :)

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  19. Kirra Antrobus September 3, 2013

    so i have what i guess is the newer version of this . . . blue instead of red. when i’m done, is it okay to leave to dropper in or should i switch the caps back out?

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  21. Asmi Bajaj September 23, 2017

    Nice article, Thanks for the idea to dry the nail paint faster with cold water.