I am notoriously horrible at painting my nails, but with a combination of time, nail polish corrector pens, and patience, I do a halfway decent job. After all of this time spent, it irks me greatly and maybe makes me want to cry when my wet nails get smudged and ruined. This probably may be due to my super-thick pancake coats or the fact that I may have to run and retrieve my child from the top of a table at a moments notice, but either way, this product sounded like a God-send.
Does it work? Read on to see...
The way it is supposed to work is by applying 1-2 drops to each nail a minute after applying your top coat, the nails should be dry to the touch. I found that this is true, only if the drops coat the entire nail and you haven't missed a spot. With my amazing pin-point accuracy, I usually end up applying 3-4 drops per nail instead of the recommended 1-2 because the only nail I can coat completely with their directions is my pinkie nail. I don't have larger nails than the average human being, so I'm sure this is just because of my level of competency.
For $14 for 0.3 fl oz, this bottle is pricy, but very worth it if you use the recommended amount. The product itself has a 2 year expiration date from the time it is opened, but I think the product would run out before then even if you don't paint your nails every week. For me, I may try the Sephora by OPI quick drying spray instead, or try really hard to only use the recommended amount.
Ingredients as listed on box
Overall, I think that using these after I have painted my nails does hold to the dry-to-touch claim, and greatly reduces complete drying time. I wouldn't want to hit my nails on a table edge or pluck chickens, but I can do the tasks that I would normally do without worrying as much, and I find it to be more effective than dunking my nails in cold water a few times (which does work!) or spraying my nails with PAM (which I'm too afraid to try).
I have smudged my nails using this, but mainly because the top coat dried and the coats I slathered on underneath that didn't, and I did something stupid like use my thumb to push the polish up from the base of the nail toward the top.
This item is carried at Sephora and can be purchased here.
Disclaimer: I purchased this item for review.