I feel like I need to give a bit of a back story before I start my Sally Hansen Insta-Dri review.
No wait, I’ll be quick! My impression 0f quick drying top coats had been they either didn’t work or chipped your nails to shreds.
I hold my hands up – I was wrong. After trying Revlon’s addition I swore at myself for wasting so much time by literally watching paint dry, to then have my nails ruined even after giving an hour’s drying time.
I later received Seche Vite in Birchbox and gleefully settled into a Sunday night nail painting session where I knew my efforts would not be wasted by weird bed sheet prints when going to sleep.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Review
And in comes Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat. I was actually told by a woman in a beauty forum thread that this was better than Seche Vite.
You know what? She was wrong. And to such an annoying degree! Yes Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri is fast drying, but it still doesn’t completely set you free from being clumsy after. (Like me, which even Seche Vite protects after about a minute.)
What’s more I missed the ultra glossy effect that Seche Vite gave my nail varnish. Any nail varnish would be transformed or suddenly given more vibrancy, with just one lick of a Seche Vite top coat. Honestly, I often receive compliments about my ‘gel’ nails and I think it’s down to Seche Vite.
I did not get that with Sally Hansen. I’ve got to admit I’m sad to say it too because I respect Sally Hansen as a brand, but my nails lifespan was also dramatically reduced. I couldn’t last a week without a chip or a crack.
I tried, I think in total, four different nail varnishes, from four different brands. Even my favourite and hard-as-nails (haha pun) OPI couldn’t withstand a 5 day work week with this Sally Hansen top coat.
As you can tell I was not impressed. After about 4 or 5 attempts I went straight back and bought a replacement Seche Vite.
So far I’ve had no chips since Monday, on just a Rimmel London polish. So sorry Sally, you’ve not got my vote this time.