If I'm being really honest with myself, the reason I rarely give myself at-home manicures (or actually go to the salon, even) is that I'm a bit impatient and lazy. Listen, I love the look of beautiful, freshly manicured nails as much as the next person, but I hate the waiting time. And not to mention when I'm doing it myself, there is much room for human error. I'm not exactly the most careful when it comes to application.
So what's a girl to do? Well, I'm realizing that one of the ways I can get the best of both worlds—a nice mani and a few minutes of my life back—is to invest in some quick-drying nail polishes. I know it's not rocket science, but I finally got there. In my quest to up my manicure game, I've been doing some research on the best quick-drying nail polishes out there, and I found some noteworthy candidates. Take a look at some options below—and enjoy that extra time saved!
1. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish Lacquer
2. Essie Expressie Quick-Dry Vegan Nail Polish
With this nail polish, your nails will dry in a flash—about a minute to be exact. The cool thing about the product is it has an angled brush, so it's so easy to apply—even with your non-dominant hand.
3. Wet n Wild Fast Dry AF Nail Color
4. Nails.Inc 45 Second Speedy Gloss
5. Context Nail Lacquer
6. Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer
7. Ella + Mila Nail Polish
8. Orosa Nail Paint
9. Essie Gel Couture
10. Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Nail Enamel
11. Orly Nail Lacquer
12. OPI Nail Lacquer
More Quick-Drying Nail Products
Deborah Lippmann's quick-dry top coat is formulated with hemp seed oil to strengthen and UVA/UVB inhibitors to stop discoloration.
The unique thing about this top coat is that it's infused with retinol, which hardens and strengthens weak nails. It locks in color in just 45 seconds.