Joint Review: Barry M Mushroom Nail Polish & Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat

I am one of those people who is always doing something with my hands, and so, I am one of those people who are always ruining their manicures almost right away – professionally done or not, I always end up with these annoying little creases and marks! And once I get something like that on my nails, I just HAVE to remove it all…yeah…waste of time.. 

So when I saw this Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat I decided to give it a go.  I have had a few different quick dry products before and none of them have been exceptional.  I had faith that good old Sally Hansen would know what she was doing (right, I know she’s not real but still…)

Barry M Mushroom Nail Polish Sally Hansen 1

This clear top coat cost me £6 from Boots.  

This anti-chip top coat is supposed to dry any colour in 30 seconds and give a shiny finish.  You should apply your nail polish, wait two minutes, then apply one coat of Insta-Dri – the polish will be touch dry in 30 seconds.Barry M Mushroom Nail Polish Sally Hansen 2

I thought this top coat had a really nice runny texture and went over my nail polish effortlessly.  It added shine and looked pretty good once finished. 

After 30 seconds my nails were touch dry – I felt them lightly with my fingers and all was fine. However when I tried to get on with normal business, such as typing I did notice then small makrs on my nails – like where nail polish has started to dry but got ruined before it could truly set;

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Eek. For me this top coat wasn’t 100% foolproof – I think though, if I could sit still for a bit longer it would dry a lot faster than other top coats but no, it wasn’t like, paint and go unfortunately. 

Meanwhile I have worn this nail polish from Barry M in Mushroom because I couldn’t justify buying a Chanel nail polish – I love it’s mushroom-soup-color. 

Barry M Mushroom Nail Polish Sally Hansen

I like Barry M nail polishes, the colours are pigmented and although I’ve had staining problems in the past with the colours, I would still spend a few pound coins on one! 

Do you use anything in particular to make your polish dry quicker?  Or is it a myth? I still can’t find anything that really makes things dry quick!


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  1. Jen says

    I find Seche Vite the best instant dry top coat…it is like iterally paint and go. Plus it makes the polish look super slick. It does have a strong smell (smells toxic like epoxy glue!) but I just use it with plenty of ventilation