Lacquer Your Digits Without Down Time with Dazzle Dry Nail Polish

Those of you who have been reading BeautyXpose for a while know that I’m kind of a nail polish fiend. Some might say I’m obsessed, but I prefer to think of it more as an unwavering appreciation for the subtle nuances of nail lacquer application, durability, finishes and hues.

roundup_0000000000013658_image_01On the quest for the ideal lacquer that matches my mood, I’m well aware that I have the attention span of a flea and tend to switch my nail polish every three or four days (unless I’m testing how long one lasts for you, dear BX readers). That said, I know for most busy (read: normal) women, a nail polish’s dry time and durability is at the top of the list, which is why I jumped at the chance to review a nail polish line promising just that — Dazzle Dry.

As the name suggests, this four-step, non-toxic nail polish system from the folks at VB Cosmetics touts the ability to air-dry thoroughly in five minutes without UV light (but should be dry to the touch within 30 seconds). What’s more, Dazzle Dry claims to be the industry’s only Nitrocellulose-free polish (the ingredient that causes yellowing), designed with a color stable formula with a high shine top coat that is flexible enough to avoid cracking. But for all the green-loving ladies out there, the best part may just be that Dazzle Dry is “three-free” (free of toxic toulene, phthalate and formaldehyde).

Sounds great, but does it work? The short answer: Yes.

I had the pleasure of testing out the four-step system with two different fall-inspired lacquer colors and saw the results first hand, so to speak. To begin, I swiped a cotton ball doused with Dazzle Dry Nail Prep over each clean, lacquer-free nail in order to remove any residual oils. Next, I applied the Base Coat (only recommended for use on natural nails), which dried virtually instantly. I literally had no wait time at all after finishing both hands before I moved straight on to the actual color polish. From there, I tried on this beautiful cranberry color:

On the other hand, I opted to test this warm gold:


After finishing the final nail on the second hand, I was astonished to find that the first hand was completely dry after the first coat. The second coat took slightly longer to dry, though I only waited 30 seconds before applying the final top coat. Another 30 seconds later, and all nails were dry to the touch, exactly as promised.

Dazzle-Dry1While I was pleasantly shocked to see that the drying time was significantly reduced, there was still that little matter of durability. Would it last? After repainting my gold-colored hand with the cranberry so I didn’t look like a mis-matched mess, I decided to see how long I could go without getting the tell-tale cracks and chips that have me heading for the nail polish hills.

Guess what? The nail polish outlasted me. After seven days, I felt the undeniable urge to switch my polish due to the aforementioned flea-like attention span and new nail growth, so I caved. The thing was, there wasn’t one chip. Not one. Not one crack, either, which often happens even with the best long-lasting nail polishes (the top coat tends to get mini spider cracks all over from my nail abuse after five days).

In all, I find Dazzle Dry to be the Energizer Bunny of nail polishes: drys well, lasts long. The only down side I could find? It’s exceedingly difficult to remove with regular acetone nail polish remover, requiring about four times the regular amount of cotton balls I normally use, and even then, some staining occurs. But for chip-free nails that last as long as you want them too, it’s a small price to pay.

Try Dazzle Dry yourself at

Photos: VB Cosmetics, Anne Houseman/BeautyXpose
Disclaimer: Products furnished complimentary for review

  • Pam

    I was really interested in trying the Dazzle Dry but the website is having some difficulty and the polish colors aren't showing up. I contacted and WOW!!! these people were so nice!!!! They explained the site problems and everything should be up and running by next week. In the meantime, I was able to see alot of their gorgeous colors on their FaceBook page (Dazzle Dry). I'm going to go ahead and place an order. I just can't wait!!!