Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Dazzle Dry Nail System

I've been seeing the Dazzle Dry nail system advertised in Nails Magazine for months, and it had me very curious. I finally broke down and had to have more information on this mysterious brand. Now that I've tried it, I am in love!

Dazzle Dry is a line of super fast drying nail lacquers, if you can't tell from the name... And when they say fast dry, they mean it!! They are seriously the fastest drying polishes I have ever used in my entire life. I am extremely impressed.

For best results, it is recommended to use the entire Dazzle Dry system when applying the polish on natural nails. The system consists of a nail prep/primer, a basecoat, the color and a topcoat.

The Dazzle Dry Nail Prep is sort of like pimped-out rubbing alcohol. It removes oil and sanitizes nails to provide the ideal surface for the bascoat and polish. This step really helps polish wear and prevents chipping.

After you prep your nails with a Nail Prep soaked cotton ball, you apply the special Dazzle Dry basecoat. A word of warning: if it is cold outside or wherever you are storing the basecoat, it will solidify. No joke. When I got my bottle it was a thick, cloudy gel, almost the texture of Vaseline. This is easily remedied by running some warm water over the bottle. It returns to a clear liquid state very quickly. Apply one coat of basecoat to your nails.

It is important for the basecoat to be fully dry before applying the Dazzle Dry polish. If it's not completely dry, it will make the polish streaky and stringy and you don't want that. So give the basecoat a couple seconds to dry before you try to polish.

Applying the polish is a breeze. Of the three colors I tried, one was completely opaque in one coat and the other two only needed two coats. If you are doing two coats of color, wait for the first coat to dry before applying the second to avoid streaking or clumping. The polish dries so fast, you really only need to wait a minute or two for it to be totally dry.

This polish dries to a semi-matte or satin finish. If you prefer a glassy shine, apply the Dazzle Dry topcoat. The topcoat dries in seconds and is incredibly shiny.

Pretty straightforward. The coolest part is how quickly this polish dries. If you do only one coat of polish, it dries completely in about three minutes. If you do two coats like I did, it's completely dry- not dentable, smudgeproof, absolutely bone dry- in about five minutes. Holy crap!!!

The polish dries very hard and shiny. My nails feel very strong while wearing it. And on top of all that, this stuff wears like iron!! I've been wearing it for a couple days already and there's barely a hint of tipwear, no chipping, no shrinkage even after cleaning, cooking, dozens of hand washings and a very hot bath. Friggin' amazing.

Here are the colors I've tried:

Carnival Coral. A vibrant, saturated, summery coral creme. I'm currently wearing this as a pedi and it's very flattering! I don't normally wear this type of shade, but this is bright enough to be interesting.

Lavender Parade. A soft, springy, Easter-egg type lavender creme. It's delicate and feminine but still fun because it's purple! These types of purples seem to be really popular this season, nearly every spring collection released so far has one... I like them, but I think they need a little visit from the Konad Fairy...

And I saved the best for last...

POLAR JADE!!! Wow, can you believe this color??? It's a medium slightly dusty emerald green shimmer, and it's drop-dead gorgeous. Seriously. I'm head over heels for this color. It looks darker indoors than it does in sunlight and it's proving to be a very difficult color to photograph. I'd say it's in between the indoor and outdoor colors- it's not as warm as the outside one and it's not as cool as the inside one. Right in the middle. Absolutely stunning. I'm still wearing this polish and I don't want to take it off!

Overall, these polishes rock. I am very impatient when it comes to polish drying time. I always use Seche Vite and quick dry drops and even then it can still take too long for me. That is nonexistent with this polish. You don't need Seche, you don't need drops, you don't even need to wait for it to dry because before you even realize it it's already dried! This would be the perfect "Emergency Polish" to keep in your purse- you can apply it three minutes before you need to be somewhere and not have to worry about ruining wet nails.

Removal is impossibly simple. Just use regular polish remover and it comes off in seconds. It might be due to the thin texture of this polish, but it is way easier to remove than regular polish.

The formula is great IF you let the basecoat dry. Like I mentioned above, if the basecoat is still wet, the polish will get stringy and sticky. The polish formula is thin, smooth and pigmented. No bubbling or shrinkage at all, no dents, nothing. Perfect.

The color selection is small but good. They have your traditional reds and pinks, but they also have a good selection of unique shades like Polar Jade. They have purple, blue, yellow, gold and even black. I'd love to see this line expand even more, it's become a new favorite of mine and I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to test drive it. It's awesome.

You can get the Dazzle Dry Nail System and Nail Lacquers directly from VB Cosmetics. Individual polishes are $9, the treatment system is $54 and comes with the Nail Prep, Basecoat, Topcoat, three nail colors of your choice and complete instructions on how to use the system. They even sell a special thinner designed to restore the texture of Dazzle Dry polishes and treatments.


  1. I have tried the Dazzle Dry to, and I was just as amazed as you were at how quickly it dried.

  2. You are so lucky it didn't chip on you! My Polar Jade chipped in about 18 hours. But then again, the base coat they sent me was bad, it bubbled the second I put it on my nails so I used CND Stickey instead and then the next day I had a few small chips :(

  3. polar jade looks strikingly similar to misa toxic seduction!

  4. Hey, I came across your blog by mistake. I had been trying to get the O.P.I Retro Fun in the Sun 2008 set.
    I just wanted to know where you bought all of your nail polish, and also if you sold any. Please let me know.

  5. Eep - everytime I come to your blog, I find something else I can't wait to buy lol. I can't wait to get my hands on these!

  6. Wow, that Lavender Parade is gorgeous! I live in Australia and haven't seen any Dazzle Dry polishes around, do you know of colours from other brands that are similar to Lavender Parade? Thanks in advance! :)

  7. Man scrangie, you had me about to pull my credit card out and order this system until I saw the cost... $54!! Ouch.

  8. do you know if you must use their colored polish?

  9. off topic a bit, but..
    so i read this blog all the time, i do love your posts and swatches dearly! I live in NYC and near my school is a Dashing Diva nail salon. I don't know if you've heard of it, i never got a service there but i walked in the other day and found they carry their own brand of polishes that were so pretty! The had a brand new collection, in it was this blue called "water-taxi" that was unlike any blue i've seen and they had gold and silvers that were jelly-like filled with flakes and glitter! They have a website too, if there's one near you you should check out the colors!

  10. Gosh, these are beautiful!

  11. I've never heard of them. Sounds fantastic though. Love the lavender and of course the jade. I love finding out about new systems. Don't knwo if I will buy it, but it's nice to know.

  12. Ooh these look cool! :O

    I'm disappointed that the Essie colors aren't real. Speaking of Essie, do you know of any Essies similar to Nicole by OPI's You're A Star or Color Club's Front Row Diva? Or any Essie translucent, white-ish shimmers and pearls, for that matter. :)

  13. I love your reviews - they're always informative & detailed. I gave you an award over on my blog (for that & many other reasons) =)

  14. How freakin' cool!

  15. Brooke, it's like WHOA! lol :D

    VampyVarnish, oh no! My Polar Jade is still on and no chips and barely any tipwear. I'm sorry about your defective basecoat :( :( :(

    Adrienne, it's a lot lighter :) Similar shade though!

    My Spot, I got mine from :) Last time I checked they had all the colors in stock. Sorry, I don't sell polish!

    The World's Dresser, lol sorry! :D

    Damzel, you could try OPI Do You Lilac It? or China Glaze Agent Lavender for some easy to find options :)

    Kristy, ahh sorry! It is about the same price as buying three treatments and three polishes from any of the other brands like OPI or Zoya or Essie though :)

    Spongebobmom, you can use just the base coat and top coat if you want a clear look, but you can't use another brand's polish with this system.

    Amelia, oooh, no I have not seen them! Thank you so much for the tip, that sounds *amazing*, I must investigate! Thank you!! :D

    Alexlyndra, they are, especially Polar Jade <3

    Lucy, I love finding about new systems too, always something new to learn :)

    Molly, ooh, good question. Essie has a lot of white-pearl type colors but I'm not sure if they have one like You're A Star or Front Row Diva... I will look through my stash to see, but I can't think of one off the top of my head, sorry :( Any Essie experts reading this have an idea?

    Colette, awwwwe thank you so much! That is so sweet! I am going to go check it out... awwwwweeeeee :D

    Sanna, indeed! <3

  16. I was all set to order and then I saw the price. $54!?! Heck no!

  17. Wow, I love Lavender Parade!

    BTW, I gave you an award on my blog! ;)

  18. Aquay, I know, the set seems like so much money, but it's the same as buying the same amount of treatments and polishes from OPI or Essie or one of the other big brands :)

    Zaz, wow, thank you, I'm honored!

  19. I just ordered this.....went for the metallic colors Mystical Voyage, Timeless and Endearment!


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