Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops


If you follow me via Instagram (follow me here!) then you'll know I was testing the Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops out a few days ago.

I have recently been looking around for something that could compare to the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Seche Vite isn't readily available in Australia, so getting my hands on it proves to be a lengthy and costly experience that I'm looking to avoid!

My sister noticed the Essence Express Dry Drops and quickly snatched it up. At under $5.00, I figured I'd have nothing to lose and gave this a try too.


The instructions aren't extremely clear when it comes to this product. It only says to apply 1-2 drops onto your freshly painted nails. Previous "fast dry" polishes that I've used have been very specific with time-frames. For example the Seche Vite says to apply immediately after painting your nails, whereas the Sally Hansen says to wait 30 seconds. Needless to say, without clear instructions, I was at a little bit of a loss!

I applied it directly after painting my nails, and had no problems!


The Express Dry Drops come in this super handy dripper, which makes applying it (especially with wet nails) a breeze! I used just one drop on each of my nails, and two on my thumbnail just to play it safe.

In less than 30 seconds, my nails were 100% dry. I used two light coats of polish, then the Dry Drops, and had perfectly dry nails practically instantly. I did find with more than two coats of polish, it did take a little longer to get completely dry nails, but the time frame was still significantly less than air drying!

My real concern with this product was chipping. I tried this with a top coat straight away after, but this resulted in the products reacting with each other and I ended up with some strange discolouration on my nails, which resulted in me having to redo my manicure! So, I braved it without a top coat, thinking in my head that I'm sure my nails would be chipped within the hour. 

Day three and we're on minimal chipping - even after scrubbing my shower! That is very impressive, and in some cases even better than other top coats I have specifically designed to minimise chipping!

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Overall, I'm absolutely thrilled with these drops! The quality is just amazing, and I'm really impressed with the outcome. 

I would absolutely buy this again and again, and although I love Seche Vite, I'm going to have to say goodbye!

Have you tried the Essence Express Dry Drops before? If so, what did you think?

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35 comments

  1. I've been meaning to pick these up for so long now and I keep forgetting. I definitely need to! x

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    1. Oh definitely get them! They are wonderful :)
      xx

      Delete
  2. Wow, I never knew they made drops for fast drying, just the regular brush coats. It sounds pretty cool and I think this sounds like something worth a try. Thanks! :)

    ReplyDelete
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    1. Yes, there are a few other brands that make them, although they aren't as popular as the brush coats!
      And my pleasure :)
      xx

      Delete
  3. Sounds like a great product :)


    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  4. Replies
    1. You should definitely give this a go! :)
      xx

      Delete
  5. I think the same ;)
    Timeless Mode

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  6. This sounds too perfect to be true...
    x

    ReplyDelete
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    1. I know right! But it's a great product, give it a try and see for yourself! :)
      xx

      Delete
  7. I've had this in my hands for so many times, but never bought it for some reason!
    Great review, seems like a good product to me! Next time I'll buy it :)

    X

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    1. Ohhh you need to get it next time! It's so cheap so if for whatever reason you didn't actually like it, you wouldn't have wasted much on it!
      Thanks hun :)
      xx

      Delete
  8. wow this sounds amazing I'm definitely going to be looking out for this product thanks for this review :)

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  9. I had the OPI Drip Dry for ages and ended up using it all but I can't bring myself to paying so much for it again, I may have to get this little baby!

    ReplyDelete
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    1. I know how you feel! I buy the Seche Vite but... so expensive! I can't do it! This is wayyy cheaper!

      Delete
  10. Sounds like an awesome product! I'll have to look out for these when I make the long drive to kmart lol

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  11. I've seen this in store and I never thought it worked wonders! I'll have to pick this one up, I'm sick of waiting for my nail polish to dry, I always end up ruining them while doing something :(

    ReplyDelete
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    1. I was the same, I always overlooked it until my sister talked me into it haha!
      I always end up ruining mine as well, which is SO annoying! But these are brilliant!
      xx

      Delete
  12. I'm thinking about it...the other one that caught my eye was the 'gel-look' top coat, I'm curious about that one!

    ReplyDelete
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    1. I actually have that one as well! It's gorgeous! I'll do a review shortly for you :)
      xx

      Delete
    2. Awesome, looking forward to reading it! xo

      Delete
  13. I think I need to try these with all the mani's I'm doing lately! Where can you buy them from? Thanks :)

    ReplyDelete
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    1. Oh you should!
      You can get them from Target, and most Pricelines! :)
      xx

      Delete
  14. Thanks for the review!
    These sound great, I hate waiting for my nails to dry! I often forget they're still wet so I touch things and ruin them -.-

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    1. My pleasure lovely :)
      I hate waiting too, it's so annoying! I always forget :P then I have to redo them.. such a waste of nail polish!
      xx

      Delete
  15. Ooooh these dry drops sound fantastic! I'm completely in love with my Seche Vite, but this top coat does sound fabulous. I think I'll have to pick this up on my next visit to Target ;) x

    ReplyDelete
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    1. I love Seche Vite too, it's just such a hassle to buy! This is way easier for me! Definitely give them a go, I think I'll still use Seche Vite for special occasions ;)
      xx

      Delete
  16. thanks for the review! i will definitely buy this the next time i see it!
    http://beautybloggr.blogspot.com.au/

    ReplyDelete
  17. mpf.
    I just bought them, I applied one coat of old black nailpolish and one coat of metallic blue (so, 2 different kinds - even brands of nail polish).
    It worked fine on my fingers, but my thumb is completely smeared after waiting a couple of minutes and then going back to knitting :(

    ReplyDelete
  18. I just tried it on after buying it about an hour ago n yes, it's definitely a great product...

    ReplyDelete

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops


If you follow me via Instagram (follow me here!) then you'll know I was testing the Essence Nail Art Express Dry Drops out a few days ago.

I have recently been looking around for something that could compare to the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Seche Vite isn't readily available in Australia, so getting my hands on it proves to be a lengthy and costly experience that I'm looking to avoid!

My sister noticed the Essence Express Dry Drops and quickly snatched it up. At under $5.00, I figured I'd have nothing to lose and gave this a try too.


The instructions aren't extremely clear when it comes to this product. It only says to apply 1-2 drops onto your freshly painted nails. Previous "fast dry" polishes that I've used have been very specific with time-frames. For example the Seche Vite says to apply immediately after painting your nails, whereas the Sally Hansen says to wait 30 seconds. Needless to say, without clear instructions, I was at a little bit of a loss!

I applied it directly after painting my nails, and had no problems!


The Express Dry Drops come in this super handy dripper, which makes applying it (especially with wet nails) a breeze! I used just one drop on each of my nails, and two on my thumbnail just to play it safe.

In less than 30 seconds, my nails were 100% dry. I used two light coats of polish, then the Dry Drops, and had perfectly dry nails practically instantly. I did find with more than two coats of polish, it did take a little longer to get completely dry nails, but the time frame was still significantly less than air drying!

My real concern with this product was chipping. I tried this with a top coat straight away after, but this resulted in the products reacting with each other and I ended up with some strange discolouration on my nails, which resulted in me having to redo my manicure! So, I braved it without a top coat, thinking in my head that I'm sure my nails would be chipped within the hour. 

Day three and we're on minimal chipping - even after scrubbing my shower! That is very impressive, and in some cases even better than other top coats I have specifically designed to minimise chipping!

--

Overall, I'm absolutely thrilled with these drops! The quality is just amazing, and I'm really impressed with the outcome. 

I would absolutely buy this again and again, and although I love Seche Vite, I'm going to have to say goodbye!

Have you tried the Essence Express Dry Drops before? If so, what did you think?

35 comments:

  1. I've been meaning to pick these up for so long now and I keep forgetting. I definitely need to! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh definitely get them! They are wonderful :)
      xx

      Delete
  2. Wow, I never knew they made drops for fast drying, just the regular brush coats. It sounds pretty cool and I think this sounds like something worth a try. Thanks! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, there are a few other brands that make them, although they aren't as popular as the brush coats!
      And my pleasure :)
      xx

      Delete
  3. Sounds like a great product :)


    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  4. Replies
    1. You should definitely give this a go! :)
      xx

      Delete
  5. I think the same ;)
    Timeless Mode

    ReplyDelete
  6. This sounds too perfect to be true...
    x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know right! But it's a great product, give it a try and see for yourself! :)
      xx

      Delete
  7. I've had this in my hands for so many times, but never bought it for some reason!
    Great review, seems like a good product to me! Next time I'll buy it :)

    X

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ohhh you need to get it next time! It's so cheap so if for whatever reason you didn't actually like it, you wouldn't have wasted much on it!
      Thanks hun :)
      xx

      Delete
  8. wow this sounds amazing I'm definitely going to be looking out for this product thanks for this review :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I had the OPI Drip Dry for ages and ended up using it all but I can't bring myself to paying so much for it again, I may have to get this little baby!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know how you feel! I buy the Seche Vite but... so expensive! I can't do it! This is wayyy cheaper!

      Delete
  10. Sounds like an awesome product! I'll have to look out for these when I make the long drive to kmart lol

    ReplyDelete
  11. I've seen this in store and I never thought it worked wonders! I'll have to pick this one up, I'm sick of waiting for my nail polish to dry, I always end up ruining them while doing something :(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was the same, I always overlooked it until my sister talked me into it haha!
      I always end up ruining mine as well, which is SO annoying! But these are brilliant!
      xx

      Delete
  12. I'm thinking about it...the other one that caught my eye was the 'gel-look' top coat, I'm curious about that one!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I actually have that one as well! It's gorgeous! I'll do a review shortly for you :)
      xx

      Delete
    2. Awesome, looking forward to reading it! xo

      Delete
  13. I think I need to try these with all the mani's I'm doing lately! Where can you buy them from? Thanks :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh you should!
      You can get them from Target, and most Pricelines! :)
      xx

      Delete
  14. Thanks for the review!
    These sound great, I hate waiting for my nails to dry! I often forget they're still wet so I touch things and ruin them -.-

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My pleasure lovely :)
      I hate waiting too, it's so annoying! I always forget :P then I have to redo them.. such a waste of nail polish!
      xx

      Delete
  15. Ooooh these dry drops sound fantastic! I'm completely in love with my Seche Vite, but this top coat does sound fabulous. I think I'll have to pick this up on my next visit to Target ;) x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love Seche Vite too, it's just such a hassle to buy! This is way easier for me! Definitely give them a go, I think I'll still use Seche Vite for special occasions ;)
      xx

      Delete
  16. thanks for the review! i will definitely buy this the next time i see it!
    http://beautybloggr.blogspot.com.au/

    ReplyDelete
  17. mpf.
    I just bought them, I applied one coat of old black nailpolish and one coat of metallic blue (so, 2 different kinds - even brands of nail polish).
    It worked fine on my fingers, but my thumb is completely smeared after waiting a couple of minutes and then going back to knitting :(

    ReplyDelete
  18. I just tried it on after buying it about an hour ago n yes, it's definitely a great product...

    ReplyDelete

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