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Watching Paint Dry: 15 Terrific Top Coats

by Staff Writer | August 28, 2013
<p><a href="http://www.biosculpturegel.com">Bio Sculpture Gel</a>&rsquo;s Quick Dry Spray is a moisturizing solution that not only dries lacquered nails but also leaves a fine sheen of reviving oil to soften the skin and cuticles. Allow polish or top coat to settle for one minute, and then spray. Nails will be dry to the touch within one minute and dent-free in two.</p>
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Bio Sculpture Gel’s Quick Dry Spray is a moisturizing solution that not only dries lacquered nails but also leaves a fine sheen of reviving oil to soften the skin and cuticles. Allow polish or top coat to settle for one minute, and then spray. Nails will be dry to the touch within one minute and dent-free in two.

<p>Fast Freeze Quick Dry Spray from <a href="http://www.chinaglaze.com">China Glaze</a> is a great addition to any manicure. The liquid dries nail polish in seconds and can be used over top coats as well. Available in a 2-fl.-oz. spray bottle and a 4-fl.-oz. refill bottle, this item is ideal for salons and manicurists on the go.</p>
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Fast Freeze Quick Dry Spray from China Glaze is a great addition to any manicure. The liquid dries nail polish in seconds and can be used over top coats as well. Available in a 2-fl.-oz. spray bottle and a 4-fl.-oz. refill bottle, this item is ideal for salons and manicurists on the go.

<p><a href="http://www.cnd.com">CND</a>&rsquo;s SolarSpeed Spray serves a dual purpose: to moisturize cuticles and accelerate the drying process. In a matter of minutes, the spray draws out solvents from the enamel layers for a faster set and keeps nail enhancements and natural nails tough and flexible. Jojoba, vitamin E, and sweet almond oils penetrate the skin.</p>
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CND’s SolarSpeed Spray serves a dual purpose: to moisturize cuticles and accelerate the drying process. In a matter of minutes, the spray draws out solvents from the enamel layers for a faster set and keeps nail enhancements and natural nails tough and flexible. Jojoba, vitamin E, and sweet almond oils penetrate the skin.

<p>Speed up the drying process by applying Quick Dry Drops by <a href="http://www.cuccio.com">Cuccio</a> as the final step before sending clients home. The drops help dry layers of polish quickly while providing moisture and protection. After the final coat of polish, use one drop per nail.</p>
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Speed up the drying process by applying Quick Dry Drops by Cuccio as the final step before sending clients home. The drops help dry layers of polish quickly while providing moisture and protection. After the final coat of polish, use one drop per nail.

<p><a href="http://www.duri.com/">Duri</a>&rsquo;s Drop &lsquo;N Go is a formula that dries the nail enamel from top to bottom in seconds, delivering faster results as well as a brilliant gloss. One or two spritzes of Drop &lsquo;N Go to the nail after the base, polish, and top coats have been applied will leave manicures intact for days.</p>
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Duri’s Drop ‘N Go is a formula that dries the nail enamel from top to bottom in seconds, delivering faster results as well as a brilliant gloss. One or two spritzes of Drop ‘N Go to the nail after the base, polish, and top coats have been applied will leave manicures intact for days.

<p>If your client doesn&rsquo;t have time to wait for her polish to dry, apply one to two drops of <a href="http://www.essie.com">Essie</a>&rsquo;s Quick-E Drying Drops on freshly polished nails to reduce wait time. This formula sets nails in seconds and contains silicone to add shine and protect nails from smudges, nicks, and scratches.</p>
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If your client doesn’t have time to wait for her polish to dry, apply one to two drops of Essie’s Quick-E Drying Drops on freshly polished nails to reduce wait time. This formula sets nails in seconds and contains silicone to add shine and protect nails from smudges, nicks, and scratches.

<p><a href="http://www.ezflow.com">EzFlow</a>&rsquo;s Spray-It Activator is super-fast with a mere 15-second dry-time. It&rsquo;s also a safer solution for salons; according to the company, Spray-It Activator is free of chemicals hazardous to the environment. For best results, hold the sprayer eight to 10 inches away from your client&rsquo;s nails; don&rsquo;t overspray.</p>
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EzFlow’s Spray-It Activator is super-fast with a mere 15-second dry-time. It’s also a safer solution for salons; according to the company, Spray-It Activator is free of chemicals hazardous to the environment. For best results, hold the sprayer eight to 10 inches away from your client’s nails; don’t overspray.

<p>In just one minute, <a href="http://www.jessicacosmetics.com/">Jessica &shy;Cosmetics</a>&rsquo; Quick Dry 60-&shy;<br />second Drying Drops &shy;produce special film formers that protect a fresh manicure and pedicure from scratching, smudging, and wrinkling. Apply one drop to each nail, and an easy-to-use dropper applicator allows oil to coat the entire nail bed.</p>
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In just one minute, Jessica ­Cosmetics’ Quick Dry 60-­
second Drying Drops ­produce special film formers that protect a fresh manicure and pedicure from scratching, smudging, and wrinkling. Apply one drop to each nail, and an easy-to-use dropper applicator allows oil to coat the entire nail bed.

<p>With a couple of drops, <a href="http://www.opi.com">OPI</a>&rsquo;s Drip Dry dries nails to the touch in one minute and completely in five. Made with jojoba and vitamin E, the product also treats cuticles to a soothing dose of vitamins and antioxidants. To use, wait 60 seconds after applying nail lacquer and top coat.</p>
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With a couple of drops, OPI’s Drip Dry dries nails to the touch in one minute and completely in five. Made with jojoba and vitamin E, the product also treats cuticles to a soothing dose of vitamins and antioxidants. To use, wait 60 seconds after applying nail lacquer and top coat.

<p>With <a href="http://www.lcnusa.com/">LCN</a>&rsquo;s DropDry, containing vitamin E and inchi oil, &shy;polish is sealed and cuticles are nourished. Wait 60 seconds after fresh polish is &shy;applied, and then put one or two drops of DropDry on the nail. Only 90 seconds later, the nail polish is smear-proof and after five minutes, the polish is thoroughly dry.</p>
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With LCN’s DropDry, containing vitamin E and inchi oil, ­polish is sealed and cuticles are nourished. Wait 60 seconds after fresh polish is ­applied, and then put one or two drops of DropDry on the nail. Only 90 seconds later, the nail polish is smear-proof and after five minutes, the polish is thoroughly dry.

<p>Dry polish to the touch in just 50 seconds with <a href="http://www.bynubar.com/store/index.php?p=home">Nubar</a>&rsquo;s Freeze Dry Drops. The formula prevents chips and overlay lifts, and doesn&rsquo;t leave an oily residue on the nail bed. Like all Nubar products, Freeze Dry is three-free.</p>
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Dry polish to the touch in just 50 seconds with Nubar’s Freeze Dry Drops. The formula prevents chips and overlay lifts, and doesn’t leave an oily residue on the nail bed. Like all Nubar products, Freeze Dry is three-free.

<p><a href="http://www.nailtek.com/">Nail Tek</a> 10-Speed Polish Drying Drops are a fast, effective way to dry polished nails to a smooth, shiny finish. To use, apply one or two drops over a fresh manicure. After about one minute, the nails will be dry to the touch and then completely smudge-proof in another five to seven.</p>
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Nail Tek 10-Speed Polish Drying Drops are a fast, effective way to dry polished nails to a smooth, shiny finish. To use, apply one or two drops over a fresh manicure. After about one minute, the nails will be dry to the touch and then completely smudge-proof in another five to seven.

<p>Drop-N-Go by <a href="http://www.premiumnails.com/">Premium Nails</a> quickly dries polish to the touch in 45 seconds, and more thoroughly in four minutes or less. Cuticles are nourished with antioxidants, vitamins, and sweet almond oil. The product releases zero VOCs or airborne particles.</p>
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Drop-N-Go by Premium Nails quickly dries polish to the touch in 45 seconds, and more thoroughly in four minutes or less. Cuticles are nourished with antioxidants, vitamins, and sweet almond oil. The product releases zero VOCs or airborne particles.

<p><a href="http://www.orlybeauty.com">Orly</a> Flash Dry is a quick-dry high-shine drop formula that accelerates drying time on freshly lacquered nails. This product strengthens nails and conditions cuticles with a few drops following the application of top coat. Nails are glossy and good-to-go in about five minutes.</p>
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Orly Flash Dry is a quick-dry high-shine drop formula that accelerates drying time on freshly lacquered nails. This product strengthens nails and conditions cuticles with a few drops following the application of top coat. Nails are glossy and good-to-go in about five minutes.

<p><a href="http://www.sparitual.com">SpaRitual</a>&rsquo;s Andale Dry &amp; Shine Drops accelerates the dry time of freshly lacquered nails while also adding brilliance to the polish color pigments. The dropper cap distributes a chip-free coat of formula, which should be applied one minute after applying top coat.</p>
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SpaRitual’s Andale Dry & Shine Drops accelerates the dry time of freshly lacquered nails while also adding brilliance to the polish color pigments. The dropper cap distributes a chip-free coat of formula, which should be applied one minute after applying top coat.

<p><a href="http://www.biosculpturegel.com">Bio Sculpture Gel</a>&rsquo;s Quick Dry Spray is a moisturizing solution that not only dries lacquered nails but also leaves a fine sheen of reviving oil to soften the skin and cuticles. Allow polish or top coat to settle for one minute, and then spray. Nails will be dry to the touch within one minute and dent-free in two.</p>
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Bio Sculpture Gel’s Quick Dry Spray is a moisturizing solution that not only dries lacquered nails but also leaves a fine sheen of reviving oil to soften the skin and cuticles. Allow polish or top coat to settle for one minute, and then spray. Nails will be dry to the touch within one minute and dent-free in two.

<p>Fast Freeze Quick Dry Spray from <a href="http://www.chinaglaze.com">China Glaze</a> is a great addition to any manicure. The liquid dries nail polish in seconds and can be used over top coats as well. Available in a 2-fl.-oz. spray bottle and a 4-fl.-oz. refill bottle, this item is ideal for salons and manicurists on the go.</p>
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Fast Freeze Quick Dry Spray from China Glaze is a great addition to any manicure. The liquid dries nail polish in seconds and can be used over top coats as well. Available in a 2-fl.-oz. spray bottle and a 4-fl.-oz. refill bottle, this item is ideal for salons and manicurists on the go.

<p><a href="http://www.cnd.com">CND</a>&rsquo;s SolarSpeed Spray serves a dual purpose: to moisturize cuticles and accelerate the drying process. In a matter of minutes, the spray draws out solvents from the enamel layers for a faster set and keeps nail enhancements and natural nails tough and flexible. Jojoba, vitamin E, and sweet almond oils penetrate the skin.</p>
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CND’s SolarSpeed Spray serves a dual purpose: to moisturize cuticles and accelerate the drying process. In a matter of minutes, the spray draws out solvents from the enamel layers for a faster set and keeps nail enhancements and natural nails tough and flexible. Jojoba, vitamin E, and sweet almond oils penetrate the skin.

<p>Speed up the drying process by applying Quick Dry Drops by <a href="http://www.cuccio.com">Cuccio</a> as the final step before sending clients home. The drops help dry layers of polish quickly while providing moisture and protection. After the final coat of polish, use one drop per nail.</p>
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Speed up the drying process by applying Quick Dry Drops by Cuccio as the final step before sending clients home. The drops help dry layers of polish quickly while providing moisture and protection. After the final coat of polish, use one drop per nail.

<p><a href="http://www.duri.com/">Duri</a>&rsquo;s Drop &lsquo;N Go is a formula that dries the nail enamel from top to bottom in seconds, delivering faster results as well as a brilliant gloss. One or two spritzes of Drop &lsquo;N Go to the nail after the base, polish, and top coats have been applied will leave manicures intact for days.</p>
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Duri’s Drop ‘N Go is a formula that dries the nail enamel from top to bottom in seconds, delivering faster results as well as a brilliant gloss. One or two spritzes of Drop ‘N Go to the nail after the base, polish, and top coats have been applied will leave manicures intact for days.

<p>If your client doesn&rsquo;t have time to wait for her polish to dry, apply one to two drops of <a href="http://www.essie.com">Essie</a>&rsquo;s Quick-E Drying Drops on freshly polished nails to reduce wait time. This formula sets nails in seconds and contains silicone to add shine and protect nails from smudges, nicks, and scratches.</p>
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If your client doesn’t have time to wait for her polish to dry, apply one to two drops of Essie’s Quick-E Drying Drops on freshly polished nails to reduce wait time. This formula sets nails in seconds and contains silicone to add shine and protect nails from smudges, nicks, and scratches.

<p><a href="http://www.ezflow.com">EzFlow</a>&rsquo;s Spray-It Activator is super-fast with a mere 15-second dry-time. It&rsquo;s also a safer solution for salons; according to the company, Spray-It Activator is free of chemicals hazardous to the environment. For best results, hold the sprayer eight to 10 inches away from your client&rsquo;s nails; don&rsquo;t overspray.</p>
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EzFlow’s Spray-It Activator is super-fast with a mere 15-second dry-time. It’s also a safer solution for salons; according to the company, Spray-It Activator is free of chemicals hazardous to the environment. For best results, hold the sprayer eight to 10 inches away from your client’s nails; don’t overspray.

<p>In just one minute, <a href="http://www.jessicacosmetics.com/">Jessica &shy;Cosmetics</a>&rsquo; Quick Dry 60-&shy;<br />second Drying Drops &shy;produce special film formers that protect a fresh manicure and pedicure from scratching, smudging, and wrinkling. Apply one drop to each nail, and an easy-to-use dropper applicator allows oil to coat the entire nail bed.</p>
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In just one minute, Jessica ­Cosmetics’ Quick Dry 60-­
second Drying Drops ­produce special film formers that protect a fresh manicure and pedicure from scratching, smudging, and wrinkling. Apply one drop to each nail, and an easy-to-use dropper applicator allows oil to coat the entire nail bed.

<p>With a couple of drops, <a href="http://www.opi.com">OPI</a>&rsquo;s Drip Dry dries nails to the touch in one minute and completely in five. Made with jojoba and vitamin E, the product also treats cuticles to a soothing dose of vitamins and antioxidants. To use, wait 60 seconds after applying nail lacquer and top coat.</p>
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With a couple of drops, OPI’s Drip Dry dries nails to the touch in one minute and completely in five. Made with jojoba and vitamin E, the product also treats cuticles to a soothing dose of vitamins and antioxidants. To use, wait 60 seconds after applying nail lacquer and top coat.

<p>With <a href="http://www.lcnusa.com/">LCN</a>&rsquo;s DropDry, containing vitamin E and inchi oil, &shy;polish is sealed and cuticles are nourished. Wait 60 seconds after fresh polish is &shy;applied, and then put one or two drops of DropDry on the nail. Only 90 seconds later, the nail polish is smear-proof and after five minutes, the polish is thoroughly dry.</p>
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With LCN’s DropDry, containing vitamin E and inchi oil, ­polish is sealed and cuticles are nourished. Wait 60 seconds after fresh polish is ­applied, and then put one or two drops of DropDry on the nail. Only 90 seconds later, the nail polish is smear-proof and after five minutes, the polish is thoroughly dry.

<p>Dry polish to the touch in just 50 seconds with <a href="http://www.bynubar.com/store/index.php?p=home">Nubar</a>&rsquo;s Freeze Dry Drops. The formula prevents chips and overlay lifts, and doesn&rsquo;t leave an oily residue on the nail bed. Like all Nubar products, Freeze Dry is three-free.</p>
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Dry polish to the touch in just 50 seconds with Nubar’s Freeze Dry Drops. The formula prevents chips and overlay lifts, and doesn’t leave an oily residue on the nail bed. Like all Nubar products, Freeze Dry is three-free.

<p><a href="http://www.nailtek.com/">Nail Tek</a> 10-Speed Polish Drying Drops are a fast, effective way to dry polished nails to a smooth, shiny finish. To use, apply one or two drops over a fresh manicure. After about one minute, the nails will be dry to the touch and then completely smudge-proof in another five to seven.</p>
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Nail Tek 10-Speed Polish Drying Drops are a fast, effective way to dry polished nails to a smooth, shiny finish. To use, apply one or two drops over a fresh manicure. After about one minute, the nails will be dry to the touch and then completely smudge-proof in another five to seven.

<p>Drop-N-Go by <a href="http://www.premiumnails.com/">Premium Nails</a> quickly dries polish to the touch in 45 seconds, and more thoroughly in four minutes or less. Cuticles are nourished with antioxidants, vitamins, and sweet almond oil. The product releases zero VOCs or airborne particles.</p>
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Drop-N-Go by Premium Nails quickly dries polish to the touch in 45 seconds, and more thoroughly in four minutes or less. Cuticles are nourished with antioxidants, vitamins, and sweet almond oil. The product releases zero VOCs or airborne particles.

<p><a href="http://www.orlybeauty.com">Orly</a> Flash Dry is a quick-dry high-shine drop formula that accelerates drying time on freshly lacquered nails. This product strengthens nails and conditions cuticles with a few drops following the application of top coat. Nails are glossy and good-to-go in about five minutes.</p>
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Orly Flash Dry is a quick-dry high-shine drop formula that accelerates drying time on freshly lacquered nails. This product strengthens nails and conditions cuticles with a few drops following the application of top coat. Nails are glossy and good-to-go in about five minutes.

<p><a href="http://www.sparitual.com">SpaRitual</a>&rsquo;s Andale Dry &amp; Shine Drops accelerates the dry time of freshly lacquered nails while also adding brilliance to the polish color pigments. The dropper cap distributes a chip-free coat of formula, which should be applied one minute after applying top coat.</p>
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SpaRitual’s Andale Dry & Shine Drops accelerates the dry time of freshly lacquered nails while also adding brilliance to the polish color pigments. The dropper cap distributes a chip-free coat of formula, which should be applied one minute after applying top coat.

High-speed polish-drying drops and sprays give a whole new meaning to the expression, “It’s like watching paint dry.” Within minutes and sometimes even seconds after application, manicures and pedicures become dry to the touch. And better yet, these formulas are designed to help decrease chipping and denting too. It’s a particularly good solution for clients on the go, or those with a history of early smudging.

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