Sally Hansen Dries Instantly 30 Second Top Coat

Sally Hansen Dries Instantly 30 Second Top CoatA couple of weeks ago I mentioned on Facebook I was giving a new top coat a test drive. There are several top coats I truly love, including inm Out The Door and Rush 60 Seconds top coat. But I can’t help it….I’m always looking for something even better!

This top coat comes with quite the list of lofty claims. It is supposed to be quick drying and help prevent smudging, chipping, fading and peeling. The finish is supposed to be “glass like” and UV absorbers are supposed to prevent fading and yellowing. And the best part? It dries in seconds!

The most notable thing about this top coat is the directions. It clearly says on the back of the packaging to apply over dry nail polish. Uh, what? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of a top coat?

Anyway,ย the first polish I used this top coat with was OPI In The Cable Car-Pool Lane. I was really impressed by the super shiny finish and wear time. Despite the directions, I applied this top coat as I normally would. It was fine except I found that the brush picked up alot of color off the nail. Not too good.

My next manicure, which was deborah lippmann She Bop, I gave the polish a bit of time to dry before applying the Dries Instantly top coat. I found that the brush didn’t pick up much if any color and still left me with quite a shiny manicure.

I continued using this top coat and found it was really good for some things and not so good for others. This is a thin top coat (which I prefer) so it’s not great over glitter. I also found it wasn’t great over nail art or polish where many (read 4+) coats were required. But, as I continued to use it, I found I quite liked it over just regular polish. It’s also a stellar top coat to refresh a mani or pedi that’s gotten a little dull.

Overall, I do like this top coat and will continue to use it. It’s 3 free and I can see it becoming part of my normal top coat rotation.

That being said, this isn’t going to be your go to super fast dry top coat when you’re late and just need to get your manicure done. While it does dry fast (not so sure about 30 seconds…) it does require letting the polish dry for a couple minutes prior to applying the top coat.

Below the jump are things that might be helpful! Including the ingredients list, directions, claims, what the bottle looks like, etc.

I purchased my bottle of Dries Instantly top coat from but it can be found anywhere Sally Hansen is sold.

I’d love to know what top coat you’re loving! I’m always on the market for a new top coat to try ๐Ÿ™‚



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  1. I’ve gone back and forth with different top coats a lot in the past year, but I’m primarily using Seche Vite at the moment because my husband likes the feel of it on my nails and nothing beats it when it comes to topping nail art. Have you tried Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat? If you like ’em thin you’ll probably enjoy it. It dries almost as fast as Seche but it’s much thinner (and about half the price).

    1. I had terrible luck with SV! (Plus, I’m not too keen on the whole toluene thing.) But Katie loves it ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ll definitely check out the Revlon. I think I used to use a Revlon top coat way back in high school!

  2. I seldom wear top coat – only when I know I won’t have time to change polish during the week, actually. My only and one is Gel Look by Kiko. It’s a little thick, but dries very fast and the shine is just incomparable. Since I first tried it I forgot all others.

    The only Sally Hansen product I ever tried is Hard as Nails… and a couple of weeks into using it my nails became horrible, flaking away. Never again.

    1. I’ve always wanted to try polishes from Kiko but I don’t have (easy) access to it here in the States. I’ll definitely add it to my top coats to try list though!

      1. I advise you to visit their Parisian shops in spring, when the polishes are sold 40% cheaper (and, admittedly, they are already cheap at 4 Euro). Every spring I stock up on my favourites. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m still in love with my essie Good to go, but bummed ’cause it’s almost empty and I just cannot decide on a new one, lol.. I also use Seche Vite, very good too, but smells so horrifically bad!

  4. 30 seconds does sound kinda too good to be true…I wanted to try Seche Vite for a while, but I discovered there’s a warning right on the bottle! I’m already scared enough about what I put in my hair. At this rate, when the time comes, I’ll be so well preserved I won’t need embalming! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m not one of those people that stays away from parabens and only eats organic food. But I have a top coat on my nails every single day of the year. I do not want to be using a top coat that requires a warning that it may cause birth defects!

  5. I always used out the door and one day i was in the drugstore and out of my “out the door” so I picked up a bottle of Sally Hansens “ultimate Shield” and I love it. I typically polish my nails before bed and I have never had sheet marks with this top coat, it really dries quickly, not super fast but I really like it. This top coat is thin but it has great wear and shine that really lasts.

What do you think?