Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Patriotic Chanel + Polka Dots

Nail Art: 4th of July with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Quick Brick, Tag Ur It, Vandal EyesEver since my obsession with Chartreuse Chase, I vowed to give a little more attention to the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line, so I was thrilled to receive these three polishes to review.

In July, Sally Hansen will be adding 6 street inspired Insta-Dri polishes. From the press release: Borrowing from the city-cool of graffiti tags and street art, these six new shades are tailored for women with an independent spirit and a unique style all their own. Right on!

I got to play around with three: Vandal Eyes (Carolina blue), Tag, Ur It! (white creme), and Quick Brick (bright cherry red). I so much fun playing with these polishes. They were all opaque in two or three coats and I really like the wider brush.

I am forever making nail polish goals. That sounds weird, I’ll give you an example. One of my biggest polish goals is to attempt more nail art – and to share my successes & failures with you guys. It’s the failures part that’s terrifying to me. I’m a super perfectionist, so it’s a bit challenging. My “nail art” to date has been VERY basic: polka dots (election day, Dana Volmer), alternating colors: Britney Spears, Neon Skittles, and a my favorite: Blackfish. So, I thought it’d be fun to try and step out of my comfort zone just a little for the 4th of July.

The Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes retail for 4.99 for .31 oz. These particular polishes will be available beginning in July at drugstores and mass retailers (think: CVS, Walgreens, & Ulta). I haven’t seen these pretties anywhere yet, but if you have I’d love to know where you spotted them!

Take a peek below for swatches + reviews of all three polishes and some attempts at nail art. Let me know your favorite, I still haven’t decided which I’ll choose for the 4th! For more ideas, check out the related posts – I’ve included links to a few of Alli’s mega-patriotic posts.

katie signature 2015

The product(s) used in this post were provided to TDV for review. For more information check out our disclosure policy.


Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Quick BrickQuick Brick. Take your nails from naked to a true cherry red in as little as 60 seconds. I used two coats for an opaque finish. The name fits the overall collection theme better than it does the polish, but since that’s my only complaint, I think we’re in good shape.

Vandal Eyes. Think the color of the sky on a sunny, cloudless day. Now you know this cheery, bright blue. This is my favorite of the three polishes. I love the name,  it’s clever without trying too hard (see: Quick Brick, Tag, Ur Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Vandal EyesIt!). I used three coats to build to an opaque look. It has just the slightest touch of shimmer, but it’s barely noticeable – even in direct sun. Sadface.

Tag, Ur it! This boldly opaque white is crisp, clean, and totally cool. I’m SO picky about white polish – to the point where I’ve given all of mine away except for OPI’s Alpine Snow. I’m excited to say that Tag, Ur It! is a keeper. It’s a bit thicker than I typically prefer but I think it’ll be a great base Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Tag Ur Itfor nail art and neons – and though I’m not a stamper, it could work well in that arena too. Two coats. The name though… worse than Quick Brick.

The other 3 new polishes to the Insta-Dri line are Color Me Good (Sea Foam Green), City Slicker (Amethyst), and Street Cred (cool toned electric pink). I may “need” to pick up Street Cred just for the name.

Alright, time for adventures in nail art with Katie! Eeek.

Let’s throw in a bottle shot for a buffer, eh?



Chanel + Polka Dots. First I decided to try out a Chanel inspired mani, using Quick Brick & Tag, Ur It! I really love the simplicity of this look, but it wasn’t very festive – not for the 4th of July anyway, so I added a simple line of polka dots using Vandal Eyes.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri - Chanel Inspired Red & White

Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Patriotic Chanel + Polka Dots

Waterfall. Alli has done a few of these and I particularly love this one.

I started off with Vandal Eyes as my base. In retrospect, I wish I’d started with a white base because.. well, it kinda looks like a pinterest baking fail.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Waterfall

I decided to try and save it with a touch of silver courtesy of OPI My Signature is “DC”. I like this look a bit better – a little sparkle makes everything better, right?

Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Waterfall with Silver

Dry Brush Nails. Next! This look was actually the first I tried early last week. This is my first attempt at a dry brush mani. I’ve admired this look for ages. I started off with Tag, Ur It! as my base and wiped all but the very tiniest bit of polish from the brush (hence the name “dry” brush”) to add swipes of Quick Brick and Vandal Eyes. I didn’t like it at first, but this really grew on me. Something about it reminds me of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album cover. Only me?


…and since they look so lovely together, another bottle shot:

Sally Hansen Insta Dri - Quick Brick, Tag Ur It, Vandal Eyes


6 thoughts on “Nail Art: 4th of July with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

  1. Jenn June 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    So, SO festive and fun! I can’t wait to try the waterfall manicure for this weekend’s cookouts and parties! Thanks as always for sharing your creativity 🙂

    On an unrelated note, I’ve been feeling nostalgic for my college days lately (and crackle/shatter pedicures, hahaha). I dug up my old favorite, OPI Silver Shatter, but the years have made it very thick. Is there any way it can be saved? Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.

    • Katie June 29, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Oh my gosh that’s so weird that you mentioned shatter – when I was working on this post I really wanted to get out my shatter polish and put it on!

      You can definitely save it! In fact, the polish that Alli used in her Restore Thick/Dry polish post was a shatter! I hope it helps:

      • Jenn June 30, 2015 at 3:06 pm

        Oh my goodness, my Silver Shatter is back from the dead! Thanks a mil for your quick response, and for all the amazing tips and ideas you share <3

        • Katie July 2, 2015 at 10:42 pm

          I’m so excited for you! Viva la Silver Shatter!

  2. Hayley June 29, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    I get the dry brush to T Swift. Love that look…makes me very intrigued to try it! I am all for a good white polish, that doesn’t look like White-out on me. I’ll have to find this one!

    • Katie July 2, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      I saw the display at Walgreens today!

What do you think?