I don’t usually mess about with my nails but I recently came across a very interesting product (to me) that prompted me to dig out my long forgotten nail polishes again. They’d been so long forgotten I’d forgotten where I put them all LOL! Yes, I’m hopeless with nails.
But when I mess about with my nails, I want it to be quick. I don’t want to sit around for ages like a tai-tai waving my hands in the air or blowing on them to make them dry more quickly. Previously, I’d use Seche Vite but then I was introduced to this interesting product from Sephora.
The product is the Sephora brand Express Drying Oil and it’s supposed to be a product for quickly drying your nail polish. In 1 minute, they claim. Yes, colour me intrigued!
I’ve never tried something like this before, other than Seche Vite, have you?
Unlike Seche Vite, which you have to paint on over your nail polish, This Sephora Express Drying Oil is very easily applied. You literally just drip on 1 drop over your nail and go on your way!
The product is easily picked up via its glass dropper and rubber stopper at the top which regulates the dispensation of the oil quite easily.
Yes, this is an oil. A clear oil and yes, it can make your fingers a wee bit oily, but it dries up quickly without too much fuss so it doesn’t bug me.
To use this is very easy.
- Paint your nails in your usual manner.
- Angle your fingers downwards by about 45°
- Pick up the Sephora Express Drying Oil in the dropper and drop 1 drop on each nail.
- Allow the oil to flow down your nail from nail bed to tip.
I used it on my forefinger on the right which you can see looks a bit shinier than the other 2 fingers. What I did notice also is that the oil not only does dry your polish (touch dry in about 1 minute) but it also gives it a nice glossy shine.
I like how quick and easy it was to work with – how hard is it to drip a product eh? – and unlike Seche Vite, it won’t dry out or thicken. I also found that sometimes, Seche Vite, being a paint on product, can sometimes disturb my nail colour but because this using just gravity and liquid, it won’t disturb your polish at all. It also doesn’t add an extra layer of product to your nail, so you won’t get the problem of shrinkage.
All things considered, if I were into painting my nails, I’d definitely stick to using this Express Drying Oil simply because it’s just so easy and quick and effortless to get quick-dry, shiny nails
In a nutshell
The Sephora Express Drying Oil is a product that is made to help polish dry more quickly. Just drop 1 drop of the oil on your freshly painted nail angled at a 45° angle and it’ll be touch-dry in about 1 minute or less. The oil also gives nail colours a nice shine and gloss. I find this much easier to use than a paint-on product as it doesn’t mess up the nail colour and there’s no shrinkage.
Pros: Affordable, Easy to use, Dries nail polish to touch dry in 1 minute or less, Gives nails a nice shine, Doesn’t mess up freshly painted nail polish, No smell
Cons: Fingers may get oily but it dries fairly quickly
Who will like this: Anyone who paints their nails often and doesn’t have the patience to wait for them to dry, Anyone who experiences shrinkage with Seche Vite
The difference between this Sephora Express Drying Oil and Seche Vite, I imagine, is that the latter is more of a top coat product, that protects your nail colour so it lasts longer. The Oil however, doesn’t perform this function as there’s no real “top coat” per se layered over. What it will do is help your nail polish dry more quickly and add shine. So which you opt for will depend on what you want. I lean to the latter simply because I don’t care to keep polish on for days at a time. If I do paint my nails, it lasts me a maximum of 2 days before I get impatient and clean the colour off so the Express Drying Oil suits me fine
Have you tried this oil? Do you use a quick-dry top coat if you paint your nails?
I have to say that I was very intrigued by this oil because I’d never come across a similar product. But then, I’m not a nail polish afficionado so maybe I’m just not very educated in this area – why not educate me?
Sephora Express Drying Oil Price: RM35/7ml Availability: Sephora stores