It’s almost supernatural how quickly this polish dries. With over 40 colors for the choosing, the vegan formula sets with no smudges in only a minute. And we’d be remiss not to mention the cleverly angled brush, which helps create mess-free manis even with your non-dominant hand.
best-quick-dry-nail-polish0Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color
There’s a reason why there’s a Sally Hansen bottle (or 10) in every nail enthusiast’s lineup. Not only does this legendary drugstore formula boast a variety of flattering shades, it also dries super duper fast (no supplementary tools required), thanks to the built-in base and topcoat.
best-quick-dry-nail-polish-Nails, Inc. 45 Second Speedy Gloss
To really give it some perspective, the drying time of Nails, Inc.’s Speedy Gloss line is about the same length as a TikTok video: 45 seconds, flat. In addition to the quick-dry factor, the formula is infused with hexanal, which is rich in calcium and magnesium to strengthen nails over time.
best-quick-dry-nail-polish-BONTIME Organic Water Based Nail Polish
$18 for 6, amazon.com
Want a clean nail polish that doesn’t reek of chemicals? If the smell of nail polish is quick to give you a headache, the purist option might be for you. This non-hazardous, eco-friendly nail polish is water-based, meaning there is no pungent smell or nail-damaging ingredients. In addition to the effortless application, it’s also easy to remove–simply peel it off whenever you change your mind.
As with all top coats, JINsoon’s Hyperdry doesn’t need to top anything. If you can’t commit to a color, squeeze a couple drops on each bare nail to get a high-gloss glaze; the dropper application makes it quicker than ever to apply. You can also use it over a slow-dry nail polish to create a chip-resistant barrier.