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I am a huge fan of Essie products, I have loads of different colours, treatments and top/basecoats - so when I saw these fast-drying drops I had to buy them. I suffer from the common nail-painting dilemma - I've just applied two coats of a lovely nail polish and I'm waiting for it to dry, then the phone rings/someone's at the door/I get a text - smudge, smudge, smudge! I'm so used to smudging my lovely shiny freshly-applied polish through impatience/carelessness and I thought this product would be the answer to all my problems!
The product claims to speed up drying time when applied to freshly painted nails and prevent smudging. I initially tried this product over a dark red Essie polish and my nails felt touch-dry within a few minutes, but were still smudg-able for at least 20 minutes. I then tried applying the drops between each coat of nail polish which sped the drying time up further, but again not to the point where I could use my hands for anything.
I've tried these drops with every manicure but never found the perfect partner, drying time is shorter, but not much shorter. I've also found that with lighter shades and pastels these drops seem to discolour the nail varnish on the tip, where the drops run down to, giving a grey-yellow tinge after the first day of wear.
I've found these drops do dry nail polish a little more quickly, but not significantly enough to be worth the price. I've nearly finished my bottle and now reserve using it for those last-minute mad-dash manicures before a night out.
Apply Quick-e to freshly polished nails and get on with your day! Penetrates nail polish to quickly reduce drying time and protect nails from smudges, nicks and scratches / Formaldehyde and toluene free, Quick-e is perfect for natural, artificial and even sensitive nails / Directions for use: Apply 1 or 2 drops at the base of cuticle and let drops flow to tip of freshly polished nails with the enclosed dropper / Wait one minute before applying to freshly painted nails and do not allow dripper to touch nails / Nails will dry within seconds /