Reviewed and recommended: Dazzle Dry Nail Polish and Polish Remover
In case you are wondering what launched my spring 2009 quest to find a great toluene-free, formaldehyde-free, and phthalate-free nail polish, you can accept this explanation: those three chemicals are not good for your body, your fingernails, nor our earth. Nail polishes have contained most of those three nasty additives since the 1950's, (although use of formaldehyde is now oh so passe') so wouldn't you think some enlightened "green" company would have seized on a great marketing opportunity and develop an acceptable chemical "lite" alternative in nail polish over these last 60 years?
That premise seems simple enough and would surely be a noble goal, but back in the real world I soon found my little treasure hunt would not be an easy one. The overwhelming majority of polishes contain those three ingredients for good reason....those additives are exactly what make most polishes shine, adhere, resist chipping, and dry quickly. If you happened to have read that previously mentioned post, you will already know that the OTHER chemical-lite polishes which I have been testing this year were completely unacceptable. Worthless. Less than worthless. They chipped, they peeled within hours, it honestly took overnight for the polish to be thoroughly dry,and then the tiniest little bits of polish which managed to stay put were actually difficult to remove with polish removers without damaging my natural nail. I was becoming quite discouraged with my self-assigned quest, but that was before I tried the Dazzle Dry line of polish and polish remover.
Before I tell you how Dazzle Dry worked for me, I should explain a few things. I am a manicurists' worst nightmare because I can never properly schedule an appointment, and I do everything to my nails that you should not. Consequently, I have been doing my own manicures for at least the last five years, so no acrylics or wraps for me. I train horses daily, swim a lot, do tons of heavy-duty landscaping, my own housework, and I do this while wearing my nails fairly long and sans gloves, so I am exceptionally hard on my manicures. I also strive for "low maintenance" in everything I do, and I expect my Sunday-evening manicure to last a full week MINIMUM and to look, well, simply dazzling, throughout the week. No "nightly touch-ups" for me....whatever product I apply had better stay put and look great all week without any poo-pooing from me in between. I am also very particular about how my hands looks because I use them in business presentations daily. Lastly, I am snobbishly, neurotically particular about the colors of my trade-mark french-style manicures...the white tip and the "pink" nail bed have to be "just right".
I had read a tiny bit about Dazzle Dry but only because Marta did a short posting on it on April 12th, 2008. She found Dazzle Dry to be one of the few polishes which did not dry out her nails or cause them to peel or "shred" and TIA reader "Fina" was impressed with how quickly it left her toes "shoe ready". But once I started seeking chemical lite polishes and looked into Dazzle Dry for myself for these specific reasons, I found there was much more on the Dazzle Dry "good list" than I had realized. Dazzle Dry is one polish system you can use without fearing those undesirable additives, which can trigger allergies, sensitivities, or worse.
So, Dazzle Dry does no harm, but how does it work, you should then ask? First, the base coat and the polish really do dry within minutes, even after multiple coatings. Really! And I don't mean "120 minutes". It is dry to the touch within about three minutes, and then dry enough to resist virtually any thing abrasive within five minutes. The truly resilient top coat seals everything in and is fully cured within 15 minutes, maximum. Drying time is really important if you are doing a french manicure, because there are about 5 "coatings' to apply to get the transparent pink nail bed color which sets off the white tips, yet the whole french manicure process can be complete and dry within 30 minutes with the Dazzle Dry product. If you are simply using a solid color polish, it would be an even quicker process.
The Dazzle Dry polish stays put, and looks exactly the same after a (very) full week of wear. No chipping, no peeling, no touch-ups required. I also tried a solid color my toes, and those have remained perfectly polished for almost three weeks.
You can purchase single polish bottles, but the Dazzle Dry "Kit" is worth the reasonable investment and is comparable in cost to paying for a single manicure/pedicure/plus-tip ...yet the kit should last for months of manicures. Buying the complete kit makes it easy, painless and virtually goof proof to get a long lasting, professional looking manicure at home. The kit contains the pre-base coat cleanser, the base coat, a special top coat which bonds everything at the end, and of course the polish(s). I used the translucent "pedal to the metal" rose colored polish and the "white lightening" for my french-style manicure, plus the "alluring charm" polish on my toes. All layers of the "system" work together to form a stronger adhesion and a stronger, shinier protective barrier. The combination also protects against the yellowing of the actual nail under the polish, and also protect from UV yellowing of the polish itself.
The kit does not include the Dazzle Dry polish remover, but I recommend this remover even if you don't use the Dazzle Dry brand of polish. It removes polish quickly and easily, has a delightful "clove" scent, and likely due to the lemongrass oil, it doesn't dry out your nails EVEN WHEN YOU ARE TESTING A ZILLION OTHER WORTHLESS POLISHES WHICH HAVE TO BE REMOVED EVERY OTHER DAY FOR TWO WEEKS! Oh, sorry about that. If you read my previous post, you will understand my temper tantrum, but if not, just make life easy on yourself and planet earth, and try the Dazzle Dry polish remover and Nail Polish System. They are safe and delightful products which work well, dry quickly, have a fresh scent, and are gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.
Nail Polish Remover Ingredients:
Acetone, water, glycerin, lemongrass essential oil and clove essential oil.
"Pedal to The Medal" Nail Polish Ingredients:
Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Propyl Acetate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, SD Alcohol 40B, Dipropylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Octocrylene, Fragrance, Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin, Polyisobutyl Methacrylate, Cyclomethicone, Blue 1, Ext. Violet 2.
Other Dazzle Dry products may contain: Red 34 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Black 2, Iron Oxides, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Titanium Dioxide, Mica.