Review n Swatch: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Blazing Blue

by Bionic Beauty on 04.Sep.2010 · 6 comments

Since I’ve had quite a bit of “downtime” this past month, I have been indulging in cheap frivolity- nail polish. My latest requisition is a bottle of Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri nail polish in Blazing Blue.

In the bottle this nail polish has green, turquoise and blue shimmer; but it’s not noticeable when applied. I was a bit saddened by this fact since it’s what really attracted me to the color in the first place.

Bionic Beauty blog review and swatch of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish in Blazing Blue

Sally Hansen's Blazing Blue under incandescent lighting

This way my first foray into the Insta-Dri formula…
I wasn’t very impressed. The nail color lasted less than a day and peeled off in complete layers. I guess the good spin on that is I didn’t have to use nail polish remover to take off the polish. The formula is also a bit thick, so you may want to add a few drops of polish thinner before using. It did dry exceptionally quick… almost too quick for my preference. I barely had time to go complete three polish swipes (middle, left, right) on each nail before everything started to clump and bunch.

Bionic Beauty blog review and swatch of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish in Blazing Blue

Sally Hansen's Blazing Blue under fluorescent lighting

One more warning, even with a base coat, you may end up with blue smurf fingers for the day if you use nail polish remover. The blue pigment is tough to remove (which is common with many blue-toned polishes).

The brush is quite nice- it’s the same one that is included in the new Sally Hansen Complete Salon line, but with a different handle. The color is very pretty and it’s affordable at about $3.50 per bottle at local drugstores – I just wish it would last longer.

Have you had better luck with the other colors from the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish lineup?


1 Stacy September 4, 2010 at 9:38 am

I bought the burgundy color last summer. I also disliked how fast it dried. The application wasn’t that great and within 24 hours every one of my nails was peeling. Not my idea of a good polish.

2 Bionic Beauty September 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Stacy, Glad to hear it wasn’t just my bottle that was defective. I’m definitely thinking of returning it as Tashi suggested below. I really love the Sally Hanson Salon line though… some of their other versions/lines are very hit or miss though!

3 Tashi September 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Jami, with such poor results, do you think the store would let you return the bottle? You can’t get much closer to “defective” than what you detailed here. What a rip-off. I know it wasn’t boku bucks. But still, money’s money, and these days, every penny counts, as does customer satisfaction.

4 Bionic Beauty September 16, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Excellent idea! I know I have the receipt for it… I know CVS has a cosmetics return policy, but I have to check on what Walgreens’ policy is. If they allow returns or even store credit, I’ll be a happy camper!

5 Ms. Tantrum September 5, 2010 at 11:27 am

I am thinking that – even though it isn’t cheap – you should see about reviewing the great line of gel polishes that are coming out. As a nail tech I have fallen in LOVE with it, and so have my clients. It goes on quickly in the salon, and lasts at least 14 days without peeling or chipping. The rub is that most salons charge a MINT for the stuff. I charge the same as for regular polish, because they will be back for more, and if it works and makes them happy between manicures they will tell their friends. The best line is Gelish by Nail Harmony…48 colors, and it is just FABULOUS. The instant dry stuff…a waste of time unless you are only using it for a top coat one night deal.

6 Bionic Beauty September 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Hi Ms. Tantrum, Thanks for the heads up on these! I saw them at Sally’s and also in my Nail Tech magazine and wondered how the “real world” experience was going. I’ll definitely look into trying to save up for some to review on Bionic Beauty! Feel free to post some links to pictures if you have them. 🙂 Or you can submit a reader review (no pressure, but I welcome them if a reader ever wants to do one!).


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