I have a regular Sunday evening routine of preparing for the work week ahead, which always includes doing my own mani/pedi. I like to wear a different color each week, ideally something new I haven’t tried before.
For Summer ’12, the hottest nail trend is bright colors and I’ve been itching to try a few I never have before, such as yellow. When I saw NYC’s In a New York Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish in a lemon yellow, I was drawn to it right away. I hadn’t tried their Quick Dry line before, and seeing a bright tangerine color as well I decided to pick up both.
Unfortunately, I found this polish disappointing, both in drying time and in quality. You know a polish is bad when you remove it not long after you’ve applied it. You know a polish is really bad when you do this twice in the same evening. I have to say, that was a first for me!
Curious about the yellow, I decided to do my pedicure first with it. As usual, I used a clear base coat first and was sure to shake the color before applying. But this polish had a weird quality of being watery and too thick at the same time. Although I wasn’t applying too much at once, the polish seeped down the nail to settle in the sides along each toenail, resulting in an uneven and unattractive appearance. And it just refused to completely dry. At 20 minutes it was still tacky. I can’t think of any other polish I have, or have tried, that is that slow-drying except for Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. (What is is about some of these so-called quick dry polishes, that they take longer to dry than regular polish? The one exception I’ve found to that is Maybelline’s Express Finish, which does dry quickly.)
I had two coats of the Lexington Yellow on my toes, and walked out into the living room and said to my husband sadly, “I hate being disappointed in a purchase.” He looked down at my toes and said, “Yeah, that’s a fugly color.” I laughed and said, “Well, I mean the quality of this product.” Then he said, “It looks streaky.”
Even he noticed, he who knows nothing about nail polish and doesn’t care to, how bad this looked.
So I removed the yellow and decided to try the other one, to see if the problem was this bottle or this line. The orange, being a darker pigment, didn’t look as noticeably streaky but it also refused to dry properly. About 30 minutes after applying a second coat I accidentally brushed my toe against something and the polish wiped off clear to the bare nail. At that point, I’d had enough and removed all of it.
The bottom line? This polish was a waste of money and my time. I have had much better luck with regular polishes that dry fairly quickly, like Pure Ice or OPI.
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