Does This Work? Essence Nail Express Dry Drops

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Anything that dries my nail polish faster is more than welcome in my manicure kit - especially now that I'm a mum. There is literally nothing worse than being 'helpless' waiting for your nail polish to dry for what feels like hours on end.
When on a shopping trip recently I came across the Essence 'Express Dry Drops' (£2). This promises to dry your nail polish in just 60 seconds and nourishes your nails and cuticles with Vitamin E and almond oil.

To be honest, I did think 'will this actually work?! Especially at that price', but nonetheless I was curious and wanted to try it.
As always, I applied my base coat first - I am loving the Maybelline Dr Rescue Nail Care CC Nails - and let this dry as usual, it's pretty quick to dry on its own, actually!
I then went in with two coats of Rimmel's Salon Pro 'Oh,Mr Darcy' polish. The Essence Express Dry Drops instruct you to add 1-2 drops of the liquid onto each nail with the pipette provided, so that is exactly what I did. I waited 60 seconds and I have to admit my nail polish was not dry, but I was patient and decided to give it a chance and wait a little longer.
And I'm so pleased I did. My polish was touch dry in 3-5 minutes and totally, rock-solid dry in just 8-10 minutes.
So impressive - and a brilliant time saver! Gone are the days of sitting restlessly waiting for your nails to dry with a hundred and one 'I need to do that's' running through your mind! Lone gone!
I have used this again since with a variety of polishes and brands and I am happy to say it is effective with all of them - not just thinner polishes!

I would like to point out that the Express Dry Drops are not a substitute for top coat and you should still apply this is you want a longer lasting, shiner finish to your manicure, but it will, of course, help to dry your top coat faster!

So, does this work?!
Yes! Definitely. It made my polish touch dry in 3-5 minutes and totally dry in just 8-10. I am addicted and use it for every manicure now! I am not quite sure why my bottle seems to be printed in a foreign language, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this product truly works and is a complete bargain!
This product also comes in spray form (£2.50), for those of you who prefer to avoid oil-like products.

Have you tried any products from the Essence collection?


  1. I'm a big fan of Essence cosmetics and have loved all but one of their products that I've tried so far. I'll definitely keep my eye out for this nail dryer next time I'm in Wilko. x

  2. What an awesome bargain find! I'll have to grab it the next time I am at Ulta. Xx