Self-Care: Dazzle Dry Nail Polish

This month, I wanted to share some organizing self-love and self-care strategies that work for me. I don’t recommend products often because most of my organizing clients need better strategies for living, not more stuff. But every now and then I run across a product that really is all that and a bag of chips. If it works better than expected and can save you time, money, or space (sometimes all three), I’m in! Here’s my latest love in self-care: Dazzle Dry Nail Polish. Get a complete, gorgeous home manicure in about 10 minutes that lasts an entire week with no dryer, lights, or fans.

Self Care Dazzle Dry Nail Polish

Self-Care: Dazzle Dry Nail Polish

You can find Dazzle Dry nail polish at DazzleDry.com, Amazon (affiliate link), and (applied by the pros) probably your local salon, which is where I first learned about it. A few years ago I wrote about CND nail polish, but Dazzle Dry is levels better than that!

Dazzle Dry is an entire 4-step system (plus the magic oil I’ll tell you about in a second), but don’t worry, it’s not complicated at all. There are no dryers, lights, fans, or other appliances needed. In fact, when I first got this applied in the salon, I thought the manicurist had missed a few steps, it was so fast.

(Remember, I’m not a hand model. My 50+ year old hands have been through a lot. I’m grateful that I can make them look a teensy bit better with healthy nails. That’s about all they have going for them.)

Dazzle Dry Nail Polish after a few days

Get Started With Dazzle Dry Kits

You can start at home with a Dazzle Dry Starter Mini Kit for about $40, which is about the cost of two salon manicures. The kit might last you a few months. They have plenty of color choices in the starter kits. I started with a dramatic mulberry purple that they don’t seem to carry any longer, and then fell in love with Raspberry Rush.

Dazzle Dry Nail Polish Mini Starter Kit

I was hooked, and I soon invested in the full-sized 4-piece system, including the color Mythic Teal, a deep denim color.

Dazzle Dry Nail Polish full sized system

Is Dazzle Dry Nail Polish Different?

Yada yada, another nail polish system. But no, I’m telling you, this is totally different! Better than anything I’ve ever used. First, I can apply the entire system in under 15 minutes and be out the door. The layers dry very quickly. By the time I’m applying any layer to my tenth finger, the first finger is already dry and ready for the next layer.

You can use your regular nail polish remover. Then wash and dry your hands. Wipe your nails with a cotton swab moistened with Step 1. Then apply two coats of the Step 2 base coat. Then two coats of the Step 3, your color. The color is always matte. One coat of Step 4 seals and glosses your nails. Wait just a minute, and it’s dry. Dazzle Dry has a fabulous 12-minute video showing you exactly how to use the system.

Don’t flap or blow on your nails. It doesn’t need it. Just rest and do your yoga breathing for a minute or two. As for the smell? About the same as any other polish, maybe a little better.

Does Dazzle Dry Make Nails Healthier?

But the weird thing is, and I hesitate to make this claim, this really seems to be helping my nails grow stronger and healthier. My nails peel really, really badly, Last year, I think every single one was peeling halfway down my nail. Now I’m down to my two nails peeling. I wasn’t sure if I was just wishing good results, but the I accidentally took this picture and saw something weird. The new growth behind the dark, damaged nails looks so healthy! Part of that is due to consistently using the Step 2 base coat so the lacquer isn’t staining the nail. But the pink back half of the nail? That looks pretty healthy to me.

Dazzle Dry Nail Polish for healthier nails

In the fall of 2023 I happened to read something about how healthy cuticles make for healthy nails. That makes total sense, since nails grow from the nail bed. My cuticles were always ragged and torn, even if I’m using gentle soap and moisturizer. When I bought my first full size Dazzle Dry kit, I also bought the Dazzle Dry MEND cuticle oil. I started applying it religiously, between 4-10 times a day. It soaks in immediately, and my cuticles started to heal within days. It totally changed the health of my nails in the four+ months I’ve been using it. I keep one at my desk, one at my bedside, and a small vial in the car so I can apply throughout the day.

Dazzle Dry Nail Polish MEND cuticle oil.

Does Dazzle Dry Really Last 7 Days?

Any nail polish looks good on day one. How does it really hold up? THAT’S why I’m telling you about this. My nails are so flexible that they literally can fold around my fingertips. Dazzle Dry is the first nail polish that comes anywhere close to lasting a week. This is a picture (below) of my home manicure with Dazzle Dry after a full week, as in seven days. The polish gently wears off the tips, but it doesn’t chip off the way other polishes do. The formula seems to just be more flexible when dry than other polishes I’ve tried.

Dazzle Dry Nail Polish after 7 days

I don’t baby my nails. I wash dishes and, you know, organize on a daily basis. (I’m a Certified Professional Organizer, if we haven’t met yet.) I use my hands! Despite my best intentions, I still use my nail to scrape off stickers and open packages. This stuff doesn’t chip on day one or two like traditional polish does for me. And if my nails do chip or peel mid-week, I can apply steps 2, 3, and 4 in a flash just to the nail tip, and it is virtually unnoticeable.

This stuff works.

At about $80 for a full size kit, I know it might feel expensive at first, but it’s a steal compared to salon manicures. The company also incudes their Revive product in most of the kits, which you can add to the lacquer if it starts to dry out or gum up. I have used it on the mini bottles, and it does work.

Dazzle Dry Nail Polish Revive

Oh, and those mini kits? Perfect for travel!

Dazzle Dry nail polish minis

Downsides to Dazzle Dry

The only “high maintenance” thing about Dazzle Dry is if the Step 2 bottle becomes cloudy, you are supposed to gently warm it up before applying. No problem. If it looks like this:

Dazzle Dry Step 2 when cloudy

Park it in warm water for about two minutes, making sure the water doesn’t go higher than the Dazzle Dry logo.

Dazzle Dry Step 2 when cloudy- fix

Within about two minutes, basically while you are removing your old polish, the liquid will be clear again and ready to use. I don’t know what happens if you use it when cloudy (because I’m a rule follower). Just follow the directions.

Dazzle Dry Step 2 after warming

Yay for Dazzle Dry Nail Polish

I know at-home manicures aren’t for everybody, but I consider it a life skill. Staying organized with the right supplies can save you money, time, and stress. Do you think you’d be willing to stop buying and maybe even get rid of a drawer full of regular old nail polish* if you found the holy grail in nail polish? Would it make more space in your closets and bathroom? If you give Dazzle Dry a try, I’d love to hear about it in the comments, including what’s your favorite color.

Dazzle Dry Nail Polish full sized system

 

*Yes, you don’t have to just throw out old nail polish if you go all in for Dazzle Dry. Do an internet search on “where to donate nail polish” for some ideas on how to downsize your stash before it dries out.