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What is the Nail Polish Dry Time for Different Types of Nail Polishes?

What is the Nail Polish Dry Time for Different Types of Nail Polishes?

Applying nail polish and watching those hands transform from 0 to 100 is the most exciting and fulfilling part of the process. 

But it's a bummer when we assume that the nail paint is dry and end up smudging it. Let's be honest here, we are too lazy to remove and do it all over again, so we learn to make amendments with the smudged nail. 


Well, say no more. We are going to tell you about the most accurate nail polish dry time for different coats and nail polishes. Hold on tight, and let's travel the beautiful and colorful world of nail paints. 

Does the Type of Nail Polish Affect the Drying time? 

Of course, it does! This is because of the variation in the composition of these nail paints. Let's start from the very basic. Yep, talking about the 'basic' nail paint.

  1. The Ordinary Nail Paint

This sort of nail polish can be found in any local drug store; nothing is new or amusing about it. Your primary nail paint will take about 10-15 minutes to dry up completely. 

But yes, it depends on the coats too, if you apply double coat then double the time. 

  1. Gel Nail Application

The gel is that gooey goodness applied to our nails at any nail spa or salon. If you plan to work things out with nail gel, you must master its dry time, or else you will probably end up messing it. Now, gel can't be dried by air. You need 5-10 minutes under a UV light to set it accurately.

  1. Acrylic Nail Paints

Another sort of applicator is used to elongate your nail shape called acrylics. These acrylics take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes to dry out entirely before you can carry out any task with them. 

  1. A Hybrid, Poly Gel

Polygel is indeed a hybrid between gel and acrylics, it also needs UV light to completely dry, and it takes about 30 minutes.

This long drying time has its benefit; it stays on for about 21-22 days. Professional nail technicians mostly use this sort of gel. 

  1. Dip Powder 

Another successful nail polish type used by professionals and people who like to be extra with their nails is dip powder. Yep, you dip your finger into a powder-like polish. 

The dip powder drying goes anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, but the application requires plenty of coats and a lengthy process. 

  1. East or West, Breathable is the Best!

When it comes to fast-drying nail polishes in general, then it's no suspicion in concluding that breathable is the best one. 

This is because this nail paint is entirely modified and made to let water and oxygen pass through it. It's not just fast drying, but it also doesn't suffocate our nails. This type of nail pain takes about 5-10 minutes to dry completely.

Don't worry; this feature doesn't change their wearability; this nail paint will easily last up to one week. 

  1. Shellac

Shellac is also a sort of hybrid between gel and acrylic; it's just a different type. The dry time of shellac goes anywhere from 30 minutes or above under a UV light.

Let's go back to the breathable and basic nail polish as we mostly love to apply them because of the ease in application. Let me give you some tips you can follow to make your nail paint dry faster. 

How Can You Decrease Your Nail Polish Dry Time? 

If you keep in mind these simple steps, I'm sure you will enjoy crack- and smudge-free nail paint with ease. 

  1. Keep your hands clean:  Our hands are oily even if they look dry; that oil comes out of our cuticles. Make sure to wash and dry your hands freshly before applying nail paint. 
  2. Basecoat: I can't emphasize more how much basecoat is essential. It's easier for the polish to dry properly if your base coat is applied correctly and very thin.
  3. Thin and neat: Make sure to use minimal strokes and paint neatly. More strokes per coat will drastically increase your drying time. It will also be a reason for unwanted smudge.

  1. Say no to old polish: Old nail polishes are concentrated and sticky; they can never provide you with a fine coat, which results in more drying time. 
  2. Shake Shake: Always shake your nail paint before application. This makes sure that the consistency of your nail polish remains desired, making your coat thin, neat, and fast to dry. 

In the end, it depends on the quality of your nail polish. Do you have a hard time finding a nail polish that saves you time but gives you the same finish as any long manicure? Then try this breathable nail polish from 786 Cosmetics. 

Why Choose Nail Paints from 786 Cosmetics? 

The answer is straightforward: because they dry fast. Remember the breathable nail paint that allows oxygen and water to pass through it? Yes, this nail paint is precisely that but better.

Better than other brands? Yes. These exciting and intriguing new and unique colors from 786 Cosmetics are one of a kind. They are excellent and top-notch when it comes to quality, just not that they dry within a few minutes. 

How Do They Dry So Fast? 

It's simple; this nail paints dry fast because oxygen and water can easily pass through them to reach your nail, making them quick-drying and more adhering to your nail. A simple one or two coats will last you a week. 

The Best Part!

The most exciting part about these nail paints by 786 Cosmetics is that they are halal. Sounds unbelievable? Well, if they kept oxygen and water pass through them, then you can carry on with your wudu easily, right? This means you can wear them while praying or carrying out any religious activity. 

What more can you ask for? 


We are sure that this article will intrigue you enough to get your hands on their exciting collection. So what are you waiting for? Hop on our website now and order away. 

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- Saba Khalil

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