Product Review: Essence Express Dry Drops

Name: Express Dry Drops
Brand: Essence
Size: 8ml
Price: €2,99

From Essence’s website:
sometimes every second counts: and with the express dry drops your nail polish dries in just 60 seconds! due to the pipette the product can be systematically and dropwisely applied. and the best: fingernails and cuticles will be nourished with vitamin e and almond oil getting extra shine!

What I liked:
– dries nail polish really quickly
– the price

What I didn’t like:
– leaves hands a very oily and greasy mess

I had been hunting for Essence Express Dry Drops for months but they sell out so fast I could never find them at my local Essence counter. These drops promise to dry your nail polish in only 60 seconds, leaving you free to do whatever you want thereafter without worrying about your newly applied manicure getting ruined. And according to the reviews I’ve read, the product keeps its word, so no wonder it’s flying off the shelves! I almost jumped for joy when, last month, I finally found it in stock. I rushed home, did my nails and have never used these drops ever since.

They do what they promise indeed, but they are so messy to use! The pipette is easy to use and only releases the right amount of product you need. However, the drops don’t just end up on your nails, but slide off all over your hands, leaving them an oily and greasy mess. Now, it is true that they dry nail polish really quickly. Although not in full, they dry polish to the touch in 60 seconds, but I recommend you wait at least 4 o 5 minutes before you wash your hands or  your nails will still be wet enough to take on a towel imprint. And I just can’t stand to feel my hands all dirty and oily for so long.

Ok, 5 minutes isn’t long, but it feels long when you have to keep your hands completely still, without even being able to gently place them on a table or desk without getting them oily and greasy as well. If you can stand having an oily liquid on your hands for a few minutes, then check out Express Dry Drops as they are effective and cheap. As for me, I will keep using a regular and quick-drying top coat such as Mavala Colorfix Top Coat. It may take a bit more than 60 seconds to dry nails, but at least it’s mess-free, and prolongs the life of your mani too, something these drops aren’t designed to do.

Available at: Essence counters

Essence Express Dry Drops dry your nail polish really quickly and are cheap too. However, they slide off everywhere, leaving your hands an oily and greasy mess, which is what pulls the rating down.

Rating: 3/5

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Makeup Morsels, it is an awful feeling indeed. I had read a couple of reviews that mentioned the oiliness but I didn’t think it would be this bad or I wouldn’t have bought them at all. I think fast drying top coats like Seche Vite are definitely the way to go.

  1. says

    Aw I wish this product performed better because the price is pretty great. I use OPI’s drip drops and while it makes my nail polish really shiny, the shine fades after a day. I have a nail store not too far from me that sells Essie for $3.50 opposed to the regular $8.00 and OPI for $5. 😀 I read this yesterday but I just remembered I didn’t comment yet. I was studying for exams which I hope I did well on. Oh school, how I hate it.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, me too. They’ve would been a steal! What a shame the Opi drops don’t keep nail polish shiny for longer.. And those are great deals, lucky you! Here Opi and Essie cost about €15 (that’s $20!).

      And I wish you all the best with your exams! I’m sure you did very well! :)

  2. Elizabeth says

    Oh, how do you get quick dry drops to work? Do you use them before or after topcoat? I have these, but they don’t seem to do anything for me. :'(

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Elizabeth, I don’t use a top coat with them. Just apply nail polish and a couple of drops on top. They are very oily and runny and turn your hands into a greasy mess though which is why I don’t use them anymore. A regular quick-drying top coat works much better!

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