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So excited to share my Dazzle Dry complete 2021 guide with you on the blog!  I've been using this brand for the last year and a half and have no plans of stopping anytime soon.  I thought it was high time to give it a proper Dazzle Dry Nail Polish review.  As a natural beauty blogger there is a lot controversy over what constitutes a natural nail polish.  At the end of the day I've come to the conclusion that there is no truly “natural” nail polish.  There are better and safer options but no truly perfect nail polish that performs the same as conventional.  

Studies have shown that we do absorb what's in our nail polish. (2) So it's something to be concerned with.  Especially if you're someone who likes to get a regular mani and pedi.  

When it comes to cosmetics, the term “non-toxic” can be difficult to decipher. With regard to nail polish, a commonly used term is “five-free.” Five-free refers to polishes that do not contain five specific ingredients: formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.  (2)

I'll discuss more below about what Dazzle Dry doesn't include in their polishes and how they're 5 free. 

Dazzle Dry has all the colors!

 

While I do think it's important to know what's in your products, I also want to enjoy my life and not constantly be “afraid” of harmful chemicals.  It really comes down to making an informed decision for yourself.  I used to really avoid anything and everything when I first went green- nothing was safe!  Then I slowly came out of my shell and realized I can't live that way forever.  It's about balance!  They say stress is linked to so many health issues- I agree.  Sometimes just relaxing and enjoying life is better medicine for us than avoiding everything.  That being said, ultimately the choice is up to you.  My job is to help you make an informed decision by presenting information to you. With Dazzle Dry you get a safer nail polish system that actually strengthens your nails and is user friendly- like drying in 5 minutes!  Is it perfect?  No, but the best safer alternative I've found for a clean nail polish.

With that let me introduce you to my favorite safer nail polish out there Dazzle Dry– yes this one takes the cake when it comes performance and cleaner ingredients.

What is Dazzle Dry?

You're probably asking ok, what makes Dazzle Dry so special?  Well, allow me to introduce you.  Dazzle Dry is a healthy gel polish alternative to conventional nail polish.  It uses a 4 step system to achieve its superior results.  It is cruelty-free, vegan, hypoallergenic, non-yellowing, long wearing, and quick drying.  It does it all!  The system is from 30 years of research and development.  Dazzle Dry is a safe alternative to traditional gel polish.  Conventional gel polish leaves your nails brittle and yellow, especially with prolonged use.  Many polishes contain the ingredient nitrocellulose, which is what turns your nails yellow.  However, Dazzle Dry does not contain that so it doesn't turn your nails yellow.  My nails feel stronger and don't turn yellow, even after using multiple times in a row. 

One of my favorite colors from Dazzle Dry is Anticipation.

 

What Are The Ingredients In Dazzle Dry?

Dazzle Dry does not contain the most common harmful chemicals found in conventional nail polish.  These are Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP), Butyl Benzyl Phthalate, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, Nitrocellulose, Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Nitric Acid, Sulfuric Acid, Acrylates, Monomers, MEK, Isocyanates, Anhydrides, Thiocarbamates, Peroxy Compounds, and Hydrazines. Nitrocellulose is an ingredient that can cause your nails to yellow.  Dazzle Dry does not contain any plasticizers like conventional nail polishes.  Many customers have told them how they've been able to use Dazzle Dry after having had allergic reactions to other nail polish brands.  Dazzle Dry did not give them a reaction.  They are free of carcinogenic, and endocrine disrupting chemicals.  Really the proof is in the pudding.  Once I tried Dazzle Dry the first time I could tell the difference.  My nails weren't yellow, they were stronger and my nails didn't ache after removing the polish, something that often happens with conventional polish. 

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How Long Does It Last?

Dazzle Dry nail polish lasts for 7-14 days.  It depends on application.  If you follow their 4 step system and instructions it really can lost a very long time.  It can last for even longer on your toes!  I've noticed for me as long as I follow the steps they outline and then make sure and seal the free edge then my polish will last for 7-10 days.  Sealing the free edge really is SO important!  This helps your nails to not chip.  The longest I've personally had my polish last on my hands is 10 days.  By then I usually want to change my polish and get a fresh new look anyways.  

The Dazzle Dry System.

 

How Long Does It Take To Dry?

It takes 5 minutes for the Dazzle Dry polish to dry- my favorite thing about it!  You don't need a special light of any kind- it just air dries in 5 minutes.  As a busy mama of 3 this really has been the reason I've stuck with Dazzle Dry for so long and love it.  I would always do my nails before and then they would get ruined because I needed to use my hands in some way with kids and so I would never do my nails!  It felt like a lost cause.  Now it's easy to do them because I know it will be completely dry in 5 minutes!

How Much Does The System Cost?

The whole Dazzle Dry System costs $60.  This includes nail prep, base coat, top coat and revive.  Revive is for the top coat and helps too thin it out if it gets too thick and create a better consistency.  They also have a system + a nail polish for $77.  You can check them out here.  You can also purchase a mini kit to start as well.  These retail for $35 and are a great way to try Dazzle Dry on a budget.  They include the base coat, top coat, revive, and nail prep and also a nail polish color too.  You can check them out here.  The polishes themselves cost $20 a piece.  However, they do have 20% off sales pretty often, so I would wait for a sale if you're wanting to try them out.  

All the Dazzle Dry colors!

 

What Are My Favorite Colors?

There are so many colors to choose- 150 to be exact!  When it comes to Dazzle Dry nail polishes- the options are endless!  Another reason I love the polish so much.  I have several favorites that I've tried over the last year and a half.  

  • Red Hot Chili- This is the perfect orangey red!  It goes with anything, can be worn in all seasons too.  I love this on my nails and toes.
  • Mind Your Mani- This is such a great nude pale pink to have in your nail polish collection.  Can be worn with anything and all seasons too.
  • Starstruck- This is a super pretty rose gold metallic color.  It looks great on toes or nails.
  • Perfectly Plaid- This really is the quintessential cool red.  It's perfect for the holiday season too!
  • Less Is Mauve- This is another great neutral color that is more mauve and opaque but still very subdued overall.
  • Midnight Express- Everyone needs a classic black polish in their nail arsenal!  This one fits the bill- a rich black cream polish.
  • Anticipation- A great slate grey that works as a neutral.

Is Dazzle Dry Worth It?

I think Dazzle Dry is totally worth it!  The kit itself and polishes might be an investment up front but they last a very long time.  Plus, it pays for itself because it saves you from going into a nail salon which quickly adds up.  I've had my kit for a year and a half and finally just replaced my top coat!  That's a lot of life in a small bottle.  I love knowing that I'm saving money and able to do my nail in the convenience of my own home, versus going out and having to book an appointment and drive somewhere.  This saves me a lot of time too!

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Does Dazzle Dry Damage Nails?

Dazzle Dry does not damage your nails.  It really is the best when it comes to preserving the quality of the nail bed.  Unlike conventional gel polishes that leave your nails damaged and yellow, Dazzle Dry really makes your nails stronger overall.  That's one of the things I've noticed after having Dazzle Dry on my nails for a while is how strong they seem and not weak at all.  

Wearing Red Hot Chili.

 

Can You Touch Up Dazzle Dry?

You can totally touch up Dazzle Dry.  I've done this a couple times when one of my nails has chipped but the rest are still really good.  I just add the polish and top coat but not the the base coat.  It's all about making sure you seal the free edge if the chip is somewhere around there.  That way you don't get another chip. 

Does Dazzle Dry Come Off With Regular Polish Remover?

Yes, Dazzle Dry does come off with regular polish removers.  I have to soak them a little at first if I'm using a more natural polish remover but if you're using a regular polish remover with acetone you won't have a problem at all.  I will soak mine in a bowl if I'm using a more natural nail polish like this one.

Is Dazzle Dry 5 Free?

Yes, Dazzle Dry is free from the 5 most common harmful chemicals found in nail polishes.  These include, formaldehyde(even formaldehyde resin), toluene, DBP, camphor, TPHP.  Dazzle Dray is also free of nitrocellulose.  

Nitrocellulose is a highly flammable polymer material used in making guncotton and films for cinema and x-rays in the 19th century. As the primary film former in regular nail polish, it creates a hard, shiny surface. It is not stable and one of its decomposition products causes the yellowing of the natural nail plate. (1)

Be leery of companies telling you their polishes are 8 free or 10 free.  I often see this in nail polish marketing now.  Brands are catching on and using these to entice the consumers.  However, many are falsifying information because ingredients they aren't including are actually ingredients that have been included in nail polish in years or at all.  That's why you won't see Dazzle Dry saying they are 10 free. Make sure and do your research if they're making such claims!

Is Dazzle Dry Better Than Gel?

Yes, Dazzle Dry is 100% better than gel in my opinion!  Conventional gel as I mentioned dries out your nails and can discolor them.  It also contains a lot of the most harmful chemicals found in nail polish.  You also need a special light whether it's LED or UV to use Dazzle Dry.  But with Dazzle Dry you don't need a special light, the polish doesn't turn your nails yellow, it strengthens the nail and doesn't include the most common nail polish toxins.

Who Sales Dazzle Dry? 

You can get Dazzle Dry from their website online at dazzledry.com.  You can also get Dazzle Dry on Amazon too!

The Biggest Takeaways For Dazzle Dry And What Sets Them Apart:

  • Dazzle Dry dries in 5 minutes
  • It's a clean gel nail polish that doesn't strip the nails but strengthens them
  • It lasts for 7-14 days when following their 4 step system
  • There is no need for special UV or LED light

 

If you have more questions on Dazzle Dry, check out their F.A.Q's here.  They have so much great information there!

 

Check out all the Dazzle Dry has to offer here!

 

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Resources:

  1. Dazzle Dry. Advantages and Ingredients. https://dazzledry.com/advantages-ingredients/
  2. Harvard Health Publishing.  A look at the effects of nail polish on nail health and safety. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/a-look-at-the-effects-of-nail-polish-on-nail-health-and-safety-2019112118231