Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dazzle Dry Calypso Romance

Dazzle Dry markets itself as "The Ultimate Nail Polish," drying "rock hard in 5 minutes" without UV lamps, chip-free for up to 4 weeks, removes with regular polish remover, and boasting a vegan formula. They sent us a bottle of Calypso Romance to review, along with their nail prep, base coat, and top coat.
Dazzle Dry Calypso Romance
There are four steps to their process — Step 1 is Nail Prep, where you clean the nails with their prep solution, followed by Step 2, the base coat. They tell you to let the base coat dry completely 1–2 minutes before applying one or two coats of the nail lacquer. I used two coats for coverage and it applied like a dream. These photos had no cleanup whatsoever! It does dry quickly to a kind of satin-matte finish that I was not able to capture with my camera. The color is kind of a duochrome between a lavender purple and a cyan blue and it had an unusual opalescent shimmer, so it almost looked like ectoplasm. Very interesting and I presume you could forego the top coat if you chose to keep this finish.
Here you can see the lavender-cyan duochrome quality.
I applied the top coat, which they tell you to allow to dry 5–10 minutes. (See what they're doing here?) By having you wait a minute or two between coats, then allowing five to ten minutes for the top coat to dry, they are not actually getting you to "rock hard in 5 minutes" and I did manage to smudge my thumb before getting on the top coat. In my usual manicure routine I have "dry to the touch" in less time, but I have to say that once the Dazzle Dry polish does dry, it is like a hard candy shell and you can dig around in your purse for your keys or pull on your tightest pair of jeans without worrying about a single smudge or dent. It is really impressive!
The four-part system.
I only wore it for a couple of days, so I can't attest to its lasting up to four weeks (does anyone actually wear the same color for that long???) but I did notice some tip wear in that time. I don't think I have found a polish so far that doesn't, so I'm not holding that against them.

I wish their web site had photo swatches of the colors, or that it was available in stores, because I would love to see what the others are like. Calypso Romance was a very flattering color on my skin tone, but — and I will be up-front about this prejudice of mine — I just can't get past the opalescent finish screaming "grammy-lady" to me. Seriously, I don't know anyone under the age of 75 who likes pearly opalescent fingernails. For that reason I am hesitant to order other colors, but if I find out they've got creme finishes or glass flakes or any of the other finishes I do like, I would absolutely jump on them. They are reasonably priced at USD$9 and the application and appearance was top notch.

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**This polish was provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review**


  1. I think the fact that it's purple with a blue shift makes it less of a grandma polish!

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the Dazzle Dry line. Lisa xo

    1. I was quite impressed by the final result. That polish was armor-clad!

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  3. Robin, Thanks for reviewing Dazzle Dry. Dazzle Dry offers 106 nail lacquers of various kinds - opaque creams, sheers, semi-sheers, shimmers, metallics, iridescent/pearlescent/opalescent types, Jewel Effects (glitters) and Lace Textures (crackle-type). Vivian