You know what I like? Manicures. You know what I can’t justify spending money on in This Economy? Also manicures. Well, I can’t justify getting them as often as I would like, anyway. Enter the Sally Hansen Color Quick Fast Dry Nail Pen. I bought this on a whim at CVS after misreading the sign and thinking that it only cost $4. Turns out it was closer to $10, which makes it not as great of a bargain, but still less than many manicures. I figured it would be worth it if I could learn to give myself passable manicures. The nail pen’s major selling point is its pen shape, which gives you more stability in grip. This really works. I have never been able to paint the nails on my right hand without slopping half a bottle’s worth of polish all over my fingers, which I then try to peel off with my freshly-painted left hand, thus smushing all the polish on my left nails. You know the drill. Using the pen really made a difference, there was nary a drop on my right fingers. This must be how toddlers feel when they start to develop fine motor skills.
I thought that because it was called a pen, that the pen would have a felt-tip like “¦ a pen. But it’s just a regular nail brush. At first I was annoyed because I th0ught that an actual pen would make the whole process a lot easier. It turns out that the brush isn’t as problematic as I first thought. I do wonder what it would be like if it had an actual pen tip, but for now I’m satisfied with the brush.
I bought “sheer pink” which is really quite sheer. I don’t have any pictures because you can’t really tell that there’s much polish on my nails at all. I have now used it twice. The first time I felt like some of the nails looked a little streaky, and it chipped after about a day. A few days later I tried again and was much more satisfied with the results. I put a clear top coat on, and went for several days without chipping. In fact, only one is chipped and I think that’s because I picked at it.
The polish does dry fast. You can’t dilly-dally when putting on your second coat. I think that’s where I went awry when I first put it on, because the first coat was a little sticky when I put on the second coat so it didn’t go on as smoothly as it could have. The second time I was more efficient and it looks a lot better.
Nothing will ever take the place of a salon manicure because, come on, they massage your hands! But this is a good fix for when you can’t get in to get your nails done. Now I just need to learn how to file them properly “¦