Dior Abricot Fortifying Cream for Nails may be pricey, but it’s absolutely effective. It has a creamy, almost tacky, consistency that makes it easy to spread across dry, cracking cuticles and nails. You can start feeling your skin being lulled back into a state of smooth, hydrated bliss shortly after applying.
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Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is hydrating and soothing on dry cuticles and nails. It uses a combination of sweet almond oil, beeswax, vitamin E, and cocoa butter to do so. It smells like lemonade–sweet, lemony, but it’s not synthetic. There’s a little tartness still left, so it’s not cloyingly sweet. Because it doesn’t immediately dry down, it’s best used at night, which is what’s recommended, and I always wake up with hydrated, soothed cuticles (and wherever else I put it). In a pinch, it can also help moisturize dry spots as well as smooth flyaways.
When I really need my polish to dry down in a hurry, Cult Nails Wicked Fast does a great of locking in my polish, giving me a shiny finish, and keep my polish from chipping.
Sally Hansen Insta-dri is a really nice quick-drying coat that cuts the drying time down quite a bit while also providing the added benefit of chip-resistance! If there’s one brand that knows nail treatments and top/base coats, it’s Sally Hansen.
On a Clear Day dries quickly and leaves behind a beautiful, high-gloss shine. It wears well and helps extend the life of my manicure!
If you want ultra-shine, Seche Vite is perfect. It gives nails a beautiful, fresh, and shiny look. It’s a thicker top coat, so it also works well for evening out the surface of bumpy polishes (like when you’ve layered glitter over a base color). It helps keep nails looking fresh and shiny, and it also helps prevent chipping.