I actually had the same problem with this product myself. I put a base coat, a light matte color coat, and a light glitter coat and after about an hour of waiting, I was getting heading for work and 8 out of 10 nails smudged big time. I was also using nail polish from Sephora OPI. I had to stop on my way to work to the drugstore to purchase nail polish remover. I also left a review of this. Anyway, I returned the product
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
(San Antonio, Tx)
No it is not you. I thought this stuff was great until I went to bed hours much much later in the night.
Don't think this product works the way it should. It does dry nails but when you add on the layers you need it ends up not really working
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
Maybe it was the polish? I only say that because I've never had that happen to me before and the only polish I use is the SEPHORA by OPI Nail Polish. Sorry that happened to you. :/ I hate when I smudge my nails, it drives me insane.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
I don't think it was the drops, I washed my face abotu 30 minutes after apply polish and the drops and had no smudging. Did you put lotion on your hands at the beginning of the manicure? That could prevent the polish from setting. If you put lotion on your hands, try using nail polish remover to take it off your nails before applying your base coat.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
I have never had ANY polish smudge because of the brand; however, it sounds like there was a lot of product on there (which is pretty much completley normal). Nails actually need hours and hours to dry, so a hot shower in even 2 hours can be detrimental. Try soaking the dry nails in super cold water to set them after all steps are complete. Most mistakes are made, especially on pedis after "thinking" that the nails are dry enough.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
(Oklahoma City, OK)
i've showered after using it and it's never been an issue with me :) i would think it's the polish. were your nails acrylic? i don't know if that has anything to do with it because mine are natural.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Did the salon put any kind of oil after applying your polish? Sometimes they do that at the salon I use (if I forget to stop them) and it takes FOREVER for my polish to really dry & "set"-even if I use the drying drops.
You didn't follow directions. DO NOT USE THE NAIL DRYER!!!!! The drops dry your polish- heat just made your polish "gooky" with the drying drops on top!
Just substandard polish or you used the drops to dry each coat! I have used this OPI product for years and this has never happened. Did you make sure each coat was dry before applying the next? Use OPI drying drops ONLY on the last coat.
If your manicure was in a shop, this might apply: A manicurist I know told me that some of the places where she's worked dilute the polish itself with a tiny bit of nail polish remover to make the polish in the bottle last longer (and in some cases, to make the manicure itself last for a shorter time so customer will come back more frequently). If you visited a salon that did something like - and apparently it's done in some quite frequently - the drops might have created some sort of chemical reaction with the remover.
The other thing I found with heat for drying many years ago is that I might go home, make dinner, and then go to bed, all the while thinking my polish was dry. In the morning, I'd wake up with the impression of the blanket weave in my nails. It happened a few times and then I stopped using heat for drying. I don't think it really helps secure nails.
These days I just use polish straight - no base or top coat usually, and I find my polish dries quickly, and doesn't smear or smooch. I usually mostly the Sephora and NARS polishes and occasionally something else.
Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
(SPRING HAS ARRIVED IN THE SOUTH)
i've found the drops work really well with 'sephora by opi' products but not so great with some other brands (with different formulations, i assume). maybe that was the problem...
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
I never put heat over the polish & drops. Try cutting the heat out of your nail polish routine. I hopes this helps!
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
(santa maria, california)