Frequently Asked Questions
Dazzle Dry is a unique and proprietary four-step system backed up by 30+ years of research and development and is considered a healthy gel alternative. It is vegan, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, non-yellowing, quick-drying (air-dries in 5 min without the use of reactive chemicals), fortifying, long-wearing, delivering a 7-14 day chip-free wear and removes with regular acetone/non-acetone nail polish remover. Does not contain reactive ingredients, monomers and photo initiators that may cause allergic reactions and skin sensitivities. The system is the cleanest of all solvent-based polishes/lacquers on the market today.
None of the above! Dazzle Dry is the only system of its kind delivering the high performance of a gel polish without the use of harsh chemicals, UV light, or damage to the natural nail; all while protecting and strengthening the nail over time. Dazzle Dry represents the best of all worlds because of our unique technology. Dazzle Dry is in a category all by itself due to the chemical composition being completely different from any other polish/lacquer on the market today. Dazzle Dry is lacquer reinvented.
Yes. Dazzle Dry is a simple system, and all the components are scientifically engineered to function as a system. Do not separate the components or use any other products when applying Dazzle Dry as the components are designed to synergistically work together.
Dazzle Dry can safely and easily be removed with acetone or non-acetone polish remover. No soaking, scraping, or filing needed. We suggest using Dazzle Dry Remove Acetone with Lemongrass + Clove Oils or Dazzle Dry Remove Non-Acetone with Eucalyptus + Spearmint Oils for best results.
Dazzle Dry air dries in 5 minutes.
If proper instructions are followed, a Dazzle Dry manicure can last 7-14 days chip-free on hands and a month or longer on toes. Individual experiences will vary depending on lifestyle and how you use your nails. Dazzle Dry is known to last longer than 2 weeks, but we recommend that you remove it at 2 weeks for a fresh manicure and apply oil to your cuticles & nail plate such as Dazzle Dry Mend or Maintain nail and cuticle oil for healthier nails.
No, this is a normal occurrence with the Base Coat. The cloudiness occurs whenever the temperature drops below 70 degrees and the rubbery polymer begins to solidify into a gel-like substance. This is not a defect; it is by design. DO NOT USE the Base Coat unless it is in its clear state.
When cold temperatures cause the Base Coat to become cloudy or even solid, close the cap tight and stand it in 1 inch of hot water until it is completely clear and no longer cloudy. DO NOT allow water to get past the shoulder of the bottle, DO NOT submerge bottle under water or hold it under a running faucet. If Base Coat becomes contaminated with water, it must be discarded. DO NOT microwave Base Coat.
No, using the Base Coat when it is NOT in its crystal-clear state, will lead to premature chipping and peeling. Base Coat must be used in its clear state to achieve the results we claim.
Yes, Dazzle Dry is hypoallergenic. It does not contain reactive ingredients known to cause allergic reactions. Dazzle Dry does not contain any of the plasticizers or ingredients found in traditional, gel, or hybrid polishes that can cause skin sensitization and/or contact allergic dermatitis. Always check with your doctor first to be sure.
Yes, Dazzle Dry as a nail polish is nontoxic, free of harmful, carcinogenic, and endocrine disrupting ingredients including formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP, camphor, nitrocellulose, TPHP and many more. Dazzle Dry is the cleanest of all solvent based polishes on the market today and is safe for all in its intended use.
No, Dazzle Dry is not organic or natural, there is no such thing as an organic or natural nail lacquer/polish.
Dazzle Dry’s lacquer system components do not expire if well maintained.
No, Dazzle Dry’s entire system does not contain nitrocellulose and therefore will not turn your nails yellow.
Dr. Vivian Valenty is the creator and manufacturer of Dazzle Dry under VB Cosmetics.
Dazzle Dry is manufactured in Chandler, Arizona.
Dazzle Dry has over 150 colors available in creams, shimmers and glitters that deliver the longest wear available.
New colors are released seasonally and as we become inspired by the current trends.
General Product Education
Dazzle Dry Nail Prep is designed to cleanse, sanitize, and moisturize the nail while preparing it for optimum nail lacquer adhesion. Most nail preps are made with pure acetone or alcohol and are designed to dehydrate the nail. Dazzle Dry Nail Prep does not contain any acetone and is infused with Pro Vitamin B5 to strengthen nails.
Never use acetone or alcohol to remove oil and lotion off the nail plate as this dehydrates the nail and can adversely impact adhesion and the health of the nail plate.
Dazzle Dry Base Coat is the only water-based base coat that uses a proprietary rubbery flexible polymer to impart a long chip-free wear. Only Dazzle Dry Base Coat allows a manicure to flexibly bend, expand and contract with the natural nail, making it safe for water manicures or exposure to water. The reason for this is because nails are porous just like our skin and hair. So, when we wash our hands, wash dishes, take a shower, etc., our nails absorb water, and they expand. When they dry, they contract. This motion occurs with our nails all day long. With all this expansion and retraction, traditional nail polish develops micro-fractures which lead to chipping and peeling.
In short, the answer is your Lacquer will last longer. The extra layer of Base Coat allows for a more flexible coating so that the Lacquer may expand and contract with water absorption of the nails. One layer of Base Coat is adequate for toenails as they are not exposed to water as often as the hands.
Not allowing each layer to dry matte prior to applying the next layer can cause dragging of semi-wet rubbery Base Coat onto the brush, therefore transferring it and contaminating the product in the bottle.
When the neck of the Base Coat bottles become crusty, you cannot achieve an airtight seal. Keep necks of bottles clean using a lint-free wipe saturated with pure acetone, being cautious to not drip acetone into the bottle when cleaning the necks.
Submerging the bottle in water during the de-clouding process can cause water to seep in and contaminate it. This can lead to premature chipping and other issues.
If oil and lotion are not properly removed with Step #1 Nail Prep prior to Base Coat application, your brush will become contaminated with oil/lotion and transfer into the bottle. Therefore, ruining the Base Coat.
Never add Revive to Base Coat as it will ruin the bottle, and must be discarded.
If Base Coat bottle seems gooey, snotty, slimy, has floaties, or will not stay clear after putting in hot water- these are signs of contamination.
Contaminated bottles of Lacquer cannot be remedied and must be discarded.
Allow each layer of Base Coat to dry well prior to applying next layer to prevent dragging semi-wet rubbery polymers onto the brush.
Do NOT allow water to get in the bottle when putting in hot water.
Always make sure neck of bottle is cleaned after each use and sealed tightly.
Stand bottle in no higher than 1 inch of hot water until it becomes de-clouded.
Shake bottle gently to mix de-clouded contents before using.
Do not hold bottle under running water.
Simply place in 1 inch of hot water for 1-3 minutes until it is clear then shake it gently to mix contents.
When you see a faint tint of the Lacquer color on the nail after old polish removal, this is most likely residual Base Coat. Use cotton saturated in Step #1 Nail Prep to remove the residual Base Coat layer on the nail plate. If the color persists after scrubbing with Nail Prep, then it must be staining from the specific pigment used in the Lacquer. Let us know if this happens.
Some of the colors can separate and this is normal behavior for the Dazzle Dry Lacquer. We use mineral pigments which are heavy, so they sink to the bottom and causes separation to occur. Shake up the bottles routinely and prior to each use to re-suspend the pigment.
Some of the colors have shown marbling over time. When left unshaken the white pigment (titanium dioxide) separates because it is heavy and has stronger affinity to the glass. To prevent this, the colors should be shaken regularly. The color or the efficacy of the lacquer is not affected.
Not allowing each layer of Base Coat to dry matte prior to applying next layer can cause dragging of semi-wet rubbery Base Coat onto the brush, therefore transferring into the bottle of Lacquer and causing contamination. Applying too much pressure on the brush and over-stroking the layer during Lacquer application will drag the Base Coat also and transfer it into the Lacquer bottle.
If you pull out the brush and notice that there is a rubbery bounce, slimy and/or snotty texture to the Lacquer, this is indicative of contamination with semi-wet Base Coat.
Contaminated bottles of Lacquer cannot be remedied and must be discarded.
Allow each layer of Base Coat and Lacquer to dry well prior to applying next layer.
Tip: the second layer of Base Coat is not quite as “matte” as the first layer and may have more of a sheen. You will notice that it goes from looking wet and watery to dry.
Dazzle Dry Top Coat is high-gloss, non-yellowing, quick-drying, long-wearing and self-leveling.
Yes, Dazzle Dry Top Coat contains UV protectant.
No, Dazzle Dry Top Coat will never need to be warmed.
Not allowing each layer of Lacquer to dry prior to applying Top Coat can cause contamination.
Using other brands of polish with Top Coat will contaminate your Dazzle Dry Top Coat.
Warming the Top Coat in hot water could cause water to get inside the bottle, causing the Top Coat to turn cloudy and should be discarded. The Dazzle Dry Top Coat never needs to be warmed.
If the Top Coat contains a tint and is not clear, this is indicative of contamination with pigment from the Lacquers.
If the Top Coat becomes cloudy, it may have been contaminated with a white pigment or with water.
Top Coat should b clear without any color tint.
Replace with a new bottle.
Allow each layer of Base Coat and Lacquer to dry well prior to applying Top Coat.
Apply Top Coat generously to avoid dragging pigment from the Lacquer.
Make sure your Top Coat viscosity is reconstituted with Revive prior to application if needed, (do this before starting the manicure to give any bubbles time to disappear). This will help glide on vs having to brush over and over.
Never warm your Top Coat, especially do not immerse it in hot water.
Never use the Dazzle Dry Base Coat, Lacquer, or Top Coat with other polishes. Dazzle Dry is scientifically engineered to function as a system. If you combine our Base Coat/Lacquer/Top Coat with other brands of nail coatings, we lose the ability to stand behind our claims and you can risk a reaction.
Your Top Coat/ Lacquer may be too thick. It is easily remedied by adding 6-8 drops of Revive at a time to your Top Coat or Lacquer; roll your Top Coat and shake your Lacquers to mix well for about a minute.
If viscosity is still too thick, add more Revive until desired fluidity is achieved.
The neck of all the bottles (including Base Coat, Top Coat, and Lacquer) can become dry and crusty due to the fast-drying formulation.
Use cotton saturated in acetone to clean the neck of each bottle after every use. Be cautious not to drip acetone into the bottles.
Keeping the neck of the Lacquers and Top Coat clean, you can create an airtight seal that will keep the volatile solvents from evaporating.
Keeping the neck clean also prevents dried particles of polish from getting on your brush during application.
If your Top Coat and Lacquer brush become clogged, you can clean it with a lint-free cotton round saturated in Revive by wiping several times. If your Base Coat brush becomes clogged, you must discard and replace with a new one.
Dazzle Dry Lacquers, Top Coat and Transform Ridge Filler do not thicken due to oxidation but thicken due to the evaporation of the volatile solvents. When you open a bottle of Lacquer, Top Coat or Transform, volatile solvents evaporate and the contents become thick. We cannot have a Lacquer System that dries in 5 minutes and not expect it to get thick. This is normal behavior for this system and is easily remedied.
Revive is your best friend and a vital component of the Dazzle Dry System. Revive is not a typical thinner. With routine use of Revive (as needed in Lacquer, Top Coat and Transform ONLY), Dazzle Dry is designed to be used until the end of the bottle to maximize your investment in the Lacquers. Revive is comprised of the same ingredients that are evaporating out of our Lacquer, Top Coat and Transform Ridge Filler. You are not introducing a new ingredient by adding Revive, therefore you are not compromising the formula.
How often you add Revive will vary with each color, depending on how often it is used and the level of pigment saturation. Once the viscosity becomes too thick and the Lacquer is not fluid smooth and flawless, your Top Coat or Transform develops pesky spider web-like strings or forms air bubbles, that is your indication that you need to add Revive. The goal is to keep the bottles around the same consistency as they were when they were new.
Start with 6-8 drops at a time and shake the bottle well. If Lacquer is still thicker than desired, repeat the above steps until the desired fluidity is restored.
Start with 6-8 drops at a time and roll the bottle in one direction for about 1 minute until Revive is well blended. Do not shake the bottle of Top Coat to prevent bubbles from forming. If Top Coat is still thicker than desired, repeat the above steps until the desired fluidity is restored.
Start with 6-8 drops at a time and add more until the fluidity is restored. Don’t shake the bottle but instead roll it in one direction for 1 minute until Revive is well blended.
No. The Base Coat will NEVER need Revive. In fact, adding Revive to the Base Coat will ruin the formulation and must be discarded.
NO, traditional thinners do not have the same composition and adding them to Dazzle Dry will ruin the formulation.
There is no limit to the number of times you can add Revive. The formulas are designed to be used to the end of the bottle with proper care.
You can over-thin by adding too much Revive at a time but you will not ruin them. We suggest adding 6-8 drops at a time until desired viscosity is achieved. If you accidentally over-thin, leave the cap off for a few minutes until the volatile solvents escape.
When storing the 0.5 fl oz bottle of Revive, always remove the dropper cap from the bottle that is included and replace it with the original screw top for an airtight seal to prevent the solvents from evaporating. Store the bottle and the dropper in the same box the product came in to avoid misplacing the dropper.
All layers dry very quickly. Typically, by the time you complete the 10th nail, the first nail should be dry.
No, it is not necessary. Dazzle Dry will air dry in 5 minutes. Fans, UV/LED lights and drying drops/sprays can cause rippling or wrinkling. Avoid the common practice of blowing on the nails as the moisture from your mouth can condense on the surface and result in a foggy polish surface.
Tip: Not all colors dry chalky or matte. Your indication that the Lacquer is dry and ready for the next layer is that it loses the wet and watery appearance.
Clean the skin as you go using a clean-up brush and pure acetone. Waiting until the end can make it harder to clean up as the Lacquer will be too dry.
Dazzle Dry’s Top Coat can dull if you come in contact with alcohol-based products such as hand sanitizer, hairspray, etc. Simply follow the touch up technique by applying a layer of Base Coat over the existing manicure followed by a layer of Top Coat to freshen up the shine and extend the life of the manicure.
First make sure hands are free of oil and lotion residue by washing and drying them.
Make sure Base Coat is clear by putting in shallow bowl of hot water; then shake the bottle gently before using it.
Cleanse the nail right over the existing manicure with Step #1 Nail Prep.
Apply 1 layer of Base Coat over entire nail including the area that is chipped and allow to dry matte.
Follow with the first layer of Lacquer either just where the chip is or over the entire nail and allow it to dry matte.
Apply second layer of Lacquer and allow it to dry matte.
Apply a layer of Top Coat to the entire nail.
You may use Dazzle Dry Mattify Top Coat to achieve a matte finish.
To use, apply 1 generous layer of Mattify right over the regular Dazzle Dry Top Coat for optimum results.
Glitter, Extreme Glitter & Shimmer Lacquers may not last as well as crème colors. To avoid premature chipping, follow the instructions below:
After using Step #1 Nail Prep, apply 2 layers of Base Coat (allowing each layer to dry matte).
Apply 2-3 THIN layers of the Glitter, Extreme Glitter or Shimmer (allowing each layer to dry matte).
Follow with 1 layer Base Coat (allow to dry matte).
Finish with 1 generous layer of Top Coat. You may use 2 layers of Top Coat if you don’t like the rough feel of glitters.
It also helps to apply these effects over crème colors to enhance their longevity of wear.
Dazzle Dry Maintain is a fast-absorbing, non-greasy proprietary blend of 19 plant oils, rich in skin-identical ceramides and membrane phospholipids for natural, advanced hydration and protection.
Ingredients — Avocado Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Safflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Olive Squalane, Avena Sativa Kernel (Oat) Oil, Shea Butter, Jasmine Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Geranium Oil, Spearmint Oil, Spruce Needle Oil, Rosemary Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Orange Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Lavender Oil.
One drop per hand is enough to spread onto 5 nails.
Take a few seconds to rub into each nail to stimulate circulation.
Use at least twice daily.
Reapply after hand washing to keep nails and cuticles supple.
We recommend using cuticle oil in your at-home manicure for healthy nails.
Helps moisturize the skin, improves nail growth, and keeps a manicure looking beautiful longer.
Well-conditioned skin around the nail is less prone to hang nails.
Dazzle Dry adheres well to well-conditioned nails as opposed to dry/brittle nails.
Maintain nail and cuticle oil conditions the natural nail plate. A well-conditioned nail plate is less prone to becoming brittle, keeping it flexible and preventing breaks.
Dazzle Dry nail and cuticle treatments absorb quickly. However, it is important to wipe off surface oil properly prior to applying the Dazzle Dry Lacquer system.
Mend transforms damaged nails using a proprietary blend of essential oils, ceramides, and phospholipids to restore proper hydration and create a protective barrier that seals in moisture. This game-changing nail oil is formulated specifically to treat white spots caused by frequent use of long-wearing nail polishes, gel or acrylic manicures and pedicures, aggressive cuticle removal or severe bending of the nails.
Ingredients — Squalane (Olives), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Ethylhexyldodecanol, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Tocopherol, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Seed Extract, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Lemongrass Oil, Tea Tree Oil.
Apply Mend liberally on naked nails for maximum absorption by massaging oil into nails and cuticle area. Continue to use at least once daily. Reapply after hand-washing. If white spots are prevalent, use 2-3 times a day until nails are restored to their optimal healthy condition. Consistent use can promote healthier, stronger, and smoother nails. If applying polish after treatment, thoroughly cleanse hands and scrub nails with soapy water, then follow with the 4-step Dazzle Dry System for a flawless, healthy manicure.
Yes, you may apply these oils over Lacquer as they will absorb through the side walls and the cuticle area. For maximum absorption, use over bare nails.
Following detailed instructions is vital to the success of your Dazzle Dry manicure. If the manicure is chipping/peeling in less than 7 days, it is usually due to either application error or product contamination. While the system is exceptionally easy, proper prep and application is always critical to success.
Was a buffer used gently to remove the natural shine from the nail plate and smooth out cuticle work? This step is optional but it can help the Lacquer last longer.
Using cuticle oil after buffing in the manicure keeps the nail well moisturized and supple, this can prevent premature chipping.
Was the oil on the surface of the nail thoroughly removed by scrubbing the nails with soap and water?
Are you using one lint-free wipe per hand for step #1 Nail Prep?
Did you saturate each pad well with Nail Prep and rotate the pad as you move to each nail, ensuring that you are finding a clean spot on the pad for each nail? All remaining traces of oil/lotion around cuticle area and under free edge must be removed.
Is the Base Coat in a complete clear state (no traces of a milky look and residue on bottom of bottle)?Are you using the complete Dazzle Dry System?
Are you applying two layers of Base Coat to the nails, making sure to cap the free edge and allowing each layer to dry matte?
Is your Lacquer/Top Coat too thick? (Reconstituting the viscosity with the Revive (thinner) is essential to maintain the correct viscosity. 6-8 drops at a time, add more if it is still too thick.
Is the first layer of Lacquer being applied a medium consistency (not too heavy, not too thin)?
Is the second layer of Lacquer being applied a bit heavier?
Is each layer drying matte before applying the next?
Is the Top Coat being applied in a generous layer over the Lacquer and capping the free edge?
Is your Base Coat, Top Coat or Lacquer contaminated?
After Top Coat, are you using drying drops, quick-dry sprays, fans, blowing on the nails and flapping hands to accelerate dry time? These are all not recommended.
What was the condition of your nails? Did they appear to have a layering / peeling look or perhaps thin and weak look? If so, it may take some time until nails transition to their optimal condition so that Dazzle Dry can last 7-14 days.
Were you wearing nail enhancements, gels or hybrid polishes before using Dazzle Dry? If so, it takes a few Dazzle Dry manicures before your nails are restored to their native state and enjoy the full benefits of Dazzle Dry.
No, Dazzle Dry will safely and easily be removed with acetone or non-acetone polish remover. We suggest using Dazzle Dry Remove Acetone with Lemongrass + Clove or Dazzle Dry Remove Non-Acetone with Eucalyptus + Spearmint for best results.
Not allowing each layer to dry matte or using a fan to accelerate dry time can cause rippling.
Dazzle Dry will air dry in 5 minutes. If fans, UV/LED lights, drying drops/sprays are used, they can cause rippling or wrinkling. Also, avoid the common practice of blowing on the nails as the moisture from your mouth can condense on the surface and result in a foggy polish surface.
If you are experiencing the Nail Lacquer shrinking around the cuticle area, your Nail Lacquer and Top Coat may be too thick or oil and lotion were not properly cleaned from the nail plate, side walls and cuticle area.
If you are experiencing shrinkage or wear and tear from the free edge, your Nail Lacquer and Top Coat may be too thick, there was oil/lotion hiding under the free edge of the nail or the free edge was capped too heavily. Experiment with skipping the encapsulation of each layer as some have experienced favorable results with shrinking at the free edge.
Products that contain a high percentage of alcohol such as hand sanitizer, hair products, cleaning products, skin care toners, which we may be using daily could compromise the Top Coat, leaving the manicure susceptible to color transfer.
Example: if Top Coat is compromised with excessive use of hand sanitizer and then you potentially peel an orange, smoke, or apply products such as tanning lotion, the manicure can change color taking on a yellow or even brown tint.
Wash hands immediately or as soon as possible with liquid soap and warm water after applying sunscreen, using hand sanitizer, or contact with colored food such as carrots, oranges, etc.
Staining can usually be remedied by wiping the Top Coat with Step #1 Nail Prep, applying a layer of Base Coat (allow to dry matte), then Top Coat.
You can also apply 2 layers of Top Coat to your manicure. Applying two Top Coat layers provides a thicker coating so that the browning does not extend to the lacquer layer.
All light pink colors and colors such as Watermelon Slice, Cotton Candy, Munchkin Madness and Tutti Frutti can fade/bleach when exposed to light, chlorine, saltwater, and sunscreen.
Their susceptibility to bleaching is dependent upon the amount of white pigment (titanium dioxide). Thus, the opaque creams will bleach faster than the semi-sheer Lacquers.
Dazzle Dry Nail Lacquers are chemically more stable than other polishes.
We are continuing to address this bleaching issue. We are familiar with synthetic chemicals that can prevent this bleaching issue, but we are trying to avoid using them as we would like to keep the Dazzle Dry formulation as true to our philosophy of using only ingredients that are known not to cause skin sensitization or allergy so that we can continue to use the term hypoallergenic.
TIP: Store the light pink colors in a drawer or in a box and avoid the above-named contributing factors as a band-aid to this issue until we figure out the best solution without compromising our hypoallergenic claim. Another tip is to apply two layers of Top Coat as it contains a UV absorber which may help with the bleaching.
When applying the Lacquer, pick up more Lacquer on your brush, apply less pressure on your brush and work mostly with the tip of the brush with only a few brush strokes to prevent streaking.
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