Sorry to use a stock photo but I couldn't find my shot of it (which I knew I took, argh!). This isn't available in Malaysia anymore but I managed to pick it up on eBay from a US retailer for about USD$8 including shipping. Pretty decent!
So what's the verdict? Sadly while it's great, it's not quite HG material. When applied over dry polish it sets wonderfully fast. It's dry to touch in a minute and completely dry in five.
But there is a trade-off, with some polishes, my nails start chipping in two days even if I apply two layers and top it off again in between. I find that this polish works better with some colours than others - brand doesn't seem to be a factor!
For example, Revlon in Copperglaze Platinum lasts over five days chip free with this, but Opulent Pink chips in 2 days. It's head scratchingly odd.
The funny thing is, I remember the old formula had these problems - but five years later that funky smelling bottle is wonderful. Should I set this aside for 5 years and let it thicken then? =P
I'm still looking out for my HG quick dry polish. Until then I can't live without this. I don't mind painting my nails every 3-4 days compared to waking up the next day with smudged or hatched nails.