Konad vs. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

On my Facebook page, a fan asked me to compare the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri to Konad. She reported that she noticed the SH was much lighter than Konad and asked if that’s normal. I decided to do a side-by-side comparison to find out!

Konad is a special polish made specifically for stamping. In fact, they don’t even recommend using it as a regular painting polish (per their online instructions). I buy mine on Amazon.com

Sally Hansen is found in drugstores. Only recently did SH release a black and a white Insta-Dri, and even then, it’s still limited edition. SH Insta-Dri is notorious for being good for stamping so when I saw the display, I bought all of them!

The design show is from Vivid Lacquer plate 036.

Let’s see how they compare side-by-side:



I didn’t even bother labeling the nails because I think the difference is clear. The SH is much lighter than the Konad.  I think the crispness is about equal.


So why buy one over the other? If you’re looking for a quick fix, SH is the way to go. It’s easy to find (except for limited edition colors) and it’s inexpensive. If you really want the opaqueness and you can wait a week or so for shipping, then Konad is the right choice for you. You have to order online, but that is worth it for the right product.

Me? I use both. Usually which one I pick just depends on which one is closer! LOL! You really can’t go wrong. If you didn’t have them side-by-side, you wouldn’t know how different they are.

Author: Anne Smith

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