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Avon Speed Dry+ Nail Enamel in Orange You Quick, £6

As a Beauty Editor, I feel bare – no, worse – I feel wrong without glossy, perfectly manicured nails. After a hectic weekend I missed my Sunday night painting ritual and showed up to work sans polish. Oh the horror!

Imagine my glee then when Avon sent a batch of their new Speed Dry+ Nail Enamels that claim to dry in less than 30 seconds.

Now, it pays to be a tad sceptical in my job (another facelift in a jar cream you say?) and having tried and smudged my way through other quick-dry nail varnishes in the past, I wasn’t convinced it would stand up to the claims.

I was wrong. I started to paint my right hand and by the time I reached the left those nails were touch dry.

I was back to typing my next beauty feature within one minute and I can officially report there are no smudges, smears or chips. Even better, the colour is so highly pigmented that I only needed one coat.

P.S. If you buy one colour this season make it Orange You Quick. I’ve definitely found my perfect holiday hue!

Avon Speed Dry+ Nail Enamels, £6, are available now in 25 shades at avonshop.co.uk

For more manicure ideas, check out New ways with nails