Best Express Mani-Pedi, February 2006

A manicure shouldn’t take longer than a Silver Lake-to-Santa Monica drive, especially if all you want is a pronto paint job. At Larchmont Village’s Jessica from Sunset, a polish change takes the usual 30 minutes, but an application of the salon’s exclusive quick-dry oil seals the paint in a surprising two. The “quickie” manicure at Varnish, a retro-chic spot in West Hollywood, takes 15 minutes and includes cuticle cleanup and nail shaping. When time is tight, Bellacures in Beverly Hills offers the best express mani-pedi. It took us about 15 minutes from start to dry, yet nothing felt rushed. Two skilled manicurists gently file, oil, and polish your nails as you lounge in a cozy, oversize chair—but don’t get too comfortable. It’s high-end at high speed.