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Is there a shelf life on Nail polish?

AuttyW By   AuttyW
09.15.12
Is there a shelf life on Nail polish?

 I have always thought that nail polish would last forever and not go bad but I was wrong. The FDA does not designate the shelf life of nail polishes, instead they leave it up to the companies. Typically a nail polish can last from 18 to 24 months if they are kept in a cool dark place. You can however use the nail polish LONGER than 24 months if it has not gone bad.

 

It is easy to tell if your nail polish has gone bad then to simple toss it after 2 years. Especially if its one of those expensive bottles! There is one pretty easy way to know if you nail polish has gone bad though!

The texture of your nail polish is a dead giveaway if your nail polish has gone bad. If your nail polish has gone thick and gloopy and basically very hard to manage, then more than likely your nail polish has gone bad. When a nail polish has gone bad, it becomes very very hard to make an even coat that does not come out looking clumpy. 

 

Here are some of my tips that you can do to make your nail polish last forever, if you do take particular care of your bottles. 

  1. Store them in a cool and dark place
  2. Clean the necks of the bottle with acetone. (Nail polish remover)

 

It really is that simple to help keep your nail polish lasting for a long time, possibly FOREVER! (If you don't use it up by then!)

 

Do you have any beauty tricks to share?  How long does your make up usually last?

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  • Hiiyooitscat By Hiiyooitscat
    09.18.12  

    I recommend using a nail polish thinner instead of acetone (i read someone's comment).. It will take care of the goopy and thickness of an old polish. You can get it at sally's beauty supply.

  • ValAnnNicole By ValAnnNicole
    09.18.12  

    I heard you can store nail polish in the fridge as well. Also a couple of drops of nail polish remover keeps it from clumping. Thank you for the information!

  • jaye1975 By jaye1975
    09.19.12  

    Thank you so much for this information...very helpful!

  • jewls_her By jewls_her
    09.20.12  

    Thanks for the tips. I love nail polishand have a bunch but don't have much time to put them on so would hate them to go bad when I haven't used much of them at all.

  • lmuhlenbeck By lmuhlenbeck
    09.21.12  

    I've had some of my nail polish since I was in high school (7 years ago) and some have gone gloppy and some are still great! My little trick for thinning out the gloppy ones is to put a few drops of nail polish into the bottle and shake it up! 😀

  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip
    09.21.12  

    When cleaning the tops don't use acetone on a cotton ball, leaves fibers that get stuck in the bottle and then in brush and on your nails, recommend using a special nail polish pad or paper towel with acetoneinstead. Also the beauty supply store makes a product called Nail Polish Thinner, it has same ingredients that the original polish had. Using nail polish remover is designed to remove and break paint down so you won't get the results you want, nail polish will not be the same and won't dry right or look right.

  • ymaynard By ymaynard
    09.21.12  

    long ago...2004, i graduated from nail school and had accumulated approximately 500 bottles of nail polish. Believe it or not i have about half of them that are still usable-checking from time to time i've only had to get rid of about 200 of them. Using the tips above actually work. One thing people believe they can do is to add acetone to the fluids to make them last longer. If in a fix and you don't plan to keep them long this works but i've rarely done so, because the clumping up will still occur and many times shorten the life of the nail polish.

  • lawarriorgirl By lawarriorgirl
    09.21.12  

    For me personally ladies don't agree nail polish expires. I own a nail salon which my sister manages and one thing I noticed yes its true sometimes the nail polish get small lumps but I have fixed it with thinner. Even if the nail polish sometimes dries out or is really hard to paint your nail just add some accetone to the bottle and ight away it will polish nicely. So far its worked for us.

  • lawarriorgirl By lawarriorgirl
    09.21.12  

    For me personally ladies don't agree nail polish expires. I own a nail salon which my sister manages and one thing I noticed yes its true sometimes the nail polish get small lumps but I have fixed it with thinner. Even if the nail polish sometimes dries out or is really hard to paint your nail just add some accetone to the bottle and right away it will polish nicely. So far its worked for us.

  • fab4life By fab4life
    09.21.12  

    I have never thrown nail polish away..hell my mom still has an awesome red from 10years ago. Shake it up for 5 min and good to go.

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