Nail Polish Purge

Nail Polish Purge

With new collections released every season, by each and every brand, nail polish collections can quickly become excessively abundant.

Now that fall has commenced, I decided to purge my nail polish collection and remove anything that is old, dry, tacky or simply ignored.



I decided to stand each one upright and first remove the oldest polishes.

 By old, I mean OLD.  Nail polish typically has a shelf life of 2-3 years.  Some polishes, with proper care, may last longer.  However, like most cosmetic products there is a reason for an expiration date.  Nail polish is a lacquer, old polish therefore easily chips, fades, becomes thick, and creates an overall unpleasant experience when using.

As a rule of thumb, remove the oldest products from your collection.   Some thick polishes can be saved with a lacquer thinner.  Never use acetone to thin out nail polish.

Remove any thickened polishes that cannot be salvaged with lacquer thinner.  Glitter polishes unfortunately cannot be saved once they have thickened.

The hardest part in this whole process is letting go.  At almost $8.00 a pop, nail polish is difficult to toss, even if we knowingly save items we won’t use.

The polishes pictured above are roughly 6 years old and haven’t been used for quite some time. . . AKA time to toss.




After trashing all the old polishes, I was left with three categories: Polishes I use to prep, Spring/Summer colors and Fall and Winter Colors.

Of these nail polishes, remove polishes that do not compliment your skin tone.  Set these aside and trade with friends or donate; nail polishes that are still good shouldn’t be neglected in a drawer.

The point of this is to keep only what you truly use.

 If you know you aren’t going to use a nail polish, there is no reason to keep it, when you know someone else very well can.

Will you do a Nail Polish Purge?


  1. October 15, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    I need to do this too! I have so many unused nail polish that I am sure some of my friends would love!

  2. October 17, 2014 / 12:01 pm

    I am always buying new polishes and hanging on to colors I am never going to use again!

    • Avenue50
      October 18, 2014 / 9:35 pm

      I completely understand, each one feels like a mini breakup.

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