If your nail polish has become thick and gloopy you can restore it and give it new life by thinning it. Don’t waste your money by throwing it away, it can be saved! Here are 2 ways to restore polishes to their original consistency:
The first and most common way is to use a Nail Polish Thinner. Just add a few drops into your polish (the more dry the more drops) and shake it up. It may take a few minutes depending on how thick your polish was to begin with, but you should see that your nail polish becomes more fluid. If you don’t see results after a few minutes you may need to add more drops. This is best for super thick or dry polishes and over all I think it is a must have for any nail polish fanatic. It will save you a ton of money in the long run, and with only needing a few drops per bottle it will also last you quite a while.
- Instantly thins most polishes
- Lasts a long time
- Does not effect the opacity/color
- Does not effect the dry time or finish
- Can be a bit pricey
- Has a strong chemical smell
- Can sometimes separate and need to be shaken up again
The second way is by using a top coat. This is a cheap and handy alternative to using nail polish thinner. Any topcoat will work; I usually use the $1 bottles of Wet n Wild, it is cheap and effective. You can do the same thing as with the thinner and just add as many drops as you need, but keep in mind that with this technique the more you add can effect the opacity of the polish. I generally use this technique when a nail polish is just beginning to thicken up as it is quick and easy.
- Alternative to thinner
- Cheap and effective
- Quick fix
- Can change the opacity of the polish and make it more sheer
- Polish may thicken again over time
If you have a bottle of nail polish that has completely dried up, trying to use a thinner may not work on it’s own. It may spring back to life if you try both of these techniques together, but it will take longer. Add both thinner and clear top coat to the bottle, give it a good shake, then let it sit on the rack for a day or two for the polish to reabsorb. Continue adding more as needed. If you find yourself adding what seems to be a lot of product without noticing any change, it might just be time to replace the polish.