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Do You Finish Bottles of Nail Polish?

Stand up straight! No, this isn't your mother talking to you, this is actually a piece of advice I gave you back in January about how you can prolong the life of your nail polishes. When storing polish, it's best to keep them in a vertical position to prevent the components of the polish from separating. So when I went to rearrange my myriad of polishes, which were thrown haphazardly in a storage box in my closet, I was a little annoyed with myself. Besides the fact that many of my polishes had gone clumpy and those labeled "new" were actually quite the opposite, I began to realize that I don't think I've ever come close to finishing a bottle of nail polish. Have you?

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bearhugs65 bearhugs65 8 years
for those who get to the end and its gloppy and thick..take some clear or white polish and pour it in and make a new color. I have thrown away very few and used them till the end- if its a color I do not like i may use it for a craft project but it never gets tossed.
jessanne jessanne 8 years
By the time you get half way through the bottle the polish turns extra gooey. I wonder if there's something you can buy to help revive and old bottle -- you know, like the nail salons do.
goddessru goddessru 8 years
Weird, I've never. Whats the shelf life on these things anyways?
soapbox soapbox 8 years
Just finished one last week and I'm almost done with my red revlon one. I tend to ALWAYS have my nails painted.
Ms-Demeanor Ms-Demeanor 8 years
Sometimes I finish a bottle if I really love the color, or if I paint things other than my nails.
tuscanstellina tuscanstellina 8 years
I never have finished a bottle, it is such a waste!
Candie-Girl Candie-Girl 8 years
I don't finish them, no way! There is so many new ones to try all the time! And I always get very cheap brands which work as good as expensive ones so I don't feel bad about it :p
sm225 sm225 8 years
I don't think I've ever finished a bottle of nailpolish in my life. They get too gloppy by the last 20% of the bottle - AND - if you are really trying to finish it the brush can never truly get to the bottom so you have to lay the bottle on it's side and that's a pain. I don't go nuts with polish - I have a bunch mainly because the colors were not right and I can't bear to throw them out (last years purples just weren't happening!). I just spent the last 4 months on OPI's "Vodka and Caviar" (a nice Christmas-Valentines Day red!) - and even though I've applied it every week (multiple times!) for 4 months - there is still 20% left in the bottle. I like that - at $9.00 a bottle I appreciate that! I've come close to finishing a bottle - but never actually did!!
potterlove potterlove 8 years
Goodness, I never even came close to a whole bottle. I only ever reach the half-way point of the bottle. Except with clear and black polish, which I use so often.
wednesday816 wednesday816 8 years
I have that same pink nail polish but i never used it all out
Valou1 Valou1 8 years
No. It's pretty hard to finish a bottle of nail polish! You'd have to apply that color quite alot :)
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I've only finished one bottle ever. It was a purpley sparkley colour and I reapplied it every week cause it would chip like mad! That's what I get for spending two bucks though. :p
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I don't think I have ever finished an entire bottle of polish. I have used an entire bottle of clear coat though
ashopaholic ashopaholic 8 years
I said no, but I have finished one GAP one, actually back in middle school. The color was similar to the new OPI south beach color "done out in deco". I'm really bad now, I don't think I will ever finish one.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
Never have, never will probably.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
when i was younger and me and my sister shared a bottle we finished it, but now, theyre all partially used. i never get around to doing my nails! theyll clump and get tossed before theyre finished. i did finish a bunch of the 'bon ton' ones from walmart tho lol.. those had like, 10 drops each tho lol
nicole815 nicole815 8 years
I only ever come close to finishing my top and base coats...even then I prefer the consistency of a new bottle!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
no, never. actually, there was one when i was 17, but i shared it wih my mum, so it doesn't count (was the prettiest shade ever). my get lumpy before i finish them off but that's because i constantly have more than 20 to select from.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
never! oh maybe just once. anna sui silver glitter one, i forgot the number but that was it
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
i only finish one which is the "daily growth" one by SH.
mally313 mally313 8 years
Generally no, although I have come close with a few clear polishes.
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
No. I don't use nail polish all the time and it always dries out before I finish the bottle. What a waste.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
Generakky I don't finish them - it seems no matter how much care you put into polishes they always go bad before the bottle is up. Just my experience, but I def. have finshed quite a few of them so yes & no.
care0531 care0531 8 years
No they start to look different- very oily and weird so I throw them out and buy a new shade!
mrsld mrsld 8 years
No. That is why I stopped buying polish. Instead I go get them painted at the salon. Even with the extra cost at the salon it's worth it. My last unload of unused polish was 50 bottles (20 were some shade of red-Still can't find the right shade!)
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