RA Reham Ayman Dec 25, This photo was sent in by a reader, Jacqui, who explained, "I recently moved and organized my bathroom. At least for nail polish addicts! Nail Polish and Painting Nails In other languages: Nothing is worse than getting something that is just a bit too small for the bottles you use regularly.
Any great nail polish storage tips we could add to the list? Did you enjoy this post? Nail Polish , Nail Polish Storage.
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Get all the nail news delivered straight to your inbox! Watch more SoNailicious tutorials. How To Store Nail Polish: That's because practically it takes a LONG time to use up a bottle of lacquer, top or base coat, etc. Unlike some makeup there is no official expiration date for polishes.
I've got a cheat sheet with makeup expiration dates here if you're interested! So really, the best thing to do is just focus on whether the polish looks and feels right as its applied. Older polishes past their prime tend to get clumpy and its much harder to apply an even coat. If shaking doesn't allow a remixing of the ingredients and it remains clumpy it is practically time to throw it out. As long as you keep your polishes in a temperature controlled environment don't let them get too hot, for example and out of direct sunlight though, they should theoretically last for a long time.
So now, without further ado, check out these cool storage solutions you might like to use for your own collection! And don't forget, if you've organized or displayed your own polishes I'd love to see how you do it.
You can click here to submit your photos and I'll add them to the page. Top photo courtesy of Lelê Breveglieri. Click here to post comments. Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. Simply click here to return to bathroom clutter. Josie shared this picture of how she organizes her collection. She did not want to display it, but instead wanted to keep it concealed in a bathroom drawer.
So, to keep all the bottles from getting jumbled she added a drawer organizer, which had several dividers. To accomplish something similar you could perhaps use a silverware organizer, or you could customize the size of your dividers yourself if you used drawer dividers.
I also got this really good tip from another reader, for easily finding the color you want when you've got them stored in a drawer, and can only see the tops of the bottle easily. You can use color dots made with the actual nail polish to mark the top of the bottles if you have drawer storage setup. This makes it faster to find the color you are looking for since you won't have to lift each bottle out of the drawer to see it's color.
A reader, Joanne, shared this picture above of her very impressive collection. As you can see she uses a very large wall mounted rack to hold all of her polishes. She actually made this rack herself!!! Obviously, if you mount something on the wall it will be a display feature in the room, but if you are proud of the collection there's no reason not to show it off, right?
Here's another example, this time of a metal rack: I showed a couple of racks above that can be placed on your wall. The ones above were wood and metal. Another popular choice are acrylic racks. These are quite popular products on Amazon that many people have purchased for storing their large nail polish collections.
You can purchase the one shown above here via Amazon. The ones pictured above hold between 90 and 96 bottles. Below are more to choose from: First photo courtesy of Kate Bryant via Amazon. I purchased these Grayline cabinet racks from Amazon. The one the nail polish is holding is actually a spice rack so I figured it would hold the nail polish the way a salon displays polish and it does perfectly but less expensive than a real polish rack.
I normally don't like to have stuff displayed openly but we have 3 teen girls that love to do their nails so having a small nail station in my office works out great for us. My daughters and I enjoy doing our nails and always had them stored away neatly but one day while at the salon I got the idea of dedicating one area of my "girl cave" as our own lil nail salon they are now above a lil nail table.
The other rack holds all of my other nail supplies keeping everything together and being in my office still keeps it out of the way and still pretty much out of sight, kind of like a dedicated nail salon area. Also once I am done redecorating my entire office it will all tie in with the "style" as well since this is just a small area.
If anyone else wanted to do this but didn't have the same space or just didn't want to see it hanging on the wall as I have it, it could also be hung inside a cabinet or inside a closet. It doesn't necessarily have to be hung directly on a wall, it's just how we chose to do it. I used a hanging jewelry organizer. One side is all my polishes and the other side is all my removers, files, clippers, stamps and other nail tools. I love it and it is so convenient.
I can move it where ever! When my gal friends come over I move it and hook it on the kitchen cabinet next to the dining room table and we all sit there and paint!!
Another reader, Lori, suggested a similar method that she uses, but that works when you've got a smaller collection. I use a hanging bathroom travel organizer. That way, you can hang it or travel with it.
Luckily, my Melmers as long as I keep them out of the bathroom and direct sunlight… are a great place to store polish. But, there are other places that would work too. The bottom drawer of a dresser, desk or vanity. At the bottom of a closet preferably with no outside walls in just a shoe box would also work well. But it also exposes the polishes to extreme temperature changes. The polish going back and forth between very cool and room temperature causes more harm to the polish formulation than any good that comes from storing polish in the fridge.
Plus really…who wants to store polish next to the butter? I keep mine in an old wooden secretary desk… My to-read books are in the top, polish is in the drawers. I am convinced there is no such thing as a perfect system. As long as it works for you that is all that matters!
I so wish I had a space for melmers but I am in a cracker box of a cottage that only has 2 drawers in the kitchen even…so space is really hard to come by here. I have had to keep my polishes in plastic storage boxes.
I used to find some good ones by Rubbermaid that had hinged tops so they were all 1 unit with box and lid and the lid had a big head space that allowed me to deal with tall bottles as well. Now those are not made and I have to use the standard shoe box size ones. I keep swearing I am going to get to my dupes that now take up more than 4 large boxes and get them out of here but for the 4 or 5 that I want to keep for me.
I do store mine out of all sunlight. But like you, I am guilty of having a few key polishes out — I keep a tiny spot on a cabinet in my bedroom where I can put my top clear coat, base and the 2 main shades that I am reaching for constantly.
I do keep a database of all my polishes but when I get lazy on entry, I toss the ones that still need to go into my database in a gallon size ziplock bag and then get to them in bulk. Ya think bottles in my database are too many! I totally feel your pain, lol. Hi Alli, I love your blog! Ooh, I hope you post stash pics after you reorganize.
I could use some inspiration. Right now my stash is sorted by brand. I almost went the way of storing in the fridge. I keep mine in 2 photo boxes I got from a craft store.
How much do melmers run?
Don’t store nail polish in the fridge. Whilst some say that storing your polish in the fridge slows down the discolouration that happens as the polish gets older and reduces the solvent evaporation, it also causes the formula to thicken. The best place to store nail polish is in a cool, dry, dark place where the bottles can stand upright. Unfortunately, this eliminates many of the most common places to store nail polish. Clear plastic containers expose polish to light and don’t allow for polishes to easily stay upright. Below I've gathered quite a few nail polish storage and organization ideas, with pictures, shared by readers. This may seem a silly topic if you've just got one or two bottles of nail polish, but for some doing nails is a passion and they've got LOTS of bottles to deal with.