Ingredients in Essie nail polish include ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, propyl acetate and tosylamide/formaldehyde resin. Other ingredients are Isopropyl alcohol, trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate, triphenyl phosphate, ethyl tosylamide and camphor.
Nail polish is made up of solvents, film formers, resins, plasticizers and pigments. These ingredients are labeled as butyl acetate, xylene, toluene and formalin. Companies including Essie and Butter London use formulations that are free of DBP, toluene and formaldehyde.
To take off nail polish, soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, and press the soaked ball over the nail to for a few minutes to allow the polish soften. Wipe away the polish, clean the cuticles, and then wash and moisturize your hands.
Some popular nail polish colors are Giorgio Armani "402," which is a classic shade of red, a pink and purple shade called "Passione" by Dolce and Gabana and an icy blue color called "Kip" by Butter London, says InStyle. Another popular color is "High Street" by Nails Inc., which is a deep berry purp
Unopened nail polish lasts up to 24 months when properly stored, according to Doug Schoon of Schoon Scientific. Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie Cosmetics, says that nail polish should last forever when stored properly. Ultimately, it’s up to the manufacturer to determine the shelf life.
To make nail polish last, clean the nail beds with white vinegar, then file each nail short before applying a base coat to the nails, followed by two coats of nail polish and a top coat. Allow the nail polish to dry completely and reapply the top coat every few days to preserve the finish.
Gently wash away nail polish from the skin using a small amount of acetone nail polish remover. Wash skin immediately after applying the nail polish remover to avoid skin dryness.
To apply nail polish, file your nails and buff them. Apply a base coat followed by two coats of polish, and then finish off with a top coat.
Nail polish can go bad, but with proper storage it lasts an extremely long time. Manufacturers rarely list an expiration date on nail polish, so monitoring the polish's texture is necessary to determine if it has gone bad.
Alternatives to nail polish remover include clear top or base coat, spray deodorant, perfume and hairspray. A few other simple household items are also useful for removing nail polish, such as cotton balls, wet wipes, cotton swabs, soap, water and moisturizer.