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.
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.
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.
Nail polish remover is made with acetone or ethyl acetate. Acetone is harsher on nails and skin, but it can be used to remove artificial nails, which are usually made with acrylic, and is the only polish remover that can remove gel nail polish. Ethyl acetate is usually combined with isopropyl alcoho
There are several methods that can be used to remove nail polish without using nail polish remover. You can use wet top coats, spray deodorants, body sprays or hair sprays. To use body sprays, use a Q-tip to apply body spray to your nails before rubbing the polish off.
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.
One easy way to get nail polish off without using nail polish remover is to apply a top coat to your painted nails and then immediately wipe it off with a cotton swab or paper towel. The old nail polish comes off with the clear coat.
To remove nail polish, soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, firmly press the ball over the nail to loosen the polish, and wipe it off. You need a cotton ball, cotton swab, nail polish remover, soap, paper towels, moisturizer and water.