Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Glitter Nail Polish Removal Made Simple!


I was hesitant to use glitter nail polish for so many years. My last run in was with an Urban Decay polish (I forget the name, but it was hot pink with a TON of silver glitter in it.) that refused to come off after soaking and soaking cotton ball after cotton ball in nail polish remover. When I finally got the polish off my nails were wrecked. they were scratched (in the nail bed area) and dry and looked like I had been doing construction rather than removing nail polish. I vowed to never use a glitter polish again. Oh but it was so hard. Glitter polishes are so shiny. I'm like a toddler. I'm attracted to bright and shiny things.

Then one day I saw the light. A polish blogger had linked to a picture or a youtube video or something and I finally found the perfect way to remove glitter polish. Now since I have the short term memory of a Fruit Fly I forgot who this blogger was. If you are that blogger and you are reading this post: A) THANK YOU and B) Let me know so I can give you credit please! [EDIT!! THANKS TO MY LOVERLY REDERS THEY POINTED ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. IT WAS LIPGLOSSIPING.COM THAT POSTED THIS AWESOME TUTORIAL. YOU CAN SEE HER ORIGINAL POST HERE. ] So this method for removing polish is so easy and quick that I have now added 3 glitter polishes to my collection just because I know I can remove them easily.

Here are step by step instructions:


1) You will need 10 cotton pads or balls, Nail Polish remover, 10 Strips of Aluminum Foil cut into 2" x6" strips.


2) Take the cotton pad and generously soak it in nail polish remover. Place the pad on top of your nail.


3) Take one aluminum foil strip and put one end over the cotton pad. Then wrap it around your finger completely.


4) Crimp the edge at the tip of your finger so that no air can get in and dry out the pad.


5) Repeat process for the rest of your fingers on ONE hand.


6) Wait 3 minutes or longer if you wish. Then with a twisting motion, take the foil/pad combination off your finger...concentrating on twisting on the nail where the polish is.


7) Viola! Clean nail. No scratches. No Glitter! Repeat for other hand.

Its' easier to use do one hand at a time as 2 hands full of foils is a bit awkward. Some glitter polishes may take more time to remove. The aluminum foil acts as a barrier to the surrounding air and allows the cotton pad soaked in nail polish remover to remain wet rather than evaporate before it can remove the polish.

So what do you think? Easy? Neat?

Mr. Sith looked at me the first time I tried this and shook his head. I asked him if he wanted to know what I was doing. He rolled his eyes and said "No." so I didn't bother. It's nice to have some mystery in the romance.

43 comments:

  1. very useful tips. Thanks. I will have to give this a try.

    Angela
    www.sparklemidori.com

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  2. That is absolutely genius! I'm so slapping on Mad As A Hatter tonight now :D

    Kelly x

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  3. I know it was a method featured on Lipglossiping not long back, if that helps! x

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  4. I think I'm some kind of genetic freak. I've never had trouble getting glitter polish off my nails. In fact, even with a base coat, polishes like Mad As A Hatter that are densely packed with glitter tend to flake off my nails in big chunks. The last time I wore it, I popped the polish off my thumbnail in one fell swoop, leaving me with a perfect, glittery replica of said nail. No polish (cream, matte, shimmer, what-have-you) formula wears particularly well on me, but I have the hardest time keeping glitters on!

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  5. OMG that's awesome now I can go ahead and wear Mad as a Hatter on my nails again! Or I can finally try Absolutely Alice without any hesitation.

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  6. This was so incredibly timely, as I was JUST battling with removing a glitter polish tonight LOL!

    This is brilliant, and I can't wait to give it a try!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. LOL. Nice. =)

    Have you tried using felt? I find using felt with remover instead of a regular cotton pad makes very short work of glitter polishes (and even shorter work of regular polishes) without dragging them around to scratch up the nail.

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  8. I remember seeing this method on somebody's blog too - not sure who, but Lipglossiping springs to mind :)

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  9. Thank you sooo much for this tip! I recently purchased some gorgeous glitter np but have been afraid to apply it for fear of having to get it off! LOL

    BTW, I would comment under my own name, but am not computer-literate enough to know how to do so!

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  10. Sparklz and Shine and SilhouetteScreams: Thank you VERY MUCH. You pointed me in the right direction. I have now updated the post to give her credit! You all rock!

    Catherine: I have not tried using felt. I will totally check this out!

    Anonymous: Well you are computer literate enough to find me and leave a comment. That helps! In the future instead of clicking on anonymous. click on Name/URL and just put in your name...you don't need to put in a URL (Website) :-)

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  11. Awesome, thanks for this Elvira! I admit I avoid glitter nail polish because it's such a pain to remove but I am going to try this trick! I would like to point out and don't be alarmed, but in the picture with the tinfoil on your fingers, you look like you have robot hands...just sayin'...

    Best, Lisamarie

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  12. Wow, love the method!

    We have very similar wedding band sets! I'll have to send you a pic of mine so we can compare. :) Mine is by Scott Kay - yours looks like it is, too!

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  13. This is awesome info! 1st time I removed glitter nail polish, my nails were wrecked, as well. Swore I'd never wear glitter polish again....but, I too, am attracted to glittery, shiny things. LOL

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  14. I just posted a link to this on my blog. :) I too, had forgotten which of my readers told me about this method a while ago (I know a few readers did, actually, and I wish I could remember all of them!). Oh, so when I googled foil method, your blog came up. So it looks like I had forgotten that you (and also lipglossiping) had done tutorials on this method as well. Gee, my memory STINKS!

    I have to tell you that I am STILL laughing about what you said at the end of this post. The first time I did this, I asked Mr. R if he wanted to know what I was doing and he too said, "No." LOL!! Some men just have no interest in our fascinating beauty rituals. Ha!

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  15. This is crazy awesome! Thanks, E.

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  16. Yes!!! I love Mad as a Hatter, but I could not get it off my nails! Now I finally can! Thank you!

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  17. omg i wish i would have seen this an hour ago. i just scraped off my glitter np with a nail file...i couldnt figure out any other way. then my friend said google foil method and saw this. it would have saved me so much trouble!

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  18. This is wonderful! I had given up on glitter also. Now i'm going to give it another shot!

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  19. This is now the ONLY way I take off any polish, not just glitters! A trick I have learned is to use only a quarter of a cotton round, so that it is mostly just on the nail, then wrap in the foil. I always use straight acetone, and this keeps most of it on my nails, rather than drying my fingers out too much.

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  20. Haven't tried it yet, but sounds like a cool trick. I'll keep it in my mind ;-) thank you!

    love,lilli

    www.lilli-lipgloss.blogspot.com

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  21. This tip is awesome! I was struggling to remove mad as a hatter polish, nothing would budge it, nail polish remover (used as normal), even a nail file to buff it off wasn't doing anything! So, I did a google search, found this tip and it works a treat!!! I am going to use it every time now to remove any type of polish as it gets rid of every trace, leaving no colour residue at all! Brilliant! Thanks! Sarah

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  22. Great idea, sort of creepy looking but great way to remove glitter polish!! lol

    http://glitzglambudget.blogspot.com

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  23. Oh my goodness ! Thank you sooo much !! I've been having so much trouble removing glitter polishes which makes me give them a lower rating but I love how they look :P Anyway, thank you ! this really helped ! :D

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  24. Thank you so much for this tip. I had a really hard time removing my Revlon Facets of Facets of Fuchsia the other day.

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  25. Wow!!!! I've been recently telling my readers how much I love glitter and how much I hate taking it off lol. Im so glad i found this. I googled "how to remove glitter nail polish" & your blog came up. If you dont mind Im gonna make my own post on this and link your blog in it. Hope thats ok!
    This is such a great tip!!

    Kelly

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  26. I was dreading to take off Revlon Facets of Fuchsia, so I googled, and along came your post.
    It worked like a charm! Thank you! :D

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  27. Oh my goodness perfect timing I was just having problems with sparkle nail polish... thank you so much for posting this!! It is such a major lifesaver... or maybe just a nailsaver!! :D

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  28. I adore your blog. I am doing this right now so I thought I would look up other bloggers tutorials because I want to do my own for my blog. you took great pics and made it simple. Cheers xoxo

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  29. love the tip works wonderful! I cut the makeup pads down to little squares which fit the nail and it was perfect.

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  30. Such an awesome idea, did a search and found this page right off, thanks so much for your help. =))

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  31. I just reposted this, and gave you credit for the entire thing on my site. Thanks for the great tips!
    http://melindajoy.blogspot.com/2012/02/removing-glitter-nail-polish.html

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  32. Just did this - and it seriously blew my mind! Thank you :)

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  33. Nice but whats the name of the glitter polish you had on your nails before you removed it?

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    1. That nail polish is O.P.I. Mad As A Hatter.

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  34. I'm so going to have to try this on my rockstar pedicures cause you about have to sandblast the stuff off! LOL

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  35. Thanks- just tried it and it worked!

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  36. Have just tried this on my toes, has got most of it off, just a bit at the side of the nail to deal with now. Thanks for the tip!

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  37. Thanks for the tip and the clear, precise directions. I <3 glitter polish, but some kinds are a pain to remove. Right now, I have some chunky glitter polish on my toes, and the same polish was the WORST to remove from my fingers. I was dreading it, but these tips should help!

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  38. I just spent 10 minutes trying to remove a topshop glitter polish, after two different polish removers...most of its come off, but it was so annoying. I remember long ago reading something like this but I had no idea when/where so I googled and I found this! Im about to test some new polishes (2 of which are glitter) so I will try this when I remove it! THANK YOU <3

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    1. My pleasure!! Hope it saves you time and hassle for the next removal. :-)

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  39. One caution: If you use a heavily pigmented polish, particularly reds, greens, or blues you risk staining your natural nail. This method holds the pigments on the nail and the solvent lets them soak in after the base coat dissolves.

    Better to use a dip jar with a foam liner. It takes the same amount of time, a lot less preparation and it carries the pigment away from your nails so it won't stain.

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