how to store nail polishes

How do you store nail polishes to prevent them from going bad too soon?

I know, I know, nail polishes tend to have long shelf-lives. That’s because they have no water and plenty of solvents – a toxic environment for bacteria.

But that doesn’t mean that nail polishes will last forever ,either. They can dry out, lose colour and solvents overtime. And when that happens, there’s not much you can do to save them.

What you can do is to prevent that from happening in the first place. Here’s how:

Where Should You Store Nail Polishes?

To prolong the shelf-life of your nail polishes, simply store them in a dark, cool place like a drawer. I keep mine in the last drawer of a cabinet in my bedroom, which is the coolest room in the house.

According to Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, executive vice president of OPI, a cool environment “will slow down the discoloration that happens as polish gets older”. Plus, this reduces solvent evaporation and prevents the formula from separating.

Should You Store Your Nail Polishes In The Fridge?

According to Weiss-Fischmann, the fridge is indeed the best place to store nail polishes. This will definitely make them last longer, but not everyone is in favour of it. The reason why I don’t store them there is because my fridge is pretty small and there’s just not room enough to store my entire collection there, unless I stop buying food lol. šŸ™‚

But cosmetic chemist Mort Westman expressed a more serious concern about this storage solution. Polishes are highly inflammable and he believes it can be dangerous to store them in sealed place with an electric motor that could spark and cause the bottle, if it is left open or accidentally breaks, to explode.

I believe the risk of this happening is quite small, but just in case make sure the bottle is intact and tightly closed before placing it in your fridge.

Should You Store Your Nail Polish Bottles Upright?

Wherever you decide to store your nail polishes, keep the bottles upright. I used to just throw mine in the drawer but this made it a lot harder to shake the pigments back together.

Since I’ve started storing them upright, in neat rows, one next to the other, I don’t have this problem anymore. Besides, the shade you’re looking for is much easier to find when your stash is well-organized!

How do you store your nail polishes? Share your thoughts in the comments below.