Do It Yourself Monday #003 - Gloopy Nail Polish No More

Over time you may find that your nail polish thickens and so, as a consequence, it does not apply very well, nor does it dry very fast. Once this happens most people tend to throw away the polish but I have found two methods that can be used to save these polishes!

What you need:

Bowl of hot (not boiling) water
Gloopy Nail Polish
Acetone Nail Polish (Do NOT use acetone free)

I usually try this first as it doesn’t involve adding anything to the polish. Take your bowl of hot (but not boiling) water and put your polish in for around 10 to 15 minutes.

Once you take it out, dry it off and roll the polish between your hands (do not shake). Then test the polish to see if it has thinned, if not try the second method.

Take a nail varnish remover that has acetone in it. I just used a cheap one from Tesco.

Add one tiny drop to your nail polish (less if you have used half of the bottle) and roll between your hands. This will help to break down the thick polish to its original state, but make sure you only add a small amount, otherwise you can damage the polish and you may not be able to use it any more.

You can also purchase nail polish thinner to add to your nail polish, but I generally do not purchase this as the above methods tend to work just as well.

Tips to try and preserve your nail polish in a good condition:

• Try and keep your nail polish in the fridge, if you are unable to do so then make sure it is in a cool place away from direct sunlight or radiators.
• Never shake nail polish – air gets stuck inside the container and makes it gloopy. Roll nail polish between your hands instead.
• Avoid leaving the cap off for long periods to prevent it from drying out.


  1. Such a good idea! Thank you so much for this post!

  2. Great post! I use to just put Acetone in them but I can see how using the hot water first will work better!!!

  3. Great post!!
    Laur x

  4. Such a great post, I seem to be building up quite a collection so may try this with some of my older ones, i hate throwing them away!!

  5. The second is methods is something I've been doing for a while but never tried the first. Thanks for sharing. I hate throwing nail varnish away but I have so many they rarely last until they've actually been all used up :(

    Laura x

  6. Great post:) Hate it when they get all thick and horrible! Thanks!

  7. Really great post, this was super helpful! Will definitely try it with some of my goopier polishes. <3 :)

  8. NOOOO!! DO NOT USE NAIL POLISH REMOVER! It will restore it for a while but it will destroyed forever at the end. You must use a Nail Polish Thinner!

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