A couple of weeks ago I finally accepted that I needed to reorganize my nail polish stash. I use 2 Melmers and a DIY nail polish rack to store my polish and it is a wonderful system…if I actually use it! I made the terrible mistake of reorganizing my stash by brand (instead of color). Since then I’ve had a hard time finding what I was looking for and nail polish ended up everywhere. There were bottles on my desk, on my nightstand, on top of my lightbox, in my bathroom, on my vanity, on top of my dresser. Even in my car and in my purse! Quite frankly the situation was out of control and nail polish was taking over my life.
It has been a slow process but I’m getting close to having all my polishes entered in my new nail polish spreadsheet. Currently my sewing machine is covered with nail polish bottles as I’m waiting to have everything archived before I reorganize my Melmers by color.
This was all a very long winded way of explaining why I’ve been doing some research on how to properly store nail polish. My collection is far too large for most of my polishes to get any kind of regular use. So I want them to last me a long time.
Below the jump are some tips on how to store nail polish so it lasts (and why you shouldn’t store nail polish in the refrigerator!)
If you have any storage tips please let me know! I’m always looking for better ways to store my beloved polishes :)
I’ve gone through several nail polish storage methods. The first being plain old plastic containers. The second was a Melmer that lived on my vanity. Then I expanded to 2 Melmers and moved them into the linen closet in my bathroom. Turns out….these were all really bad ways to store nail polish!
The best place to store nail polish is in a cool, dry, dark place where the bottles can stand upright.
Unfortunately, this eliminates many of the most common places to store nail polish. Clear plastic containers expose polish to light and don’t allow for polishes to easily stay upright. Storing polish anywhere in the bathroom exposes the polishes to humidity.
What’s a girl to do? I definitely will not be ditching my nail polish rack, but I will turn it into a non permanent means of storage. It will be a place for polishes I plan to wear soon and then they will move on to my Melmers.
Luckily, my Melmers (as long as I keep them out of the bathroom and direct sunlight…) are a great place to store polish. But, there are other places that would work too. The bottom drawer of a dresser, desk or vanity. At the bottom of a closet (preferably with no outside walls) in just a shoe box would also work well.
So you’re probably thinking right now that the fridge sounds like a fabulous place to store polish. It’s cool. It’s dry. It’s dark. But it also exposes the polishes to extreme temperature changes. Nail polish needs to be at room temperature to actually use (otherwise the formula will not apply smoothly). The polish going back and forth between very cool and room temperature causes more harm to the polish formulation than any good that comes from storing polish in the fridge. (Plus really…who wants to store polish next to the butter? Ew!)
I’m glad to know that I’m giving my polish its best chance to last a very long time. I hope this was somewhat helpful and hopefully in the next couple weeks I’ll be sharing my new storage and organization method with y’all.