Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Temptalia Asks You


Have you ever thinned out a nail polish? Share your technique! Any favorite thinners?

Temptalia's AnswerI don’t think I’ve done it in a REALLY long time. Truthfully, I don’t reuse a lot of shades because there is always something new to swatch, so if they thicken up, I don’t notice.

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25 thoughts on “Have you ever thinned out a nail polish?

  1. Carrie

    Yep – sometimes I find China Glaze a bit on the thick side, Seche Restore thins ‘em out beautifully!

  2. Avatar of Ana Ana G.

    Yes I have but only once or twice. I find that, after thinning, the nail polish changes a bit so I’d rather only put a layer of it than adding the thinner – I’ve only used one product – banana oil – that is imported from Brazil.

  3. Anna

    Tickle My France-y is such a go to that it is the only one that I ever thinned out with the OPI restore.

  4. I’ve done it, but it was years ago. I don’t think that polishes thicken, or even separate, like they used to. I’d love to say that it’s because I use nicer polish now, but I think the manufacturers are doing better.

  5. I have thinned polishes occasionally. Usually quick-drying top coat that got too gloppy to handle.

  6. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Yes, years ago. Revlon used to sell a nail solvent especially for thinning polishes that had gone too thick and it was a great product. Not the same as polish remover or acetone (which cause the polish to break down), it was actually a solvent/thinner. I’d love to be able to find a similar product these days.

  7. rowan

    yes, i just pour a drop or two of any nail polish remover in the bottle, then shake it. it’s very effective.

  8. Just a few drops of banana oil works to renew the polish to almost new.

  9. Lina

    I have had to thin down a couple of orly and some others. If a color is good then I do not mind thinning them down.

  10. Yup! I use a nail polish thinner (forget the brand), bought it at a beauty supply store and it works like a charm. I’ve never used the nail polish remover trick, however, as I hear that actually breaks down the polish and can ruin it or cause it to perform poorly; the thinner actually replaces the chemical in nail polish that evaporates, leaving it thick and gloppy.

  11. Hell yeah, I have many old (really old) nail polishes, and once I got myself a good thinner, I was excited that I was able to use a lot of them again!!

  12. Avatar of Alamanda manders

    I’ve always got some seche restore around (seche vite is a pain in the behind but I love it) so I just use that to thin out any polishes that’ve gone gloopy. Works great! Banana oil sounds interesting….

  13. Dottie

    I have a favourite OPI (Vampire State Building). It’s so old that I’ve had to thin it out a few times over the years. I’ve just used OPI’s thinner (2 drops max) and it worked fine.

  14. L Voss

    the purple china glaze crackle but it was my fault since i didnt close it that tightly

  15. Donna

    I’m kind of in the same boat with tons of polishes to work my way through. But when I have found that the one I want to use has thickened, the Mavala thinner has worked great. I bought a tiny bottle a few years ago and it’s barely got a dent in it!

  16. Becca

    nope I’ve never done that!

  17. Z

    YES! The only one I’ve ever thinned out is Basket Case by ORLY =) favorite & BEST “Barbie Pink” I’ve ever found out there….if you know of another amazing “Barbie Pink” pass it on!

  18. Chynna

    Frequently. I think top and base coats most often, because they’re exposed to air more often and get thicker much faster than my colors. I thin to make things more workable, so sometimes old polishes and sometimes new ones.

  19. Jennifer

    Yes, I keep the Seche thinner on hand for any of my polishes that get thick.

  20. Courtney

    Oh yes, I love Seche Restore cause I have a huge collection and goopy polish sucks! However, it is possible to get something too thin, then it just doesn’t apply right.

  21. Avatar of Kate Kate & Zena

    Yes, with the OPI thinner. Two to three drops and every single thickened nail polish I ever had turns back to a dream!

  22. beachgal

    Only thin out ones that I love and use the entire bottle of. Most I never use 1/4 of the bottle up before I have left it and moved on. If I stamped and did nail art, I would use up a lot more polish I am sure. I donate my used stuff when I purge the collection to the local women’s shelters. They love getting things like that.

  23. Alison

    I tried it, once – I hated the effect. It didn’t work out for me at all. Maybe it wasn’t a good enough product.

  24. Tons of times! I love my polishes!