Monday, July 19, 2010

What's Old is New

Have you ever come across a color you have been lusting over and it is all dried up? Do you have a color sitting in your polish drawer that has all but evaporated and you just don't want to part with it? Why not give it life again? With a little Polish thinner and gentle shaking, you can make that old polish new again. 

I recently came across an older much loved polish mixed in my collection. I haven't worn it in a while and decided it would be nice to wear again. I pulled the color out of the polish drawer to see that it has thickened and evaporated to the point where most people would just throw the color away. Instead I decided to revive this now dead polish. The color is Essie's Shift Power.

At most beauty supply stores you can find polish thinner for a pretty decent price. The amount of thinner needed to revive a polish varies, but it is never too much. A bottle of polish thinner costs me about $3 at Sally's Beauty and lasts me about a year. This is a much cheaper alternative to throwing out a bottle of polish and buying it all over again. 

Add a few drops of polish thinner at a time to your old polish and gently shake the bottle to distribute the thinner into the polish. You may need to continue adding more thinner to the polish until you reach the desired consistency. 


After just a few moments, your old bottle will be new again.

It applied just as smoothly as when it was new. This one has visible polish lines, but it always did. I think it has to do with trying to get the metallic look with this finish. It took three coats. I still love this color.

And a bonus photo for you. Yesterday we drove up to Jacksonville to meet up with my daughter's friend for the "exchange". She is off to GA until Thursday. We decided to meet at the most family friendly place - yup - the Budweiser Brewery! Makes me sound like a great parent, right? They have soda and pretzels for the kids and it was right off the highway - so it was an easy place to stop at. Not only that, but the dad's are the ones who decided on the meet up location. Enough said.

We got to take a tour that ended with a tasting of two free beers. Now I am not a beer fan - AT ALL, but they had this new beer called Wild Blue. It is a Blueberry beer. They described it as a cross between a beer and a blueberry wine. I actually found a beer I like! Here's a shot of Juan and me at the bar in the Budweiser brewery.

Happy Monday!


  1. Thanks for this read my mind! I just pulled out one of my favorite polishes this weekend, OPI Ecuadorable Coral, from 2002, and it's almost gone, and very thick. I applied it anyways. The next time I do, I'll use your tips to resurrect it!

  2. Is the same polish thinner good for both 3-free polishes as well as the older, fulla-3 polishes? (Ok, I don't know the proper terms, if there are any, but hey, 3-free and fulla-3 works, right?)

    I have 4 or 5 polishes right now that are so thick they're barely usable. Thinner is exactly what I need!

  3. What a gorgeous polish! I use the same kind of thinner, and I like it a lot.

  4. Great post! I have been meaning to research this but do you know if using pure acetone to thin out polish works the same? I have heard of some people doing this but I am not sure if this ruins the formula and such.

  5. I don't really drink beer because I dislike the taste, but I am curious about this beer! I would love to try that someday!