Saturday, March 20, 2010

How To: removing glitter/effect nailpolish

A lot of people have been asking me how I remove glitter/effect nailpolishes. Well, I usually just do it like with any other polish. It just takes a little bit longer and maybe a cotton pad or 2 more. Maybe it's because I always use a nailhardener as a basecoat or wear another nailpolish underneath, but I usually don't have any big problems with removing them.

But since I read about the Mad as a Hatter being really difficult to take off, I decided to use a trick I read about at Polishsis. I tried it out last tuesday, since I was going to take off the Mad as a Hatter that day anyway.

Here is what you do:
You start out with some cotton pads cut it half, some nailpolish remover and some tin foil.

You take a half of a cotton pad, put some remover on it, and then place it onto your nail. Then you take some tin foil and put that over your nail.

After that, you just wait for a little some tv or something like that, because anything else is pretty difficult with your hand bound like that. Wait for about 10 mins or more.

This is what my pads looked like when I took them off:

As you can see, a lot of the Drama Queen is on the pads, but not a lot of Mad as a Hatter. I'm not sure why that is. The Drama Queen was -underneath- the Mad as a Hatter, so it almost seems as if the Drama Queen sifted trough the glitters to the pads.
Anyway, the Mad as a Hatter didn't come off entirely, but the polish could be swiped off pretty easy with the same pads:

I used the tin foil for over 10 mins, so I don't think time was the critical factor. Maybe it was because I was wearing nailhardener and a nailpolish underneath, I'm not sure. Still, it -is- a good way to get the polish off, because it seems to soak a little which makes it easier to remover in a few swipes with a pad.


  1. I usually soak my nails in nailpolish remover for like ten seconds.. After that you get it of very easy with just a few cottonpads!

  2. I know about that trick, but I heard it's not very good for the nails to soak them in remover. Since my nails aren't that thick and very breakable/bendable withouth nailhardener, I'd rather not risk it. :)

  3. AWESOME!!! I never knew that! Thanks for the great tip ;)

  4. Thanks for the tips Jasmine! I'm definitely going to try this next time - I always have trouble getting nail polish off, so hopefully this will be the answer :)
    Too bad I haven't been able to locate a decent priced alice or mad hatter polish yet.

  5. Wat leuk dat ik je een nuttige tip heb kunnen geven. Ik heb zelf nog niet het probleem gehad dat slechts een gedeelte van de lak maar loskwam, maar het is altijd beter dan schrobben tot je een lamme arm hebt :-) SPREAD THE WORD!

  6. @ally, there are also pots available in which you can soak your nails, but I understand that it's pretty hard on the nails, and you can't use it for more than a certain amount of time. You could always try those out.
    Also, have you tried ebay? Or maybe search for stores that sell OPI and ask if they can order them?

    @polishsis, ik vind je blog super, en wilde deze tip zeker delen :) Thanx daarvoor!
    Ik denk dat t komt omdat ik er nagellak en nagelhardener onder had zitten, maar het hielp zeker :)