I was just tired of all the polishes I had that seemingly lost their vitality when I felt like I hadn't even enjoyed their colors to the max yet. I couldn't find myself throwing them out; I really felt like I was throwing away money.
Back when I was younger, I watched my aunts mix acetone to revive their gloppy old polishes so they could enjoy another application. Thus, thought that was the only way to add life to an old bottle of nail polish. That method did work temporarily as it did thin the polish enough to be able to squeeze in another application, however, once the bottle sat with the acetone, the polish's components would separate and actually break down in the bottle which ultimately destroyed the nail polish.
3TanjaJ3 on YT mentioned using a nail polish thinner on one of her replies to her comments -- this was the first time I heard of the existence of such a thing and like a true nail addict, became so excited to be able to get additional 'fixes' on my old nail polishes.
Prices varied on Ebay for the Nail Polish Thinners depending on the brands (Zoya, OPI, Essie, NailTek, etc.) I focussed more on the 'BUY NOW' option vs actually engaging on a bid because I plainly wanted a thinner. The high end brands sell 0.5oz for about $5-7 plus $2-4 shipping. I opted for a not too popular brand and went for the economic value. Yes, I'm frugal like that. LOL. In the end, I bought a 4.0 oz bottle of "SUPERNAIL" at the Buy Now Price of $3.99 & $3.99 shipping costs.
I am halfway through the bottle now and am so happy I invested in a nail polish thinner. It has saved me from throwing away so many of my favorite nail polishes!
When a nail polish has become gloppy, thick & clumpy, I mix in about 10-15 drops of the nail polish thinner into the nail polish bottle and gently shake it up. In an instant, the nail polish is like new; the consistency is fluid and easy to apply. For the thicker polishes, I just add a few more drops of the nail polish thinner until I get the consistency that I want for application.
Only drawbacks with the "SuperNail" Nail Polish Thinner is the smell & the absence of a dropper. The smell is pretty strong and is similar to the smell of a typical nail salon. No dropper was included with the bottle so I had to be creative and figure a way how to get the product into the nail polish bottles. I ended up just using a teaspoon. Other possible options: an old medicine syringe or an old eye dropper.
A curious thing I discovered about "SuperNail" Nail Polish Thinner is that acetone happens to be the last ingredient. For those who don't know, acetone is a key component of nail polish remover. This makes me wonder if other thinners also contain acetone? If you actively use a nail polish thinner, please comment the brand you use & whether or not ''acetone" is listed as one of the ingredients. I'd like to see if it's just a common thing put into nail polish thinners.
Other ingredients include: mineral spirits, MEK, isopropyl alcohol. For a similar listing on EBAY, click here.
Have a great week!