Removing Stubborn Glitter Polish

I love glitter polish but hate having to remove it. It’s messy and hard to get off. But it’s sooooo pretty!!!
I didn’t invent this. I learned about it through a little nail salon here in town. They use this method to remove acrylics as well as various polishes. I’m just writing it down because many have asked how I can wear glitter without wanting to punch a wall in frustration every time I changed my polish.

Ok, first of all, a disclaimer. Acetone is rough stuff. It’s rough on your nails and it’s rough on your skin. If you’re only wearing one or two coats of polish, you might want to stick with a regular polish remover for this. However if you’re like me and you put layers upon layers of the stuff on topped by top coat polish that could be used to seal cracks on the Titanic, acetone is the way to go. The key is to moisturize like crazy afterwards.

You will need regular old household aluminum foil, your polish remover (acetone or not), and cotton balls.


I separated each cotton ball into two pieces so you only need 5 to do both hands. If your cotton balls are small you might not be able to do this, but mine were huge.
I tore off 5 small sheets of foil from the roll approximately 6 inches long. Then, with the pieces stacked together, I just tore it in half to give me 10 squares of foil.

Now comes the fun. Only do one hand at a time. You’ll see why.

Load up a cotton ball with your polish remover, place it directly onto your nail. Then place your finger onto a square of foil with the tip in the middle. Wrap the foil over the top of the finger, then tightly wrap up each side. Give each finger a good squeeze to make sure the cotton is snug on there and the foil is tight. Air is your enemy. You want your now chubby foil finger to be a fortress!


After you do all fingers, sit and watch tv or check your twitter. I’d say 3 minutes of just relaxing is enough. Remember, acetone is damaging, so you don’t want it to sit too long.

Now you want to grab one of your foil wrapped fingers, making sure to put some pressure on your hidden cotton ball, and with a slight twisting motion, pull off the foil (the cotton should come with it if you’re squeezing hard enough). Voila! Polish free nail!!


If there’s a tiny bit of polish left, usually stuck in the corners, just wipe it off with a swab or napkin. Usually it will just wipe off if you catch it right after you’ve removed the foil.

Now you’ll want to wash your hands well before starting the other hand. When you’re done, give your cuticles and nails a good slathering in your favorite cuticle oil or lotion and keep them moisturized well.

Now there’s no need to avoid all the pretty blingy nail polish out there! Make those babies sparkle!!!


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