|Revlon polishes, L to R: Midnight Affair, Frankly Scarlet, Plum Attraction.|
There’s a great article over at The New York Times by Alice Gregory called “Obscurity Is the Lure” about ladies obsessed with discontinued nail polish colors. I was shocked to read someone would pay $250 for a bottle of the Essie color “Starry Starry Night,” a deep and glittery blue. I’d much rather put that kind of cash toward a piece of fine jewelry or an Hermès scarf!
|Essie Curtain Call. I still love this shimmery beige.|
The article did get me thinking about older colors I own which I can’t seem to part with. Mostly I keep them as color swatches—sometimes I will take them to CVS to find a color match for a replacement bottle, other sometimes they are just too pretty to get rid of and I keep them as a collection of colors, almost like a mood board. They are usually colors I would like to find in a pair of shoes, or a bag.
|Rescue Beauty Lounge, Catherine. The microshimmer in this smoky purple is gorgeous!|
|See what I mean?|
The wonderful Aisha at Sephora Herald Square in NYC, who swatched the Formula X for Sephora color “Infatuated” for me (an icy blue, my latest nail polish purchase), told me she had hundreds (!) of bottles of nail polish, which she keeps in a box under her bed. She’s an artist, she explained, and she keeps them as a color collection, much like I do.
“But can you use older nail polish?” I asked her.
“Sure, it’s just paint!”
She gave me a tiny plastic funnel and said to keep polish alive I could put a drop of nail polish remover into the bottle to thin it out and make it useable again. It will take the shine away, she warned, but it means you can keep and wear the color longer, although a top coat to replace the lost shine becomes essential.
I may try this soon with a few of the older shades in my collection. I did a count the other day and found I own 45 bottles, more than I thought I had! I did throw two away, both by Essie, Ballet Slippers and Mademoiselle, but that’s because I have newer bottles of the same shades and these particular polishes would not move in the bottle, not even when I turned them upside down. It was definitely time for them to go!
How long do you keep nail polish? Do you ever hold onto a bottle of it long past its shelf life just because you love the color?