Up until now, my method for removing glitter nail polish involved soaking cotton pads in nail polish remover, placing them over my nails and then wrapping my nails in kitchen foil. I’d leave my fingers wrapped up for five to ten minutes and when I’d take them off, most of the glitter would come off with them leaving a small amount of clean up with my nail polish remover. This whole process is really time consuming and I always dread it because of how fiddly it is. So when I saw this new method for glitter polish removal I had to try it out.
The materials I used were PVA glue, an old empty nail polish bottle, a bottle of glitter polish and an orange stick.
I didn’t have a completely empty nail polish bottle, so I used one that was nearly empty and poured the remnants out into the bin (NOT THE SINK!). I then cleaned the bottle and brush out with nail polish remover and then water. The PVA glue used MUST BE NON-TOXIC. This is important as you don’t want to damage your nails or skin. I found this big bottle from WHSmiths in the kid’s art section for £2.99.
The first thing to do it fill your empty nail polish bottle up with PVA glue. I did this by making a little funnel out of a rolled up piece of paper. Easy peasy.
Please excuse the horrid yellow colour of my nail in the photos A certain gold polish I used last week destroyed it!
Paint a coat of PVA glue onto your nail. It’ll come out looking white but don’t worry. Try not to do too much of a thick coat, it’s not really needed.
Wet coat of PVA glue
The glue will dry clear and shiny on your nail in about five minutes or so.
PVA glue has dried
Next you need to paint on your glitter coat of choice. I chose Nails Inc Piccadilly Arcade which is particularly hideous to remove, as beautiful as it is. Here I did a really thick coat to get as much glitter on as possible.
Thick coat of Nails Inc Piccadilly Arcade
Once the glitter polish had dried, I took my orange stick and start to push back the polish from the cuticle. I can’t believe how easy it was! I didn’t have to apply any force at all as it comes away from your nail really easily. I’m using a wooden orange stick as it is much less likely to scratch your nail than a metal one
Glitter half peeled off
The nice thing about this is that the glitter polish comes off all in one piece, so you’re not there for hours trying to pick the remains off!
Glitter nearly completely peeled off
Here you can see the glitter completely peeled off of my nail and sat next to it! All my nail needs is a light wipe with some nail polish remover to make sure I have removed everything and I’m done!
Glitter competely peeled off
All in all, the peeling off process took less than thirty seconds to do the one nail, but I was being more careful than I really needed to be. This is definitely a method I will use in the future when using glitter nail polishes, as it just makes the whole process so much easier.
I’m not sure whether the PVA glue protects your nails from staining however, so it might be worth using a base coat before your PVA coat, just to make sure!
Please take some time to read the comments at Nails by Ms. Lizard as others has done some further research into this method that is really useful to know!