Alcohol or Nail Polish Remover?

For Alienor (Alien),
Because we’ve turned her into one of us…
So what now?!?!?!

On a warm spring morning Alienor asked me “do I smell like alcohol or nail polish remover?” It struck me as odd… and I quickly wondered was she drunk at 9:45 am??? She then proceeded to tell me on this morning she dropped a box of nail polishes to the bathroom floor and they broke. She started to clean them up with nail polish remover, but the fumes overcame her. She got very dizzy and couldn’t be in the bathroom anymore, so she went to lie down. She laid down for so long that she couldn’t take a shower or she would be late. Alienor was able to change clothes but worried she smelled like alcohol from the morning’s events and just wanted to double check…

Honestly, it is just another day in the Marc Jacobs office. But it got me thinking (and not the same way Carrie “got thinking.”) What is the best way to store our nail polish? Most importantly, what is the best way to organize our nail polishes to avoid disasters such as asking your (temporary) boss if you smell like alcohol at 9:45am on a Tuesday?


First things first. 
How long should we be hoarding that bottle of Rouge Noir? 
According to Fiona Hay, creative director of Orly, once opened nail polish lasts for 2 to 3 years. We tend to throw it out before because it gets thick and gross. Hay suggests “cleaning the neck of the bottle when you finish using it because if there is residual polish around the neck of the bottle, it may not provide an air tight seal, and will also make it difficult to open the bottle next time.”


The 4-1-1. 

I turned to the all-knowing O for help on this one. I learned that Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, executive vice president of OPI, claims that storing polish in the fridge will slow down the discoloration that happens as polish gets older. She suggests keeping the bottles upright, because if a bottle falls on its side it’s harder to shake the pigments back together.

So we get that storing nail polish in the fridge is best…

But, it was noted that keeping a highly flammable mixture (the polish) in a closed box (the refrigerator) with a motor that could spark doesn’t seem smart… 
In fact it seems Ka-boom stupid. 

Ultimately, it is agreed the best way to store polish is upright in a cool place out of direct sunlight. In the end I have decided to keep my polishes in a super bright orange Marc Jacobs cosmetic bag under the bathroom sink. The Fridge was too strange…

So tell me, which is more shocking?
A.) Storing nail polish in the refrigerator is the best way to make polish last longer
B.) I have no food in my fridge

***beauty always comes from within, photos from all mine bitches, xoxo, behind the mirror***

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  • Anonymous

    does the color of the polish have any effect on the longevity?

    • Behind the Mirror

      I have asked around on this one, good question!! It seems that the lighter colors do not loose the colors as quickly as the darker colors… but that is just personal observance.

  • Betsy

    That horse makes me laugh!

    • Behind the Mirror

      I know… the OPI youtube videos are really fun and well done!!!

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