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How Do You Remove Glitter Nail Polish?

Glitter Removal

How do you remove glitter nail polish? Last night I took off my glitter nail polish and rather than use my nail polish remover jar with teeth inside it, I used the foil method. For this method I recommend using Zoya Remove, cotton ovals and aluminum foil. I cut the cotton ovals into 4 pieces, then soak them with Zoya Remove. I place each oval piece on a nail and then wrap it in foil. I leave these on for 5 minutes, then I remove the foil. Press and swipe down on the cotton oval and it will remove the glitter nail polish easily. You’ll only have a little bit of glitter left to clean up after that.

The other method that I have used in the past is to soak my fingers in a jar that had little plastic brushes inside to scrape off the glitter. That always left my cuticles sad, but it’s effective.

The foil method is much easier. I love Zoya Remove, too. It’s more gentle on my nails than pure acetone. Plus, Zoya is cruelty free.

How do you remove glitter nail polish? Have you tried any of the peel off bases?

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    • Lisa Lopez

      Thanks for that tip. One of the reasons I avoid glitter polishes is because it’s a pain to remove.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        This makes it painless!

    • http://jerri1962sBlog.blogspot.com/ Jerri Davis

      LOL I know it takes for ever

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Trust me with this method it’s off quickly :)

    • http://www.KellsDIYnails.blogspot.com/ Kelly Tomlinson

      That’s the same exact method I use to remove all polish. It just makes it so much easier! Textures, Shimmers, Dark colors and those that stain. I do apply cuticle oil to my cuticles before I do it; it helps to keep my cuticles from drying out too much.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        good tip! thank you :)

    • http://www.bethandbeauty.com/ Beth and Beauty

      Thank you for the tip! I have to confess even though I have a beauty blog and I am a beauty junkie, nails is something I am just really trying to get into. I am just so terrible at it due to shaky hands. Any suggestions???

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Practice. I have had to practice both at painting and at cleaning up. And I’m right hand dominant, so I have to work twice as hard to paint and clean up my right hand by using my left.

    • Jessica Bailey

      i’ve found no method more effective than foil fingers

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    • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

      I’ve been too lazy to do the foil so I’ve been using the acetone w/ plastic scrubbers. Lately using less glitter becoz of it. Looking for the new OPI peel off base in Ulta but not at the store yet. Any other peel off base reccos besides Elmer’s Glue?

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Someone recommended Yellow Stopper from Sally’s. It looks like a big round globe and has a yellow top.

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    • http://www.the-beauty-spot.net/ Rachael Ledbrook

      Thimblettes are the best way imo, you can get them cheap on amazon get a small size and get a pad with polish remover on, place on nail and pop the thimblette on over the top for 5 minutes. When you remove all the glitter will be gone! It’s very similar to the foil method (keeps the air out which is the main aim) but less faffy

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Like a thimble for all fingers?

    • Kaela Sanchez

      I use acetone to remove polish so not even glitter stands a chance. Mwahahahahah!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        The Zoya Remove is acetone plus gelatin (I think?) for moisture

    • Katie OhToFeelPretty

      I use a PVA Glue basecoat and pick it off, probably not the greatest thing for my nails but it works and it’s cheap!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Someone recommended I check out Yellow Stop from Sally’s