Will my nail polish last longer if I keep it in the fridge?

Q: Will my nail polish last longer if I keep it in the fridge?

A: 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 Stir the pigments back together. The cosmetic chemist Mort Westman explains that refrigeration reduces solvent evaporation and pigment caking and settling.


Q:what might happen if the bottle breaks or opens while in the Fridge?

A: If you keep a highly flammable mixture (the polish) in a sealed box (the refrigerator) with a motor that could spark, Uh…kaboom? Bottom line: Though your polish will last longer in the refrigerator, it’s probably safer to keep it in a cool, dry place away from sunlight—and potential sparks.

Q: Ok so the Fridge is out… What are some places I can store my Polish?

A: It is highly recommended 1st to store your polish bottles in the upright position a a cool, dry place. While as a Salon I store the business polishes on a custom built rack I suggest to clients, Readers, and all polish owners alike to store there’s in a box, travel case or in an organizer inside of a drawer or closet. We Recomend Square or Rectangle Snap Wear, Decor Boxes.. ones with Labels are best.

2 thoughts on “Will my nail polish last longer if I keep it in the fridge?

  1. I’ve kept my favorite nail polishes upright in the refrigerator and have done so for years. It is true that it keeps the color vibrant! I just roll the nail polish bottle in my hands to bring it up to room temperature so it paints easy. Great tip-love the blog!

  2. Pigment separation is what occurs when nail polish sits for too long, causing the pigment particles to separate from the solvent. Storing fingernail polish in the refrigerator will slow the process of pigment separation as well as solvent evaporation more than regular storage but is not recommended. My personal recommendation is to store polish in an organized bin, box, that the bottles can stand upright in, the container there in can be shut completely, and than store that container in an area that stays cooler than the rest of the home and is darker too. For Example: On a shelf in you closet, inside your bathroom cupboards, etc..
    Do avoid direct sunlight which will cause the bottle to heat, increasing the speed of pigment separation as well as drying the liquid.

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