Is Your Nail Polish Expired?

winternail-carecover_300Notice your nail color isn’t as shiny and bright as it used to be? There’s a good chance that your polish is expired, which can happen over time.

If a simple shake of your nail polish doesn’t solve discoloration and color separation, it’s probably time to toss the bottle. Says John McCook, a cosmetics chemist and the CEO of Discovery Partners, a product-development firm in Frisco, Texas, “The original hue, drying time, shine, and length of wear degrade over the life span of a polish.” McCook recommends parting with polishes every six months.

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  1. shawna

    i just read you can use it for paining and more

    December 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm
  2. leigh

    Throwing away nail polish is toxic to the environment. You should donate them to women’s shelters. It then becomes a cheap, easy way for a woman to feel good about herself.

    December 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm
  3. Rachel Stein

    What a nice idea, leigh. Thank you for suggesting!

    December 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm
  4. Erica

    This is one of the most illegitimate posts I’ve seen in a long time. Get an unknown chemist and an unknown company to claim that nail polish must be replaced every 6 months- really? This must be a ploy to get sales to the cosmetics industry. Better luck next time, Real Simple.

    December 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm
  5. Michelle

    I have noticed that mine is not the same a year later when I break out the Holiday colors- the polish it thicker and clumpier and doesn’t last as long :( :(

    December 5, 2013 at 12:04 pm
  6. Jenny

    Old nail polish thickens and becomes clumpy eventually, because it has been exposed to air that’s why it loose its effectiveness over time. When my nail polish gets thick, I just put it with nail polish thinner and then shake a bit – *snap* it becomes thin again. However, nail polish doesn’t really expires.

    December 7, 2013 at 9:15 am
  7. AnnaBella

    Nice Information, thanks for sharing. Hope we will read many other good things from you in future also.

    March 5, 2014 at 10:10 am

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