Naturally, you want your nail polish to last as long as possible. You also want a beautiful and uniform result when you apply your nail polish, and for these two reasons, you should be very careful about how you store your nail polish.
In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at storing nail polish and, of course, gel polish. After reading this post, you'll be fully aware of how different types of nail polish should be stored - and more importantly, how they shouldn't be stored.
Should nail polish be stored in the fridge?
No, it's a common misconception that nail polish should be stored in the fridge. The misconception is based on the fact that nail polish benefits from being stored in a dark and cool place, which is why many people find it obvious to store nail polish in the fridge. However, condensation can occur when nail polish is stored in the fridge, which can lead to moisture and air bubbles forming in the nail polish. Both of these will result in an uneven result when the nail polish is applied. So, nail polish should not be stored in the fridge, but it is true that nail polish should be stored in a dark and cool place. For example, if you can store your nail polish in a cupboard in a cool utility room or in an insulated garden shed or similar, this would be the ideal storage solution. Alternatively, you could, for example, put them in a box at the bottom of a wardrobe where it might be a little cooler due to the cold from the floor. The most appropriate solution simply depends on the layout of your home. You'll need to think creatively and find a storage space that's cool, but not too cold, and where your nail polishes can nestle in the dark.
How should gel polish be stored?
As you know, gel polish is a special type of nail polish. However, this type of nail polish has some different "rules" when it comes to storage than regular nail polish. For gel polish, it must be stored at room temperature for the best possible results. So, by all means, don't leave gel polish in a shed or utility room, but rather in the bedroom or living room.
If a gel polish has been stored at either too high or too low a temperature, it can lead to a thicker consistency, which makes it difficult to apply evenly on the nails. Therefore, it is very important that you store your Nailster gel polish at the right temperature.
Gel polish can withstand small temperature fluctuations, but it's best to store it at an even room temperature. Therefore, the living room or bedroom is usually the best place to store gel polish.
No nail polish or gel polish benefits from sunlight
All nail polish should be kept out of sunlight. Whether it's a regular nail polish or a gel polish, you need to make sure it's not exposed to sunlight if you want it to last long and give you the results you want.
Exposing nail polish - including gel polish - to sunlight can lead to changes in the colour of the polish. Additionally, you can risk your gel polish hardening if it's exposed to sunlight.
While it may look nice to leave your nail polishes on a shelf in, for example, your bedroom, this is not an optimal solution. Whether it's regular nail polish or gel polish, it's best to store it in a dark place, so use something other than your nail polish to decorate your home.
Can I store nail polish in the bathroom?
Storing nail polish or gel polish in a bathroom is not recommended. It often gets quite hot in a bathroom, which is not good for gel polish or regular nail polish. Therefore, it's a good idea to store your nail polish in another room in your home that has a more even room temperature.
As we've already mentioned, the optimal place to store nail polish is somewhere that is both dark and cool, while gel polish should be stored in the dark but at room temperature. So, for example, you can store your gel polish in a cupboard in your bedroom, while your nail polish - as mentioned earlier - can be stored in a utility room or shed.
The kitchen may not be the most obvious choice for nail polish storage, but we'd still like to mention that this applies to kitchens just as it does to bathrooms; they often get warmer than room temperature, and therefore this room is not the best place to store nail polish in terms of temperature.
What temperature should nail polish be when applied?
Both regular nail polish and gel polish should be room temperature when applied. This should be easy enough to ensure when working with gel polish - as long as you store them correctly, of course. However, if it's regular nail polish that has been stored in a cool place, you should give it time to warm up to room temperature before you start applying it.
If the nail polish is too cold when you apply it, you risk an uneven result. When nail polish is at room temperature, it also flows better, making it easier to apply thin, even layers of nail polish. Therefore, make sure to give your nail polish some time to warm up before applying it. Also, be sure to shake the bottle well before application to make sure all the ingredients in the polish are well mixed together.
The best way to store nail polish
Hopefully, after reading this blog post, you've got the hang of nail polish storage. If not, here's a brief summary to help you understand how to store nail polish and gel polish at home:
Regular nail polish should be stored in a cool, dark place. It doesn't need to be really cold, which is one of the reasons why the fridge is not the ideal place to store nail polish. If you can place your nail polish in a cool utility room, that's perfect. However, before application, nail polish must be warmed up to room temperature.
Gel polish should be stored at room temperature and does not benefit from high or low temperatures. In addition, both regular nail polish and gel polish need to be kept out of sunlight if they are to retain their original colour and remain easy to work with.
Nailster gel polish is easy to apply and gives a beautiful, long-lasting result. Take a look at the many beautiful colour shades here.