Saturday, April 4, 2015

Polish separation



Polish separation
- just for fun

Most of us bloggers own more polish than we are ever going to use. That means that many bottles of polish sit unnoticed in drawers/boxes/wherever for longer periods of time.

When I go through my stash once in a while, I often find polishes that have separated. The suspension base hasn’t been able to keep the ingredients suspended. It happens for both indies and industrial brands.

I thought it would be fun to take you on a little separation tour. I’m going to show you a number of polishes, and I’m going to show what they look like separated and after I gave them a good shake.

First one up is from China Glaze: Mrs. Claus. It’s a red base with red glitter. The glitter has sunken quite a lot – this bottle is brand new. But as you can see on the right of the picture: A good shake, rattle and roll makes it all good again.


Here’s a Catrice polish: Mermaiday Mayday. This one has been laying on its side, so the glitter sticks to one of the sides only. It took quite a lot of shaking to get the glitter spread out more evenly.


Another China Glaze makes it to the list: Split Perso-Nail-Ity from the Tranzitions collection – you know those polishes that change colour when you apply the topcoat. I must admit that I was quite surprised to the how big a difference in colour there is between top and bottom here. It’s as if the dark colour completely disappears when I shake the polish up.


NailNation 3000 has also got a polish on the list: Mischievous. The separation isn’t bad, but I think it looks quite funny because the colour is so different.


Darling Diva’s Cotton Candy Hangover, which is a LE Facebook group custom, does the same thing. I think it looks quite weird before the shake up.


KBShimmer’s It’s Razz-ical separates into neon colours. I was like: Wow, that’s orange when I looked into my drawer. Imagine my surprise when I saw it was this beautiful deep magenta!


The brand Perfect makes mini holographics. I believe this one is number 1, but it isn’t marked, so I’m not sure. All of the polishes in this collection separates like crazy. It takes as least ten minutes of vigorously shaking before it all comes back together again, but the holos are cheap and gorgeous.


El Corazón from Russia has got this polish on the list: 423/40. It looks silver on the picture on the left, but check out all the magenta/purple pigment in the bottom of the bottle! I actually had to stir this one up with a toothpick in order to make it look relatively normal again. It has already separated again as I write this.


The last ones on the list for now are two white polishes. Meet my backup bottle of my to go white stamping polish from Sally Hansen: Whirlwind White, and Milani’s White on the Spot. I think it’s crazy that they contain that much yellow!! They do shake up really easy and it doesn’t affect them at all.


Some people has told me that I’m not supposed to shake my polishes: I’m supposed to roll them, otherwise I might get little bubbles in my mani. That’s complete and utter bollocks, bro! A load of cobblers. Twaddle and nonsense. I’ve always given my polishes a damn good shake, and I’ve only encountered bubbles once. That was in a small, humid hotel room on a vacation, and I’m sure the humidity and the temperature had more to do with the bubbles than any method of polish agitation that I was employing.

Anyway – that was it. It was fun making this post, so I hope you enjoyed it.

20 comments:

  1. LOL - I can see you had fun doing this :)
    I have a few polishes that can be shaken together, but pigments still are at the bottom - or parts of the pigments as a layer, if you understand what I mean. Those I have to place upside down for a couple of days and then shake all over. But after at week or two, they are back to the separated state...

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    1. It's nice to do something different once in a while! ;D
      I know that sort of polishes. The El Corazón in this post is impossible to get to stay together :D

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  2. This is a fun post! I have to do some shaking, too! The El Corazon polish has the strongest change! Funny!

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    1. I loved making this post! I did a whole lot of shaking :D

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    1. Yes, they're amazing! I can't believe how yellow it is!! :o

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  4. I shake mine from time to time too ;)

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  5. Even my Zoyas seperate!!! Well, shake it up baby!!! That's all I do!!!! :) :)

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    1. I should have taken a picture of my Out the door holo glitter topper. That is crazy separated :D

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  6. "Most of us bloggers own more polish than we are ever going to use." I hope none of our men read this ;-) Though mine tells me that EVERYTIME I buy more polish......

    I get that a lot and a good shake does the trick but those Pefect Holos are a bloody nightmare! I have to shake and shake and shake and then ask him to shake. And turn it upside down for a while! I have them all, and they all suffer the same problem! No wonder they have the sticker on them!!!! ;-)

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    1. I thought the Perfect Holos were a joke when I saw them first! I couldn't believe how much shaking it took to make them come together. But yes, they're gorgeous, and worth the hassle :)

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  7. ugh, i hate it when polishes separate!!! i'm so lazy and i don't want to shake them just to see what color they're supposed to be! and i agree, the talk about not shaking the polish because it will cause bubbles is total bologne!! i always shake every single polish before i use it, just in case it separated! and never ever had bubbles!

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    1. I sometimes go through a drawer to find a specific polish, and if I see other polishes that are separated, then I shake them up, just because I can. And because I think they like it :D

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  8. Hahaha, this made me laugh, I have so many like this :D I also am shocked there's so much yellow in the whites. How exactly does that work!? XD

    The thing that people say about bubbles, is if you're about to use the polish straight away. If you shake your top coat you'll see loads of bubbles, but after about 10 or 20 mins they should all be gone again. But, if you used it straight away you would have loads of bubbles on the nail. That's when you need to roll xxx

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    1. I must admit that the amount of yellow in the white amazed me too! I mean, how come it's not visible in the shaken product? O_o

      I agree, you can sometimes see bubbles in your topcoat, but have you ever seen bubbles on the inside of a "real polish" bottle? I haven't. There are also bottles that are impossible to roll, like Butter London for instance :D

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  9. haha I have such "problems" too. I really hate when all my turquoise/pale blue/mid blue cremes separates on blue and white :c

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  10. Wow, that's a cool idea for a post and it's unbelievable how much they can separate, especially the white ones :)

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    1. I am amazed every time I open the drawer with the two whites in it. They're this separated every time! :D

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