Nail Polish Declutter!

Nail polishes are something that I started to enjoy 'collecting' way back before I even started high school. I didn't necessarily have a major obsession with nail polish but I did enjoy having different colours to choose from. As someone who has always liked organising, writing lists and all that good stuff, decluttering things I don't need anymore has become routine to me. Decluttering is a great way to sort out all your things, some areas such as clothes are harder to tackle than something like nail polishes (at least in my case, but that could be different from someone else!) To be honest, I do these quite regularly so I don't have an overwhelming amount of nail polishes to begin with, but still more than I use so it's time to go through and sort them out.

Current nail polish collection.


Things I look for in nail polishes I should give away or throw out...

1. If the polish is older and has changed in texture or smell. If it has become a bit goopy or difficult to work with I will toss it out.

2. Is it a colour I would wear? The shades of nail polish that I would wear now are slightly different to ones I would wear before. I still have nail polishes from a few years back that I have tried recently and decided that I don't see myself wearing it in the future. If I simply am no longer a fan of the shade but the polish itself is fine, I'll see if one of my sisters want to take it. 

3. Is there much product left? There comes a point to where the brush doesn't quite reach the last bit of product, which makes it difficult to get enough on there and that makes it harder to work it. In this particular round of nail polish decluttering my all time favourite polish Soul Sessions by Rimmel has been used so much that it is almost finished and time to purchase a new one. 

Nail Polishes I am no longer keeping.

The nail polishes that I am no longer keeping are either old and have become odd in texture, or I just don't wear them. Most of the Essence polishes are a few years old and although they were great (especially for the affordable price) I just haven't found myself wearing them. The Natio polish in Kashi (I've written a post about it here) is actually very nice, but the lid broke and is just sitting on top (I ended up spilling this on my carpet right after taking photos when I picked it up from the lid forgetting it was broken!) 


Keeping: (Left to right) Celeb City, First Blush, White Tip, Brick Wall.
I can see that I tend to stick to light pinks, neutrals and I also have one darker red shade from Sally Hansen in Brick Wall. This shade is absolutely gorgeous and is the only red nail polish that I find flattering on me. In this little nail polish decluttering round I got rid of 8 and kept 11, some quite similar in colour. I thought I would keep Celeb City for when I play around with patterns or floral nail looks, I don't really ever do that but just incase!

Keeping: (Left to right) Caramel Cupcake, Nebline, Petal.


Caramel Cupcake is very similar to Soul Sessions, but the formula is a bit different and although I really love this shade, Soul Sessions is slightly easier to work with. The Maybelline polish in Nebline is more of a brighter pink for when I want a more fun colour. I will say that I rarely wear it but because it's getting into summer I see myself wearing this at the beach!
Keeping: (Left to right) English Rose, Blushed Petal, Regal Rose,  I care for you.
English Rose is one of the Essence polishes I decided to keep because I still like the colour and the texture is still good. Blushed Petal from Sally Hansen is perfect for a natural put together look. It is sheer but can be built up. I generally wear this when I feel like a slight neutral colour for healthy looking nails. Regal Rose is actually shimmery, which I didn't realise until putting it on. It is a pretty colour that I occasionally wear, though I don't often wear shimmery shades. Last I have another Essence polish in the shade I care for you. This one is also a bit sheer but still more noticeable. It is a cute pastel pink shade that I really like. 

So that was my latest nail polish declutter. I think I could get rid of the Maybelline Nabline but want to try wearing it a bit more to see. I hope you enjoyed this post, personally I loooove reading decluttering and collection posts!

16 comments

  1. i basically only own essie nail polishes and i need to declutter them as i have so sooo many. i could easily open up my own salon.
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    www.elenaisabelle.com

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    1. When Essie first came to Australia I was so excited, they have such a huge colour range and so many people say they're great quality. But in Australia they're $14.95 and never on sale! When I have a higher budget for nail polish I'll definitely try them, but for now I will be heading for the sales! Thanks for reading and commenting Elena! xxx

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  2. I don't own any nail polishes so I can't say anything about those, but I have the same thing with lipsticks. It's always so hard to start the decluttering but after I'm getting started, it's just madness. But I'm pretty proud of it! It's easy to me to get rid of things or give them away, but for some things they are little harder. But always after that, I feel so much better when I'm seeing that beautifully organized place.

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

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    1. I also find lipsticks a bit difficult to declutter! My stash isn't all that major anyways but I still get you! It really is satisfying seeing everything decluttered and organised, also helps keep my mind decluttered! xxx

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  3. I was just thinking of declutter my nail polish collection today too!

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    1. A nail polish declutter is always nice to do, feels lovely and organised afterwards! xxx

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  4. This was really interesting because I do have quite a big nail polish collection but I don't think I could bear to declutter it haha x

    Velvet Blush

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    1. Thank you! Well if you like every nail polish you own I guess you don't really need to declutter anyways! For me I don't think I can declutter my perfumes or books! xx

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  5. The Essence English Rose one looks so nice, I love Essence nail polishes but I don't own this one. I need to declutter mine as well!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. It's super pretty! Currently wearing English Rose on my toes! xx

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  6. I always find it so difficult to decilitre nail polishes! Love the burgundy red Sally Hanson nail polish you are keeping, its such a classic autumn shade.

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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    1. It's my favourite shade for the colder months, though I wear it all year round anyway! For me decluttering nail polishes is more fun than difficult but I find it hard to declutter clothes! xxx

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  7. I actually went through my nail polish collection as well the other day and oh my gosh it was amazing how many of them were disgusting or I couldn't open from where I'd had them for so long. Ooh I love how you've kept some of the prettier pinks!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Thank you Charlotte! I do quite like pink. It is crazy how great a nail polish declutter can be cause you realise how long some of them have been there! xxx

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  8. I should probably go through my nail polish collection because I have way too many! A lot of them are really old too.

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    1. Hi Kelli! It feels so good to declutter, now I have a nice small collection of polishes that I use. xx

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