November 23, 2012

Friday Favorites #2: Foil Method for Glitter Nail Polish Removal

Hi guys! Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving if you celebrated it! Anyone partaking in Black Friday today? I usually do but I'm not this year, I bought a few Sigma brushes I had on my wish list since they are doing free shipping but nothing else is calling to me so I'm saving my money for now!

Today I have another Friday Favorites for you! This is one that I wish I had known when I started getting into nail polish. For a long time I hated glitter because as we all know it is a nightmare to remove, I passed on some seriously amazing polishes because of my aversion to getting it off. After I started blogging I heard about something called the "Foil Method" and it changed my life, now I love glitter because getting it off is easy! I thought I'd share it today in case you are looking for an easy way to get glitter off without too much hassle and have never heard of this.


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Editing this post to add: A lot of you are commenting about using a glue base for glitters, yes I have heard of it. I don't like the idea of peeling things off my nails so it's not a technique I would use. If it works for you though that's awesome!


First you are going to want to gather your supplies, you will need Tin Foil, Acetone or regular polish remover (I find acetone works better) and cotton balls or whatever you use to remove your nail polish regularly.


This is my nail starting off all gittery and fabulous. The polish I'm wearing is China Glaze Water You Waiting For, this is a horrible photo because the lighting in my office sucks. You can see it better in my post from yesterday if you want to.


Next saturate your cotton ball (I'm using a cotton round) in acetone and rip off a piece of tin foil...the size of the foil doesn't matter as long as it will wrap around your finger/fingertip.


I place the cotton round on my nail like so:


Then wrap that sucker up, make sure you are wrapping the foil tight enough to keep the cotton round/ball onto the nail. I like to have a square of foil for this, I put my finger in the middle of it then wrap the foil all up around my finger so my fingertip is completely enclosed in the foil. I usually do one whole hand at a time, I've tried to do both at the same time and I don't recommend it. Let your foil wrapped fingers sit for 5-10 minutes, I usually let mine go for closer to 10 minutes.


After 5-10 minutes have passed slide your tin foil finger wrap off. I usually apply slight pressure on the nail and slightly twist the wrap back and forth to really remove the glitter while I'm sliding the wrap off. You should be left with a mostly clean nail as you can see below! If there are any bits of glitter left they should be pretty easy to remove with another piece of cotton with remover on it.

As you can see this leaves your finger, nail and cuticle pretty dried out. I always apply a nice thick lotion after removing glitter this way. Your nails will thank you for doing it.



This is what my cotton round looked like after I slid it off my nail!


Hope this was helpful for you guys! If there is anything you're dying to see in this Friday Favorites series please let me know in the comments!
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45 comments:

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  2. You don't have to use foil. I take an old plastic shopping bag and cut it into strips. A little Scotch tape holds the plastic together.

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  3. I find this method such a hassle but still it is better than the pain of removing glitter polish with only cotton swabs. Takes me ages.

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  4. Thanks for the tip!! :) I follow you all the way from Denmark! I love your blog :) And nail polish!

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  6. Great tip. It's about the only thing that CAN get glitter off. :)

    I've taken a slightly different approach though, because a few glitters *cough*Opi*couch* won't even slide off with this method - so I've started to use a thin layer of PVA glue under the laquer. First I put a layer of basecoat on (to protect the nail from the PVA glue), then I put the glue on, just like it was a base coat (same thickness) and once it's tried - it becoes mostly transparent - I use the other polishes just as usual. Now it takes a few seconds of moisteningit with nail polist remover and then you can like roll it all off :) (I have gel on some of my nails - the ones that were mean enough to break *L* - so the wrap method is too harsh on those.

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  7. I think the peel off basecoat is much better :) you just ude school glue as a base

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  8. I use exactly the same method for removing polish. But 5-10 minutes sounds too much to me. Normally I do about 1 minute for usual polish and about 3-5 minutes for glitters and my nails feel dry after that. I think they'll be ruined after 10 minutes won't they?

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  9. I liked using this method for a while but like some of the other commenters, if I know I'm going to be wearing glitter, I put on a layer or two of PVA glue first. Peels right off in when you want it to. For me, that's usually two to three days with no damage to the nail.

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  11. I really love this method. Though it does dry out your cuticles (nothing a little cream can't fix!), it really does work on stubborn glitter!

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  12. Thanks for the step-by-step! I know of people using foil but I have yet to try it myself. I have cotton rounds so I might try your method some time. =)

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  13. I've heard of the glue base but I don't like peeling things off my nails so it's not something I'll use :)

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  14. The acetone doesn't melt the plastic? I would think that might be dangerous lol

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  15. I still use the foil method despite everyone's obsession with the glue base. The glue base slid off another 6 hours--what a waste of a mani! One thing I do is that I actually cut cotton squares into four pieces. It still works and I feel I am being resourceful and somehow it is more "green." I also re-use my foil 2-3 times too.

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  16. I am going to have to try this. The glitter polishes are so hard to remove.

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  17. Can't believe I finally saw your nail without polish!! It's like running into a celebrity at the mall! lol

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  18. I also use the foil method vs the Elmer's glue base thing - I don't think my nails like having glue on them. But I do not use straight acetone. I mix mine (or sometimes buy it) with glycerine and a tish of water that lets the glycerine mix with the acetone better when you shake it up. Using this kind of remover keeps my nails from drying out so much and I don't get that dried white crude on my nails using this kind of a remover. If I don't use a remover with oil or glycerine in it, my nails will peel like crazy and get thinner too.

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  19. They outlawed plastic shopping bags where I live - and I am soooo glad. I did not use them for a # of yrs before they were outlawed because they don't hold enough. I would end up with 25 bags from grocery shopping when I could take in my Trader Joes toes and only need 2-3 of them! I am really anti-plastic bags esp since I live in a rural area on the ocean and we see them wash down the creeks and floating in the ocean a lot. Remember when 6 packs of soda and beers had those horrible plastic rings to keep them together? Those were outlawed in the US at least because of the mess they made in the oceans. Pop top cans also were modified not to have the pop part come off because of all the environmental hazard/waist they caused. Also there are a lot of dangerous things that happen with plastic bags...so I for one don't encourage folks to use plastic shopping bags for anything - get used to using your own totes - many places in the world don't use plastic shopping bags - you have had to take your own for a long time.

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  20. I also worry about this. I am a scientist and you are setting up a huge possible danger having acetone around plastic bags. Any kind of spark or even high electricity in the air can cause these 2 to ignite - they are both horrible fire accelerants.

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  21. LMAO I think your comment is one of my favorites of all time <3

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  22. Awesome tip! I used to hold the cotton with acetone wrapping the nails one by one and it took forever. This seems to be much faster. Thank you. :D

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  23. I buy a box of foil sheets that hair beauticians use for hair coloring. I find I can fold the sheet and tear 8 perfect rectangles that fold over my fingers. Plus I can never tear tin foil off the roll without making it all zig-zaggy,

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  24. Question, can you re-use the pad on another nail?

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  25. When I do this, I cut the pads into four and thats all I need to cover my nails so that I'm only using 2 and a half pads for the whole process. (But you can reuse the foil! I do one hand, then use the foil for the other as well.)

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  26. I've tried the foil method a few times but I could never leave it on more than about a minute because it would just start to sting and burn like crazy! My cuticles and the skin in the surrounding area are fine but the other side of my finger tip (the pads of my fingers) sting so much I can't bear it. I always use acetone free nail polish remover so I don't even think it's that harsh. Maybe I'm just really sensitive? I tried searching online but couldn't find anyone talking about this issue. Any advice?

    For now I just use Hands Down Ultra Pads that I got at Sally's to scrub off glitter. They have a plastic backing and tab to hold onto plus they're more durable than cotton pads. They definitely work better than cotton but it's still at least 20 minutes for all 10 nails, usually closer to half an hour :s I think I will try Lisbeth Hviid Jakobsen's tip of using PVA glue between base coat and polish so that when you apply polish remover it will just roll off. I didn't like scraping my polish off the way the PVA method was originally intended but this might just work for me.

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  27. wow that's scary! I've never had that experience with the foil method so I have no advice for you but I probably would not do this if I was having that kind of reaction to it

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  28. You're right about the waste of mani using the glue base. I do not have access to Elmer's glue, so I can't say it's not effective but all the glues sold in my country, none works. I even clean my nails with acetone prior to applying the glue to remove all the oils etc, but I guess this method isn't for me. The foil method FTW! :)

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  29. PVA glue works well to me too ! It changed my life haha. Haven't tried this method even once.... seems like way too much work to me. Maybe I'm just too lazy D:

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  30. This is a MUST for me with my love for glitter polishes! It works and minimises the risk of the glitter ending up all over your hands. Great detailed post.

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  31. I did this method last night and it's brilliant!!!!!!! I had on the super glittery China Glaze Ring in the Red. I used cotton balls instead. I separated them into smaller bits, big enough to cover my nails, dipped them in remover, placed on the nail and wrapped it in foil. After a few minutes I started removing the foil and I was amazed how easy it was! The glitter was completely off! Before this it took me around 30 minutes to remove glittery nail polish. From now on I will only use this method. It's genius!

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  32. I use this method but instead of foil, i use rubber tips that are sold in the office aisle at walmart (or anywhere I'm sure). They are polish remover resistant and I just puto the cotton over the nail, slide the tip to hold it, and leave it 2minutes! Then you re use the tip forever!!

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  33. While this method does work, they do warn people against doing this because all the acetone that your fingers are soaking up is going straight into your blood stream, which obviously is horrible for your body. Imagine how much acetone has run through your body by now.

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  34. Same for me! Except I buy the Reynold's Wrapers pop up foil sheets from the dollar tree. They're thicker and tear really well. I can get 8 from each sheet. And they're only $1

    http://www.dollartree.com/Reynolds-Wrappers/p5345/index.pro

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  35. AMAZING!!!!! I am a convert!!!

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  36. Hello! I lovelovelove you! Thank you!

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  37. I use old worn out socks for glitter polish. One sock lasts a long time (it can be washed too, just toss it in with dark towel or something you don't care about). It is abrasive enough it gets most of the glitter off pretty well. I'll do like a 10 second soak in remover for a really stubborn nail.
    I would be concerned about the long exposure as well with the foil method. But, to each their own.

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  38. Great post just come across it whilst searching how to remove glitter polish, fingers crossed it works for me xxx

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  39. does this work for kleancolour nail polish ...kleancolour glitter nail polish is a sucker to remove in my opinion its worse than china glaze

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  40. yep, it works for any kind of glittery nail polish!

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  41. wow this worked so well...definitely recommending this and you to others!~ thanks alot

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  42. You have the best nails I have seen. They look strong and healthy and are the perfect shape.

    What do you do to get your nails the way they are?

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