All right, here’s the stash that started it all. If it wasn’t for my growing nail polish collection, I would have never tracked any of my makeup in a spreadsheet. And out of everything I hoard, I would say that buying nail polish is the most compulsive for me. They’re just so much fun! No guilt. No commitment. And nail polishes don’t go “bad” per se – they can ALL be revived with thinner even if they thicken over time. The oldest polishes in my collection are from the 90’s! I’ve done a lot of purging over the years of duplicate shades or formulas that I don’t care for. My current collection stands at 498 but if I count all of the ones I’ve given away (yes I track those too so I don’t repurchase by accident), the number would be closer to 570.
I know a lot of nail polish “enthusiasts” store their nail polishes in the Ikea Helmer, but I prefer keeping them in airtight containers. They’re more portable and keep the nail polishes fresher for longer. I also own a couple of small clear acrylic wall racks (a beauty supply store was selling their old displays for cheap) – I got them in order to display my more frequently used nail polishes but right now I don’t have the space to hang them up.
Here is a tiny – TINY – sampling of each colour family:
To appease the nerd in me, here are some quick stats of my nail polish stash:
Top 10 brands in my collection, by quantity:
• Essie (73)
• Illamasqua (47)
• Color Club (44)
• Avon (20)
• China Glaze (20)
• OPI (18)
• Revlon (17)
• Orly (14)
• Deborah Lippmann (12)
• nails inc (10)
It’s funny, as much as I own, I still think there are gaps in my nail polish collection. I’m not really into large glitters or crazy colours… but I feel like I don’t have enough bright pink or green shades – am I nuts?
What’s your nail polish stash like?