My nail polish collection is large. Polishes kept in good condition (away from heat or light) can last a long time, longer than the two years many people quote. A good thinner (I use Seche Vite) can also revive them. I have tossed polishes when thinner cannot save them or they have obviously gone bad, but it is rare. When I started collecting polishes again, I tossed all polishes older than the summer of 2013. To avoid ordering duplicates, I created a spreadsheet. Swatching them with these spoons I purchased from Amazon will help me compare the colors, finishes, and overall quality. All polishes only have one coat, because I wanted to spot the difference between my sheer and opaque polishes. We’ve all seen polishes that look dark in the bottle only to need 3-4 coats for opaqueness. No polishes have base or top coats either, because that can change the way the polish looks.
I love collecting the Julep birthstones, so I collect them all rather than just my gemstone. February’s offering was a black glitter polish. While black is not my usual color, my collection needs to be complete. Also, a little glitter never hurt anyone, so I am always down for a glitter polish. Some may be tempted to order this the first day of the month when it opens up in the secret store. More popular colors will sometimes sell out when they’re in the store. The problem is they charge the full $11.20 Maven price in the secret store, and promo codes do not apply.
If you wait it out a little, even the colors that sell out will make a triumphant return. It can take some time with certain colors, which I will cover soon. As a Maven, I get free shipping with every order, so I could order just the birthstone each month and call it a day. That is not my style though, because I live for a deal. Mavens get offer codes in each box.