How To Care For Your Gel Nail Polish Before It’s Too Late

daisy gel polish sachet pink 1136 color

Daisy Gel Sachet Pink #1136

It is not uncommon that gel polish may get thicker after a while. Here are a few suggestion on how to take care your gel nail polish. These suggestion are from CND website for caring Shellac but I think it works for all gel nail polish.

  • Shake the bottle thoroughly before each use to disperse the solvents which helps prevent evaporation and thickening
  • Close the cap firmly when not in use. This will prevent solvent from evaporating in between services. It may be necessary to clean the neck of the bottle after use to ensure a tight closure.
  • Do not expose the bottle to light without the cap firmly in place. Exposure to light can begin the curing process, this includes sunlight and table lamps.
  • Replace the cap any time you are not actually applying the product. This limits evaporation as well as exposure to light.
  • Use Shellac when the bottle is at room temperature. This will insure good consistency for application and eliminate fast evaporation of the solvents.

When in cold temperature, gel polish tends to be thicker than usual. Therefore, before application, let it stand in a normal temperature for a while.  Also another suggestion is to wrap it in a warm damp towel. Warm the towel first in microwave. Or you can also soak the polish in a warm water in bowl and wait for about 15 minutes.

So do you have any experience with thick gel polish or know the solution to it? Please share with us by leaving your comment below.


#1 Diane Watson on 06.06.12 at 3:42 am

I think I need new base & top coat….they are no longer colorless…kinda tan/brown now.

#2 thresa on 06.06.12 at 9:12 pm

have you tried them yet to see if they still work well? I know if often exposed to (even indirect) sunlight, some top/base coats can get yellowish but that doesn’t impact the performance. Keep your base and top out of light.

#3 Gel Nail Polish Thinner | Esther's Nail Corner on 08.13.12 at 4:50 pm

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#4 Anne on 01.15.14 at 2:29 pm

I have just bought a I’ve lamp. All bulbs are working but my shellac is not curing properly. I tried doing each hand for 4 minutes but it was still sticky.

#5 laura on 08.26.15 at 2:12 pm

hi ive got osme gell polish and its gone think and the lid has gone verry tight how can a resore them agen they r full they havent been used much their top and base coat and a colour 1 can any 1 help… are they any good to still us or not

#6 admin on 08.27.15 at 9:42 am

Hi, if the polish inside is hard already usually there’s nothing can be done. But if the gel is still liquid but thick try to give it a few drops of Gelos Gel thinner. It will restore the consistency.

#7 Susie Legg on 09.13.15 at 8:36 am

Hi Ester, I follow your steps completely. I am CND
trained, however after one week 2 nails peeled. One
nail had ridges on it and that was my ring finger. The other nail was my index finger on right hand which isn’t chipped or flaky. I wear rubber gloves and use solar oil as it is very important. Silly question but why do 2 fingers chip and not the others. This baffles me. It takes my confidence away. I like to offer friends and
family 2 weeks wear that it what it says on my cnd lamp. My hands do get a lot of use. Any suggestions
would be great. I have Brisa lite smoothing gel
and have put the base coat on and 2 two coats of colour
plus top coat. It has been fine for a week and I am
waiting to see if it lasts 2. I have not used the smoothing gel.

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