The Great Nail Polish Declutter!

Last week when I was looking for a polish to wear, I realized that my polish holders had gotten a little over filled to say the least.  With Imats fast approaching, I figured now was as good a time as any to filter out what I like and what I don't like.  I also just recently heard about a new app called 'Snupps' and think its a great idea for a make up hoarder!  If you want to follow me I go by Sandies_Stash. I am hoping to go through my stash and pass along what I don't use to someone who may want it before I put everything into the app.  Hopefully all before Imats!  I hope you are prepared for this VERY picture heavy post!

This is what I started with :

My overfilled Pinterest inspired nail polish racks.

My overfilled Pinterest inspired nail polish racks.

What a mess!  I started out with 129 polishes, treatments, base and top coats.  A tad more than I need!  I have realized that I really don't like OPI mini polishes, the brush is to thin and I find that a lot of the polishes seem to run thinner than their full size.  

As I was going through my polishes I tried to have somewhat of an order, at least it seemed like an order to me at the time!  I was going to type out the names of everything but I think that would end up making this post a lot longer than most would enjoy reading!  So I will try to keep the chatter down and make it a pic heavy post!

Lets start with Top, Base, and Treatment-y types.

My collection of Top, Base, and Treatments.

My collection of Top, Base, and Treatments.

Out of this batch I only decided to get rid of the 2 mini OPI Top Coats.  For one I am not a fan of the brush and two I have a full size.  My favourites out of this group are the Formula X base coat and the Seche Vite Top coat.  I haven't tried the H K Girl top coat yet though, I have heard great things about this one.

The Green polishes.

The Green polishes.

Out of the 'Green' section I only got rid of the OPI mini green (most of the OPI minis I don't know the names because they don't have them anywhere on the bottle, they do have a number on the bottom that if you can see/read it you can get the name).  I haven't even used some of these ones so I would like to try them out before deciding on them.  My favourite in this bunch is the Beyond The Nail in 'Mojito".

The Blue polishes.

The Blue polishes.

The 'Blue' section is pretty small and I am getting rid of the 2 OPI minis.  The only 1 out of this collection that I haven't tried is the Sally Hansen 'Pacific Blue'.  Out of the 4 that I am holding on to, I can't really decide on a favourite here out of the 3 that I have used.

The Yellow polishes.

The Yellow polishes.

This is the smallest collection of colors that I have, and I am giving away 2 of them.  Again the 2 OPI minis.  So I guess that leaves the Revlon to be my favourite!

The Grey polish.

The Grey polish.

Out of the Greys I didn't actually purge any.  I will probably purge the OPI mini when I find a dark grey I like better.  Farourite here is actually the full size OPI-Cement The Deal from the 50 Shades Of Grey collection/2014.

The Silver polish.

The Silver polish.

The silvers I am only getting rid of the Nailtini.  The other 3 are all different enough and I like them.  Favourite here is China Glaze Awaken (third from the left), it just has a little something extra to it.

The Whites.

The Whites.

This is another small collection and once again I only kept one, China Glaze - Snow.  Snow has the best formula of the 3.

orangepolish

I actually thought I had more Orange polish than this.  I only kept 2 from here, deborah lippmann and the Essie.  Favourite of the 2?  Essie.

The Neutral/Nudes.

The Neutral/Nudes.

This is where I will start to run into trouble figuring out what to call them!  From this selection i only got rid of the Formula X green-y one.  I have not even tried out the joe polish but I like the color and have nothing even close to it.  Favourite?  I like all the ones I decided to keep!

The Reds!

The Reds!

And here I thought I didn't have any reds!  From this collection I am actually keeping them all.  I am on the hunt for a true red to replace the OPI mini (Coca Cola Red).  This is another collection that I haven't tried very many from...So favourite?  Sephora by OPI 'Ruby Without A Cause'.

The Rusts.

The Rusts.

Out of these 4 I am keeping only one.  Surprise! Its the Morgan Taylor 'No Way Rose', so I guess you can say that one is my favourite!

The Taupey/brown?

The Taupey/brown?

I swear the Nails Inc and Essie look more taupy/brown in person!  From this selection I only got rid on 1, the NYC.  There is nothing wrong with the formula it is just to close to Nicka K, which I like better.  Favourite here would have to be the Morgan Taylor (Latte Please) and Essie (Chinchilly).

The Dark Purple polishes.

The Dark Purple polishes.

I have a few to many purple polishes to fit in one frame so I split them up.  This is another collection that I kept them all.  And that Venique on the end looked purple in the bottle!  Favourite here is Lancôme 387.

The Light Purples, plus a couple extras.

The Light Purples, plus a couple extras.

From the Lights/Extras I purged 3!  The Sally Hansen, nothing wrong with it the Essie right beside is the same colour though!. Also the 2 OPI minis.  Favourite here is Nicòle by OPI 'Am I making Myself Clairenet?'.

The Nude/Cream polish?

The Nude/Cream polish?

This collection I only kept the 3 on the right.  I like the colors of the OPI minis but the formula on these ones are really thin.  My favourite here is the Formula X in 'Invincible'.

The Glitters! Shiney

The Glitters! Shiney

I only gave up 3 of these, I like shiney!  I will be looking for a good gold that isn't chunky, the Cuccio one is so chunky, it leaves a raised texture on your nails that seems to catch on everything.  I can't pick a favourite here, I like each one for different looks.  You can quickly dress up a bland or just starting to chip mani by simply putting some glitter on top.

The Dark Pink polish.

The Dark Pink polish.

I was happy with the amount I gave away from this pile.  I only kept 7 of them! I did pass on 3 full sizes.  My favourite here is the Morgan Taylor 'Amour Color Please' and NYC 'Lincoln Square Lavender'.

The Light Pink Set.

The Light Pink Set.

This is another collection where I was able to purge quite a few.  I kept 7 again, can you tell I like pink?!  My favourite here is easy, Formula X 'Alive'.

Now for the ones I decided not to keep.  A grand total of 36 polishes, 15 full size and 21 minis, that will be finding a new home!  

15 full size polish.

15 full size polish.

21 mini polish.

21 mini polish.

So i whittled it down to a total of 73 full size and 20 minis, for a grand total of 93 polishes/treatments!  Still way more than I will probably ever need.  But I do feel good about purging all the OPI minis and the other full size polishes that I really did not like/need/use.  If you couldn't tell, I really like Morgan Taylor polish!  A runner up to that would have to be China Glaze going by sheer volume of polishes that I have/like.  

The keepers.

The keepers.

Do you have a nail polish or anything really that has gotten a little out of hand?  What do you think of using an app like 'Snupps' to help you keep track of what you have?  Let me know in the comments!