How to Remove Sparkle / Glitter Polish  How to Remove Sparkle Polish

The first time I tried removing sparkle polish the traditional way it took almost 30 minutes and I was extremely frustrated. It was like rubbing a wet cotton ball on coarse sandpaper… not very effective.  I previously wrote an article on how to remove gel nail polish, and wondered if this concept would also work with sparkle polish.  Sure enough, it worked like a charm.  After soaking for just 3-5 minutes the polish and sparkles wiped right off.

Supplies Needed:
– Acetone or Polish Remover (pure acetone is most effective)
– Cotton balls
– Aluminum foil strips

Soak a cotton ball in acetone remover and stick it on your fingernail.  Wrap it with aluminum foil to hold it on the nail, and repeat for each finger.  Let your nails soak for about 5 minutes, and then pull the foil off your fingers.  The polish (and sparkles) should come right off, leaving no mess.  If it doesn’t come off clean, let them soak a couple minutes longer.


Here are a few quick pics to show you what this looks like… the pic above with the sparkle polish is the before pic.

Remove Sparkle Polish in Just 5 Minutes

This is what my fingers look like when they’re all wrapped in foil. Wrap them nice and tight so the cotton ball stays in contact with the nail.

Remove Sparkle Polish

This is what my nail looked like after I pulled the foil off… not a spot of polish or sparkle left.

Remove Sparkle Polish

And this is what my cotton ball looked like when I opened up the foil.

UPDATE: Pretty Purple Polish posted about a recent discovery… using PVA glue as a peel off base coat for glitter polish! Amazing… this will save a lot of time and energy and make wearing glitter polish much less of a hassle!  I plan to try this out soon.

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2 Responses

  1. Yelena says:

    Would this PVA glue as a peel off base coat work with gel polishes as well, have you tried it like that?
    I know the whole point of gel polish is for it to last for a few weeks, but as I experiment with gel polish techniques sometimes I don’t want to wear it for 2 weeks long, but I still want to have the advantage of 30sec LED drying time.

    • Andrea says:

      It does work. You have to let it dry completely before applying your polish. Generally it won’t last more than a day or two though.