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should I replace my nail polish? I've heard that nail polish has a shelf life of about 2-3 years.

I'm hoping some you seasoned salon owners/manicurists can share with me how often you change out your polish collections. What do you do with the old polish?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

I find it's not really a time frame. But rather, how full is the bottle of polish. Once you use it a lot, and it get's half full, it will go bad quickly. But colors that I don't use and are still full (and not stored in direct sunlight) last many years.

When I can't use it, I throw it away.
I have bottles of polish that are 15+ years old; as long as the cap is securely tightened, the solvents remain.
In actual fact, it depends on the type of nail polish that you have. If it's just general nail polish, the recommended shelf life is normally 12 months. However, if you haven't opened the bottle of nail polish and you've kept it out of direct sunlight and kept it sealed then it's generally from the time that you open up the bottle. In agreaance with the fact that the more time you open it and it's exposed to air, the chemicals will react with the air and therefore will become a little bit of cluggy or perhaps stick. So it really depends on just how you're storing it and also if you're leaving the bottle open. Hope that helps!
I've never seen "shelf life" recommendations . . .