Unlisted Brand • Beauty Secrets - Nail Polish Thinner • Nails
|Would buy this product again.||95%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
this is my first NP thinner, so I dont have anything to compare it to. Having said that, I wont even bother trying other brands. This is readily available at Sally's Beauty Supply (I think I paid around $6 for the smallest bottle they had), and it will lat me practicaly forever.
I first used it on Essie's Shine Of The Times. For those unfamilliar, its a flakie-- REALLY amazing, but just a tad too thick right from the get go. I put in 3 drops or so of this thinner and shook vigorously. then i let it sit for a minute or 2, and shoot a bit more.
it worked PERFECTLY. didnt change the finish of the polish at all (although i dont think i would risk adding it to a matte polish), didnt change the smell that I noticed, and the polish was slightly thinned out. not too much as to make the flakes not dense enough, but just enough to make application easier. this didnt seem to effect drying time at all, but i'm no expert.
when i run out of this year and years from now, i will definately repurschase!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I prefer Seche Restore, but this stuff is cheaper and I don't have to order it. I get it from Sally. I like how it has the spout top so I don't need a dropper. When my Wite Out gets thick and funky, this thins it out, too.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
What It Claims:
"Salon formula - restores polish to its original consistency. Thins nail polish for even flow and smooth application."
Claims: True or False?
1) Restores polish formula: True
2) Thins polish for better application: True
While I've seen some quibbles/complaints over the packaging, I actually find it to be quite effective for delivery of the product. I have not experienced any waste, it's easy to get the polish thinner right into the bottle of polish, and it's fairly easy to control how quickly or slowly the liquid pours out by changing how steep of an angle you maintain the bottle while dispensing product. The thinner comes in a smallish firm yet squishy plastic container that fits comfortably in my hands. The only issue with the plastic is that it can be a bit too firm for squeezing, and thus you will need to simply let gravity do the work for a bit longer if you have a very thick/stubborn polish to thin out. The cap is a simple black plastic screw-on lid that has a little lip/flap opening from which the thinner can be dispensed into the polish bottles. The flap is maybe half a centimetre long and has a flat edge on one side with a bit of an edge that allows the thinner to gently slide off of the flap with accurate precision. The hole is not too big or small. The flap opens and closes very easily, and since the hole that dispenses the thinner doesn't come in direct contact with nail polish the hole won't get clogged up as it could using a dropper bottle.
This is my first thinner, so I don't know what the formulas are generally like. It very much looks like water. It definitely doesn't smell like water, but it's not a super strong scent while in use - I didn't notice the scent until actually opening the bottle specifically to sniff it. If fragrances from nail polishes don't bother you then it's unlikely that this will cause any problems. It's completely clear so there's nothing that will affect colour in your polishes.
I've seen some reviews mention an "instant effect." This claim is not found on the bottle, so I wasn't entirely expecting an instant effect. What I discovered was that it really does depend on the polish. Older polishes that have thickened up due to not enough use or too much contact with air will take more product to thin out than will newer polishes that may simply have a too-thick formula from the beginning. If a polish had a somewhat streaky application to begin with thinning it out with this product will help make the application far easier and will not leave you with thick globs all over your nails but it doesn't change the streakiness (if so, minimally). I was not expecting this to occur. What I also found was that, primarily for the older polishes, it can take a few passes to get the effect to "stick." When thinning out my preferred top coat for instance, I would dispense enough for the formula to thin out but when left to sit for a while it would thicken up again, and I had to repeat the process a few more times, with it thickening up less and less each time. So it's going to require a lot of monitoring of your polishes and waiting to ensure that you've dispensed enough. I'd recommend that you not use whatever polishes you've thinned for at least a day or so to ensure that the bubbles from shaking have disappeared as well. With all of this being said, I've used this on numerous polishes with fantastic results, and assuming I've shaken properly and let it sit the polish remains nice and smooth. Doesn't seem to change colour or finish of polishes and hasn't affected the look of my glittery or chunky polishes.
Bang for your Buck:
This bottle cost about $5-6CAD for 118ml/4oz. I've so far used it on seven polishes, a few of them with multiple passes, and have barely made a dent in the bottle (since writing the review, I've used it even more and have maybe used up the top inch of the bottle). If you own a lot of thick or old polishes then you will probably use this up faster, but overall I don't see this product being used up quickly over an extended period, as once all polishes that needed thinning have been dealt with you may only need to reuse the thinner on them for upkeep (which requires significantly less product)
I love this stuff. I can't believe I never bothered trying something like this out sooner. I have purchased some polishes that upon first use were too thick or streaky and what would have previously been a barely-worn NP turns into something that is easy to work with. Easy to use, great value, and awesome results, I'd highly recommend. Of course, there are other thinners out there, so I'm sure most will work about the same if you cannot find this specific one.
* Overall Rating: 5/5
* Price: 1/5
* Packaging Quality: 3/5
* Repurchase: Yes.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
This thinner does everything I need it too. Add a few drops to old polish and it as good as new! it doesnt really change the way the polish looks or dry, at least not in any I have tried. It is also really easy to mix, which is always nice.
The only downside to this thinner is the packaging. It can get a little hard to get the thinner in the NP bottle. I wish it would come with a dropper but oh well. You can always purchase one separately, and at the price of the thinner, you would still be doing really well!
One note though, do not use thinner for Seche Vite. It will not work. You really need to get Seche Restore for that.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Hazel
Anyone who owns nail polish need thinner.
However, now that I am almost done with with bottle, I dont think I will repurchase this brand.
Here's the thing: It does it's job, it thins polish that has become too thick due to evaporation. However, it seems that when I use this one, the polishes seem to take longer to dry. I think it's just my chemestry, because there are some nail polish brands & 'quick dry' top coats that just never dry for me. I think I am going to try another brand, like Orly or Poshe, as soon as I can get my hands on some. The problem is, thinner is hard to find and most stores dont carry any, and if they do, it's beauty secret.
Here are two instiances where it has failed me:
I use it to thin Sech Vite, and I belive it makes the dreaded "shrinkage" problem worse the more I thin it with this. It's true what they say, you really need to buy the Seche Restore, but again, it's hard to find. (It seems to work OK with Poshe though)
Also, glitters: I had a glitter that got thick & gooey, so I added this, and the pigment separated in 3 layers: a clear, black pigment & glitter settled to the bottom. I left it open to evaporate some, and shook it like no-ones business and I just can't for the life of me get it to remix!
If you can't find any other brands of thinner, this does work, I just believe there must be something better out there.... And it's 6million times better then using remover. I already ruined some NP by using remover and over time they turned black and flakes in them. It was very depressing.
I posted I would repurchase, but only if I am not able to find another brand, or if in the case other brands work the same, because this is dirt cheap!
Also, this is perfect for wiping around the mouth of bottles to keep them from getting 'glued' shut. It is better then using acetone, because I would worry about it getting into the bottle... I jsut pour some on a cotton pad and clean up around the threads before putting the cap back on.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
This is a fantastic product for bringing the life back to old nail polishes! I used it to fix several old, chunky polishes and now they are like new!
My complaint is that the bottle absolutely must be kept upright because the dropper lid does not seal. It leaked in my shopping bag when I brought it home. Not a big problem, but be careful!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Beauty Secrets Nail Polish Thinner is sold at Sally Beauty Supply Stores for around 2.99 for a 4-ounce bottle. The product comes in a durable plastic bottle with a flip-top cap that makes it easy to add to polish (as opposed to some other thinners that come with a dropper tube). This product has become a staple in my manicure arsenal to thin any polish that is starting to get gloopy and revives old polishes to like new again without dulling the shine or affecting the durability. I will definitely be buying this again and again and can't live without it!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Medium Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This product will stay a beauty staple for me until they either discontinue it or something better comes along. It is great for getting every cent's worth of the price you pay for nail polish. It has most definitely helped stretch the use of both my inexpensive polishes and more expensive polishes. A bottle of this lasts me forever and is so handy because I paint my nails frequently and change the color often and find myself reaching for this when my nail polish begins to dry out and thicken. This stuff is great!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
This is the first polish thinner I've tried, and I doubt I'll ever stray because it's cheap and it works like a charm. I know some people will only use Seche Restore for Seche Vite, but I use this for SV thinning all the time and haven't had any problems. Even though the bottle's only 4oz. I'm sure it will last me a while because you don't need to use a lot.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Tan Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I had no earthly idea that such a product existed, so many thanks to the Nail Board!
Evaporated nail polish Ė what a bummer. I never knew that nail polish actually never expires. I figured every time a nail polish got too goopy and thick or separated Ė it was time to bid it adieu. Not the case!
I know there are Seche Vite Restore fanatics out there, but Iíve never tried it and probably never will as a pretty big bottle of this stuff is immensely more inexpensive and I doubt Iíll run out anytime soon. I am not so sure this has toluene per the ingredient description on Sallyís website, but it works like a charm.
The drip bottle design is perfect for ensuring the product falls directly into those thin nail polish necks. It allows for a pretty controlled drip, no stream unless you squeeze, of course.
Iíve restored a few nail polishes by now and I have added this to thickened Seche Vite and base coat to make them easier to apply. Iím definitely pleased and would repurchase.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Dark, Warm Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Love this! It restored my Seche Vite and OPI Bubble Bath. I don't know whay SV gets goopy so quickly but with this little gem it's easy to bring polishes and top coats back. I will buy again and again...
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Today was the first time I went to Sally's Beauty Supply and I went there because I needed a nail polish thinner. I picked this one up because it was the only one I could find. I believe the price was $4, as opposed to my OPI one, which sucked, at $6.
I must say, this thinner worked very well on my polishes. One particular polish, which is about 2 years old was super goopy and sticky. (For those interested, the polish is one of my faves by OPI, Teal the Cows Come Home.) After putting about 5 drops in, I rolled the polish between my hands and tested it out on my nail. Just like new!! Of course, my brush was sticky too so application was a tad streaky, but I just washed the goops off my brush and I was good to go.
My miracle worker!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Red, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
Good stuff! It revived an old bottle of polish. I actually added it to all my polishes because I think thin coats look better.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
Beauty Secrets thinner is a must-have tool for nail junkies. I picked it up at Sally's on a whim, as the Poshe Reviver I originally wanted was sold-out. SO HAPPY I did! It's WAY cheaper, comes in a big bottle, and really performs. This will bring ANY polish back to life, any brand -- B3F or not. I got tired of throwing out half-full bottles of Poshe and SV, and this brings them both back to life beautifully. In fact, I like the thinned consistency BETTER than the original consistency -- it actually dries faster, harder and shiner, if that makes sense...
One big downfall -- the flip-top is tricky and it's sometimes difficult to dispence 1 drop at a time -- I'd prefer a medicine-like dropper -- but it's workable once you get the hang of it!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Other
so any chemists here know which is more stripping: this or acetone remover (general remover ingredient unless specificaly stated as non-acetone). idk cuz the ingredients in this are like similar but i'm too busy 2 get into chemistry so i need to know. i'm thinking the thinner is which is weird... idk... i normally need a ton of remover to get my polish off and w/ this you just use a few drops but that's cuz it's just 2 thin n not 2 remove so........ differents between types of "acewhatevers" and the result of the combinations of ingredients is what?!?!?!?! help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
I just went through ALL of my polishes bringing them back to life with this miraculous product! I got this with the intention of thinning out my China Glaze polishes, since they're so thick, they never seem to dry totally. Anyways, I am quite happy with this product. This is a 4oz of thinner, with my card came to $2.49. This is my nail polish h.g.!!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine Eyes: Blue
This stuff is awesome, its cheap and does the job perfectly. Ive added as much as 6 or 7 drops into polish and had it come out perfect but I recommend starting with 3. Ive even added this to half gone bottles of Poshe and Seche Vita topcoats when they get all goopy and its thinned them out to perfection and I can use every bit instead of chucking the last bit of product. When I bought this at Sallys it was really hard to find and one of the women working there had to help me but it is there and is totally worth it. My only complaint is I wish there was more of a dropper / dripper to add the thinner but I can live without that since the product is so good and reasonably priced.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Other Eyes: Brown
Where has this stuff been all my life?!? About a month ago, I threw away about 75% of the polish's I own because they were thick, goopy and just plain yucky to use. I found about this product on TPF and went to sally's and bought it that same week. I used it on my cheapy sinful nail polish that I loved (a bright blue color) I put 3 drops of this in, shook it up a bit, and BAM my nail polish is brand spankin' new again! It also did wonders on my mom's really old nail polish. It's worth the price, $2.49 w/ the sally's card, $3.99 w/o. This baby will last you a long time since it's a dropper bottle and you get 4oz. Every girl should own a bottle of this!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Brown
I love this stuff and got a big bottle from Sally's Beauty Supply. It is a great nail polish thinner. I have used it on all kinds of nail polishes and it hasn't changed the formula. I was going to buy OPI nai thinner, but with this stuff so dirt cheap, I will buy this.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I purchased this product on the recommendation of the nail board as I needed something to thin my SV TC. I got a 4 oz. bottle at Sally Beauty Supply for $2.49 with my Beauty Club Card. The regular price without a Club Card is $3.49. The bottle comes with the dropper built right into the top which makes that very convenient as you don't have to use a separate dropper and risk making a mess. I added about 4 drops of the thinner to my SV and shook. After a little shake I noticed that the TC did look much thinner and was back to the "normal" consistancey. I have used the TC a couple of times since thinning and have noticed no change in it's performance so I would say that the thinner was a success. For the amount of product you receive and the amount needed to thin a bottle of polish, IMO this is an excellent value. My only caution when using this thinner or any other nail polish thinner is to add slowly a little at a time so as not to ruin the polish by over-thinning. I will definitely be purchasing this again when the time comes.