Now that you have purchased Color Street dry nail polish and have fallen in love with it, you might be wondering how to remove it since it is so long-lasting and sturdy. My biggest problem is waiting for it to look rough enough around the edges that I can put on my next set because I love them all so much and I am not a patient person! I want to cover a couple of different options for Color Street nail polish removal because everyone is different and I want you to find what works best for you while keeping your nails and cuticles healthy.
The Old Standby – Acetone Nail Polish Remover
When most people go to remove nail polish, they usually have a bottle of acetone-based remover on hand and might be tempted to reach for that. It does work on Color Street, but it can have some fairly serious drying effects. Right now, I have a Cutex brand of acetone nail polish remover but it does dry my nails out. I use it, then put lotion on my hands and rub it into my fingernails and wait about an hour before applying my next set of Color Street strips. I have a friend who tried the Ultra-Powerful formula and she said that worked very well for her, so that is also an option. She does tend to have more oil in her nails naturally, so the drying doesn’t affect her as much as it might affect other others.
A More Gentle Approach – Mineral Fusion
If you do want to avoid the drying effects of acetone-based removers, then Mineral Fusion might be the perfect alternative. Mineral Fusion is a relatively new company, started in 2007. They have many products aimed at nourishing the body, including their gentle nail polish remover. I have not tried this one on my Color Street yet but have been told by a friend that it takes much longer to use since Color Street is a base coat, polish, and top coat in one strip. The mineral-based remover takes longer to break through the top coat of the strip.
Another way to help the Mineral Fusion sink in to the nail polish strip is to use nail clips. You can take a cotton ball, soak it in the remover, and use a nail clip to hold it in place for several minutes until the nail polish is easily removed. This technique can also be used with acetone-based removers, but again, be cautious of the drying effects.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of acetone vs. Mineral Fusion so you can see the difference:
Household Product Option – Vinegar
If you don’t have any typical nail polish removal products in the house, you can always use vinegar! Soak your nails in a shallow bowl of vinegar for 10-15 minutes and begin to remove the nail polish with a paper towel. Vinegar is an acid so it will begin to break down the chemicals in the polish. You can even add a little bit of lemon or orange juice to the vinegar to add the power of citric acid. DO NOT EVER pick off Color Street polish. Take your time and wait for it to naturally wear down to where it can be rubbed off with a paper towel or soft cloth.
One More Household Option – Toothpaste
A final removal option that everyone has around the house, one would hope, is toothpaste! (White toothpaste seems to work the best.) Put a pea-sized amount on each fingernail and rub in with your fingers. Then use a toothbrush or paper towel to scrub at the polish. Alternatively, this would be a good way to break through the layer of top coating that is in Color Street strips before using another method, such as the Mineral Fusion remover. Using this method would take less time than the mineral remover on its own, while still nourishing your nails and cuticlies with the moisturizing properties of Mineral Fusion.
Conclusion – Experiment!
There are several methods for removing Color Street, and even more than I’ve covered here. Some are too damaging to even think of, so I covered the ones that have either worked for me or will work with what you already have around the house. Do some experimenting and see what works for you, while still taking care of your skin. If you have other options for what has worked for you, please leave them in the comments!