10 Money saving tips for Lacquer Lovers



  1. Back to bases. By using cheaper polish as your base for expensive polishes, you’ll still get the colour you love but with just one coat instead of three (saving you over 1/3 of your nail polish costs!)

  2. Use cheaper polish for nail art. Don’t open up your Deborah Lippmann to paint those little daisies. When your working on small designs any polish will do. No need to worry about fancy self-levelling, high-gloss or fast drying polishes when painting intricate designs

  3. Invest in good tools. If your going to spend a little extra, spend it on a quality clean-up brush and a set of quality nail art brushes. Shedding bristles will not only ruin a good manicure but buy sh*te and you will certainly buy twice

Fan brush

4. Invest in a good topcoat. Hours of hard work spent creating a masterpiece can soon be undone by a poor topcoat – smudging, streaking, bubbling, etc. Your nail art will not only look better with a quality quick-dry top coat but will stay looking good for longer hence less need for you to redo your manicure so often

5. Messy manicures. Water-marbling, Sugar Spun manicures, Paint Splatter effect, and sponging are just a few of the messiest manicures you’re likely to encounter, and therefore use a huge amount of nail polish. If you do decide to do these manicures make sure you once again use cheaper polish and not your high-end, limited edition, favourites.

Messy Sponging cu

6. Blogsales. Why pay full price and high shipping charges for nail polishes on their release. Many bloggers will swatch the polish once and then sell it on days later for a fraction of the price. It’s so easy to be persuaded by new releases but if you can hold out and be patient you can grab yourself a bargain

7. Shop around. Many brands will introduce nail techniques and trends that pertain to be new out. However a search on Ebay, Etsy or Amazon means you can find the same decals, feathers, shells, caviar beads, etc. much cheaper than if you buy them off the bigger brands

Caviar Clear

8. Get friendly. Having fellow polish-addicts as friends can bring untold happiness, not least because of the opportunity to swap polishes or exchange gifts. This is even more mutually beneficial if you have polish friends all over the globe as what is an expensive import in your country may be a discount, drug-store polish in theirs, and vice-versa.

9. Get creative. Instead of throwing away your half used nail wraps save them to do some embellishment on your next manicure. Or how about using the very last drops of polish in the bottle to create a saran wrap manicure. Or even keep hold of that freebie eye-liner as an outliner for your next nail art.

Nail Wrap Tips

10. Get together. It’s no secret that the best deals come when you buy in bulk. Next time you decide to make a big polish purchase, ask around if any of your polish friends would also like to buy something. Free shipping, massive discounts and free gifts all come with bigger buying power

So there you have it, my top ten tips. Do you have more money saving tips I’ve forgotten to mention?


About lushnails

I'm a qualified Nail Technician based in Liverpool. This blog is my way of sharing some of my favourite techniques, products and nail designs. I love all things rainbow-coloured and spangly! Hope you enjoy reading/viewing :)

Posted on June 22, 2014, in Hints and Tips and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. great tips! I love this!
    If you have a shimmery polish that’s too sheer and you never wear it, try it over a dark color and it will completely re-invent it! I find that combining colors that I already have makes them feel new and improved and i don’t really feel a strong urge to buy buy buy 🙂

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