How To Save Bubbled Up Nails

Hey There Polished People!

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Here in ‘Murica it was Memorial Day yesterday so everyone either went camping or flocked to their backyards or to local parks and grilled up some burgers, hot dogs, steaks, chicken, etc. My husband and I went camping and we actually had pretty nice weather!! That’s kind of a shocker for our area at this time of year but hey- I’m not gonna complain about good weather! ๐Ÿ˜‰

My older post about bubbles in your nail polishย gets a lot of traffic, so when my nail polish bubbled up like crazy last time I set out to find a way to fix it that didn’t involve starting over or adding another layer of polish to cover the bubbles. Luckily for me, because I really liked the nails I had done, I seemed to find a pretty successful way of fixing them. ๐Ÿ˜€ Let’s see how this all went down…

Reverse Glitter Gradient Nails (with bubbles)

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You may need to click on these nails to fully appreciate the bubbly badness. They’re mostly localized where the glitter is thickest near the cuticle. They are baaaad. I did these nails by applying a couple/few coats of Nuance Evening Haze, a VERY pretty greige-y color that I received from Lesley for my bday (THANK YOU!!), then I put some drops of Spoiled Jewelry Heist, another super pretty polish I got from Lesley (THANK YOU, AGAIN!!!), on a piece of foil and used a makeup sponge to dab the glitter on near the cuticle. I ended up doing a lot of dabbing and asย you can see, all that dabbing gave me a billion bubbles so when I applied my Jessica Brilliance topcoat the bubbles got trapped and absolutely RUINED my nails! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

With ruined nails and work the next day, what was I supposed to do??? ย The bubbles were SO bad, I couldn’t just leave them. I didn’t have time to completely redo them and quite honestly it was late and I didn’t even want to take them off and just paint my nails a plain color. Plus, how much fun would that be? Scarcely any, that’s how much. So what I did was as follows: I dipped my clean up brush in my acetone, and VERY LIGHTLY painted over the bubbles with the acetone-saturated brush. I kept re-dipping and re-painting over the bubbles super lightly until the bubbles were melted away. It’s really important if you try this to have a super light touch, because you only want to melt the bubbles, you don’t want to eat through the colored polish itself. Once I was satisfied that all the bubbles were gone, or once I felt like I’d gotten as many out as I can without ruining the polish beneath the bubbles, I let the polish dry completely again, and then added a thick coat of Jessica Brilliance. This might not work for everyone, but it worked well for me. If you don’t use multiple coats of polish, or if your topcoat is really thin maybe it wont work as well, but if the alternative is bubbly polish, I’d still give it a try! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ready to see how my nails turned out?

Reverse Glitter Gradient Nails (NO Bubbles!!)


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And just in case you feel like sharing this post, here’s a good comparison for pinning, tweeting, etc. If you pull it from my site, just remember to properly link to this post! ๐Ÿ™‚

How To Remove Bubbles In Your Nail Polish


I think bubbles in nail polish is a problem we all have from time to time. Like I mentioned in my previous post on this topic, there are many reasons it can happen, but at least now I’ll have something to try and maybe some of you will give it a try, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know what you do about bubbles in the comments below. As always thanks for reading and till next time- Happy Polishing!! ๐Ÿ˜€


47 thoughts on “How To Save Bubbled Up Nails

  1. Ooooo…. I rarely get bubbling issues, but this is a good idea and one I will try when the time comes. I really really like your mani. Its such a pretty combination and I love the reverse gradient ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, I don’t get bubbling except w glitters w this thick base. Whether I sponge them or dab them too much w the brush I tend to overwork it and get bubbles like crazy!! Bubbles are the worst!!!

  2. i have that problem when the top coat gets thick.. even though i add some thinner, the bubbles come back.. just like a fenix from the ashes.. i hate bubbles.. i’ll try this next time.. yay.

  3. Omg this is amazing, I wish I had more than one like to give! I’ll definitely try this out the next time I mess up my nails because I’m impatient.
    On a side note though, the bubbles in your mani actually look kind of cute along with the glitters.

    • I totally understand that!!! It’s the worst thing ever when you spend all this time on your nails and then something swoops in at the last second and ruins them!! It’s like FORGET IT, I’M DONE!!!

  4. OK, sorry to sound self-congratulatory, but…I LOVE THAT COLOR ON YOU! I like the whole mani in general, but the REAL star here is *trumpet fanfare* NICOLE!!! You saved a crazy-bubbled mani without having to take the whole thing off and start over! *applause!*

    • Oh my gosh you speak the truth, I LOVE THIS COLOR and the glitter with it too. Absolutely love it! I’m gonna try thinning the glitter to cut through that thick base but man it is pretty. I’m already thinking of what else I could use it for- such as baby girl nails if we ever find out what the heck is growing in this belly! Thanks again for my bday polishes!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Props to Lesley for picking some awesome polish colors. I’ve seen these before, and I think I’m going to pick some up next time. Today when I went to my nail places for the failed Essie hunt, I was talking to my nail guy (before I started crying) and I was asking him about top coats. I told him how many issues I was having with Seche Vite lately despite using it for the last 2 years without any issues. He said he would let the Seche people know just for feedback since I’m not the only one who mentioned that to him lately. Well, maybe they made some changes or something…who knows!? Anyway, this is a great combo! My question is: Holy CRAP how did you get so many bubbles???

    • That would be nice if they fixed the formula because dang it- I love my seche vite and when I start using it again I want it to work!! Oh and I got so many bubbles because that pretty, pretty glitter is in that awful thick snot-consistency clear base (like the fergie star glitter polish!) that keeps the glitter wonderfully suspended but gives me such trouble when I try to use it. Soooooo I kept dabbing and dabbing the glitter on w a sponge and it just kept sticking and kinda pulling up so when I put on my top coat- bubble bubble!

      • It’s the same company as the Fergie stuff…it’s all WnW. The glitter is kinda sparse in comparison to how thick the base is, but the glitter is just so damn pretty, you make it work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Oh yes that’s right! That makes sense then. And you’re totally right. The glitter is so pretty I just love it. The soft rosey pink and those teeny holographic bits… lovely. I’ll just thin it some and/or not try to do the whole gradient thing again.

    • OMG, enabling the enabler! I feel so freaking proud right now!
      My last bottle of Seche hasn’t been great, either. I keep freaking thinning it and I’ve gotten more bubbles and wrinkling than usual, too. I may try out some of the other quick-driers like Out the Door or Poshe the next time I need a bottle, which will be soon.

      • Cynthia- don’t you use poshe and didn’t you say it was really good? I have got to try something else as my Jessica is getting low and I don’t really want to pay to have it shipped here. I can’t get Jessica anywhere on the regular. Only sporadically at Marshall’s which I never go to.

  6. I’ve only ever had really bad bubbles when using feathers, and when using OPI RapiDry top coat that had gotten old and thick. I haven’t used either in a while and no bubble problems!

  7. Hey! I do also have sometimes problems with bubbles.. Usually I put another layer, but in such a situation as yours it doesn’t work. Thanks for giving such a great solution! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • You use non-acetone remover?? It still takes off your glitter polish and everything? Do you use it because it works for you, so you just don’t change which kind you buy or do you have sensitive skin or something? I would like to stay away from acetone, but I just don’t think I can.

      • Lol you sound like an addict i just dont think i can. Lol i have always used non acetone yes. I use the sally hansen one with the vitamins and all i use it because changing my polish so much with the acetone my cuticles and nails and fingers rven were getting so dry it was gross. It takes a little more pushing but yes it gets the glitter off. The trick is to just make sure that the cotton wab or whatever you use is rrally moist again when you go on to the glitter nails. But it definetly gets the job done.

        • Acetone is soooo drying but you’re right, I’m afraid I am an addict and probably can’t switch over. What I definitely can’t so tho is use pure acetone like some people, I’ve never tried the glycerin trick, but acetone by itself is just too drying for everything except clean up. Clean up I gotta use the evil acetone just cuz it works so well. :-/

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