Goodbye Gloopy Polishes

When the latest beauty fad falls through my letterbox, one of either two outcomes occur. I lurve it, need to shout it from the rooftops immediately and rush to pop up a post; my fingertips creating a mild steam as they smash down onto my keyboard. Or there’s a more controlled reaction, a subtle nod of enthusiasm and it gets filed into my new Muji storage system (I’m naming it the beauty cupboard, however it’s just a stack of drawers in my wardrobe – I wouldn’t get too excited!). The Leighton Denny ‘As Good As New’* fell into the latter category. I’ve had it gathering dust for months after I initially dismissed it as a bit of a fad. It’s a solution then when dropped in to old gloopy polishes, returns them back to their originally fluid flowing state, so when I discovered a crusty, viscuous bottle of one of my old favourite Nails Inc’s expectancy waiting to be applied I thought I’d test it out…

You can probably guess where this post is going, but it seriously is rather fabulous stuff. I popped around 10 drops into the polish in question, gave it a roll (Leighton suggests rolling polishes between your hands instead of shaking to avoid getting bubbles of air into the product) and tested it out, and you know what it was restored back to it’s old liquid lacquer self. No gloops to be seen. By this time I was getting a little giddy and carried away so I thought I’d give it a real test on the thickest polish of them all – Seche Vite Top Coat – my bottle is well past it and has seen much better days. This time it was more like 15 drops till it had thinned out (my only niggle with this product – you do need to use quite a lot), but hey – it’s back in a useable condition and I’m one happy bunny. I’ve heard of standard nail polish removers being added to thick polishes doing the same thing, but I’ve attempted this a few times and not only been left with a major spillage on the floor but some seriously slooshy polishes and after a quick comparison of ingredients, the Leighton Denny seems to have a different formula, which really does get down to it’s job.

Leighton Denny ‘As Good As New’ comes in a 12ml pipette-able solution which I would estimate to un-glooop about 20 polishes. You can get it from BeautyBay, and at £11 I’ll be keeping it on hand to inject some life back into my old favourites. Now just how many times did I say gloop in this post…

*PR Sample


  • Emilie Garnes

    ooohh this is just what I have been looking for! too many of my beloved polishes have been thrown away over the years due to them being too gloopy… Now no more! I am definitely picking this up!

    thank you for sharing Anna 🙂 You are such a wonderful blogger!

    xx Em

  • Victoria Carlisle

    I have also had a LOT of nail polish remover related mishaps! Definitely will have to give this a try as one of my favourite Rimmel polishes is about to turn to the gloopy side.

    also, I have a lot of love for the word gloop hahaha


  • i use the seche restore and you only need 3-5 drops! maybe give that one a try once you’re done with this one 🙂

  • carys emily

    This sounds like a really good idea 🙂

  • aspirationsofglam

    Oh my this sounds amazing stuff.
    Too many times i have tried to revive my polishes in vain.
    Great post!

  • Beth Bradley

    This is great. I’ve lost so many polishes due to them going gloopy and I know you’re not supposed to add nail varnish remover to them so I’ll snap this up!

    Beth @

  • I need this so badly right now because the other day, i have discovered that a few of my nail polishes are turning really gloopy and i find it quite difficult to use. I have heard of nail polish thinners but i just wasn’t sure which one to get and this one sounds really good. Thanks for the recommendation~ xxx

  • BeingRaquel

    I have the Mavala equivalent, it’s called “Thinner for nail polish” it’s 10ml and costs around £4,75!!! I’ve had it for OVER 2 years 🙂 It’s great and lasts a very long time… highly recommend!! xx 🙂

  • “pipette-able” that’s just so funny LOL
    I’m more for the old school “few drops of nail polish remover”.. I knew about the ROLLING part.. good post, might investigate further! 🙂

  • Katie Fawcett

    Ooh this sounds good, don’t know if I’d pay £11 for it though

    Katie xo

  • Guest

    This sounds amazing!

  • Stephanie

    Seche Restore (By the makers of Seche Vite!) is another great version. Same idea but different brand. I also feel I didn’t have to use as many as 10 drops. 5 was usually the max 🙂 x

  • Fern

    to thin out nail polishes i just add a few drops of nail polish remover, it works great! 🙂

  • The Belle Book

    I always try the nail polish remover trick but find that it only works temporarily so may try this out. Wish it was a little bit cheaper though!

  • Anna Red

    Another vote for the Seche restore – it’s cheaper and you don’t need to use that much, I’ll be checking the Mavala one out as well.

  • Jen

    Someone suggested to put the Seche into boiled water, it worked…..for one night. The next day it has solidified into a hard grey substance! Was not a happy bunny! X

  • emily pappas

    I can definitely vouch for Seche Restore, though this seems to be a lovely alternative!

  • Hannah Sullivan

    In the picture, does anyone know what the mint green essie nail polish is called?

    • Tasha b

      Probably ‘mint candy apple’ 🙂

  • Alexandria Gaines

    Omg I HATE when my nail polish gets thick and gloopy. My top coats get like that so fast. I usually use the nail polish remover trick and shake it up though.

  • FloribundaR

    That sounds so good! I can’t say I’ve ever had a favourite nail varnish goop up on me but when one does, I shall be getting some of this! Thanks for the review 🙂 xo

  • Eleanor Hughes

    This looks great i always find my old nail polishes go gloopy and vile so i might have to try this out!

  • Patrice

    This is a nail polish thinner, not to be confused with polish remover. If you add remover to your polish it will eventually break them down and ruin them. Polish thinner adds back the solvents that have evaporated, thus restoring the polish.