Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: Acrylic Nail Polish Racks from Amazon

(photo from Amazon.com)

Last year I purchased two of these clear acrylic nail polish racks through Amazon.com. This is the listing I ordered from. They are currently priced at $40.32 each with free shipping through Amazon Prime. They have a 4.5 out of 5 star rating with 422 customer reviews on Amazon.com. Now that I have had them up on my wall and full of polish for awhile, I wanted to share a few thoughts on the overall appearance and performance of them.

These racks are constructed with thick clear acrylic that has been glued together. They have six shelves with a lip in the front to keep the polish bottles from sliding off the shelf. The racks are advertised as being able to hold up to 96 bottles of nail polish. They attach to the wall through two holes, one near each top corner. They included screws and plastic anchors. Mine also came with extra screws for a separate "Polish Station" sign that was included, though the current listing states that these signs no longer come with the rack. (No problem there, I threw mine out anyway. They were cheesy.)

When I first pulled them out of the box, I was a little concerned about having only two screws hold up my beloved Zoya collection. I haven't had a problem with the weight of the polish though, two screws seems to do the job just fine. Another thing to note is when they were empty, I noticed spots where the glue had gotten a little messy or dripped during construction. This gave a frosty look in some areas. It would have been nice to not have the extra glue spots but it wasn't a deal breaker for me. Visually, they look just fine when full of polish.

Here are what my two nail polish racks look like attached to the wall and mostly full of nail polish:

I have them hanging on the wall one above the other. On the left is the top rack which houses all my Zoya nail polish and on the right is the lower one containing most of the rest of my nail polish. As I mentioned before, these racks come with screws and anchors to use to hang them up. I didn't end up using the included screws because one was deformed, as in the slots that normally fit a screwdriver tip were nonexistent. They also had an angled shape to the top of them, which I was worried might stress the acrylic and cause it to crack. I ended up going to Home Depot and getting a set of screws and anchors that had a flat head. Once I had the right hardware and tools, they were easy to install.
This is the shape of screw that was included with my nail polish rack.
I picked out screws shaped like this instead to avoid cracking the shelf.

Most of the brands in my collection fit just fine. I found that 16 bottles of Zoya will fit across, OPI will fit 14, Essie will fit 17 and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear fits 19 bottles across. The claim of 96 bottles is pretty accurate for the average sized bottle of nail polish, but if you have any mini bottles or brands that have slimmer bottles you will easily be able to fit more than 100. On the flip side, if most of your nail polish is large or oddly shaped bottles, you won't be able to fit 96.

There were only two brands in my collection that I had any trouble fitting in the shelves. Nicole by OPI will fit sideways or forward facing and tilted, but not forward facing and flat. Butter London will fit sideways on some shelves but not all of them, leading me to the realization that the construction of these isn't perfect. Butter will of course fit facing forward but not two deep unfortunately. Your best bet with bottles of this shape is to arrange them at an angle. I didn't have any problems with height of nail polish bottles, my tallest being Nailtini.
16 full size bottles of Zoya plus one mini fit on that top shelf!

Overall, these nail polish racks work great for their intended purpose. The messy glue job and the fact that all the shelves aren't perfectly even are my only complaints. The $40 price tag is the most I think I would be willing to pay for something like this, even better if you can find them for less though. So far they seem to be lasting well, so I shouldn't need to replace them. If you have a ton of nail polish like me, I do think these are a great way to display and store your collection. I love being able to see my whole collection on the wall! It's pretty and it inspires me to want to paint my nails more often. :)

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(Note: You can get the same rack here for $30 + $5.49 shipping, so it is a few dollars cheaper but is not fulfilled by Amazon. With a difference of less than $5 per rack, I chose to order through the Amazon fulfilled listing I linked at the top as I have always had a great experience ordering from Amazon directly. But feel free to choose your own adventure.)

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