- make it easy to keep track of a
hoardcollection that is growing terrifyingly quickly
- make it easy to compare polishes for dupes/future combinations
- test nail art combinations without sacrificing my own natural nails
- admire all the shiny colours
After a few days of research (i.e. Googling), I found prettier alternatives in nail display sticks and wheels. I've noticed many nail bloggers use nail wheels (nails arranged around a plastic circle) instead, but again the fact that the positions of each swatch relative to each other are fixed bothered me. The inner circle also doesn't give you much room to label each swatch; I've seen it done successfully but many others keep a numbering system which seems inconvenient. However, nail wheels probably store way easier since they lay flat and can be stacked. The nail sticks are like the ones you see at some salons or Sally's: they are long enough to label and most importantly, they can be arranged and rearranged to my heart's content. Sold!
Everybody will have their own way of organizing their swatches (by brand, by finish, etc.) and mine is to organize each ring by colour, so I have a blue ring, a purple ring, a neutrals ring, and so on. I try to arrange the sticks by hue, though with different finishes and shimmers it's definitely not perfect--but the nice thing (and what I've been trying to achieve all along) is that I am always free to change the order around.