Claire's Swatch

Things Every Polish Whore Should Have: Swatch Sticks + Label Makers

Wednesday, September 04, 2013Nail A College Drop Out


Nothing To Disclose Last week I swatched the new limited edition Sally Hansen X-treme Wear collection for Fall '13 on swatch sticks and then it happened. Rhonda from Nails Beautiqued asked me where I got my swatch sticks that say Sally Hansen on them. So why not answer her query? I'm sure plenty of you were wondering the same thing right? Right.


I bought my swatch sticks on eBay for less than $3 per 50 piece pack (with free shipping by the way) so if you have a pretty large collection like myself, you'll easily spend $50 or more if you want to swatch every single shade you own.
I recommend this as a weekend project. Sit around, have a snack, turn on any ridiculous Lifetime movie of your choice, and boom! There you go!


Most sellers have these available in two color options, "natural color" and clear. From what you can see here, I chose clear.

How did I get the names on each stick? A handy dandy label maker!


A few things I forgot to mention:
1. These aren't called swatch sticks on eBay. In fact, if you try to search "swatch sticks" you'll likely get quite a few hockey gear results.
2. Search "nail display fan board."
3. The swatch sticks come with a long metal screw and a nut to put on the end. If you want something a little less hardware store you can pick up a pack of book rings at Office Max like I did.
4. Because you read through this entire post here are some quick swatches of the new Splatter Effect Collection by Claire's

This isn't the only thing I keep in my polish arsenal. Follow me on Instagram (@DropOut_Nails) and/or search the tag #ThingsEveryPolishWhoreShouldHave

Hows that for informative?
Tune in. Drop out. Love polish.

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16 comments

  1. I've been wanting to do this! I love how organized and nice yours look!

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  2. What a great idea! You are so organized!

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  3. Thank you so much for this post. The swatch sticks looks so professional I love them!! :)

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  4. I've been writing the names with a sharpie, but ugh my writing is horrendous! I need to invest in a label maker~^^

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  5. Great post! I love reading about how people organize their polish!

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  6. You are so organized! I write the name of the polish in a thin Sharpie on my swatch sticsk but this looks sooooo much nicer!

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  7. I need those claire polishes. And amazing to see how organized you are. :-)

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  8. Love this, I am just in the processes of starting to swatch my collection. Starting with the polishes I have just used and am about to use and then I will work backwards by draw/box. Great post!

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    1. P.S I wondered what those metal ring things were called, so I just bought a bunch off eBay. Thanks!

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  9. Absolutely love this - totally used your idea for my own collection and I'm so happy with it!

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  10. they're great aren't they? did you swatch your whole collection yet? I feel like I barely put a dent in mine.

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  11. Hah no. I ordered more sticks from China but haven't been able to sit and paint. I have like 8% done.

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  12. One day we'll swatch our entire collections ...one day lol

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