Everything You Need to Know About American Girl’s Doll Nail Polish

When American Girl came out with their doll nail polish, I had a lot of questions. Was it lame? Does it work? Does it really wash off with water?

For only $10, I decided to give it a try.

(Just kidding, I got it for Christmas.)

Here we have the unopened doll nail polish package, an American Girl case I bought a few years ago that contains doll-sized washcloths, and a small bowl of water.

After taking the plastic off, the nail polish and nail clippers are attached to the package with elastic you can cut, while the two nail filers can slip out.

Here is everything out of its package! For $10 and from American Girl, it’s a pretty sweet buy.

The first thing you’ll want to do is cover the surface on which you’ll paint your doll’s nails with something like a napkin or a towel.

Then roll up your doll’s sleeves, if she has any. Perfect!

These little nail clippers are SO. CUTE. My only complaint about them is…

You can’t really… “clip” with them. You can swivel the handle around, but there’s no clipping action.

I was very frustrated. XD

The nail filers are super cute (and they say “American Girl” on them, which automatically makes me love them), but I wish they were a little bigger.


The nail polish is:

  • A good consistency. It’s not gooey or runny, but it is a little thin.
  • Not very bright. I wish it was a deeper color so it could stand out more, but it looks good on dolls with darker skin.

One hand all done!

The major downfall of the nail polish:

It takes quite a while to dry.

Quite. A. While.

For me, it took almost thirty minutes.

The most important thing to know:

Even when the polish is completely dry, it will still be just a tad sticky if you press hard on it, even over 24 hours later. I think that’s because if it dried any harder, it wouldn’t be as easy to get off.

So don’t worry if it’s been over an hour and things are just a teeny, tiny bit sticky. It’s dry and won’t stain your doll’s clothing; it’s just not rock-solid hard.

The secret message:

Just kidding. Mostly.

The back of the nail polish bottle has papers that fold out. I didn’t realize this until my finger brushed against the layers and they unfolded. XD

On the paper is basic instructions in different languages and what to do if you have an allergic reaction. I only have a very mild allergic reaction to Everlasting Sunshine Suave conditioner, so I wasn’t worried. XD

All dry yet? An hour later, I decided to see how easily it can be removed.

The two ways to remove the nail polish:


  • Wet a small corner of a washcloth in some water.

  • Wipe your doll’s nail thoroughly. You’ll have to get in there with a little more force to get the corners and crevices.

The nail polish, even dried 24 hours later, is very easy to remove. The only thing that will remain is the occasional glitter sparkle or two.

The first two nails are all clean!


  • Dip your doll’s hand in water.

I don’t know where I came up with this method. I was just experimenting and thought a “what not to do” section would be helpful, and this came across my mind as something extremely dumb to do.

But then I realized how helpful this was. XD

Look at how much of the nail polish has come off already simply by being in contact with water!

  • Wipe the remaining nail polish off with a wet washcloth. It will be even easier to remove.

Careful about what washcloth you use! I was not. My special AG doll washcloths probably weren’t the best to experiment on. Luckily, the AG doll nail polish washes off easily and my washcloth is all clean now!

Likewise, if you get the nail polish on your doll’s clothes, it will wash off easily as well. I wash any doll clothes by gently running them under cold sink water.

Pro tip #1:

  • Don’t attempt a second coat once the first one is dry! It will be utterly useless.

When you try to add a second coat, the wetness of the new polish you’re trying to add will activate the polish on your doll’s nail already and wipe off. It’s better to do a heavy first coat instead.

Pro tip #2:

The nail polish looks amazing on dolls with darker skin!

Pro tip #3:

If the nail polish is safe on dolls’ nails, you can use it for other things on their vinyl, too, like face paint. I don’t really know what I was going for with this pattern. XD

You could create hearts, butterflies, Rudolphia the pink-nosed reindeer…

Pros of the doll nail polish:

  • washes off easily with water
  • look great
  • your doll can finally wear nail polish that won’t stain her!

Cons / important info:

  • it will take quite a while to dry, nearly 30 minutes
  • it will not dry completely rock-hard solid
  • the light pink color doesn’t look as good on dolls with lighter skin
  • remember to dig in around the edges of your doll’s nail when removing it

The American Girl doll nail polish was a genius accessory and adds so much to your doll’s look. It’s indeed easy to wipe off and, at long last, doll fans now have nail polish that won’t permanently ruin their doll’s skin!

What do you think about American Girl’s doll nail polish?


2018-01-10T16:04:22-05:00 January 12th, 2018|74 Comments


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    💖Hope💖 @agdolldreams January 12, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Wow, that’s so interesting!! I’m not planning on buying the nail polish, since I don’t paint my own nails, but that was still interesting to read! I love the color of the nail file!!!

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Hope! I haven’t painted my own nails since February of 2017. I’m either busy… or lazy. XD Thank you so much for reading! I love the color, too!

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        💖Hope💖 @agdolldreams January 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm - Reply

        XDDDD How are you, Madi? I’m doing my online Spanish lessons right now, and it’s dark and raining hard outside.

        • Madison
          Madison January 12, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

          XD I’m doing great! I’m about to get started on school myself, but I might be able to escape it if I go outside quickly. >:) It’s sunny and fair-weathered here.

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            💖Hope💖 @agdolldreams January 12, 2018 at 12:15 pm - Reply

            Haha! XD I kinda like the stormy weather. Its humid, which is a nice change from the below-freezing temps we have been having.

            • Madison
              Madison January 12, 2018 at 12:16 pm - Reply

              I like stormy weather, too! Ooh, humid weather is the only weather we have here in Florida. COME AND VISIT HEHE.

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                💖Hope💖 @agdolldreams January 12, 2018 at 12:16 pm - Reply

                HEHE I NEED TO. XD Its raining so hard that its pouring out the gutters!!! My dad is going out to get to the bottom of it.

                • Madison
                  Madison January 12, 2018 at 12:18 pm - Reply

                  HEHE YES. XD Woah! I love it when it rains, it’s really good writing weather for me. XD

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                    💖Hope💖 @agdolldreams January 12, 2018 at 12:20 pm - Reply

                    Yeah!!!!!!! Speaking of writing, I wrote a short story yesterday! I’l send it to you via email along with a picture of the rain.

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    meandmydogsblog January 12, 2018 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Thats looks so cool!


    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 12:11 pm - Reply

      It is! One of my favorite accessories AG has made.

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        meandmydogsblog January 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm - Reply

        You should do a post about all your favorite AG items!!


        • Madison
          Madison January 12, 2018 at 12:13 pm - Reply

          Oh my goodness, that is such a great idea! I’ll definitely have to do that sometime.

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    EnniMorgan January 12, 2018 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    It sounds like a great product! 😀 I probably wouldn’t buy it, since well…I don’t know. 😛 I’m fine with doing nails on other people, but on myself…it’s a disaster! Probably because I’m too impatient to let it dry fully. 😛

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      HAHA, I know, right? I get so impatient and always check it and end up messing it up. XD

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    Amie January 12, 2018 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    This is cool. Hmm, I might just have to try this—

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply


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        Amie January 12, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

        Susan: Dude, you need to work on your laugh.
        Tom: Be quiet, peasant. You’re just envious.

        • Madison
          Madison January 12, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

          Del: Peasants are not allowed to talk here. Thou shalt shuttest thy trap.

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            Amie January 12, 2018 at 7:54 pm - Reply

            Tom: Exactly! Dude, I live with these peasants. 🙄
            Susan: Well, you keep your blog friend to yourself then. I didn’t want to know anything about her anyway.

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    Chloë January 12, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    I’ve been wondering about the nail polish for some time, and now I think I need some. XD

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      It’s an awesome set! You get a lot for only $10. XD

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    Laura January 12, 2018 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Neat! Thanks for the review! I may consider getting this. 🙂 LOL! Rudolphia the pink-nosed reindeer. XD XD XD That me literally laugh out loud. XD XD

    -Laura <3 😉

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for commenting! It’s a really great set. HAHAHA YAY! I WAS REALLY REALLY HOPING SOMEBODY WOULD LAUGH AT THAT. XD

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        Laura January 13, 2018 at 8:07 am - Reply


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        Laura January 13, 2018 at 9:25 am - Reply

        LOL!! That was the funniest thing I had seen all day. XD XD XD

        -Laura <3 😉

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    AGs in Alaska January 12, 2018 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    This is fantastic! I love that there is now removable nail polish. The part about the Everlasting Sunshine Suave made me laugh. Now, if only AG would make removable braces for dolls . . .

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      Me, too! It’s one of my favorite AG accessories. HAHA, it’s like, the most random allergy ever. 😂 And I had to use it today. -_- Ooh, yes…

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        AGs in Alaska January 12, 2018 at 7:55 pm - Reply

        Oh no!!!!

        • Madison
          Madison January 12, 2018 at 7:56 pm - Reply

          My eyes watered and I sneezed a bunch, but that’s about all. 😅

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    IrishAG January 12, 2018 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    What a cool, unique post! I’ve been wondering about the nail polish… Thanks for the tutorial!
    Also, the photos are so fun and personality-filled!
    <3 , IrishAG

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 7:54 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much! I’m super glad you like it. I hope it was helpful!

      And YAY, I’m so glad you liked them!

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    Gracie January 12, 2018 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    This looks like a fun set! I’m not sure how much I’d use it, but it’s kind of tempting…. ☺

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      It is! I don’t know how much I’ll really use it either, but it may prove super useful. XD

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    Katie January 12, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Oh! I’ve been wondering about this for a long time, does it come in other colors? I probably won’t be buying this but it’s cool! It looks amazing on Cecile! LOL so why did you dot it on her face? XD Awesome job Madi!
    – Katie 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      Unfortunately, it only comes in pink. A dark red would be EVILLY AWESOME. XD Hah, I was trying to go for a Bohemian / face-paintish look…? XD

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        Katie January 12, 2018 at 10:11 pm - Reply

        Yes! Red would be AWESOME! Oooh ok, LOL 😂 I thought maybe Del got into the nail polish 😉
        – Katie 🙂

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    Melody Silverleaf January 12, 2018 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    That’s awesome! Thank you for a great review your model is perfect!

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you liked it!

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    Julia M January 12, 2018 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    This is pretty cool! I don’t think I’d ever get it, because I probably wouldn’t use it much though.. And knowing me and my random strange allergies, I’d probably be allergic to it! XD
    ~Julia <3

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      It is! Yeah, I don’t know how much I’ll really use it. 😂 Haha, if you ever do get it I hope you aren’t allergic! XD

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    olivehiddenhollow January 12, 2018 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    ALL my dolls are pale. 😂 well, except for lea, she’s a little darker- oh my word, I just referred to my sister’s dolls as MINE 😂🙊
    I love having my nails painted, I’m just not very fond of doing them, since it takes forever, and no matter how careful I am, I always end up smudging it. But I still do it anyway. 😂 However, once this current color wears off, I’m not going to paint them again for a while, because they are starting to chip oddly, which is a sign that they need a break. 😝
    (In case you’re interested, my current color is a light, shiny, airy purple)
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      😂😂 Don’t tell your sister! XD

      Literally exact same here! Except now I’m too lazy / busy to paint them anymore 😂

      Sounds like a beautiful color! I don’t think I’ve ever painted my nails that before. Usually, it’s either dark red (my favorite >:)), white, or aqua teal with glitter. XD

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    Olivia Bell (aka Livy) January 12, 2018 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    That looks interesting, I’ve never heard of it before! Is it new? 😀

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      It’s been out for a little while, I think! Maybe the fall release in 2017?

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    quinleytheelf January 12, 2018 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Awesome! finally AG made nail polish that won’t ruin dolls skin. I have heard of people making their own doll nail polish but I was never brave enough to try it.

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      I know, right? I’m giving them 100 points for it, it’s an amazing set. Woah, really? I’d be way too chicken. XD

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    Kaylyn Grace January 12, 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I have this set, and it didn’t take long for it to dry. Probably because I put my doll in front of a fan. XD This is a really great post! I do wish that the color had a little more POP. This is really helpful! Great post!

    • Madison
      Madison January 12, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Hey, putting the doll in front of a fan is a great idea! XD Thank you so much! Same here. Or I wish they had other colors like RED HEHE.

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    Bella January 12, 2018 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I’ve always wondered about the AG nail polish! I haven’t purchased it, because I wanted to learn more about it first!

    Thanks so much for doing this post, Madi! As usual, your photos look outstanding!

    🙂 Bella

    • Madison
      Madison January 14, 2018 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      Me, too! It was a ton of fun to experiment with it for this post.

      Aww, thank you so much, Bella! <3

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        Bella January 14, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        Cool! I bet! You’re totally welcome! 🙂

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    Anna January 13, 2018 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Ooh, thanks for the tips! I bought a bottle of purple doll nail polish at the hair salon when I went to NYC, so this is SUPER helpful!

    • Madison
      Madison January 14, 2018 at 5:53 pm - Reply

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for commenting! YAY, I’m glad it helps!

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    justAG January 13, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Hmm, I’m still undecided about getting this, but you were helpful, so thanks! At least you don’t have to buy Gabriela’s set just to get nail polish. And thankfully there are no more stick-ons. I heard they didn’t work very well.

    • Madison
      Madison January 14, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      That’s true! Agh, yes, the stick-ons fall off all the time. I don’t like ’em. XD

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    agsparklesisters January 15, 2018 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Even though we don’t plan on buying the nail polish, this was very interesting.

    • Madison
      Madison January 18, 2018 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much!

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    Alyse January 16, 2018 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Does Del like it?

    • Madison
      Madison January 18, 2018 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Oh, she hates it. XD

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    Anna Maria January 17, 2018 at 2:35 am - Reply

    This was an awesome review!! 😀 I love all the pics (especially the very last one! It looks like a beauty salon!!😄 Or like the dolls are having a sleepover and pretending the bedroom is a beauty salon! 😜 Either way, it’s adorable!!😁)! And the nail polish is super cute! 💅
    Also, I keep forgetting to tell you, Madison, but I got your Christmas card in the mail, and I LOVE it!!! 💕🎄 Thank you, thank you!!!! 😊 And my dolls LOVE their card, too, so thank you to you and your dolls from mine! 💕💞 My dolls also really enjoyed seeing the card they sent to y’all get featured in your Christmas photostory! 😄 (And I love how you incorporated the cards into the story!! It was super creative and special!! 😊)

    • Madison
      Madison January 18, 2018 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Anna! Aww, I’m so glad you liked it! 😄

      AWW, YAY! I’m so glad you like it! And aww, that means so much! Thanks a million, Anna! <3

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    AAG January 17, 2018 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Brooke: I. NEED. THAT.
    Me: Three words, buddy. Get good grades.

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    starbulence January 24, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

    On my word! thats so helpful I have never done my dolls nail polish before so thanks!!!!

    • Madison
      Madison January 24, 2018 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Aw, I’m so glad it was helpful! Thanks so much!

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    Kirstyn December 14, 2018 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Did I comment here? NO?! *GASP* How dare I stay silent?

    • Madison
      Madison May 4, 2019 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      No? But… Kirstyn, how could you? The comment section needs you!

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