Glass Nail Files Are a Beauty Must-Have That Literally Last Forever… & I LOVE Mine!

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We dive into the benefits of glass nail files and where to buy these prized beauty possessions that will last you a lifetime.

hands holding glass nail file under running water in sink

I love an endlessly versatile beauty tool! 😍

A few years ago I was introduced to glass nail files and the idea of them totally blew my mind! I cannot believe I had been living my entire life without them once I started using mine!

They’re endlessly reusable, earth-friendly, save you money, sanitary, & extremely durable.

So if you’re just as intrigued as I once was by this beauty phenomenon, keep reading to find out more about this unique personal care must-have & where to buy the best ones!

woman holding up file and smiling

A few years ago I was generously gifted a glass nail file. To be honest, I thought it was pretty boujee & unnecessary but once I started using it, I understood why my friends were raving about them!

Plus, they deliver in many more ways than your average beauty tool so I’m totally sold for life! 🙌

emery board and glass nail files with no and yes post it notes

When I moved last year, I lost my beloved glass nail file. Since then, I’ve easily gone through at least 5 or 6 traditional emery board ones!

The lack of frugalness was a great reminder of why I needed to buy another one ASAP!

I happened to spot some glass nail files for just a few bucks at my local farmers market so I scooped one up immediately and promised myself never to go back to wasteful nail files ever again!

hand holding file against nails in front of window

Unlike traditional nail files, glass nail files (or crystal nail files) are made up of chemically treated and tempered glass which gives them an everlasting abrasive surface that’s permanently etched into the glass – meaning they’ll NEVER dull!

You’re old, dingy, overly gritty, & super flimsy nail files can’t even compete! 💅

They’re also very reasonable for your wallet, so although they tend to be slightly more expensive than a regular file, you’ll see the savings add up pretty quickly!

holding up hands in air with fingers spread apart in front on media table

Here are some other amazing benefits I’ve noticed from glass nail files:

  • Better edge when filing down your nails
  • Overall healthier nails
  • Improves nail chipping & splitting
  • A smoother surface never dulls
  • Glass is non-porous so they’re able to be easily sanitized — soap, water, and a gentle brush (if needed) is a great way to clean them.
  • You can take your sanitized glass nail file with you to your favorite nail salon

TOTALLY SOLD? Here are 5 of the best glass nail files you can buy online:

1. OPI Crystal Nail File is a great basic starter if you’re new to this nail trend. 

hand holding a clear and white opi glass nail file

Buy it on Amazon – $9.95 + FREE Prime shipping

If you just want a basic file to start your new journey, this one will be just what you need! It’s made by OPI, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about great nails. 😏 Plus, it has a conveniently pointed edge which also works great when filing the tops of your nail beds.

*Note that many Amazon reviewers stated receiving broken nail files. Consider ordering this same OPI file from Walmart for just 54¢ more if you’re concerned about possible shipping damage. 

2. Grab this hand-painted glass nail file for something as unique as you.

glass nail file with hand painted lavender flower

Buy it on Etsy – $15 + FREE shipping!

I’m such a sucker for anything with flowers and this hand-painted option is no exception! It comes with a sleeve for easy storage and I really love that it’s hand-painted in Arizona so when you order, you’ll be supporting a small shop!

close up of glass nail file hand painted with desert and cactus scene

Want a different hand-painted design? This same small shop also offers tons of other gorgeous hand-painted designs so if you’re looking for something to fit your personality to a T, then make sure to browse their endless collection!

3. Spa-Rific laser etched glass set comes with one for your nails & your feet. 

two pink glass nail files laying on white surface

Buy it on QVC – $30.79 (+ $3.50 for shipping)

This gorgeous rose chrome set is perfect if you’re looking to seriously treat yourself or a friend to a great glass nail set! Plus, they claim it works well on natural or artificial nails and it even comes with a large one for your feet making it ideal for anyone and everyone’s needs.

4. You’ll always be able to keep this crystal glass nail file safe with its own built-in hard case. 

blue and clear glass nail file laying on white surface with bottle of nail polish

Buy it on Etsy – $16 + FREE shipping!

One thing about glass nail files is they’re more prone to breaking if you’re not storing them properly. To avoid future catastrophes, consider this stunning glass nail file which comes complete with its own built-in hard case! So not only will it be safer, but you also won’t have to worry about losing the case either.

row of colorful sticks on white surface

Plus, it comes in 10 different bright colors so you can grab your favorite color and a couple for your friends with their bundle deal!

5. This clear crystal nail file has all 5 stars on Amazon & is the cheapest option on our list.

clear glass nail file with sleeve cover sitting on red and white polka dot surface

Buy it on Amazon – $5.95

Want something super affordable? You won’t need to look any further since this affordable file is made of 198 Mpa-strong Czech-tempered glass. Plus, if there was any question about whether it’s built to last, it even comes with a lifetime guarantee (and yes, it covers the filing surface too).

Better yet, their incredibly affordable pack of six is ideal if you’re also looking to gift some to friends!

Hip Tip: Check out this highly-rated clear glass cuticle pusher set on Amazon that’ll go perfectly with your new glass nail file.

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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 35

  1. Sarah

    I love using a glass file! I buy mine at Marshall’s/TJ Maxx and they are usually unde $10 for a set.

    • Peaches

      I’ve had one for my nails and one for my feet for several years now and love them.

      • Sara

        Love hearing that you’ve been using yours for years, Peaches! I suspect mine will last for many years too as it works so wonderfully and still feels brand new!

    • Sara

      So wonderful to hear! Thanks for sharing where you find yours, Sarah!

    • lk

      Do they carry them regularly?

      • Sarah

        Yes I regularly see them there.

  2. Jackie

    Around 8 years ago I was on vacation and we went to the crescent moon hotel in Arkansas. This is the most haunted hotel in the US. It’s in Eureka Springs and has many cute shops all around. I found there my first glass nail file and I still have it and love it ❤️

    • Sara

      That is so special, Jackie! Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Evie202

    Great until it falls on the floor! They also break easily in your purse. Emory boards all the way, for me.

    • Rebecca

      Hmm, I’ve dropped mine several times, on tile floors, with no problems. They get shoved in my purse as well with no issues. Maybe it depends on the brand?

    • becki

      i have had mine for a couple years, and have travelled with it many times in my suitcase and purse. i’ve never had mine break or chip or crack. it came in a little velvet sleeve that i use, and i don’t protect it further than that. it was an inexpensive one from Amazon.

    • Sara

      I hope you’ll give them a try again, Evie202! I also have never had this experience, but nonetheless, I’m happy you’ve found something that works for you! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. 🙂

  4. TheQueenBee

    I bought one in a hospital gift shop that has lasted about 3 years already. I bought one at tjmaxx that went smooth after a few months. Guess I’d call that a defect. Wish I could find a thinner one like the metal files.

    • Sara

      Thanks for sharing that with us, TheQueenBee! My only concern with glass nail files being as thin as the metal ones are that they could easily break.

  5. Shelly

    Haha Where have I been living… under a rock This is the first time I saw a glass nail file 🙈

    • Julia

      Me too…

    • wendyann

      Me too

    • Sara

      Don’t feel bad at all! Until I was gifted my nail file I had never heard of them before either, but I’m so glad I know now! If you give them a try you’ll have to let me know what you think! 🙂

  6. Savvy Mom

    I’ve had a glass nail file for about 7 years and love it! I do keep it in the case when not using it to make sure it stays safe.

    • Sara

      Wonderful to know, Savvy Mom, thank you so much for sharing that with us! Seven years sure beats anything the emery board nail files could do! How great!

  7. Tracy

    This is my #1 baby shower gift. I used it on my own daughter. No mittens needed ever, no face scratching and no scary clipping of their thin skin. Infant nails file away in seconds with zero damage to their skin.

    • Sara

      What a great tip! Thanks for sharing that with us, Tracy! I actually used to bite my little’s nails off while they nursed, but your way sounds so much better. HAHA!

  8. Jane

    Mine is a Nail Tek brand. I bought it at a beauty supply store (years ago) and I believe it was originally intended for acrylic nails. The clerk raved about how well they worked on natural nails and how they were guaranteed for life! I paid about $10 back then and a few weeks later I dropped it on the floor and it broke. I called the company and they sent me a new one for totally FREE! I wonder if they still sell them? Highly recommend this one.

    • Sara

      WOW! That is so awesome, Jane! Thank you so much for sharing that with us!

  9. Sue

    I use glass nail files too but I paid way too much for mine. It costed me 15.00 just for one what a deal these are.

    • Sara

      If it’s lasted you for quite a while, I’d still say it was money well spent, Sue! Glad you love glass nail files too!

  10. shinepm

    Just bought one at the Dollar Tree. Figured it was worth a try.

    • Sara

      Awesome! I hope it works out for you, shinepm! I actually didn’t know the Dollar Tree sold glass nail files. Cool!

  11. Mrs. Aman

    Does it have the soft side and the rough side? Or no? I like both options..

    • Sara

      It’s the same on both sides. I was like you and liked having the options of a rough side and a smooth side, but I quickly got used to the glass nail files. They still file quickly and are so much nicer on your nails. I hope this helps!

  12. D

    Walmart has several with cases for under $5. An Equate one with case is $4.

    • Sara

      That’s great to know! Thank you so much for sharing with us, D!

  13. Bunny

    Several years ago Colin posted about all the things that were in her purse and a glass nail file was one of the items listed. Bought one back then and absolutely love it. Thanks for the reminder. And I love Tracy’s idea as this for a baby shower gift–how clever! 🙂

  14. Krista

    Hi everyone! Glass nail files shred my nails. Maybe I’m doing it wrong? Is there a “right” way to use these?

  15. Natalie

    Ace hardware has them for $1.99 each!! Just bought one. Love it.

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