I was first introduced to nail polish removing creams about a year ago when I bought this black tub full of a rich creamy gel that looked similar to a cleansing balm. I believe it was a Thai product and much to my surprise it worked really well at taking polish off…and then before I could do a review, I lost it (the remover,I mean).
Suddenly there are lots of nail polish removing creams on the (Asian) market (I await lots of European copycats soon). I am addicted to buying polish but I don’t actually wear it that often because I can’t bear it if the
re’s an imperfection in the application and I hate, hate, hate taking it off.
Maybe nail polish removing cream is the answer?
Etude House has a new line of nail polish removers, from 1 – 5.
1 – Mild nail polish remover, 2 – Extra Strength, 3- For Sensitive Nails (acetone free), 4- Moisturising and 5 – Massage Type. As you can see on the above chart, the top line represents removing power and the bottom represents hydration (I am guessing this actually! Logically, that is what it should be!).
This is number 5 – Soft Massage for damaged nails. It is Acetone free and has a soft rose scent.
It’s a thick rich cream – not unlike a cuticle balm would be. Depending on how tough your polish is, you need about 1/2 a cm per nail but this is really up to you.
The idea of this nail cream is that you should spend a minute or so rubbing it into the near. It does do a great job of hydrating the nail and leaving it feeling nourished I have to say (another thing I hate about traditional nail polish removers is how it leaves my nails feeling and looking really dry).
Is smells lovely too.
I have tested it here on glitter polish which is always that bit harder to remove:
It spreads out thinly – I am quite impatient so I rubbed it in for 30 seconds tops. The longer you can bear to leave it, the better:
Then with a cotton ball or pad (I hate cotton balls, they leave strands of fluff everywhere but I seem to have them everywhere since having a baby!):
Not bad, considering eh? If I had waited longer and done more massaging the bits of glitter would have come off more cleanly, I think.
i. The product is very gentle compared to regular nail polish and didn’t dry mine at all.
ii. It smells lovely.
iii. It is also hydrating to the nail!
iv. It is effective at removing polish – it’s not just a gimmick.
i. It’s pretty time consuming, nothing outrageous but if you are used to using industrial strength polish remover and can whip colour off in a minute then be aware this will take longer to use.
ii. You don’t get much – this tube is 45g, and if you are squeezing out product on to every nail it’s going to disappear relatively quickly.
See, the downside to this product is that it takes longer to use and I hate wasting time removing polish but then again for someone like me, who has nails that look horribly dry after using nail polish remover in Boots, it’s a really great alternative.
I will definitely continue to use this – I may look around and see if there is nail polish removing cream that works ever so slightly faster than this one. I am also happier using this around baby then a smelly regular remover which stinks out the house.
I bought this from eBay and paid around £7 including shipping.
Have you every tried nail polish cream?