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Other Hand and Nail Care
Member Name: catsholiday
Other Hand and Nail Care
Date: 02/08/10, updated on 27/10/11 (81 review reads)
Advantages: Good price, no spill and don't dry out my nails
Disadvantages: None for me
Tesco Nail varnish Remover pads
I use these nail polish remover pads as they are great for travelling. They weight next to nothing and there is no danger of them spilling and destroying the clothes in my suitcase. In fact because they are not liquid I can also take them in my carryon luggage should I wish to.
These cost me £1 from Tesco and when I saw them the first time I decided to give them a try since I struggled with chipped and scraggy nails when on holiday the previous time as I didn't fancy taking normal bottled nail varnish remover. You get 15 pads in each little tub and as the container is also quite small it's a handy size to take travelling as it takes up almost no room at all.
The packaging is quite functional but not offensive to the eye with it is a pale shade of purple and clear text on the top telling you that the product is Tesco branded and inside you will find 15 nail varnish remover pads. The container is a hard plastic with a decent seal so the pads themselves don't dry out.
The pads themselves do not have a strong smell which I like as I hate the smell of nail varnish remover. The other thing I like is that instead of an alcoholic base the remover liquid in the pads is quite oily so that rather than drying out your nails, you are actually feeding them. They are not so oily as to cause a problem, the ends of my fingers dry off quite quickly and anyway if you find you don't like the oiliness you can always wash your hands/feet after using them. They contain Pro vitamin B5 which helps to condition your nails and this is great if you want to leave your nails without polish for a while. Do not attempt to apply varnish straight after removing polish with these pads as the polish will not stay on.
I was a little skeptical that such a small pad would remove the polish from one hand and thought I'd need to use a few, but after using them I found that one pad was enough to remove even my dark coloured nail polish on my toes. This small pot has lasted me for about 3 months as I only use one pad to take all the varnish off my fingers then another for my toes. If I'm doing both then I begin with the same pad I used for my fingers on my toes then finish off with the second as my toes always have darker polish on them.
The pads are quite small, fairly thin and white and they are so easy to use just wipe over nail surface until all traces of nail varnish are removed. I f you have darker polish on your nails you may have to rub a bit longer but it really isn't difficult at all. Make sure you close the lid after taking out the pad to prevent moisture loss from the pads. I find that the pads have quite a pleasant smell to them, a mild sweet smell which is a lot nicer than normal nail varnish remover. I think despite the fact that they feel gentle I would not leave them on polished surfaces as they may well remove polish from there too.
The only two things I have found that these are not so great for is firstly to tidy up edges after you have put new polish on. I usually dip a cotton bud in nail varnish remover and use this to tidy up any little errors I have splodged on my fingers. These pads are not so good for that purpose. I have poked a cotton bud onto the pads but it really isn't as effective. The other method I tried was to use a tooth pick wrapped in a pad and again it was okay but not as effective as the nail varnish remover liquid as the wetness wasn't quite there.
The second thing is these are no use at all for diluting nail varnish that has thickened. When nail varnish goes a bit cloggy I pour a little remover into the bottle and that thins it and makes it flow more easily. The pads will clean up round the top if the nail varnish has got onto the screws of the jar though.
All in all these pads work for me as they are easy to use, a nice size and will quickly remove all traces of nail varnish and they are not expensive either. They are perfect for travelling. They are also perfect for using in a room where you would not want normal nail varnish remover spilled. I do however still keep a bottle of the normal nail varnish remover for tidying up errors after I have applied new varnish and for diluting thickened varnishes in the bottles. If you want to apply new varnish after removing the old with these pads then you will need to wash your hands really well first as the oiliness with stop the new polish staying on your nails. I have found these a great little product, convenient and good value.
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Summary: Quality pads for removing nail polish without damaging nails