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Remover pads are convenient but pricey
Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover Pads
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Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover Pads
Advantages: No spillages, easy to slip into a handbag, pleasant scent
Disadvantages: Expensive, only 15 pads per package, hard to separate pads
I bought Boots' Conditioning Nail Polish Remover Pads one day when I worked at a cafe and suddenly realised on the bus to work that I'd forgotten to take my nail polish off after my day off - and polish was absolutely forbidden. So I rushed into Boots, and decided that these would be the easiest and quickest option. They definitely were, and there are certain situations in which they are very handy, but I wouldn't pick these as an everyday option purely due to the price.
These remover pads cost £1.50 for a pack of 15 - this isn't much cheaper than brandname ones, as Boots charge £2.10 for a pack of 20 Quickies brand pads. Still, it's at the cheaper end of the remover pad market.
The product basically seems like ordinary cotton wool pads - perhaps more densely packed than usual - pre-soaked in nail polish remover. It's quite a simple concept! These ones come in a small round plastic tub, with a screw-off lid, and are acetone free which should help with the 'conditioning' claim in their name. They've changed the packaging since I got my pack, but the instructions on the bottom of my tub explain that you should "firstly wipe each nail with a single stroke of the pad. Then work back through each nail with a firm rubbing action to remove all traces of varnish." I actually didn't notice this until I got the tub out to look at just now! I've always just done one finger at a time, and never had a problem removing the varnish, but perhaps it would be slightly easier using the suggested method. The main difference I noticed from using ordinary nail polish remover on cotton wool was the smell! These pads don't smell at all like standard nail polish remover, and are actually reasonably pleasant - they have a fruity smell, like some kind of shampoo or soap. This is definitely an advantage.
The pads do remove nail polish quite quickly and easily. I did find it quite difficult to only pick out one pad at a time, as they are just stacked on top of one another in the tub and stick together, and as they are thin it is easy to think you've got one when in reality you have picked up two! It's quite annoying, as there are only a few per pack and you don't want to waste them. I do think they're very effective though, and I haven't had to use more than one or two per hand (depending on how thick a layer of polish I had on, and whether it was glittery, which always makes it more difficult to remove). The scent is quite pleasant, and they certainly don't dry out my nails and cuticles. However, my fingertips do feel a little odd - maybe oily? - after I've used them, and the residue does still taste bitter as usual, so I always wash my hands afterwards.
Overall, I would say they are a handy product to take on holiday, or have in your bag whenever you think you'll need to take your polish off. There's no risk of spillage with these as there would be with carrying a bottle of remover with you! Due to the high price compared to using standard remover (The remover I get is £2.20 for 200ml, plus £1 for 100 cotton wool pads at the pound shop, and I could probably soak every pad with that much remover), these pads aren't a great choice for everyday use. I keep them around for when I'll be going away though, and I'm glad to have them!
Summary: A handy holiday option.
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