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Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover Pads
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover Pads
Advantages: Work very well - Easy to use - Economical purchase..
Disadvantages: None for me..
I regularly paint my fingernails with a variety of shades which are predominately quite dark, favouring shades of blood red and dark purple amongst others. Whilst I adore this look, I do find that wearing such dark colours can cause 'bleeding' of the colour during it's removal which is highly annoying and irritating. Not only that, but I find these colours can often 'run' easily from the fingernails when the colour is being removed and this causes the dark colours to stain the fingertips. This is rather time-consuming to correct, as it requires the use of copious amounts of nail polish remover lotion together with huge quantities of cotton wool, before the stained fingertips are restored to their natural shade.
Given my experiences of the annoyance associated with removing such dark colours from my fingernails, I have been delighted with the results achieved from a new product I had purchased to try out, and this review outlines my experiences.
Available from Boots, the "Conditioning Nail Polish Remover Pads" are available to purchase in branches of Boots, in addition to being available on their website at www.boots.com. The normal price for the product is only £1.50, and this is for the small plastic tub that contains 15 pads.
The packaging comprises of a black tub that is made of robust plastic, which differs from the blue tub shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here, so I can only presume that the product has undergone a bit of a 'facelift' in recent times. The top part of the tub can be turned quite easily to reveal the bottom part of the tub that contains the pads inside. I have never really encountered any problems with using the product or opening/closing the packaging, even though I suffer with limited mobility and weakness in my hands.
The tub only contains 15 individual pads as I mentioned before, and this did make me hesitate slightly before I purchased the item, due to my experience with removing extremely dark coloured nail polish from my fingernails. I have found that several cotton wool pads or balls that are soaked in a nail polish remover solution will be required to adequately remove all traces of dark nail polishes, and I therefore wondered if the Boots Nail Polish Remover pads were going to prove to be an economical purchase. I did wonder how long 15 small pads were going to last with my preferred shades of nail colourings, which are rather dark to say the least, but decided to take the chance and give the product a try.
I'm so glad I did. I have found the pads to be extremely effective at removing nail polish and varnish, irrespective of the 'depth' of colour being removed from the fingernails. As you would expect, I find that paler colours are much easier to remove than darker or deeper shades.
I have found that one single Conditioning Nail Polish Remover Pad can actually be used on both sides, so this helps in terms of the product being economical. I find too that one single pad can be used repeatedly over the surface of the fingernail and it will continue to do its job well, removing every last trace of the dark colouring, irrespective of how much 'staining' has occurred to the cotton pad's surface. This is a significant difference to plain cotton wool pads that really need to be discarded after a couple of 'swipes' across the surface of the nail, as they are so absorbent and easily 'soak up' the coloured varnish. If this varnish-soaked cotton wool pad is continually dragged across the fingernail and surrounding tip, then there will usually be annoying 'bleeding' and staining of the coloured nail polish around the area surrounding the fingernail, but also on the fingertips of the other hand, the one holding the pad to remove the polish. All this does is add to the time and effort required, onto the already rather time-consuming task of removing nail polish in the first place, so I do find it is just better to discard the stained cotton wool quite early on. Due to these experiences, I was surprised - but pleasantly so - at the apparent 'robustness' of the Boots Nail Polish Remover pads and their ability to be reused much more than other products.
The pads are circular in shape and are very thin, particularly when compared to a cotton wool pad or something similar. That is not to say that they are so thin that they rip or tear whilst in use, and in actual fact I don't recall this ever happening. The pads are coated with a liquid which is presumably a rather heavy duty nail polish remover product and this has a slightly greasy feel to it that is not particularly pleasant I must admit. I do find that there is also quite a strong smell evident whilst the pads are being used and this lingers on the hands after use too, even though I always scrub my hands after removing nail varnish. I do find that any other nail polish remover products that I use regularly feel rather unpleasant on the skin's surface, and most of them have a very strong and often unpleasant aroma too, so I won't be deducting any marks from the product rating score for the results found here. I find that the rather strong aroma, together with the greasy feel of the remover solution is greatly reduced after washing my hands in a warm water and soap solution, and it fades so greatly a short time afterwards that I can hardly detect it at all.
I find that two of the nail polish remover pads is more than sufficient to adequately remove the nail polish from one hand, so perhaps this will give you an idea of how effective the product is, particularly when you consider the depth of the colours being removed from my fingernails. I would have therefore thought that consumers who wear lighter or pale colours on their nails may well get away with less pads being required for each removal procedure, but this will depend on the strength and amount of coats of polish applied, in my opinion.
Whilst I am on the subject, it may well be worth noting that I rarely wear only one coat of colour on my nails, finding that two or even three coats of colour will provide a much more robust coating on my nail's surface. This should be kept in mind when considering the effectiveness of the pad's removal qualities.
The pads are acetone free and so may prove to be suitable for certain types of false nail or nail extensions, although this will depend on the type and style, of course.
In terms of the pads being 'conditioning' I have to say that I have noticed a significant difference to the texture of my nails in terms of dryness after using the Boots pads in place of my usual nail polish remover. I find that my usual nail polish remover product can be very harsh and it feels as though it is actually 'stripping' the colour from the nail's surface. The Boots pads, in comparison, feel as though they are much more gentle than this, providing a protective coating over the nails' surface by way of the oily liquid that the pads are soaked in. This does go some way to feeling as though the nails are being protected from the harsh chemicals contained in a product like this, so I don't feel the 'Conditioning' claim of this product has been particularly exaggerated.
In summary, I am delighted with the performance of the Boots Conditioning Nail Polish Remover Pads and it is a product that I have already repurchased, as a result of my positive experiences. I can honestly say that this product will now be a regular addition to my collection of cosmetics, such is my delight at the product's effectiveness... Not only has the product made the laborious task of removing nail colours much less time-consuming, but it has allowed this horrid task to be done with ease... excellent!
Summary: A nail polish remover product that I will buy again..!
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