THE PRODUCT: I have reasonably nice length nails which are my real nails as I can't stand falsies. Quite often at work or at my boyfriend when cleaning out the reptile terrariums I often snap a nail or break the corner off or something and I never have any emery boards of files on me in order to file the nail down meaning that it tends to leave the nail quite sharp. These emery boards from Boots are the perfect size to keep in my bag so I have them with me should I break a nail where ever I am.
The emery boards have a coarse side which are perfect for shaping and the finer side is perfect for smoothing edges. I believe the emery boards come in different colours/designs but I purchased a pack of pink emery boards which have white spots on them. You get a total of three emery boards in a pack and they are approximately 3.5inches in length. These emery boards are a nice thickness as well.
PRICE: I can't remember the exact price I paid for these, but I think it was around £2.50-£2.99. They were no more than £3.00.
IN USE: To be honest I can't really tell which side is the coarse side and which side is the fine side as they both looks very similar and even when feeling the emery board I can't tell the difference so I just tend to use the side that I think is right. The emery board does a good job at smoothing down any rough or sharp edge that I might have. As the emery board is quite thick its easy to hold and it doesn't bend when using it like some of these thinner emery boards. The emery boards aren't as strong as a metal or glass file but for me they do the job.
OVERALL: Reasonably priced and pretty looking emery boards.
I purchased these Boots mini emery boards as I was buying mascara and eyeliner in Boots, and they had a 3 for 2 offer on so I needed something else, which would be my free item. I chose these as I had recently snapped my plastic nail file and needed a new one.
They come in a pack of three, which are sealed in a grey plastic pouch, with Boots label on and a transparent front. The end that you open the packet was glued tight, I had to use my teeth to pull it open! The back of the packet says that these emery boards are for natural nails only, and that the coarse side of the files should be used first, and then the finer side, to smooth nail edges.
The emery boards are about 3 inches long, and 3/4 in wide with curved ends. They are approx. 1/4in thick and are dark pink with white dots on. The size makes them great to slip one in your handbag, and one will fit perfectly in a clutch next to a mobile phone etc.
Upon opening the packet, I was disappointed by the feel of the emery boards. The coarse side, is more like I would expect the smooth side to be like, and the smooth side, really is smooth! It barely does anything to my nails at all! When I get a large chip in my nails, which I often do if I'm trying to grow them, one of these emery boards would take all day to sort it out! They do the job if you just want to smooth a small piece of nail, but even then I don't find that they are tough enough on my nails to do a good job no matter how much pressure I use.
The normal price of these is £2, which I would not pay. I will award these emery boards 2/5 stars and I will be going back to my plastic file!
Over the last few months I have been having my nails gel overlaid ready for my wedding, the gel coating keeps my nails hard and virtually impossible to bend reducing breakages. However even though my nails are extremely and have the feel of false nails I can still knock them and chip the corners. The first couple of months this didn't happen I think I was overly careful with them and watched everything I did so as not to knock them on anything, after several weeks I got so used to my nails being extra hard and also longer that I kept forgetting they were there this resulted in me chipping one of the nails, nothing major but enough for it to be a bit rough, I decided that I needed to keep a small nail file in my handbag for incidents like these so brought myself Boots Mini Emery Boards. They were cheap, small enough to fit into my bag but big enough to keep my newly grown nails in shape.
The packaging that Boots Mini Emery Boards come in is very basic, it is a small plastic wrapper slightly longer than the emery boards, it is sealed at the top and has a small hole in it which was used in the shop to hang the packet up on the plinth. The back of the wrapper is a beige sort of colour but totally clear on the front allowing you to see the 3 emery boards inside. Written on the front of the packaging are the words "Mini Emery Boards x 3" this is written in white and just above this is the Boots logo which is a dark blue oval and the word Boots written inside it in white, that is basically it for the packaging it is very simple and straight forward
You get 3 emery boards with this pack, on one side of the emery board is a colourful pattern this is made up of a pinky red and black coloured semi circle, this covers the whole of one side of each board, they all have the same pattern on them. The other side of the emery board is the side used to file your nails, these are plain black and have the feel of a very light sand paper, compared to some emery boards this side of the board is quite rough, however having the gel on my nails means they are slightly thicker and a lot harder so I need the extra roughness to file them. As you file your nails this side of the board does gradually turn whiter in colour and also looses its roughness slightly.
Each emery board is about 3inches in length meaning it is the perfect size to fit into your handbag, I find these files an ideal size as it means I can keep one with me even when I go out for the evening and have a much smaller handbag with me compared to during the day. The boards are also very thin, literally a few millimetres thick so again this helps with fitting them into small bags, they are even small enough to fit into a make up bag. The emery boards are also ideal for holidays, they take up hardly any room in your toiletry bag at all, they are also slightly bendy meaning they are quite flexible so it would take a lot to break one. I have not taken mine on holiday with me yet but they do get bashed around a bit inside my handbag especially with all the stuff I carry around with me and they are still in perfect condition.
Now as I have said I brought Boots Mini Emery Boards to keep my newly long nails in check, I try not to use them that often as the gel means that I hardly have to file them, however small knocks do mean you get little nicks taken out of the from time to time and filing them smooth means that you will not catch them on anything. I have used the emery boards several times now and they do work, they quickly smooth out any little chips my nails might have despite them being thicker and harder than regular nails. I'm not sure how long they would last if used on a regular basis especially on harder nails, they are quite small and regular use may wear out the file quicker than when using larger emery boards.
The Mini Emery boards are reasonably cheap to buy, obviously I purchased mine from my local Boots and they cost be £2.04 for a pack of 3, I could probably have purchased a similar item cheaper than this else where however I needed them to be of a reasonably quality in order for them to work on my nails. My emery boards have proved to be hardwearing and long lasting, however this is probably due to the fact that I do not use them on a regular basis just every now and then when I chip a nail which isn't that often with the gel overlays.
I would definitely recommend Boots Mini Emery Boards, they are a perfect size for travelling and also for you handbag, they are cheap to buy and going on my experience long lasting and hard wearing, however I imagine this depends on how often you need to use them. I wouldn't be without mine in my handbag as they are extremely handy to have and take up hardly any room at all, for me they are an essential.
My natural nails are terrible; they are really short and weak. I wear fake nails a lot to hide them but recently I've decided to give them a break for a while and try and get my real nails to grow and get a bit stronger.
I very much doubt this will happen but anyway I've been filing them down today and trimming the cuticles etc. So I've been using all my different nail products and now I'm in the mood to write a review about some of them . . .
I bought these three mini emery boards from Boots about three months ago. They cost £2.04, I think they were on offer at the time I bought them though, which was one of the main reasons I decided to buy them. If you have an advantage card you will pick up 8 points when you buy these. You can get similar products for much cheaper in places like Home Bargains, Savers etc.
The boards are really small, hence being called 'mini'. This is an advantage in some ways. They're the ideal pocket size, so you can slip them into your handbag for emergency use throughout the day. Also it makes them a little bit easier to use, as you have more control over your hold on it. But there are also some disadvantages to them being so small as well, for instance, they don't last as long as bigger emery boards. They are also easy to lose.
I'm not so sure that these are good value for money. I think they're a bit of a waste of money actually. I've got a metal nail file from Boots which was half the price these cost me at just £1, and it has lasted much longer than these have lasted me. It is also much more effective to use as it is far better quality. Overall I would not recommend these as there are loads of similar products out there for much cheaper, they don't last long, they are small and easily lost, and the quality is not very good. When I try to file my nails these don't really make much difference or do a very good job.
I really like mini things. I have an oversized bag at the moment with lots of goodies in and I love to be able to smarten myself up on the go!
At the moment I am trying my best to grow my bitten down nails and have become more than a little bit obsessed with them! I've never had any sort of nail on my fingers before worth mentioning so when I spotted these cute little, handy emery boards in Boots I decided they may be worth a bash!
Three small emery boards are lined up in a mainly bright pink hanging bag and the front is see-through plastic. On the front of packet I am told that they are Boots '3' Mini Emery Boards 'For Natural Nails'. On the back of the packet I am told a little bit about the product, that they are made in China and contact details for Boots are given. The pack is simple and you need to cut it open rather than tear it (I couldn't anyway lol).
The Emery Boards:
These are the only design I have seen these in and they are mainly white emery boards with multi coloured bright spots on them and those spots are on both sides of the board giving them a pretty and modern looking pattern.
The boards are rather hard and not all that flexible at all which isn't a moan from me. They are rather thick and feel rough like they have grains of sand heavily on both sides and you can see it 'set' on there like white sugar though they are not dusty or anything like that.
The boards are about 5 inches long and rather hard and really abrasive. I don't find them messy or difficult to use and they are really sturdy and firm. They are a little 'dusty' in use but because they are so highly abrasive really work well at filing a nail down.
I love these little nail files and think they are dinky and work well and very worth the money indeed. They are of excellent quality and not flimsy and last ages! They are great for finger and toe nails alike and I like everything about them and recommend them highly!
Only available in Boots stores costing £2.00 a pack of three though I bought mine on offer a couple of weeks back for a pound!