“ Brand: Asda / Type: Nail Polish Remover / Subcategory: Aesthetics „
I am writing this review partly out of frustration and partly as a bit of a warning to others. If you'd asked me maybe 2 or 3 weeks ago which nail polish remover I would recommend, I would have said any will do as they're all pretty much the same. Having bought budget brand nail polish removers for many years and always found them to work well, I honestly believed there was virtually no difference between brands, until I tried this atrocious offering from ASDA.
I picked up a bottle of ASDA's Skin System nail polish remover with my weekly shop for just £1 for 500ml. Presented in a clear bottle housing a lilac coloured liquid, the packaging looked basic, but no more so than the Boots own brand remover I was using prior to this.
There is very little information on the bottle other than this is acetone based and has added conditioners to keep the nails looking healthy. I used this as I would any other product of this nature - tipping a little out onto cotton wool and rubbing over the surface of my nail to remove polish.
The first time I used this I found it really struggled to remove my nail polish, but I was actually wearing a brand new colour and put it down to the polish rather than the remover. After a few more uses however, I soon realised it wasn't the fault of the polish, rather it was the nail polish remover that was terrible.
The liquid, which smells fairly chemical but not overpowering, simply takes a hell of a lot of effort to actually do its job! I was literally scrubbing at my nails and although I could see some colour on the cotton wool pad, just as much colour remained on my nails. I really did persevere with this. I was literally soaking the cotton wool in product, I tried scrubbing and holding the pad down on my nails, but it really was a chore to get rid of all of the polish. In one session, I actually used twelve, yes twelve, double sided cotton wool pads and it took me twenty-five minutes to remove the polish from all of my fingers, when usually it's a two minute job. Due to the amount I needed to use each time, despite having only actually used this product on a few occasions, a third of the bottle has already been used up. The only good thing I can say about the product is that despite the amount used and the length of time it was in contact with my skin, it didn't dry out my cuticles too badly or make them sore as has happened in the past.
Having now gone out and bought a far superior polish remover (Cutex ultra cleansing nail polish remover if you're wondering), this bottle will now be heading towards the bin. It does say on the back of the bottle that they will give you a refund if you're not 100% happy and my fiancé thinks I should take it back, but frankly I am too embarrassed to return a product which only cost £1!
To sum up, avoid this stuff like the plague - it's a false economy and it will frustrate you to the point of wanting to tear your hair out!
My mum picked this up from Asda when doing the weekly shop there recently. The main reasons for buying it were just because she had ran out of any nail polish removing substance, and also because it was a low price and just because it was convenient for her to buy it then and there rather than wait for another time to buy another one from somewhere else. She probably wouldn't have gone to Asda just for this specific one, and neither would I, we both normally just buy whichever one is cheapest and most convenient to buy, and if it isn't any good then we remember for next time not to buy it again.
So anyway this looks like most cheapy nail polish removers do. It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a purple lid and there is purple text on the bottle. As soon as you look at it you can tell what it is. There's nothing particularly eye catching or special about this bottle, although I do like the colour purple so I suppose that would be a half-advantage for me! Anyway the bottle looks fairly standard and a bit average, which sets a good and accurate impression of the nail remover inside.
I use this with cotton wool rather than tissue as I always find that with tissue you have to use more of it, but with cotton wool it seems to sit right on the wool and not get absorbed so fast so you're able to use less and not have to waste loads of it.
Once I have dabbed a bit of this onto the cotton wool (by taking the lid off the bottle, putting the wool over the top of the lid, carefully tipping it out so that a little bit ends up on the wool - but not tipping too fast or it could spill everywhere!) after I have done this I rub it into my fingernails and begin the nail polish removing process.
I find that this removes all of the nail polish I'm wearing but it does take a few minutes of rubbing to get rid of all of it. This is a good nail polish remover, because it does do the job of taking off all your nail polish, but its not an excellent nail polish remover because you have to rub quite hard to get off all the polish and it doesn't come off as easily as it does with some nail polish removers that I have used in the past. However I have to say they were more expensive so the moral of the story is you get what you pay for.
Overall I am going to recommend this. It does the job but has no added benefits. For example it will not condition your nails or take the polish off straight away. You have to rub at the polish for a few minutes to get all of it off, but it will get all of it off if you keep at it, also it cost under £1 so it is a reasonable price.
I'm sure nearly every woman and probably some men will have a bottle of nail varnish remover tucked away in a drawer and I am no exception, I love it when I have time to shape and paint my nails properly and as it doesn't happen very often I see it as a real treat. My issue is that as soon as I do my nails they are chipped as I'm forever catching them and therefore the nail varnish remover tends to come into play pretty quickly.
When I finished my last bottle I was only going to the local supermarket so decided that I would buy it there as I knew if I didn't get some I would forget I needed it so I ended up with Asdas brand, obviously it is sold in Asda and it will set you back a mere £1 a bottle which holds 250ml.
The bottle is white in colour but also a little transparent, it takes on a purple colour from the liquid inside and has a purple screw top lid on it. On the front is the brand name (Asda essential Care) and then nail polish remover with added conditioner along with an outline of a hand, all detailing on the bottle is in purple. To one side of the bottle is the information that if you are not 100% satisfied with the product Asda will refund you your money and also some information that Asda is against animal testing and actually funds alternatives. To the other side of the label is the information that this product has been specially formulated to remove nail polish which seems a little strange to put on the bottle to me since that is what the product is for.
To use you have to moisten cotton wool with the product and wipe gently over the nail until all the polish is removed, the main ingredient in the product is acetone with the second listed ingredient being aqua. On opening the bottle it stinks just like all other nail varnish removers I have ever used, it makes you wonder why they can't scent it so it was a bit nicer to use. The opening of the bottle is quite large so you have to be a little careful when dispensing it otherwise it soaks straight through the cotton wool. The remover does what you would expect but does take a while to remove decent nail varnishes which is what I personally always use and it struggles to remove red nail varnish leaving a pinkish tinge on the nail. I would have to say that this is no better than others I have used but no worse either and to be honest I have yet to find a remover that I am totally happy with if indeed one actually exists.
I used to always have my nails painted different colours however over the past few months time hasnt allowed me to do so. In my christmas stocking my Mum always puts nail varnish remover in because she knows it will be useful for me. She usually does her shopping in Tesco so I usually have the Tesco variety however this year she must have been to Asda as I got this!
The nail polish remover comes in a 300ml clear bottle and costs just £1 which I think is exceptional value for money as the other brands are about double this. Inside the bottle you can see the product which is lilac in colour.
The bottle tells me it is part of Asdas skin system and that it has added conditioner.
So to use the nail polish remover I simply put a splash on a cotton wool pad and rub it over my nail. I was really pleased with how well the product worked. I'd had the nail varnish on my toes for about a month but it wiped off quickly and easily with this remover leaving no stain. I only needed about 4 splashes on seperate pieces of cotton wool to do my entire feet so it hardly used any of the product at all.
I have also used this on my skin and it has caused no irritation. When I end up with a particularly messy finger/toe I simply wipe this remover on the end of a cotton wool bud around it and it removes the polish. I have very sensitvie skin but this has caused me no problems whatsoever.
My nails feel as strong as ever and they have not peeled or become brittle since using this remover. For only £1 I think it is great value as it will last ages and it cares for your nails. Recommended.
In a previous review, I talked about how I tried Asda's nail polish remover pads. When these failed miserably, I wasn't going to be put off by the Asda own brand so I thought I would give the regular nail polish remover a go. The bottle is see through with purple text and a purple screw top cap. The liquid itself isn't truly clear but it has a slight lilac tint to it, although this wont stain or discolour your nails in any way.
Price and Availability
A bottle of Asda nail polish remover will set you back around £1. When you compare this to the price of a similar branded product, you can be looking to save around half the price. I did look at other nail polish removers before buying this one and any that were branded were all priced around £2. As this is an Asda product, it can only be found in stores and online.
To use this product, you will need to have some cotton wool pads or toilet tissue. I always apply quite a lot of nail polish remover to a cotton wool pad, soaking it most of the way through before attempting to clean off my nail polish. Although you can just begin to wipe off the polish, I find it easier to hold the cotton wool pad to the nail first for a couple of seconds and then wipe it off. I find that if you start off with a fair amount, the polish comes off very easily after a couple of seconds.
Compared to other brands
I have used branded nail polish removers before and I can really see no difference in the effects compared with the Asda version. As with any other product like this that I have used before, it has a very strong smell to it, due to all of the chemicals I assume, but it is far from unbearable. I do have to open my window usually when I use this so that my room doesn't end up smelling like it for hours on end afterwards. The price is fantastic for what the product does and how easily it removes my nail varnish so I don't think I would ever pay more for a branded version again.
I was very pleased with the results of this product compared to the nail polish remover pads. A bottle will last me about 3-4 months if I take off my nail polish once a week. For people who hardly ever wear nail polish, it will last a lot longer, even if you do use quite a lot at once. Apart from the strong smell, I really have nothing else to complain about.
I really try to look after my fingernails and toenails ever since I stopped biting them (biting my fingernails that is). I like to paint my nails different colours depending on my mood and what I'm wearing therefore a decent nail polish remover has become something that is quite important. I picked up Asda Nail Polish Remover a few months ago when we went across town to do a shop in Asda and I saw it's really low price.
*About the Product*
This nail varnish remover has been specially formulated, with added conditioner, to remove nail varnish and maintain healthy nails.
To use this nail polish remover, you will need either a piece of cotton wool or a cotton pad. Moisten the cotton pad with a liberal amount of the product. Then, you simply need to wipe your nail softly from the cuticle to the tip to remove all traces of the nail polish speedily and effectively. For me, I find that using one cotton pad per hand works adequately. You might be able to get away with using one cotton pad for both, but I find that sometimes you end up wiping the nail varnish onto the second hand and staining it and for the sake of another cotton pad, is it worth it?
*Price and Availability*
Asda Nail Polish Remover exclusively from Asda stores as it is their own brand. If you don't have access to one or prefer to buy online, you can also buy it online from www.asda.com and get it to come with your groceries.
This nail polish remover can be bought for the low cost of £1. This is a really low price when you think about what an excellent job it does of removing the polish from your nails whilst keeping them health and not drying them out. This is especially good when you compare it to the £2 that Cutex want you to pay for their nail polish remover. I think this proves that own brands are actually quite good.
The packaging: Asda Nail Polish Remover is packaged in a long, clear bottle with a screw on lid, although it looks purple due to the products colour. The design of this bottle is basic, boring and quite frankly rubbish in appearance. Asda certainly won't get any plaudit for the packaging of this product but where this product comes into its own is with the stuff inside. And that is what matters with a nail polish remover, am I right?
Colour, texture and smell: The colour of this nail polish remover is a pale purple/violet but you don't need to be scared that this will be transferred onto your nails as it does not. It is water like in texture which means that it is very easy to use once on a cotton pad. As for the smell, it is similar to that of any other nail polish, like acetone, but I actually think it is one of the stronger smelling nail polish removers. It isn't completely unbearable though, especially as it doesn't take long to remove the polish.
Longevity of the product: Asda Nail Polish Remover will last quite a large amount of time. I would estimate that this bottle has lasted me about a 4 months so far and this is when used regularly. Plus it still has about a quarter of a bottle left to go. Not bad going in my opinion. Ensure that every time you use this nail polish remover, you replace the lid tightly as you don't want to spill the product everywhere. One reason for this is because you will reduce how long it lasts but also because it will smell... a lot.
Does this nail polish remover remove nail varnish and maintain healthy nails? It certainly does. This nail polish remover works fantastically at removing any trace of nail polish. Your nails will be left looking clear and as though you haven't even been wearing nail polish in the first place. And what is even better is that it isn't a greasy formula so you can immediately repaint your nail afterwards if you so desire to. And as for maintaining healthy nails, using this nail polish remover has helped to condition and moisturise my nails and I am no longer left with them feeling dry and just plain horrible after I have removed nail polish from them.
*Would I Recommend This Product?*
I would definitely recommend that you pick up a bottle Asda Nail Polish Remover if you are looking for an inexpensive but good quality remover. It does the job really well and it doesn't cost the earth. After all, you don't want to spend a lot of money of the nail polish remover when you can increase the range of colour that you can have instead.
Asda Nail Polish Remover is not suitable for use on false acrylic nails so don't try it on them! I have made this mistake in the past and it ends up melting them slightly and leaves you attempting to pick them off yourself because they end up looking so bad.
Asda Nail Polish Remover is a bland, functional looking bottle but the stuff inside it really is fantastic. It works rapidly to take the nail polish from your nails and it conditions your nails whilst doing so, rather than leaving them, and the skin around them feeling dry and horrible.
The smell of this nail polish remover is a bit on the strong side, but putting the smell to one side, this product is really good value and I will unquestionably heading over to Asda to buy it again.
I wear nail varnish on a regular basis and I can't stand when it starts to chip or come off, if it looks damaged or patchy I take it off. I don't care about what I take it off with as along as it works. I wouldn't buy designer remover.
I shop in Asda and usually pick up the cheapest nail varnish remover going, this happens to be Asda's Essential Care Nail Polish Remover with Conditioner. It comes in a bottle of 250 ml and costs a grand 69 pence.
I find that I have bought this bottle hand although I am near the end, I would say it has lasted me over 2 years, me being someone who uses it quite frequently. For value this is great I think I can stretch to 69 pence every 2 years, even with inflation.
The bottle is simple, it is frosted but transparent enough you can see the purple liquid inside, which is actually transparent when you use it. The bottle houses all the usual information, ingredients, directions, warnings and about the product.
The lid is a typical screw on and is a purple to match the writing and the contents. The product itself works well, if you put some on a cotton pad you can then wipe it over your nails to remove the varnish. I find with darker colours I have to use slightly more, but this is very effective and does remove all traces of the previous varnish.
You do need to push relatively hard on the nail it won't just soak it off. The only thing I don't understand about this nail varnish remover is the packet claims to have a conditioner, it makes me nails quite dry, I wouldn't say it conditions them. Just a point I have noticed I would still and do use it.
Overall a good product that does what it is supposed to.
At the moment Im really into wearing nail varnish. I used to always get a full set of acrylic nails but of late it is becoming more and more difficult especially with christmas coming up only around the corner. Nail varnish is now something I use on a regular basis and of course what goes on must come off aswell.
I bought this asda nail polish remover for a nice 69p for a huge 250ml bottle, which I am sure will last a very very long time! You only ever need enough to cover a cotton pad and that usually does both hands (or sometimes feet).
The packaging of this nail polish remover is pretty simple to understand and looks ok. It doesnt look too overdone or tacky and just does what its meant to - tell you what it is and its details. For 69p, it is quite nice actually. A nice purpley colour to girly it up abit.
The smell of a nail polish remover is quite important to me as some are just far too strong and absolutely gas you out. This nail polish remover does not smell TOO bad, as far as nail polish remover smells go. I dont need to dread using this nail polish remover when I need it or even put a peg on my nose because of its unneccessary strong smell. This smells ok. Ok, I wouldnt want to smell it everyday or anything but I no longer dread taking my chipped and cracked nail varnish off. After my nail varnish if off, I wash my hands and my hands are back to normal. Great.
This nail varnish remover works pretty well and a little goes a long way. Just enough to cover a cotton pad is enough for both hands / feet. This varnish remover takes the polish off pretty easily too without having to rub too hard or get frustrated. Nicely done.
For 69p for a 250ml sized bottle is an absolute bargain and my overall opinion of this product has definitely reached my expectations and more. I would defintely be buying this product again, but the question would be: when? This bottle I am sure will last a very long time! Not because I dont use nail polish remover often but simple because I use so little every time and there is so much of it. I would definitely recommend this product and it only costs 69p! Good enough for me!
I tend to keep thinks simple when it comes to painting my nails preferring a nice manicure to ever changing nail colours however I do use nail varnish every so often so a good nail polish remover is very useful and I had hoped that this cheap option from Asda would be effective however in reality the low cost proved to be a bit of an illusion whne it comes to saving money as I had to use a lot of it each time hence the saving, maybe like the polish, is diluted.
It is a liquid remover which is best applied using cotton wool balls and it is a rather pale lilac colour. It does remove the varnish however I found that it took quite a bit of time and a number of applications. It does not have a particularly strong smell and also it is not at all greasy so you can use it straight away and then apply a fresh coat and it will stay on ok.
To be honest it does do the job but I have used better, you cannot complain about the low cost which is jsut over a £1 from memory but it is not a product I would buy again.
I really do try to look after my nails but I don't mind admitting to you though I do bite my fingernails down pretty terrible and my toenails are really discoloured, chipped and basically peel off if I'm not careful! I try all sorts of treatments on my toenails but they are a disaster area! However cos I'm conscious of how shabby they are I do try to cover a multitude of sins up by using nail polish cos I don't know about you but I can't go out baring bare nails as I can't bear them lol!
Because of the chips and cracks in said toenails I do need a really good nail polish remover to try and get stubborn colour out of places it shouldn't be residing. I saw this the other week at 69p a bottle or two of them on offer for a pound so I did bag myself a couple of bottles cos I couldn't believe how cheap it was and I really do get through the stuff as I don't leave colour on usually more than a couple of days cos of said problems! lol.
Long see-through bottle (but slightly white opaque) with a light, long lilac plastic screw on off lid/cap to the top of it concealing quite a large hole. On the front of the bottle all in light lilac and dark purple writing I'm told it's Asda 'Essential Care' Nail Polish Remover 'With Conditioner' and there is a scribbled on picture on there of a hand. Round the back of the bottle I'm told a bit about the product, how to use it, ingredients and warnings are listed, I'm told it's suitable for Vegetarians and is highly flammable. Size is stated (250ml), I'm told to recycle the bottle when finished with it, contact details for Asda and a money back guarantee are offered if your not 100% happy with it for ANY reason and finally there is a bar-code on there. Cheap and cheerful bottle this is but functional, practical and it contains enough information as you possibly need.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle....
Asda Nail Polish Remover with added conditioner has been specially formulated to remove nail polish.
Directions For Use....
Moisten cotton wool with nail polish remover, wipe gently over over nail surface until all traces of nail polish are removed.
Me Using It....
Well it's a liquid remover like water of course, smells very much of acetone (like most nail polish removers do really) and it is a light lilac in colour in the see-through bottle and of course lighter when applied onto the cotton wool.
You don't need very much and as directed you simply and gently wipe at nails with a small amount of this on cotton wool. With dark/very dark colours I find that lacing some cotton wool with some so it's quite moist (though not drippy!) and pressing it on to each nail and pushing gently down on the cotton wool for a few seconds and then gently wiping away from the nail, changing the cotton wool as frequently as I want to till all traces are gone is the simplest method. Light colours are simple to remove.
It's easy to use, not at all greasy so you can use this and then straight away paint nails if you want to.
It isn't the best nail polish remover I have used in the ease of use department but it is economical, works and is kind and gentle to the nails. Would I buy it again? Yes definitely at the price it's at now yeah why not! At least I don't have to scrub at my nails or anything using this and it does leave them soft and hydrated after using it! A good buy for sure!
Only available in Asda stores.
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