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      30.11.2014 20:20
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      An excellent nail polish remover that is cheap too

      I bought Boots Essentials nail polish remover simply because it was a pound. It is an acetone containing remover, and you get 250ml.

      Packaging wise, this is as basic as you can get, with a mostly white label but the remover is part of the cheapest of Boots own label ranges so it fits. I only care that the lid fits well as this is a pungent type of product after all. It does, and the opening is narrower than on some bottles. This is a good thing because it stops the liquid coming out too much at once. I have used bottles with dispensing stoppers in but they tend to be a little too restrictive for me as you end up shaking and shaking.

      The liquid looks purpley blue in the bottle but that isn't really obvious once it's poured out. It smells strong but these products all seem to. I open up a window before getting started which helps the otherwise lingering scent disappear faster.

      I've been really impressed by this basic products performance. Some polishes are easy to get off and then you don't notice any difference between one brand of remover and another. The Boots one deals with these quickly of course but it comes into it's own when used with polishes that I otherwise need to scrub away at, or ones that I have applied in more than a couple of coats. The Boots remover is more likely to get these off on the first attempt. I don't tend to need to use as much remover each time either so it's a money saver not just because of them initial low price. Glitter polish is often trickier to remove, as the glitter bits tend to hang around after the base colour has a melted away. The Boots product doesn't solve that problem, but I have also used considerably more expensive products that fail in this regard aswell. It does at least speed up the rest of the removal.

      The remover I chose has acetone in but Boots do offer an acetone free own label one. I have only used the former on my natural nails rather than artificial ones. I haven't experienced any obvious harm to my nails condition - this basic product doesn't promise any conditioning benefits but I am sceptical of those that do! I use almond oil on my nails often which I hope helps.

      Overall, I think this is a great value product as it performs better than some branded ones. The downside of a pungent smell is common to other removers so I won't hold that against it. If you don't mind an acetone remover, give this one a try.

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      17.09.2013 10:28
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      A good buy I think

      I go through stages where I always have my nails painted and others where I don't do them for ages. Whenever I have a night out though I always have to paint my nails or I just don't feel ready and so I do always need to have nail polish remover in for when I need to change my polish or simply just remove it. I tend not to really worry about what brand I pick up and will just get any depending on the shop that I am in. The one that I have currently is the Boots essentials nail polish remover.

      Obviously being a Boots branded product this is available for purchase in stores and online. I would only recommend it being bought online if you are placing an order for other things because you will have a postage and packing charge on top of the item price. It costs just £1.00 for a 250ml bottle in store which I think is a pretty average price for a store branded nail polish remover.

      It comes in a recyclable plastic bottle which is slightly opaque and so you can see through to the purple coloured nail polish remover but it is a bit hazy too which I think looks better than just a clear bottle. The bottle does look as though it is an essentials product in that it looks basic and minimalistic. There is just a simple white label on both the front and the back with the brand and product name on there and and instructions for use, ingredients and other such information included on the back label. The bottle has a white screw top lid which is easy to remove with one hand if needs be.

      I find that this nail polish remover works just as well as any others that I have tried in terms of removing the polish from my nails. When it comes to general nail polishes this removes them with ease using a cotton wool pad and some of this remover and one pad can often tackle a few nails to be honest. When it comes to removing a glitter polish you do need to cover the pad in tin foil after coating it with the remover and then place it on the nail and cover it up but this is the case with any nail polish which has glitter or bits in as they are just harder to remove from your nails than a standard polish. I have used Cutex branded nail polish removers in the past which are double or more the price of this one and I do think this one works as well as those ones and I would also say that if anything I used the Cutex one faster than this one.

      This polish does contain acetone which makes it not suitable for removing polish from false nails as it may damage them but it is also a handy one to help remove false nails if you want to by soaking them in this remover. It has a strong smell as many nail polish removers do and it does make your fingers feel a bit funny if you soak them in it but it is a means to an end sometimes.

      I would recommend this nail polish remover. It is a good price and can sometimes be found on promotion such as buy one get one half price which makes it an even better price. It performs perfectly well and lasts well too so it is worth a purchase.

      Thank you for reading my review!

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      15.09.2013 14:08
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      A good nail polish remover and good value

      I really enjoy painting my nails all sorts of different colours and experimenting with new types of special effect nail varnish. Removing the nail polish is an important part of this, mistakes can be made which need correcting or I might just feel like changing the colour or not having anything on my nails. Nail polish remover is essential for me but I have never wanted to spend too much on something so boring! I still need the nail polish remover to work effectively and be easy enough to use, I have used a couple of nail polish removers in the past that I have had to just scrub and scrub at my nail for a long time for it to work.

      A bottle of Boots Essentials nail polish remover costs £1 for a 250ml bottle, I think this is quite good value for money, at one pound it's pretty much the same price as most other cheap nail polish removers although I have seen cheaper ones in Savers. One bottle that I bought from Savers didn't work very well.

      The packaging is quite plain and boring but I think this is quite a boring product anyway. It comes in a clear, plastic bottle, you can see the purple liquid through the plastic. There is a white screw lid on the top of the bottle, it is very simple packaging. It definitely gives the impression of a basic product and fits in with the 'Essentials' line.

      I use nail polish remover with cotton wool pads so to use this nail polish remover I simply applied some of it to a cotton wool pad before using it on my nails. It works well, my nail polish comes off easily, I don't have to keep rubbing for ages. Some nail polishes only take a second to remove with this, sometimes one good swipe is enough. Some nail polishes are a bit harder to remove but this remover does a great job. I haven't actually tried any expensive nail polish removers so I can't compare this to them but I have tried other cheap ones. This is now my preferred nail polish remover, instead of one from Savers or Poundland and I am glad I tried this one.

      There isn't a lot that can be said about a nail polish remover, they only really have one job to do but this one does it's job effectively. I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars because while it's effective and works well, I think it dries my nails out a bit. I have found this with all the nail polish removers I have tried though.

      I do recommend this, it does what it's supposed to do and is good value for money. My bottle has lasted me a long time, you don't need to use a lot.

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      13.09.2013 10:27
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      A great basic nail polish remover from Boots

      I love painting my nails. Obviously it mostly due to the fact that it makes my nails look nice and colourful, but it also keeps my nails from getting damaged as the nail paint acts as a protective layer. However, as anyone who have painted their nails would know that it looks really horrible when the nail paint starts to chip. So, it is also important to be able to remove the nail polish easily as well.


      I have used a lot of nail polish removers, some are good and some are downright horrible (especially the ones from Poundland). Since I don't want to spend too much on nail polish remover, I went looking for something cheap. I found this Essential nail polish remover from Boots with its own brand, each bottle costs me £ 1.00 which is the same price as the one from Poundland. So, I decided to give this a go.


      For £ 1.00, I get 250 ml bottle of nail polish remover liquid. This nail polish remover contains acetone so it will remove any product based in oil or plastic. The bottle is made with plastic and the cap is a screwed cap. The opening from which the remover liquid is dispensed is quite big, so I always have to make sure that the cotton wool or kitchen tissue towel (which works just as well) is covering the hole completely.


      For a basic nail polish remover, this works really well. With lighter or pastel nail colours, I just need to wipe my nails a few times with a tissue soaked in remover liquid to remove the nail polish. The darker or brighter colours need a bit more nail polish remover liquid to get rid of any traces of the colour.


      I frequently colour my nails and on average I paint and remove the colour at least once a week. I have this bottle for more than 4 months and I still have quite a lot left in there.


      Overall, this is a bargain nail polish remover with acetone from Boots which works wonderfully for its purposes. I would recommend this to anyone. I believe Boots is also selling basic nail polish remover without acetone, so I might try it next time to see the difference.


      Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) x

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      12.08.2013 15:12
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      Boot's Essentials Nail Polish Remover

      With the amount of nail polish that I tend to use I need a decent nail polish. I am always on the lookout for budget products which are as good as branded ones and I think the Boot's essentials range is a good range of budget products.

      Boots Essentials nail polish isn't perfect but it is pretty darn good and it fits the bill as a budget product as it only costs £1. It isn't fancy or posh to look at and there is no way that you could mistake it for anything other than a budget product but it does the job admirably.

      The remover comes in a big 250ml bottle which makes it even better value as it lasts me for absolutely ages.
      As soon as you open the lid the smell of the remover is almost overpowering as it is so strong and not at all pleasant. I always make sure I use this in a well-ventilated area as using this in a confined space wouldn't be a nice experience.

      It's really easy to use and once you have soaked some cotton wool you just then take the saturated cotton wool and use it to swipe over your nails to remove the polish that is on them. It works pretty well and most polishes come off instantly with little rubbing. I have found that with some of the harder polishes it takes a little longer but it will still come off fairly easy.

      The bottle could probably be designed a bit better not so much with how it looks as it is a budget product at the end of the day but more in its functionality. It has a really big hole for the remover to come out which means that if you don't have the cotton wool completely covering it then some could escape and I myself have managed to spill some even when I'm trying to be careful. I would ideally like it if there was a hole that stops the remover from flowing out so fast like on some bottles but again because it is a budget product it is something that I can live with.

      I would give this 5 out of 5 stars as it is really good at removing polish and it is also really cheap and you get a great big bottle for the £1.

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      08.07.2013 23:40
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      A great basic nail polish remover

      With a very active toddler running around and into everything, I don't get a lot of time to do things I used to love like painting my nails, with the exception of special occasions and even at this, my daughter is usually beside me trying to get hold of the nail varnish brush. I have however been putting some nail varnish on in the last month or so, simply to stop me from biting my nails, which I do almost unconsciously, and is usually when I'm stressed or annoyed about something. This has worked at stopping my nails was being bit but obviously it starts chipping and looking terrible and I need to remove the old varnish to make way for another layer of varnish, so I found in my bathroom cupboard a bottle of this Boots Essential Nail Polish remover which I must have bought a while ago, and forgotten about.

      A 250ml bottle of this polish remover costs £1 at present in Boots and is from their equivalent 'value' range. There is therefore no fancy packaging with this product, but to be honest, that doesn't bother me in the slightest.

      There is the usual nail polish remover smell that can't really be avoided with such products, but it is bearable. I apply this to a cotton wool ball and I would say that in some instances one swipe of this polish remover can remove most varnish on the nail and by the time you have swiped a second time, particularly on nail varnish that tends to be trickier to remover, it has all vanished. I also like the fact that it doesn't seemed to have dried out or damaged my nails. I have used this on both my toes or finger nails with great success.

      All in all, it may not look a fancy product, and the packaging is certainly dull and cheap looking, but the quality of the product is not. If you are looking for a basic but effective nail varnish remover then this one is perfect for a pound.

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      10.12.2012 08:19
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      A great little nail polish remover!

      One thing that I get through rather a lot of is nail polish remover. I only ever paint my toenails due to biting my finger nails and surrounding skin all the time and I do like to paint my toe nails often.

      I mooch about in Boots rather alot and this costing only £1.00 for a 250ml bottle seemed a good little buy to me considering I needed it and it was an even better little product for me to get as I got it free with the points from my Boots Advantage Card!

      The packaging of this is very simple and basic really. The bottle as I have mentioned is available to purchase in a 250ml size and is a plastic bottle and on the front of it we are simply told what it is and then on the back of the bottle warnings are given and contact details for Boots are listed. The bottle has a twist on/off white cap/lid to the top of it which is a bit of a pain to be honest but like I say this is quite simply a basic looking product.

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      Watery and lilac in colour and of course it smells really strongly of nail polish remover of course. To use it I apply it sparingly as it is runny like water to a cotton wool ball or pad and gently press on each nail and then wipe away. I don't have to scrub my nails with this with the method I use and it removes dark and light colours very well indeed and with very little effort needed by me. It helps to remove staining but then I do always use a base coat to help prevent that anyway and it leaves my nails looking healthy and clean and none greasy.

      This is a great budget price of nail polish remover that I think is a bit of a bargain! It works though you do need to be careful and sparing when using it cos it is runny....like many nail polish removers of course....are!

      Only available from Boots.

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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      26.10.2012 13:23
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      a good polish remover which does the job it's meant to.

      Don't know why but ive suddenly turned 'girly' wanting to pamper myself more often and do the little things such as painting my toenails and fingernails. However I'm always changing my mind on things too - even on my nail varnish colour of choice. So I needed some good nail varnish remover - to save me picking hell out of my nails - and of course not getting very far in doing so.

      I purchased Boots own Nail Polish Remover about 3 months ago.

      The polish remover comes in a cloudy yet see through 250ml plastic bottle with a plastic screw off lid. You can see the liquid remover inside which is a purple shade. The bottle looks, all in all very basic, and it clearly tells us it is Nail Polish remover - perfect, that is all I needed.

      Upon opening the bottle I quickly noticed the strong, chemical smell which I associate with nail polish remover.

      Despite the basic look of the bottle I have to say the polish remover certainly does the job. I use many brands of nail polish and never stick to just one, but a dab of this on a cotton wool pad has no trouble in removing my polish. Even some thicker polishes I use, yes sometimes they may take an extra swipe with another cotton wool pad but the remover definitely removes all of the nail polish without leaving a trace - exactly what I wanted it to do.

      For roughly £1 you cannot go wrong with this nail polish remover - nothing fancy or showy off, a very basic product which does the job it's meant to.

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      24.08.2012 15:20
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      Ok for the price

      Nail polish remover is an essential product amongst lots more essentials. I hate having chipped nails and as soon as I see some of the polish chipping I tend to remove it and replace it with a different colour depending on my mood.

      This nail polish remover is part of Boots Essentials range, it costs £1 for a 250ml bottle. It is available to purchase in Boots stores or online from boots.com.

      As it is from Boots Essentials range, the packaging for this nail polish remover is definitely nothing special. It is transparent so you can see the purple liquid inside and has a white label containing all of the relevant information. The lid simply twists off of the top of the bottle. I've found that if the bottle is knocked over after the first time it has been opened, the remover usually leaks out of the top below the cap. That isn't a problem for me as it's hidden away in my wardrobe so it's not prone to being knocked over but it could be a problem for some others.

      The hole for the nail polish remover to come out of is rather large, I usually grab a cotton wool pad place it on top of the hole and tip both the bottle and the pad up until the remover is absorbed into the pad. The scent of the remover is as you would expect from a nail polish remover, it is very strong and has that awful chemical smell, this doesn't really bother me as I know all removers have a horrible smell.

      I usually have two coats of nail polish on my nails so one cotton wool pad is never enough to remove polish from both hands. The nail polish remover makes it easy to wipe over my nails and can usually remove nail polish without any extra scrubbing compared to more expensive brands, it also handles the nitty gritty areas around the edge of my nails without a problem. Once all of the nail polish has been removed my nails are left free of polish and in an ok condition, I prefer to use a conditioning or strengthening polish remover but for the price I can't moan.

      I'd definitely recommend this nail polish remover from the Boots Essentials range if the bottle isn't prone to being knocked over and you are after a cheap way to remove nail polish. It is effective and cleans quickly but I would have liked a conditioning polish remover.

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      03.07.2012 02:35
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      Like Boots says... 'Essentail!'

      After about 17 years of constant nail biting and never being able to wear nail varnish I finally trained myself to stop by using some of that digusting nail biting varnish and an elastic band to distract myself. It took me about 4 months to get my nails looking decent enough to paint (you're thining that's a long time but I made a few slip ups with the stopping). So I went on a huuuge nail varnish shopping spree and after being left with no money my mum decided to point out I would probably need some nail varnish remover. So I asked her to pick some up for me and she came back with this Boot's own as it was only 99p!

      At first I was a little annoyed as I thought being cheap it wouldn't work and I've read that cheap nail varnish removers often have chemicals which weaken the nails themselves buuut beggars can't be choosers. So anyway I painted my nails and as I soon I wanted a change I used the Nail Polish remover, I used cotton wool pads, covering the mouth of the bottle and tipping it on. First thing I noticed this stuff is STRONG like stronger than alcohol smelling, and this is without having it close to my nose. It easily took of all my nail varnish and I only needed to use about one cotton wool pad for each hand. There was no coloured stain left behind on my nail either which I've noticed happens to many of my other friends (wear a clear undercoat guys!). Another plus for me was that it left a disgusting taste on my fingers which further prevents me from biting my nails!

      The only bad points I can thing of are that the smell is extremely strong and it's very painful if you get in a cut!!

      I think this is a seriously great product especially for how cheap it is, I've never even looked at buying another Nail Polish Remover when this is only 99p (I think it's gone up to £1.29 now though...) It's also lasted me a really long time too, surprisingly as I do change my nail varnish on a regular basis. Also, completely off the subject of nails, dabbing a bit of this on a spot helps it dry up and vanish really quick too!

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      05.04.2012 01:12
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      A great budget nail polish remover.

      At the moment I have been trying to grow my nails and keep them in good condition. As they are getting longer and healthier, I have been painting them quite frequently. I have purchased numerous nail polishes for the upcoming summer months, and I am currently experimenting with them all. I like to change my nail polish around every two weeks, so as you can imagine I get through nail polish remover quite quickly. As I am currently on a budget, I decided I would go for a cheaper option this time, and that is why I went for the Boots own branded nail polish remover from their essentials range.

      Obviously this is only available from Boots stores and online on their website. Due to it being own branded, it does mean that it is considerably cheaper than the branded ones. This one retails at only £1.00 which I think is an excellent price considering I have paid double this in the past. Not only is it £1.00 but you get a considerable 250ml worth of liquid in the bottle meaning it is a fairly big bottle of the stuff.

      As you can see from the image, the nail polish remover is pretty basic which is to be expected. There is nothing fancy about the packaging with it just being purple and white in colour and containing the usual details around it. I'm not too bothered about buying own brand though, because who is really bothered what a nail polish remover looks like? Not me! Now on to the more important details, how well did it work?

      This bottle is very simple to open up, and once you've twisted off the lid the first thing I noticed is that there is quite a big hole for the liquid to come out. This means you have to be quite careful when pouring out this remover and could mean it is easy to leak, therefore I would recommend standing up the bottle when you are not using it to prevent this happening. I personally like to use cotton wool to remove my nail polish, therefore I got a good sized clump of it and held directly to the bottle opening, making sure that it would not spill everywhere. After it had absorbed in to the wool, I started to remove my nail polish. The first thing that hit me was the smell of this nail polish remover, it is quite strong and a chemical scent but this doesn't put me off too much as long as it does the job, because I thoroughly wash my hands with anti bacterial wash after use.

      As soon as I started rubbing on to my nails, I noticed that it was taking off the polish quickly and with ease which was impressive for a budget remover. It took no longer to remove polish than using a branded remover and I feel like this was really effective on the whole at taking off nail polish, even in those hard to reach areas. Five stars as far as performance goes. Another benefit of this remover is that as it is so huge, it really does last a long time even if you regularly paint your nails like me.

      The only negative that I can think of with this nail polish remover is that there are no added benefits to it. It doesn't strengthen the nail or anything like that which would be nice, but I suppose as it is a budget remover this is expected. I would perhaps be willing to pay a little more for a nourishing nail polish remover, but for £1.00 this is overall an excellent product.

      Overall, this is a highly recommended nail polish remover for all of those on a budget. It does the job and lasts a long time so it is definitely worth looking at! Thanks for reading.

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      06.02.2012 16:02

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      I would recommend this product - Ultimately value for money - with good results.

      I noticed this item on Boots.com when comparing prices and ranges of nail polish removers. This had very good reviews and was the cheapest of all the products, so I thought that I would give this a try when next at a Boot's store.
      The packaging containing 150ml of liquid, has a basic look and is fairly lightweight to carry. When pouring the liquid onto a cotton wool ball, I had to be cautious as the neck bottle size was larger than first realised. Personally, I think that all of the plastic bottles for nail varnish/polish remover should have some kind of design that enables more controlled pouring, such as a Johnson's Baby Lotion, or a vinegar bottle for example.
      As this is a strong, chemically odorous, substance which is also flammable.

      The final result - I found that my nail polish was removed in seconds, after only one rub from the cotton wool, without any Acetone streaks or dried out nails.

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