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      06.06.2012 20:54
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      Conditioning nail polish remover.

      I wear nail varnish a lot, especially bright or darker colours, and some nail polish removers don't remove every trace of varnish unless I really rub at my nails. I wanted something that was going to remove them in just a few gentle wipes with no need to keep rubbing my nails. I also wanted something that was going to leave my nails feeling dry or brittle.

      ~ THE NAIL POLISH REMOVER ~
      I was in my local Boots store and looked at their range of nail polish removers; the conditioning nail polish remover stood out, due to the fact that it said conditioning on it and it was only £1.30 which I didn't think was too bad for a 150ml bottle. The nail polish remover comes in a light white bottle which a black screw lid. You can see that the actual remover is an orange colour and it has a large label on the front saying 'Conditioning Nail Polish Remover'. On the back is states that the remover is enriched with apricot kernel oil and pro-vitamin B5 to help keep nails in top condition. The packaging is very simple and basic; how-ever I wasn't bothered by this as it was only nail polish remover!

      To use the remover, moisten some cotton wool with the nail polish remover and then gently wipe the nail from the cuticle to remove all traces of nail polish quickly and effectively. It sounded as though this product was going to be really good and would remove my nail polish with a few gentle wipes. I was now going to put it to the test.

      I currently have a bright blue colour on my nails and it's starting to chip off so I thought it was a great time to remove it completely. The first thing I noticed about the remover when opening it was the same acetone smell that you get with most nail varnish removers. I got a cotton wool pad and pressed it against the top of the bottle and then turned it upside down and back again very quickly to allow some of the remover to go onto the cotton wool pad. You can see the orange colour of the remover on the cotton wool. I then wiped the cotton wool pad over the nail and looked to see the result. The blue nail polish was beginning to remove and it only took another 2 wipes to remove the nail polish completely. I managed to use the same cotton wool pad to remove all the nail polish from all my finger nails. I felt my nails afterwards to see how they felt seeing as the remover was meant to be conditioning. They felt a little dry and didn't feel smooth as I thought they would. I was a little disappointed by this.

      ~ OVERALL OPINION ~
      For £1.30 I can't really complain much about the product as it did a very good job at removing all traces of my nail polish with minimum effort and without the need to rub hard at my nails to remove it. Unfortunately it didn't leave my nails feeling as smooth and conditioned as I hoped they would, considering it does state that it's conditioning. As this product doesn't do everything it claims to do I can only give it 3 out of 5 stars and I'm not sure I would buy this product again, as I would probably go for a different, well trusted brand such as Cutex.


      (review also on ciao)

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      18.04.2011 19:40
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      A nail varnish remover that struggles to remove!

      I wear nail varnish all the time if I am not having my nails gelled or have french white acrylics, so to me it is essential to have a good nail varnish remover at all times, but also one that it is conditioning as my nails very rarely get a break, so it is the least I can offer them and this will also stop them from becoming too brittle or thinning.

      It was whilst I was shopping very quickly the other day in Boots that I spotted this, mainly because of the claim to be conditioning, which was exactly what I needed. It was at a very good price at just £1.33 too, this is compared to that of Quickies which I'd normally buy, which cost £1.35 for 20 pads and I am sure that this will last much longer.

      It comes in a very basic looking clear tube with a black, screw top lid. You are able to see through to the liquid, which is orange in colour. To use I simply use a cotton wool pad. When you tip the liquid onto the pad it turns it into a orange colour liquid which has a very strong smell to it.

      The smell was overally powerful and at times did make my eyes water, which was unfortunate as I haven't had nail varnish remover do that to me in years. It smelt very chemically and cheap, yet at the same time I could also smell an undertone of something slightly sweet or refreshing which was obviously trying to mask the powerful scent of chemicals, but wasn't doing a very good job.

      I found that it removed my nail varnish fairly well, but was definitley not the best I have ever used. When using the cotton wool pad much of the 'fluff' from it got transferred onto my nail leaving me nail with a thick, fluffy nail varnish layer which made it very stubborn to remove. It did not glide off and did take a fair bit of rubbing over my nail before it was able to remove all of the nail varnish. It is able to remove most nail varnish, but only after a lot of scrubbing and even then it left some nail varnish around the edges. I also found that if I had applied my nail varnish too thickly the nail varnish remover just tended to make this go relativley thick and gloopy and did not remove it.

      Another dissapointment that I found with the nail varnish remover was that not in any shape or form was this nail varnish conditioning. It was the same as any other brand which does not claim to be and is not conditioning. I wasn't expecting miracles from it, just my nails to be a little cleaner, smoother looking, however there was no difference as from what they were before. Although it did not dry out my nails and neither did it leave them feeling brittle, neither did it leave them feeling in better condition.

      I did find that once I had removed all my nail varnish and left my nails for a couple or so my hands were left smelling of the nail varnish. The thing that surprised me was that it was not the horrible chemical smell, but the undertone of something sweet/ fruity that I detected that was left lingering. I did not mind this, as it was a fairly pleasant smell, however would have preferred it to be unfragranced in that it did not leave behind any scent.

      Overall this is a good price, but I am well aware that there are far better out there for a much similar price. This nail varnish remover can barely remove the nail varnish at all well, leave alone being conditioning for your nails. Even if it had not been conditioning, but had in fact removed the nail varnish well I would not be buying it again due to the horrible chemical smell when first using the nail varnish remover.

      I will not be buying this item again and would definitley not reccomend this item.

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        23.07.2010 18:40
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        Wouldn't use it again

        Recently before my mum went out shopping she asked me if there was anything I needed. I asked her if she could get me some nail polish remover, as I had just ran out and I needed to get rid of my very chipped nail polish - it is never a good look when it looks as though only half your nails have been painted!


        She said she would get me some, so I told her just to get me the cheapest one she could find. This is the one she brought back for me, it isn't the cheapest as it costs £1.50 from Boots whereas the one I normally get is only 99p from Boots. I was curious to know whether this one would be better, seeing as it is the more expensive one. This one is also smaller than my usual one, so you end up getting even less for your money if you go for this one.


        This is enriched with apricot kernel oil and pro-vitamin B5. It is quite an orangey colour, probably because of the apricots in it. I have found that this orangey colour comes out onto the nails when you use the nail polish remover. This is something I don't like about the product, because after using this my nails always have a horrible orangey, yellowy tint to them which makes me look like a smoker.


        Although this apparently has the conditioning properties that I mentioned, I didn't think apart from the orange tint that my nails were any different to how any other nail polish remover would have left them. They didn't feel thin or weak but they didn't feel conditioned or nourished either. This didn't leave them in tip top condition.


        This nail polish remover did remove most of the nail polish I was wearing, but not as well as I thought my usual 99p one does. And there was that horrible orange tint left on my nails. For these reasons I would not recommend the product and I will not buy it again.

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        08.01.2010 17:15
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        A great nail varnish remover!

        If putting nail varnish on isn't good for your nails, taking it off isn't exactly much better. For this reason, I also try and choose nail varnish removing products carefully. I picked up the Boots Expert range in an attempt to save myself a bit of money, whilst still having a decent product.

        == Packaging ==

        The nail varnish comes in a recyclable plastic bottle with labels on the front and back containing all the relevant product information.The lid screws on tightly so there's little chance of this leaking if you need to transport it.

        The 150ml bottle is also translucent, allowing you to see how much of the remover is left.
        On the label, you'll find a full list of ingredients, should you have any concerns. There are also several warnings - this product is flammable, should be kept out of the reach of children and away from synthetic materials. As this product is a solvent, there is a warning about solvent abuse.

        This product contains acetone, an ingredient which can have a drying effect on nails. Boots Expert claim that this product will not leave your nails dry and brittle, as it also contains apricot kernel oil and pro-vitamin B5 to condition the nails.
        The product also contains Bitrex, a chemical substance which is used to help reduce the likelihood of accidental poisonings, and also used in products designed to prevent nail-biting as it has an incredibly bitter taste.

        == Ease of Use ==

        I've used the product in a variety of ways, each time with good results. The first time I used it, I didn't buy any cotton wool pads, so I had to use tissue to remove the varnish. I got the best results by pouring some nail varnish remover into the cap, soaking my nails in it for 2 or 3 seconds, and wiping the nail with tissue that has also some nail varnish remover on it. However, with cotton wool pads, I've found I don't need to soak my nails at all and I actually only use around two or three spots of nail varnish in total.When using this, I have noticed that it is actually has a very pleasant smell. I often find nail varnish removers to have an overpowering smell, and while you can't get away from the fact that this product does have a chemically-smell, there's a definite hint of apricot, most likely from that apricot kernel oil and it's very pleasant. It's also a nice change to have a nail product that doesn't smell of Pear Drops!

        I'm afraid I can vouch for the effectiveness of the Bitrex. If you get the slightest drop of this near your mouth, which is obviously NOT recommended, you'll get an unpleasant surprise. It's the kind of bitter which will make you pull a face. So, if you're trying to quit biting your nails, you've got yourself 2 products for the price of 1. If you don't want a bitter taste on your nails, for example if you plan to be handling food, then a thorough hand wash will get rid of it.

        == Results ==

        First things first, I found that this takes off bolder colours with relative ease. I don't wear many pale colours, but this will get rid of the blues, reds, purples, blacks that I regularly coat my nails in without me needing to break into a sweat.

        Inevitably, particularly with bolder colours, some of the colour is wiped onto the skin surrounding the nails, making staining a bit of an issue. However, a quick wipe over the skin with a nail varnish soaked cotton wool pad will sort that out in a flash.
        So, does it condition my nails? Well, the first time I used this I decided to continue my normal routine on my left hand only. So I removed my nail varnish, washed my hands (yes, both) and then buffed and filed the nails on my left hand. I didn't apply a base coat, which I normally would, but already I could see a difference. The nail varnish remover wouldn't give you shiny looking nails. However, they do look healthy and strong. I actually found that nails on my right, unbuffed nails looked stronger than those on my left hand. Buffing my nails had simply got rid of the ridges and made my nails shiny and soft.

        Overall, I could probably about get away with not doing anything to my nails after using this nail varnish remover. If you're lucky enough to have nails that don't have noticeable ridges, then your nails will look strong and healthy with this product alone. If you want that extra shine, then you'll definitely need to give them a buff.
        It doesn't dry your skin out either, which is particularly important at this time of year. It's not drying on my hand or my cuticles. The only thing that I can say is that if you had a paper cut, I can imagine that it wouldn't be very pleasant to get this (or any) nail varnish remover in the cut.

        == Price and Availability ==

        This product is only available from Boots stores and the website. The Expert range of nail varnishes includes an acetone-free nail varnish remover, as well as a product called 'Expert Clean Off nail polish remover'.

        All of the products in the range come in 150ml bottles and cost £1.25.

        == Recommendation ==

        Overall, I would recommend this product. I tend to use well known brands as I am wary of drying my nails out, but this product has helped keep my nails looking strong and healthy. It would be easy to expect miracles from this product and that would lead to disappointment for sure. For me, I feel that it does a great job in removing what could otherwise be very stubborn nail varnishes. Now I know that cotton wool pads are worth the investment, I think that this nail varnish remover will last me a good while, and I'm confident that I'll get a good 3-4 months use out of it (and that's being conservative).

        So, yes, a hearty recommendation from me. It definitely does what it says on the tin, and I have strong, healthy nails, all at the fraction of the price of a brand.

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          13.10.2009 17:23
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          A superb nail polish remover

          *Introduction*

          A few years ago I had acrylic nails put on for a holiday that I was going on. Whilst they were on my hands looked fantastic but the price eventually got too much for me to continue having them refilled every few weeks so I decided to take them off. Unfortunately, my nails were extremely weak and brittle. I was gutted at the state of them and the nail polish remover that I was using didn't seem to help. It dried them out and left them feeling awful. This is why I went in search of a nail polish remover that cared for my nails whilst removing the polish and found Boots Expert Conditioning Nail Polish Remover.

          *The Claim*

          Some nail polish removers take off a little more than you bargained for, leaving nails dry and brittle. Boot Expert Conditioning Polish Remover is different.

          *About the Product*

          Boot Expert Conditioning Polish Remover sweeps away polish in an instant and is enriched with apricot kernel oil and pro-vitamin B5 to help keep nails in tip top condition.

          *Application*

          You will need a piece of cotton wool or a cotton pad to use this nail polish remover. Moisten the pad with a generous amount of the product. Then wipe your nail gently from the cuticle to the tip to remove all traces of the nail polish quickly and effectively. I suggest using one cotton pad per hand. You could probably get away with using one cotton pad for both, but I think the results would be slightly less successful.

          *Price and Availability*

          You can buy Boots Expert Conditioning Nail Polish Remover exclusively from Boots stores. If you don't have access to one or prefer to buy online, you can also buy it online from www.boots.com.

          This nail polish remover can be bought for the small cost of £1.25. This is a very low price when you consider what a superb job it does of removing the polish from your nails quickly and easily. And compared to the £2 that you will pay for Cutex nail polish remover, you are making quite a saving without sacrificing quality. This product proves that name brands are not always better.

          *My Opinion*

          The packaging: Boot Expert Conditioning Polish Remover is packaged in a clear bottle with a screw on lid, although it looks pink due to the products colour. The design of this bottle is plain, boring and clinical in appearance. In fact, it looks like an item that should be in a work cleaning cupboard or in a hospital. Boots certainly won't be winning any awards for appearance but the price more than makes up for this.

          Colour, texture and smell: The colour of this nail polish remove is a light orange/peach but don't be scared that this will be transferred onto your nails as it does not. It is water like in texture which leads to it being easy to use. As for the smell, it is similar to that of any other nail polish but actually don't find it to be as strong and I think there is the slightest orange smell to it. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't disguise the strong smell of acetone, but it is not as unbearable as some nail polish removers by any means.

          Longevity of the product: This product should last you a fair amount of time. I would estimate about a 4 or 5 months and this is when used regularly by both myself and my mum. Take care not to spill the bottle whilst the lid is off as this will reduce the time that you will have this product for. I have done this several times in the past and it is actually what led to me needing a new bottle of nail polish remover as well as the fact that the tubs were a little too expensive to buy on a regular basis.

          This nail polish remover promises not to leave nails dry and brittle. So does it help to keep nails in tip top condition? It certainly does. Using this nail polish remover has helped to 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.

          I just want to make it clear that as well as being a conditioning, this works brilliantly 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.

          *Would I Recommend This Product?*

          For the price alone, I have to recommend Boots Expert Conditioning Nail Polish Remover. It is a nail polish remover that works quickly and easily without having to rub so hard that your fingers actually hurt. So if you are looking for a low priced yet excellent nail polish remover that also conditions and cares for your nails stop the search as you have found it! It doesn't quite make them soft and smooth but then this is not what they claim to do. It does not leave your nails dry though which is what you are trying to avoid.

          Boots Expert Conditioning Nail Polish Remover is not suitable for use of false nails so don't even bother! I have made this mistake in the past. It will melt them slightly and leave you attempting to pick them off yourself because they end up looking so bad. In addition, even if you could use it on false nails, the conditioning quality would be wasted as you would be cleaning acrylic.

          *Overall*

          Putting the smell to one side, Boots Expert Conditioning Nail Polish Remover is a really good value for money product. In the past I had been completely and utterly useless in applying nail polish. I am still not fantastic but thanks to this nail polish remover I have had the ability to start over again whenever they looked really rubbish! Practice makes perfect... or at least I am hoping it will soon.

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            06.10.2009 21:23
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            Boots expert conditioning nail polish remover

            Having decided to have a go at improving the condition of my nails, I needed a nail polish remover and wanted one which hopefully wouldn't make my nails too brittle and thus undo any good work I was doing.

            This one promises to be different and claims that whilst some nail varnish removers take off more than you bargained for, this will remove the polish but because it's enriched with apricot kernel oil and pro vitamin B5, nails won't be left dry and brittle. If it does indeed do this, then this is the one i need, and because i tend to like the Boots expert products, i immediately bought one.

            The nail polish remover comes in a plastic bottle containing 150ml of the stuff, with all of the instructions and information on the back of the bottle. When I look at it appears to be orange but when I put it onto cotton wool, it is clear, so I don't end up with orange tinted nails. It has the same kind of acetone small as normal nail polish removers only less strong, which is definitely a plus point.

            The directions tell me to moisten cotton wool and apply it to the nails to remove all of the nail polish. When I do this, I find that with several sweeping and not pressing motions I can remove even the darkest of nail colours. Another good thing about the remover is that it doesn't seem to sting like some nail polish removers do if I have a small cut on my finger.

            It costs £1.25 for a 150ml of the stuff which when used as a normal remover does last a long time especially if, like me, you don't use it too often- i use clear hardening polish most of the time.

            The product comes with the usual warnings- highly flammable and keep it away from children, which seems common sense.

            Available from boots stores and online at www.boots.com.

            VERDICT...

            This nail polish remover has definitely delivered on its promises. I have been trying to reduce the brittleness of my nails and to this end have been using hardening polishes. My worry was that a normal nail varnish remover would leave my nails drier than they started but this one has ensured that they have not become brittle, and even when I have just applied the stuff, my nails actually do feel conditioned and slightly moisturised. I did worry that it would be too gentle to remove all of the polish but it does an excellent job of quickly and easily removing the polish and because it doesn't sting, i can get all the hard to reach bits of polish which may lurk near my cuticles.

            I recommend this for anyone wanting an effective and gentle nail polish remover.

            Thanks for reading.

            Daniela x

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              09.08.2009 08:21
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              a great product

              This nail polish remover was originally given to me a part of a 'birthday box' along with various nail polishes, and cotton pads, and has since become one of my favourite products.

              Advertised to just take off the varnish from your nails, and enriched with apricot kernel oil and vitamin b5, this nail polish remover is supposed to leave your nails in perfect condition- and it does.

              A lot of nail varnish removers that I've tried over the years, make my nails feel very rough, and sometimes brittle, whereas this one keeps your nails original shine and smoothness, great if you don't want to repaint them for a while.

              The liquid itself is a peach colour, and smells much like any other nail polish remover, with the strong scent of acetone- when they invent a varnish remover that doesn't smell like this, let me know, as it is the one thing that my husband complains regularly about.

              It is designed to be used in the same way as every other remover, moisten the cotton wool, or pad, and wipe it over your nail. The difference is, that with the exception of the big toe nail, I only had to wipe each nail once for the polish to come off entirely. This in my mind is a huge plus, as it cuts down the time you have to be exposed to the awful smell of nail polish remover, and also uses less of the product- a win win situation.

              The bottle comes in 150ml size, and this seems to last me for quite a while, as you only use a few ml each time you remove the polish.

              Overall, I would recommend this nail polish remover to anyone, as it leaves your nails feeling smooth and soft, and not like they've just had the life scrubbed out of them.

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            Enriched with apricot kernel oil and pro-vitamin B5 to help keep nails in tip top condition /