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  • Quick and easy
  • Doesn't dry out nails
  • Doesn't work well with all nail polishes
  • Only use on fingernails
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      23.07.2014 13:27
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      • Mess-free
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      • "Only use on fingernails"

      Mess-free Finger Nail Polish Remover

      The Bourjois Magic Nail Polish remover is my favourite of this type of nail polish remover. I’ve also tried the Nails Inc version which didn’t quite live up to the performance of the Bourjois. The 75ml bottle is lined with a foam sponge soaked in nail polish remover and rather than wasting 3 or 4 balls of cotton wool, just requires you to place your finger in the bottle and wipe your nail against the foam.

      The biggest thing with Bourjois products is they always smell good. Being a nail polish remover it is still rather pungent but the red fruit and vanilla fragrance does a great job of masking the harsh chemical smell. This scent does linger on your fingers but is very easily washed off.

      The Magic Nail Polish remover states it only takes 1 second per nail and quite often I do find that is quite right. However if my nails have a base coat, two to three coats of polish and a top coat I do have to keep wiping but generally this may only be an extra once or twice. With Rimmel’s Space Dust (a glittery polish) though I have to switch back to cotton wool because it actually rips little bits of the foam out of the bottle and takes a good five or six attempts to remove the polish (or rather it removes the polish but the glitter is so stubborn). The glitter is then left in the bottle.

      The biggest downside of the Bourjois Polish remover is the fact you are quite restricted to only using it on your fingers. For review purposes (of course) I did try it on my toes and ended up spilling the polish remover on the floor – it doesn’t feel like you’re putting your hands/toes in a bottle of liquid but there is still a lot in it. You can soak some cotton wool in it if needed but that’s just not as user friendly as traditional bottles of remover.

      After using it, I find the sweet almond oil does leave my nails feeling slightly moisturised although not to the point of actually feeling the product left on the skin. It also benefits from being acetone and paraben free which is important as acetone can dry nails out and parabens may be linked to health problems.

      Overall, the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish remover is quick and easy to use, but only on your fingernails and only with certain nail polishes. That said though I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it again. Better still I got my remover free in an offer at Boots but usually priced at £4.99 it lasts absolutely ages.

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      05.02.2014 23:35
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      Great product, definitely lives up to it's claims

      I paint my nails on a regular basis and hated using cotton wool and normal remover.

      I saw this in Superdrug whilst looking for a new nail varnish and it was on offer so I thought I would give it a go, and boy am I glad I did!

      It is convenient because you don't need cotton wool (which I used to get stuck to my fingers) and I also used to spill my bottle of remover all the time. With this although it has a liquid in the sponge prevents spillages.

      It smells terrible if you sniff directly into the tub but once used it leaves a wonderful fruity smell. However I do wash my hands after use as it does feel a little bit greasy but the nice smell stays on my fingers.

      It really does take 1 second on most nail varnishes, I have found with glitter nail varnish it takes a few more twists but it still beats normal nail remover. I have also found it lasts a long time, I have been using this product for about a year and I have only bought 3 in that time (I usually replace when bobbles of the sponge start coming out in fingers). Considering I use it about once or twice a week I think that us good going.

      The only draw back is unless you have super long toes, you can't use it on your toe nails so you still need conventional nail varnish remover.

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      06.11.2013 13:13

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      Would give this 10/10 recommend to anyone

      I have never seen a product like this before and find the whole concept of removing nail polish quite tedious. I always seem to end up staining my fingers the same colour as the polish im trying to remove, which is not ideal. So when I saw this product I had to try it out. I purchased it for around about £4.

      I was so shocked at the time in which it took to remove the polish, I literally had my finger in for a second (like it says on the tub) and all traces of the polish were gone. It saves me a lot of time. The product also leaves a nice berry after smell, unlike your normal acetone or nail polish removers. Lasts as long as your average nail varnish remover, just without all the hassle. Also without the need for cotton wool to remove it. I would recommend this product to anyone, is definitely a must have!!

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      18.08.2013 21:30
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      A must have in any girl's nail care arsenal.

      I'd heard a lot about this wonder bottle on the blogging circuit and after using up my usual nail varnish remover, and being a fan of any time saving short cuts, I decided to give it a whirl.

      What can I say? It does exactly what it says on the tin, well, bottle...

      You dip your finger nail in to the liquid soaked sponge, twist it around, remove and hey presto: your nail is now sparkling clean. Well, free of nail varnish at any rate.

      No more scrubbing away with cotton pad after cotton pad, this does all the 'hard work' for you.

      OK, so it might take a little longer than a second (as per the product name) but that's really just splitting hairs.

      I honestly can't sing its praises enough. Plus it has a genuinely pleasant smell which is something of a bonus, somewhere between vanilla and blackberries. As I say it's completely inoffensive unlike traditional nail varnish removers.

      The only real negative for me is that, unless it's stored completely upright, it may leak (when the top is off, I mean) so care needs to be taken that you don't lose any. Additionally the price point could do with being slightly lower: £8 is a little on the steep side.

      Other than that it really is a fantastic product which actually lives up to it's promises.

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        18.08.2013 07:52
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        Blown away by this!

        This 'magic pot' of nail varnish really does live up to its title. I had seen similar pots being sold on QVC and I was suspicious how they were claiming to be so good as I had bought remover pots before and I had found them not so good. I had no intention of buying one but I received a pot of the Bourjois one in a YOU Latest in Beauty Nails Special box (oh that box is a box of goodies!) and decided to do a test with it in order to establish its efficiency.

        The test
        I was wearing a dark brown glittery polish with a base and top coat and tried to remove one finger with a bottle of liquid remover and cotton wool pad. Several pads later and I was still scrubbing away at the stubborn colour. I twisted the pot on a finger and rotated three ways clockwise and three ways anti clockwise and the colour was gone! I did the whole job in under two minutes, now that is magic.

        Description
        Inside the pot is a black sponge and the pot is full of remover that smells quite different to any remover I've ever tried before. A bit fruity but with a chemical undertone. Not exactly pleasant but then nail varnish never is!

        In use
        You have to be careful not to spill it when it's first open because you can feel the liquid remover sloshing around at first. This will evaporate over time but it does make the polish remover extremely effective. the sponge is tight around your finger so you don't need to really press it in to the sponge once in place. It really is a lazy solution to polish remover but this is great as it's not good to scrub the nail as it can push the colour in to the nail bed. I always wash my hands after to remove any leftover traces of the product.

        My thoughts
        Just when you think you've seen it all (in the world of nails), someone comes out with a new product that makes everything else seem so rubbish!

        I love it! I thought I'd hate it but I don't at all. I like how the sponge is dark too so you can't see any stains from dark polishes on it. Great for transporting around too. The only point of failure for me is the pot of polish would be hard to do toes with but that's not a problem for me as I am currently on the sticker look for toes!

        Final word
        I got this in the beauty box so paid very little for it but you can get them for around £5 - £7 in Boots. They are definitely worth this and save so much time and effort. When it comes to removing I will use this as my first choice ever time now! Glittery polish does takes a bit more effort but you get there in the end. Highly recommended!

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          04.08.2013 17:48
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          All in all this is one of my favourite staple products - highly recommended. Would just be nice if

          Price

          I bought this for £4.99 from Boots. I wasn't actually looking for nail polish removed but for nail polish - as it's in the Bourjois range it is stocked with all the other Bourjois products in the make up section and not with the other nail police removers. I think this is a very clever way of marketing the product as if you put the product next to some of the (much cheaper) nail polish removers I doubt they would sell so many! Anyway I bought into this - even though at £4.99 for 75ml it is costly.

          After having used the product for a while though I can say it is very long lasting. I have used the same pot now for 12 months and whilst it may take a second or two longer to remove nail polish it shows no sign of slowing down. I wear nail polish on an almost daily basis and by now would have been through probably 3 of my usual nail polish removers and a load of cotton wool - so maybe this product is cost effective after all!

          Packaging

          The packaging is cute and definitely more attractive than the other nail polish removal products out there. The product comes in a cute bold pink pot with the bourjois logo noticeable and 1 second removal advertised in big letters. The label goes around the pot - english is written on one side and french (I think!!) on the other side giving details on instruction and ingredients of the product.

          Application

          Using the product is easy and less messier than conventional ways of removing nail polish. The 'miracle' claim of this product is that you can remove nail polish in 1 second by dipping and twisting the nail in the pot, as the product 'dissolved' nail polish. Whilst application is as easy as that - 'dip and twist' in reality I found this was much more of a 5 second process. This to be honest is no great drawback to the product as if I was using my usual cotton wool and nail polish remover I would take around the same time if not probably a little longer. I just find it a bit dishonest when companies make such miracle claims - and a tad annoying!

          Results

          In comparison to my usual cheap and cheerful nail polish remover this product seems much milder. The smell is great (its smells a little bit fruity) and not harsh or abrasive like some products. Also my nails feel in much better condition - which may be the almond oil. Despite the product being mild it is good and shifting even the most stubborn of nail polishes. I wear a range of polishes (barry m, rimmel, 17, revlon, bourjois etc) and never had a problem yet! My friend has also just got this product for her young daughter who likes to play around with different nail polishes and it is ideal for her especially as she has asthma and finds abrasive smells/fumes play on her chest!

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            05.07.2013 03:54
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            Four out of five stars

            I'd seen this nail varnish remover around in places like Boots and Superdrug quite a few times and although it always managed to catch my eye with the bright pink packaging & its promises to remove nail varnish in just one second, I have to say I always thought that it seemed expensive and like a bit of a gimmick so I just stuck to using boring old cotton wool and liquid nail varnish remover.

            This was until a couple of weeks ago, when I saw that this was on offer and I decided to finally give it a try. The retail price for this nail varnish remover is £4.99 for 75ml which is what put me off the most so I was really pleased to get mine for just £2. This is still a little more than I would usually pay for a bottle of nail varnish remover, and I definitely wouldn't pay the full price.

            The first thing that I like about this nail varnish remover is of course te packaging - I'm not the girliest of girls however even I love the bright pink bottle which is so much nicer than the boring bottle that the brand of nail varnish remover I usually use. I also like that the packaging has directions on how to actually use the product as with this you don't actually pour it out onto a cotton pad like with normal nail varnish remover.

            Instead it has a foam sponge inside it which is soaked in nail varnish remover, which means all I need to do is place one finger in at a time and press each nail against the sponge. I usually do this for ten seconds (one second is not enough despite the manufactures claims) on each nail and when I pull my finger out my nail varnish has always being completely removed! It removes all sorts of nail varnishes including glitter which tends to be quite stubborn and it is a lot quicker and less hassle than the traditional cotton pad method.

            The only bad thing I can say about this other than it being quite expensive is the smell, which is the usual nail varnish remover smell (strong and chemical smelling) but the smell doesn't linger on my nails. After using the nail varnish remover my nails always feel smooth and I've not had any problems with it drying them out.

            All in all I definitely recommend this nail varnish remover. It is expensive at the full price though so I will only re-purchase if I see it on offer. Four out of five stars.

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              14.06.2013 09:50
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              Great and compact

              I was given this by a friend as I have a phobia of wet cotton wool it sends my teeth on edge, which is a problem when trying to get nail polish off your nails. She bought me the 75ml bottle which looking on the internet costs around £4.99.

              I love the bottle design as I love pink it's really modern and funky looking and fits in with my bedroom décor brilliantly. I like the fact it had a screw lid as one I had bought before had a flip lid and it was knocked over by one of my cats and took the finish off my dressing table. This however felt a lot more secure to store. Upon opening the product there is a sponge substance inside and I was pleased to notice that it didn't smell like other nail varnish removers it had a slightly fruity smell.

              The first time I used it I dipped my finger in and twisted and I was pleased that the sponge was so secure it stayed put and didn't twist round like my previous brand so I could give my nails a good wipe without trying to maneuver the pot around too much. The sponge felt soft to touch and non-abrasive so I was confident it wouldn't do any damage to my nails. After I had twisted my nail a couple of times the polish was off and the tip of my finger and nail felt almost moisturised and not sticky at all. I usually have to wash my hands over and over to remover both the smell and feel with my old product but with this one there was no horrible feeling to my fingers.

              I found this product to be very easy to use and the pleasant smell mean that you can use it anywhere I have even used it whilst on a train without the looks that normal nail polish would cause. I like the ease of use and how compact this is and I will defiantly be taking it camping this year so I can colour co ordinate my nails there too.

              It is a brilliant invention and defiantly on my list of must buys, I know it's not a cheap as some but it does last a long time and doesn't seem to dry out after a few uses.

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                04.06.2013 17:29
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                A pricey, unneccessary but convenient product.

                I wear nail varnish a lot of the time but don't really like getting it off, especially when it's a good one that doesn't want to come off. I normally buy cheaper nail polish removers like the Boots own one as I get through it quite quickly. I ran out the other week and my daughter came round with this for me to try.

                The nail varnish remover comes in a pink plastic tub with a screw off lid. It has the Bourjois logo on the front with '1 second per roll, without cotton wool' written on the front. It's pretty, girly packaging which stands out on the shelf compared to the other bottles of polish remover.

                When you take the lid off, you can smell the strong scent of nail varnish remover straight away. There is a hint of red fruit and vanilla fragrance as promised on the tub but the chemical smell of nailvarnish overpowers this. There's a sponge inside the tub with a small hole in the middle. It's soaed in nail varnish remover and you put your finger in the hole, twist and your nail varnish should come off. According to the packaging, one twist should remove all of the nailvarnish on the nail.

                I put my finger into the spongy hole and it feels cold and obviously wet from the nailvarnish. One twist took a little bit of the nailvarnish off but it took another few twists to get it all off. It isn't really quicker than using normal nailvarnish remover on cotton wool as each finger took about 10-15 seconds to get the nail varnish off which is how long it normally takes. After the nailvarnish has been removed, you can still smell the vanilla and red fruit faintly but not a lot.

                The nail varnish is effective as it did remove my nail varnish but not as quicly as promised on the tub. It isn't necessarily better than using conventional nail varnish remover and cotton wool. It is easier as you don't have the mess of the cotton wool balls to clean up with and you don't get bits of cotton stuck to your nails but for the sake of spending £1 on a bottle of nail varnish remover or £4.99 for this tub I'd rather just spend the £1 and have the cotton wool to deal with. You can get the Bourjois nail varnish remover tub from Boots and Superdrug for £4.99 and online on websites like Amazon. It's convenient and I think it would be ideal to take on holiday with you but I wouldn't bother with it every day as it's expensive and not much easier than normal nail varnish remover.

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                27.05.2013 17:29
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                Totally worth every penny!

                How did no one think of this before? its genius! stick your finger in, twiddle around and all the polish is gone. There was a time that I spent ages with bits of cotton wool or tissue paper, desperately trying to scratch off the last little bits of nail polish from around my nail beds, but this just takes a second, and it is ALL gone. what is really great as well is the fact that once you have used all the remover in the pot, you don't have to buy a new one, you can just top up with ordinary nail polish remover from a bottle. People may say I am overreacting, that its not such a big deal, but to those people I say NO. It is a big deal. It does matter. And I will not rest until I have spread the word far and wide, effectively ending these times of scruffy looking, slightly still coloured 'i didn't quite have time' nails. This is the future, and I will never go back.

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                  08.05.2013 23:31
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                  Nail polish remover from Bourjois.

                  At the start of the year I was stocking up on some bargain Christmas/Birthday presents for this year when I saw this Bourjois nail polish remover. It was reduced from £8.00 down to £2.00 so I decided to snap one up and see if I liked it. Now according to what I can see online this normally retails for between £4 and £5, not the £8 quoted on the site I bought it from, but I still believe I got myself a bargain!

                  This nail polish remover is a little different to others. The idea is that you remove the lid, put your finger in the pot, where it will go inside the middle of a sponge, then you press down lightly and twist your finger. Do this back and forth for a couple of seconds, remove your finger and then your nail polish will be removed.

                  Now in theory it isn't quite as simple as this, but it does still work great. This pot is a plastic pot with a fairly large screw top lid. The black sponge within this sits on top of what I can only assume is some nail polish removing liquid. I can hear this sloshing around if I shake this pot. There is 75ml of this liquid underneath the sponge, in what appears to be quite a small space. The sponge then soaks up some of the removing liquid and holds it in place allowing you to remove your nail polish with ease without worrying about liquid pouring everywhere. The packaging tells me that this has a red fruit fragrance but I haven't really noticed this much. There isn't an overwhelming smell of nail polish remover, which is great of course as I am prone to suffering from bad headaches when using strong smelling products.

                  Putting the instructions in to practice is actually very simple, just as simple as I guess it sounds to you reading this. I put my finger in the pot, turn it left and right while pressing down slightly to ensure my whole nail is in the sponge, then after a few seconds I remove it. Once I removed my nail I found that 3 out of 5 nails on one hand had all the polish removed the first time. On the other finger and my thumb I found that there was some polish remaining and I had to put my finger back in at least 2 more times to remove it completely, as well as rubbing my nail around a lot in the sponge. Obviously this is inconvenient as I could have just removed the polish in the same amount of time using liquid and cotton wool pads - my usual method.

                  When I paint my nails I normally use a bath coat, apply one or two coats of the colour and then use a top coat also. All of this is to try and keep my nail polish on as long as possible and stop it from chipping. This might be why it is a little more tough to remove all of the nail polish, particularly on my two largest nails, but I will expect a product quoted as being 'magic' to actually work some 'magic' and remove everything quickly and efficiently.

                  I must say that I have noticed a difference to the skin around my nails and the nails themselves after using this. My nails and skin look less damaged and harmed and have more of a moisturised look. Also, when I wash my hands afterwards there is no nasty smell left behind, unlike when I use my standard nail polish remover I had been using when I starting using this.

                  I have tried using this to remove nail polish from my toes, as I usually paint them the same colour as my fingernails at the same time, but I have come to the conclusion that for me this is virtually impossible. If you had some weird double jointed toes or ankles you might be able to try this but personally I have been sticking to use cotton wool pads and nail polish remover on my toe nails, with great results.

                  Overall I would say that this is worth 4/5 stars. It does work effectively at removing nail polish and the fact that I usually have at least 4 coats of different products on my nails could be the reason why I sometimes have to dip my finger nail in this once again. The price that I paid was reasonable but I feel that if I had paid £4.99 or the ridiculous £8.00 quoted when I bought mine that I would have been sorely disappointed and would have perhaps rated this a 3/5 because of the small amount of liquid, 75ml, and the hefty price tag. The container needs to be kept upright to prevent leakage, as you might expect so this isn't really suitable for travelling at all. It does work though, as advised, even if it isn't a magic 1 second nail polish remover. I have been pleased with the results and although my sponge is now coated in different colours (which is evident when I remove a nail that has been stripped of polish to find a murky coloured liquid on it) I would buy this again, although probably not for £4.99.

                  I have found that I can use this for about 12 nail polish changes, 3 per week on average for me, before the liquid within was too badly coloured to continue using. The sponge has started to dry out slightly now indicating to me that the liquid is running low or has evaporated and so I am going to be discarding this nail polish remover and continue using a previous method of cotton wool pads and nail polish remover.

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                  Quick, easy and mess-free, but what damage is it doing?

                  I've recently started wearing nail varnish again after years of not bothering with it at all due to my nails breaking all the time at work. One of the things I used to hate about wearing nail varnish was removing it, it's such a faff on, so I decided to pick up this Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover which claims to take only 1 second per nail. I paid £4.99 for the pot in Superdrug.

                  The product is basically a pink plastic pot with a screw off lid, inside of which is a nail varnish remover soaked sponge with a hole in the centre. To use it you're just supposed to stick your finger in the hole (sounds dodgy I know, kinda looks it too!) twist and remove, and apparently your varnish should be completely removed.

                  The first thing I noticed about it when opening the pot is the horribly strong smell of nail varnish remover, which surprised me as it says on the front of the pot that it has a red fruit and vanilla fragrance. When beginning to use it I actually cringed at the feel of the sponge inside, it's not a pleasant feeling at all. I tried simply twisting my finger and removing as we're told in the instructions but this does not remove my nail varnish.

                  I find I have to twist my finger around in the pot a fair few times before my varnish is removed. I'd say it takes around 20-30 seconds per nail rather than the second they claim, but it's still much easier than faffing about with cotton wool etc. One thing I'm really not sure on though is what this is doing to the skin on my fingers, it doesn't feel good at all and I'm pretty sure it must be damaging the skin because despite it containing moisturising almond oil it really feels chemical and harsh.

                  Once my nails have dried off after removing my varnish with this I can suddenly smell the red fruit and vanilla fragrance that is described on the pot, and it does smell nice I have to admit, but it doesn't last long.

                  Overall I do like this as a quick and convenient way of removing my nail polish, of course it would be great for travelling rather than having to carry a bottle of remover and cotton pads with you, but I don't think I'll keep using it too often because I feel as though it's damaging the skin on my fingers.

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                    Simply dip your nail into the pre-soaked sponge, and twist. Removes your nail polish very quickly.

                    I was recently lucky enough to win a few beauty products in a pre-Christmas competition, and this nifty nail polish remover from the excellent Bourjois range was one of my prizes. This product won Elle Beauty Awards 2012 for Best Nail Product.

                    The premise behind the Magic Nail Polish Remover is that you don't need a bottle of remover and cotton wool pads, nor do you need a pack of removal wipes. This product claims to remove your nail polish in one second, simply by inserting each nail into a small indentation in the remover-soaked sponge that fills this container.

                    The bright pink tub is about 9cm (3.5 inches) high, and it contains 75ml of product. The Bourjois name is on the top of the front label, as is the phrase 'Magic Nail Polish Remover'. There is a green banner that says 'Instant removal', and below that is the claim of '1 Second per nail, without cotton wool'. You are also told that this product contains 'Nourishing sweet almond oil', and that it has a 'Red fruit & vanilla fragrance'. At the side of the label is an illustration of a nail being dipped into the product, and beneath that is the explanation of 'Its Magic Power', and your instructions for use: 'All you need to do is dip each finger into the sponge, twist and remove. Nail polish is instantly removed without the need for cotton wool.' We are also informed that this product is Acetone free and Paraben free. These instructions are written in French on the other side of the bottle.

                    After unscrewing and removing the round lid, you are then presented with a solid block of pre-soaked black sponge that takes up the whole of the inside of the bottle. This sponge has a small, centred indentation at the very top - and this is obviously where you insert your finger. Don't be tempted to do what I did, and lean forward to sniff the contents of the bottle. Doing this doesn't leave you with a pleasant red fruit and vanilla fragrance - instead, it leaves you with an extremely strong smell of nail polish remover and possibly a bit of a choking session.

                    Although I love Bourjois products, and have used many of their products over the years, I was initially sceptical about the powers of this 'Magic' product. When I paint my nails, I do it thoroughly - base coat, at least two coats of nail polish, and top coat. My first experiment with my prize came while I was wearing Opi nail varnish, which seems to have a reputation for being difficult to remove. The first time I used the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover, I decided to do a comparison test, using my usual Sally Hansen Acetone-Free Nail Polish (the subject of a separate review) and cotton wool pads for my left hand, and using the Bourjois product for my right hand. Sally Hansen did its usual very good job, although a bit of effort and pressure was required to get rid of all the polish.

                    I doubted that one simple twist of the Magic Nail Polish Remover would remove my nail polish, and indeed this proved to be the case. However, when I dipped my fingernail into the sponge, rubbed my nail and twisted it around, I was then both amazed and delighted to find that it only took three twists for my nails to be completely free of every trace of their polish. I then looked at the state of the nails on both hands, and the nails that had had the 'magic' treatment definitely looked more moisturised and conditioned than the nails on the other hand. So far, so very good indeed.

                    My nails were left slightly fragranced, although I found it difficult to tell what the pleasant smell was, and wouldn't necessarily swear to it being the 'red berry & vanilla fragrance' promised. There was a slight residue left on my nails, which I'm assuming is the sweet almond oil. If you wanted to paint your nails again straight away, this residue is easily rinsed away - or in my case, doing what I always do after using nail polish remover, and giving my nails a very gentle scrub with a nail brush

                    I never use glitter nail polish, and I understand that removing this might take a bit more of an effort.

                    I decided that it would be difficult to remove polish from my toe nails using this product, but thought I'd better give it a go for the sake of this review. My conclusion is that unless you are a contortionist with ballet training, so that you're able to stand 'en pointe' while at the same time easing each toe apart from the other, and then twirling around like one of those dancing ladies in a girl's jewellery box, it's really not worth the effort. However, I think this product works brilliantly as a super-fast removal of nail polish on your finger nails.

                    Boots' website describe this product as 'Acetone-free formula, gentle on nails and cuticles. Enriched with nourishing sweet almond oil. Paraben free, Dermatologist tested'. (There are also a number of very positive reviews of this product there.) I certainly agree that this remover is rather more gentle on my nails than my Sally Hansen remover, even though that has been my favourite for a number of years. However, the comparisons work in Sally Hansen's favour when it comes down to the cost. The Bourjois product contains 75ml of product, and costs £4.99, whereas my Sally Hansen Bottle contains 200ml and costs £2.45. And of course there are nail varnish removers that are even cheaper - a quick look at Boots' website today shows products starting from £1.00 for 250ml.

                    You should keep the pink bottle/pot upright, as the black sponge is obviously soaked in nail varnish remover, and this would probably leak or spill if the bottle was left on its side. For this reason, I am unlikely to take it away on holiday, and for that purpose I will stick to my favourite little pot of Quickies Nail Varnish Remover Pads (which I reviewed last July). These pads work really well, the container is tiny, and in all my years of using them, there has never been even the tiny hint of any product leaking. I certainly wouldn't want to put the Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover in my suitcase, although it might be OK in your handbag if you could be sure of keeping it upright.

                    Although this lovely Bourjois product is more expensive than my usual nail polish remover, and is less handy for taking on holiday than my usual wipes, I absolutely love it. There are times when I would love to get my nail polish cleaned away in a hurry, and with no messy cotton wool pads to dispose of, and that is where this product really comes into its own.

                    I like the fact that the internal sponge is black, as this means you can't see any messy residue of your polish left on the sponge. I also like the fact that if you've made a mess of one nail during your manicure, it is very simple to effect a repair. However, I don't like the fact that you can't tell how much product you have left - unlike a bottle of remover where it is very clear how much liquid remover remains.

                    Boots, Superdrug and ASOS sell Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover for £4.99, and ASOS offer free delivery. There are a couple of eBay sellers who have this product, but I couldn't find any savings to be made.

                    I am delighted to have won this beauty product, especially as I paint my nails often, and it's such a brilliant, easy way to take the polish off. I would have liked to give it five stars, but am deducting one because of the cost. Will I be buying this once my much-loved prize is empty? Yes I will - I've been using this product for a few weeks now, and I love the ease and convenience. For me, that is worth spending a little bit more.

                    (This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)

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