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Classics Nail Polish Remover
I have been using the 'Classics Nail Polish Remover' for quite some time now, I would defiantly say it is now my go-to nail varnish remover. I normally purchase it from my local 'Bodycare' store for around £1.50 a bottle which is great value for money considering that you get 400 milters of product to a bottle.
Over the years I have tried several different brands of nail varnish remover, such as 'Bourjois', 'Cutex' and 'Sally Hansen. But the 'Classics Nail Polish Remover' always came out on top.
On opening the bottle for the first time I was expecting the nail varnish remover to have a very strong smell, I was pleasantly surprised when I found it had a sweeter, non-chemical scent to it. Mainly because it is a non acetone based remover which means that it is not as aggressive or as flammable as acetone based removers. I also think it works incredibly well in removing the varnish, as I wear quite dark nail colours I need a remover that can take all of the colour off without leaving any spots or stains of colour. The 'Classics Nail Polish Remover' does exactly that.
The packaging is pink and girly looking, however it is very long which means it is not very piratical to travel with, which feel is the only down side to the product. Apart from that I think this product is fantastic, I would defiantly recommend it, it is well worth the money. It'll make a pretty yet very practical edition to any vanity.
I am never seen without nail varnish - I wear it every day and feel bare without it. So obviously one of my necessary beauty items is nail varnish remover. I had previously tried different priced nail varnishes - both expensive and cheaper ones. Whilst the expensive ones did a good job, I didn't really like forking out £2+ on a small bottle of remover and the cheap ones were just bad. However, one day whilst shopping in Home Bargains I came across this nail varnish remover from Classics and remembered that I actually did need to get some. If I remember correctly it was only 59p and so I thought I would give it a try - although having tried cheaper brands before I wasn't expecting miracles with this one.
The nail varnish comes in a see through bottle - this is good as you can see how much remover is left in the bottle. When the bottle is opened the remover has a strong smell - it smells very chemically and artificial which isn't very pleasant - however, once the lid is back on then you can't smell the remover. To look at the remover is pink in colour - it looks very artificial. The bottle has a screw top lid which is easy to un-do. However, I find that on a few occasions I have almost knocked the bottle over as I tend to pour the remover onto a piece of cotton wool and then remove the polish rather than putting the lid back on first. So I would recommend being careful you don't knock it over as I am sure it would make a mess and stain the carpet.
Using the remover is easy. Simply tip a little out onto a piece of cotton wool and then gently wipe over your nails. I find that the remover does a really good job with little effort. I can remove all the nail varnish from my nails within around a minute and so it is very fast. I am really impressed with this nail varnish remover as it works very well and quickly.
Afterwards my nails look clean. I find that the remover does not damage my nails e.g weaken them - they are still very strong. It doesn't irritate the skin around my nails either which is good. Make sure that you wash your hands after as I do find that they feel a bit weird and smell funny after.
If I have a chip in my nail varnish, sometimes I will be lazy and just paint over it and just keep doing so until it becomes too thick. When I have put on a few coats I like to remove it - this remover does the job well. Obviously it takes a little more effort when I have put lots of nail varnish on than when I have only put a little bit on but its still does the job just as well.
All in all I would definitely recommend this nail varnish remover. I have found that it works much better than the other expensive nail varnish removers and the cheaper ones. This is definitely a beauty must-have and at a great price too.
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
Since I threw away my bottle of Asda nail varnish remover, I went looking for another (cheap) bottle that was going to be effective at removing all traces of my toe nail and hand nail polish, but not break the bank in the process. I use Sally Hansen nail polish removers, but these can work out quite expensive, so I bought myself a cheap bottle of remover from Superdrug for only 79p for a fairly large 250ml bottle.
The bottle is plain and simple looking and quite plainly packaged, though as I have mentioned before, I don't go in for fancy packaging, and tend to concentrate on the contents instead. This is, after all, what I am paying for. The bottle is plastic and has a small flip off lid and I use this polish remover just the same as I do any other sort of liquid nail polish removers, by adding a small amount to a decent sized cotton wool pad and pressing close to my nail, waiting for a few seconds for it to impregnate the polish and then gently wiping away from the nail bed itself.
I must say I am far more impressed with this remover than I was with the other bottle of Asda polish remover. It does smell very strong, but really I'd rather that the smell was strong and it did a good job of removing nail varnish, than have no smell and find that the product totally useless.
This remover works really quickly at taking off old polish from both my fingers and my toes. I also really like the fact that it doesn't stain my fingers in the process, like some cheaper nail polish removers are prone to, and it also doesn't feel like it strips my nails of their natural oils, leaving them feeling weak and brittle.
I only need to use quite a small amount of this particular nail polish remover and it removes old polish very fast and effectively. I do feel the need to have to wash my hands afterwards, however, as the remover has a tendency to leave a smell on my hands for ages afterwards unless I do this.
I do think this remover is well worth the price tag and it's certainly heaps better than the own brand one I bought from Asada a few weeks back. Highly recommended.
Im very much a fan of nail polish/lacquers. Something I got into fairly late, but I enjoy being expressive with my nails. This is my opportunity to be creative and experiment with different colours, effects, finishes and textures. The problem ( not so much I guess ) with having such an enjoyment for nails is you cant just possess polish, you need base coat, top coat, cuticle oil - if you want them in good condition and various other products depending on how serious you take it. A must to purchase though is nail polish remover. I bought this from a local Home Bargain store for 69p for a 250ml bottle.
Why did I buy it?
I bought it purely because of cost and need. I had no polish remover at the time and I had severely chipped polished nails that needed to come off.
How is it packaged?
It comes in a 250ml plastic bottle, pale purple in colour. To dispense product you have to flip the top of the lid and pour. The packaging/look is very basic and quite cheap looking. On the front are the words Classics ( which I assume is the brand name ) and directly underneath what the product is which is nail polish remover.
On the side are directions of use, ingredients and mentions once opened product has a 30 month shelf life.
Acetone, Aqua, Glycerine.
How to use
Apply to cotton wool. Press firmly against the nail and wipe towards the tip.
Avoid contact with polished surfaces, synthetic surfaces and fabrics.
How does this perform?
Firstly, I use this for three different things. One is to simply remove the polish. The other is to dip cotton buds into the remover and clean up any polish that is on the skin around the nail and also to squeak the nail - this is to remove the oils on the nail before applying any product on it e.g base coat, so any products placed on the nail can adhere to it more effectively .
The remover itself is fluid and liquid, which means when placed onto cotton wool pads ( my personal cotton wool form of choice ) the pad soaks it up very easily and quickly and you don't need too much.
Product has quite a strong smell to it but not the worst Ive experienced. Very typical fragrance of a polish remover, almost medicinal like. No added perfume to it so not the nicest to inhale but not an issue. You can smell it on your hands and nails for awhile until you can give them a good wash, and if the product spills or you throw away the cotton wool that has been used to remove polish in the bin the smell can linger.
It takes the polish off well. No major rubbing needed to occur, so can easily be done when time is short without having to think about it. I do tend to find though that after use nails don't appear to be very nourished and alittle on the dry side, but considering I need my nails to be dehydrated before application of product actually works in my favour. It just means I have to apply cuticle oil after nails have been painted to ensure they don't remain in that way.
Would I buy this again? Yes I would. It does exactly what is says its supposed to do. Its easy to work, removes colour well and you don't need to spend along time using it. If this was to cost more I would expect more e.g nice fragrance, more gentle to nails and hands, better and less cheap looking packaging but it costs 69p for 250ml bottle! Not going to complain. I have also noticed today that in B & M they sell the 400ml version for 99p.
I recently picked up a bottle of Classics nail polish remover in Home Bargains for just 59p. My bottle is just 150ml. They did have a larger bottle available, but I wanted to try it first before spending huge amounts of money such as 99p. Lol. No, I didn't want to waste it if I found it didn't work so I stuck to the smaller bottle.
Looking at other reviews it seems this nail polish remover is also sold in pound shops in the larger 400ml bottles.
I have used cheap nail polish remover in the past that has been absolutely terrible. To be fair it was cheap nail polish remover wipes, where I had to use the whole tub to take off 8 fingers and 2 thumbs worth of polish. I had also had success with cheap wipes and cheap nail polish remover so I was unsure how this nail polish remover would go.
~ Bottle ~
My 150ml bottle is made from light pink frosted plastic and it comes with a clear frosted screw top lid. You can see through it so you know how much product you have left. It has a pink swirl, a bit like the letter 'C' in Cadbury's logo, in a black square, which I assume is the 'Classics' logo. Underneath is the word, 'classics' in pink and then underneath 'nail polish remover' in block capitals and it tells you that the bottle is 150ml.
The back of the bottle has directions in 8 different languages, 'Apply to cotton wool. Press firmly against the nail and wipe towards the tip.' It also tells you that this product is made in the UK.
The three ingredients are listed as acetone, aqua and glycerine.
~ Use ~
The first time I used this I was instantly impressed. It actually works! Having tipped some nail polish remover onto a cotton wool pad I found that this took my nail polish off in a single swipe, which was a relief after my recent experience with the terrible nail polish remover pads.
I was wearing a dark purple coloured nail polish and it removed it all, even the edges of my nails, which sometimes are a bit more stubborn.
I also use this for cleaning up after any cack-handed nail painting jobs I have done where I have painted my skin as well as my finger or toe nails. I used it for this purpose just the other day and it did a cracking job.
The smell of the nail polish remover is strong and unpleasant, but to me most nail polish removers smell unpleasant. I think this one is particularly strong and offensive, but as long as I don't think it is harmful (which I don't) I will be happy to continue buying this.
~ Overall ~
Overall, I think this is a very effective nail polish remover and I have been very pleased with the results it has produced. It smells strong and bad, but it is cheap and it works, removing all traces of nail polish in one swipe, but not leaving your nails feeling rough or in bad condition either.
I find that nail polish remover lasts me a long time (I'm reluctant to admit that the last bottle I had was Safeway's own make. Please forgive me. I hardly wore nail polish until the last few years as I was so cack-handed at applying it). I can understand if people would prefer a better brand on their shelf or dressing table with it being a product that lasts a while, but this will certainly do me for now and part of me thinks why pay more for a product that does exactly the same job.
This nail polish does work, if you are considering buying it, but I'll leave it up to you to decide whether you want this pound shop brand on your dressing table, as I wouldn't blame anyone for paying more and getting a better known, perhaps less offensive smelling brand.
I don't often wear nail varnish. It just isn't particularly practical for an art student to wear it, given that it only ends up dipped in paint and scrubbed off a day or so later anyway. However I will sometimes wear nail varnish at the weekend. Rather than continuing to wear the nail varnish when I'm back at college again though, I typically remove it the night before I return to college during the week.
That being said, a bottle of this Classics Acetone Nail Polish Remover comes in handy. I typically have a bottle of this among the many bottles, tubs and containers that are on top of my chest of drawers, and I must admit that it does stand out quite well because of the fact that it is in a pink bottle. Most of the things I have on there aren't really brightly coloured, or are completely different colours, so the fact that this is pink is a good thing because it means that I can grab it without having to really search for it.
The size of this bottle is very good, given that it holds 400ml of the acetone. I think that this is very reasonable, and it lasts me about 6 months normally because I don't really use it a lot. I usually buy this from shops like B&M's or Poundland, so naturally it doesn't cost much more than £1 whenever I get it, so dividing that by the 6 months use I get out of it makes it only about 15p per month, which really isn't bad at all.
Another important factor is that it is made in the UK, so therefore it doesn't have to travel miles and miles to get to you. I think that this is quite an important factor because it means that it is better for the environment than something that's come from other countries. Judging from the list of languages that the instructions are in, however, I'd say it probably is shipped abroad, so this point is somewhat invalid as it does still travel.
When it comes to actually using the nail polish remover, I find that it is really easy to get out of the bottle because it has a flip top and then a small hole through which the nail polish remover can come through. It's easy enough to get it out of the bottle as all you have to do is pour it onto some cotton wool. Obviously if the lid isn't replaced successfully though, it can spill. I've never had this problem as I always make sure I put the lid back on it. I find that I never get too much of it either. If anything, it tends to be a bit slow to come out of the bottle, which I suppose is a good thing because it means that you don't end up wasting it at all.
Using it to get rid of nail varnish is really easy as well. All you do is essentially wipe the nail varnish off the nail with a fairly firm motion from the bottom of the nail to the top. I find that a couple of wipes on each nail is usually sufficient, although if the varnish I used had glitter in it, sometimes it may need an extra wipe. It's really not that time consuming at all though, and I find that it's really easy to do as well. I'd definitely recommend it!
One thing I feel is worth mentioning however is the fact that this does contain acetone, and therefore is somewhat corrosive if it comes into contact with certain materials (such as clothing, for example!). There is also an acetone free version, but I've never actually seen it in shops so haven't had a chance to try this one out yet. This does the job though.
Classics Nail Polish Remover
Whilst I was working away for two months I tried to buy as little as possible that I would have to carry back with me on the flight. Unfortunately I ran out of just about everything the week before I was due to leave and so had to buy mainly toiletries such as shampoo and conditioner and nail polish remover. I decided to try buying all of these itmes in Poundland so that if my luggage was over the weight then I wouldn't mind too much if I had to leave them behind. I picked up a bottle of this Classics Nail Polish Remover for the grand total of £1 to try.
The nail polish remover comes in a semi clear plastic bottle, where you can see the pink liquid inside. This is handy for seeing how much of the product that you have left. The bottle and branding is very plain with standard bold blue font stating Nail Polish Remover and the Classics branding and swirl picture.
The bottle has a screw on and off cap that also has a flip cap that you dispense the nail polish remover out of. The bottle contains 400 ml of liquid and for £1 I thought this was excellent value!
To use the solution you simply grab a cotton pad or ball and soak a bit of the nail polish remover onto the cotton to saturate it. I tend to be quite generous with dispensing the liquid as I hate it when I have to have a battle with the cotton wool getting stuck onto my nail!. The liquid obviously smells very strong and chemical like, much like any other nail polish remover I have used.
I have used this a good few times now and with a price tag of only £1 I have to say it is very good for removing standard nail varnish, including polishes that I have put repeated coats on. However when I used this to remove a thick glittery polish with quite large chunks of glitter it really struggle and I found that I had to soak the nail with the varnish and wool for a good ten seconds before it would remove them all from my nail surface.
Overall I feel that this is a good value and effective nail polish remover and would recommend it to fellow shoppers. I picked this up in Poundland as I said but I have seen it in other shops such as chemists and online before now for a similarly low price tag.
I dont wear nail varnish constantly, probably once or twice a week. Unfortunatly due to my busy life, lack of experitise in painting or just down right crappy nails my varnish tends to chip within a day, two if im lucky. Thats when its time to remove! I did go through a phase of using those little nail varnish remover pads...they sucked. So i reverted back to classics.
One of my favourite thing about this bottle is its semi opaque meaning you can see how much you have left before its too late and you have to trudge to a shop with one bare hand, one painted. Its a very simple design- the front has the classics logo, what it is and how much there is of it.
Slightly to the side of the bottle is the flammable warning, a note to keep out of reach of children and the barcode.
On the back is directions in a variety of languages, lists of ingredients (very few: acetone, aqua, glycerine, bitrex), the recycling advice and the company address.
I apply this to a ball of cotton wool. I find 2 or 3 balls will remove polish from all 10 fingers, if its chipped I may only need one.
I feel a little goes a long way with these remover and although it doesnt strip a nail layer along with your polish it does only take about 3 swipes to completly remove the polish. Because of this Ive had the remover coming up to a year now and Id say I still have 3/4 of the bottle left!
Scent wise it does smell a little strong and chemically. It may be best to remove polish in a well ventilated area
My mum actually bought this for me when me and my son came to stay with her for a week. Id completly forgotten mine. She picked it up at a local pharamacy for around £1.99 (i think it was on offer) for a 400ml bottle. Ive looked online and it seems a bit pricier to pick them up now. Theyre going on amazon for £3.50. While I think that price is still ok value for what it does & how long it lasts I'd reccomend shopping around at local pharamacies to see if they stock it cheaper.
Unfortunetly for me and my hands I bite my nails. Lucky for my toes I can't reach that far and so the only nails I paint are my toenails! Of course if you paint your nails your going to need a nail polish remover and this one I found in Poundland of course costing me just a pound (odd that eh lol!?) and for a 250ml, large sized bottle I thought that offered me great value for money.
This comes in a frosted pink bottle you can still see through and clear secure cap is to the top of it concealing a large hole and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is on the back of the bottle other information includes being told the ingredients used within it, the size, how to use it and contact details for the manufacturer are given. It is a cheap looking bottle this one but it is strong and sturdy and informative enough.
The Nail Polish Remover Itself:
Well like all nail polish removers really this stinks like the rest of them really! Its a clear runny liquid and all you do is apply some to a piece of cotton wool or a pad, gently press and wipe the colour off.
This is great on dark colours and light ones alike. I don't have to scrub my nails and on darker colours I just press a pad with this on for a couple of seconds before wiping so the liquid penetrates through the colour. I don't need to use very much at all and my nails are left looking clean and the job is done in a couple of minutes flat.
This hasn't impaired my nails at all, they are as strong as ever and all in all this is very worth the money it cost me and lasts ages too so its a bit of a beauty bargain this one!
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Every girl needs nail varnish remover its simply one of those facts of life you cannot deny. This bottle I picked up in the pound shop for a grand total of (you guessed it) £1 and I have to say it was money very well spent. I hadn't heard of the brand classics before and to be honest haven't heard anything about it since I'm assuming it's just one of those obscure brands that turn up in discount stores that no one really knows much about.
You get 250ml of nail varnish remover and it comes in a semi transparent pink bottle so you can clearly see how much you have left. The actual liquid itself is clear and contains; acetone, aqua, glycerine and bitrex (the only one of these I've heard of is glycerine, and I thought that was the stuff you put in icing to stop it going rock solid but there you go). The nail polish remover is fungicidal but not being a sufferer of fungus I can't comment on its effectiveness with regards to this property but it's definitely useful to know. The product is flammable and unsurprisingly you are advised to keep it out of the reach of children. It's also made in the UK (this really did surprise me as nothing seems to be made here anymore) and is recyclable. It has a solid screw on lid which is easy to remove and replace as needed. Once open you are hit by the usual smell of nail polish remover although I have to say this one isn't nearly as strong as others I've used. I think it would be useful to have maybe a smaller opening at the top as if you knock this bottle over you really are done for as the remover will spill everywhere very quickly.
The directions on the bottle advise you to apply to cotton wool and press firmly against the nail and wipe towards the tip. Personally I don't think these instructions are necessary. I tend to use cotton wool but have also used tissue paper and kitchen roll as almost equally good substitutes and when I remove nail varnish I tend to simply soak the cotton wool and rub the nail and then go back with a cotton wool bud to get into any corners I've missed. In terms of effectiveness the nail polish remover works really well at removing most nail varnish's sometimes it takes a little longer to remove darker shades but thats to be expected. I also find that this nail polish remover actually makes my nails feel cleaner giving them almost a tingling feeling and although it's not described as a conditioning remover my nails don't feel brittle or weak as other polish removers can.
At only one pound for quite a large bottle you really can't go far wrong an essential for every woman.
When I ran out of my usual Superdrug nail polish remover, I decided to shop around before buying a replacement. I had seen some bottles of remover in Poundworld, which gave me more for my money, so I decided it would be worth seeing if they were any good. There was two brands on offer at the time, so I bought both. One was the Classics Nail Polish Remover which I am reviewing today. My pound bought me 400ml of the liquid. I had not heard of the Classics brand before, and I have not seen there products anywhere other than poundshops. I don't mind trying unfamiliar brands as I have had more success than failure with experimenting in this way.
The bottle is hard to miss, as it is pink and tall. The packaging design is simple, and looks cheap but in my experience this is the same with most polish removers. It is after all a quite basic product. On the back comes the usual warnings - the product is highly flammable - and instructions for use, as well as the information that the remover is made in the U.K. I do try to buy British products where I can but for some reason I have never thought to look for British made products such as this. Classics don't claim that this is one of their products that offers any nail conditioning properties but it is fungicidal. I have never to my knowledge suffered from a fungal nail infection so I can't put my continued lack of them down to using this product. If I had an active infection, I would not really want to paint my nails either.
The remover smells the same as just about every similar product that I have used, in other words strong and artificial. I don't like the scent, but as I don't have to put up with it for very long at a time, I have got used to it. It only smells bad when the bottle is actually open, as the screw on lid shuts tightly. Once opened, I tip some on to a piece of thick cotton wool, and press it on to each nail in turn. I use a lot of different coloured polishes on my toes in particular, ranging from the pale pinks to midnight blues and dark reds. I have found that most removers deal with the clear and light varnishes, but some make hard work of the deeper shades. This one deals well with most colours, but the results have been variable depending on the brand of polish. I found that although it is recommended that you press the remover into the nail before wiping it away, in most cases this isn't necessary. A quick wipe has dealt with two coats and sometimes three of lighter colours. Where I have had more mixed results is with the darker shades. I normally just refresh the amount of remover on my pads after removing two nails worth of polish. With the Classics brand, but I have found that I have to remoisten each pad at least a couple of times per nail in order for it to remove some deep colours - including those from Maybelline, Revlon and Miss Sporty. On the other hand, removing a deep plum colour from the MUA brand was as easy as anything and didn't take more than a swipe. I suspect it depends on the ingredients of the polish, but overall I expect to use a bit more of this remover on dark colours. All traces of the varnish are removed eventually though, which is the main thing.
I have nails that are in good condition despite how often I paint them. Using this polish remover for the last couple of months hasn't changed that. I can't comment on how it would affect your nails if you suffer from weak or flaking ones. Apart from that, I would recommend this product. You are getting a lot for your money, so if you sometimes end up using more, it still represents good value for money. The results may be variable as regards speed of removal, but it is never the case that I have had to resort to any other polish in order to get my nails clean. Worth a try at the price.
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Despite trying many brands of nail polish remover, Classics nail polish remover is one which I always seem to return back to.
I generally moisten a square cotton wool pad with the remover and wipe off my nails. When I am attending to the sides, especially if a dark polish has been used I hold a cotton bud to the spout and this works really well as the tube body of the bud fills with liquid which makes the bud more effective. I find a couple of pads does 10 nails and I usually have to return to the bottle for a bit more before I'm finished. The bottle lasts me around three months with regular nail polish applications and removals.
Packaging and price
The bottle is a big 250 ml bottle which is clear so you can see the pink liquid within. It features the curly 'C' Classics logo and directions for use on the rear. The lid is a flip top with a spout that drips out the remover if you hold it upside down. It squirts out more if you give it a squeeze. I think the lid and spout have been improved lately as it seems less likely to leak than earlier versions and the cap clicks on securely so it's ok if you need to store it sideways in a drawer like I do although I try to make sure it's on a tilt and not facing downwards just in case. I usually pay 79p in shops like Home Bargains for this but you can pay more at places like poundland if you like!
All nail varnishes smell quite toxic but this one is not so bad compared to the last remover (Cutex) I used. For a cheap product it is good that the smell is less evil. It does seem quite diluted and thin but it does seem to work so I can't complain.
My nails have been a bit weak and peely prior to using this product again but there is certainly no deterioration since using Classics. I have been trying to work on my nails using vitamins and nail oils so I can't say that the remover has helped but I don't think it has hindered either.
This bottle is not glamorous and it is cheap but it works. I do wish more nail polish removers would design their bottles with a pump lid opening (like they have in salons) so you can pump down to get the remover on to a pad but perhaps this would bump up the price. I wouldn't mind paying a little more to get this.
There are some obvious and maybe not so obvious rules to observe with this product: keep away from children, polished services and fabrics. It is also flammable so be careful where you store it!
As much as you can 'like' a nail polish remover I do think this one provides good value for money, lasts a decent amount of time and ultimately does the job. I have tested it with clear, light and then more challenging deep colours and it has worked consistently. I have also used this product to thin down some nail varnishes that were a little thick and it worked well just adding a few drops to the polish.