“ Brand: Cutex / Varnish Remover / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Nail Polish „
I wear nail polish all the time and I like to change the colour quite often. I get quite bored sometimes of wearing a colour for around 4 days or so and then change it to a different colour. So I use quite a lot of nail polish remover. I don't mind which brand I buy as long as it works well for removing my polish. This one is a remover I hadn't bought before and so thought I would buy it to see how I got along with it and if it was suitable for removing my polish.
Comes in a plastic transparent bottle which has a removable top. It is a kind of peachy coloured liquid and looks refreshing inside the bottle and a nice pretty colour.
It has a strong smell and one like most polish removers but this one has a little stronger smell but I don't mind the smell of it. I always tend to open the door of the room where I am applying this remover so that the smell doesn't make me feel uncomfortable and to let a little air in the room, if it is a hot day I just open a window. The smell does tend to linger for a while longer with this one compared to some other brands.
I just pour a small amount onto a cotton pad, bud or wool and place it over my fingernail and leave it for around 10 seconds or so and I find it removes the polish much easier. With some other brands I only have to soak for around 5 seconds and half the time of which I need to soak them using this one. It doesn't contain acetone and so it does take a while longer to remove the polish. I can then just wipe the nail and the polish is removed perfectly. I usually use around 3 pads when I remove my polish. 3 is well enough because I can use one pad for at least 3 nails. If I am wearing a dark coloured polish I tend to use 2 cotton pads together so that the pad is a little thicker. It isn't necessary to use 2 together but it is just my preference and the way I like to use the pads for dark colour removal.
It is designed to remove polish from natural nails and artificial nails. My nails are natural and so I cannot comment on how it removes polish from artificial nails. It does remove the layers of my polish from my nails. I use a base coat and also usually 2 coats of my coloured polish, this one removes all 3 coats well but I find I just have to soak the remover on my nails for a little longer.
It isn't a harsh one for my nails and I have found my nails haven't been damaged since using it. It contains a conditioner which is ideal for sensitive skin. I have sensitive skin and my skin has been perfectly fine using this remover and it hasn't cause any skin irritations or rashes.
It is priced at just £1.60 for a 100ml bottle, I think it is a good value price for this amount of remover. It is cheap and affordable for most budgets and a good one if you are wanting to buy a cheaper brand or drop a brand. The quality is really good too.
Always wise to stand the bottle onto a flat surface because it may tip over and you may find it hard to remove the smell if it tipped onto a carpet or sofa etc. The bottle is slim enough to get a good grip, so take care holding it shouldn't be a problem and a steady hand.
I am happy with the way this one is gentle to remove my polish without me having to keep on rubbing my nails for the colour to be completely removed. I am happy with the results too.
I recommend this polish remover and I will buy it again in the future. If you don't have a lot of spare time and are looking for a remover which removes the polish really quickly, I don't think this one may be suitable but if you don't mind waiting that little longer I think this one would be more than suitable for removing your nail polish.
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I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
It's only been a couple of years since I've had to use a product such as this, as I was a nail biter for nigh on forty years (gosh I'm old). Having never had any experience of such things, when I eventually kicked the habit and needed to go out and buy nail polishes and removers, I thought I was doing the right thing by sticking to well known brands. In the main my theory has proved to be correct, and this review discusses my experience with Cutex acetone free nail polish remover.
My nails have grown weak and bendy from all the biting, and are prone peeling from the ends; it's really quite bad sometimes when you see the layers peel off like an onion. To try and combat this and try and prevent damage as much as I can, I use nail hardeners, always wear a nail polish and use hand and nail moisturisers as often as I can. Obviously these layers build up and nail polish chips, so I want something effective, yet gentle, to remove them, hence my choice of an acetone free product.
Cutex is a brand I'm familiar with even though I hadn't used it before. I normally pick up anything with a brand name I recognise that's an acceptable price, but due to the long cold winter my nails had suffered more than normal (I never wear gloves), so I spent a little bit extra to buy this, as the front of the bottle promised extra benefits.
The orangey pink lid, label and contents make it stand out from other nail polish removers in the range, and the whole shelf looked colourful and really quite attractive. I was unsure at first whether to buy the nourishing remover (purple), the strengthening (pink) or this one, it was a case of eeny meeny miny moe and this one landed in my basket.
The bottle has quite a lovely shape to it, and being small and slim it's nice to hold when in use. The size of it is down to the contents, being only 100ml in capacity; it's one of the smaller bottles on the chemist shelf. Sadly it doesn't carry a price tag to match, and at £1.60 per bottle in Boots there are other brands that are cheaper ml for ml.
You simply use the product as you would any other nail polish remover, but in my opinion this is where the product starts to fall down. Once you unscrew the lid, you are met with an opening that's as wide as the bottle neck; obviously being such a runny liquid as there's no viscosity to it whatsoever and it simply pours out of the bottle too fast. This is a major downfall for me, as typically when you do your nails at some point you are going to try and dispense with your less dominant hand, in order to remove polish from the other. I would have liked to have seen an enclosed neck, with a hole in the top. This might make pouring the liquid a little trickier depending on the size of the hole, but it saves little accidents happening when the remover gets spilt over your clothes or furniture, and believe me, I've done both on more occasions than I care to remember.
The other benefit of having an acetone free remover apart from how gentle it is; is that it doesn't have that strong odour that catches at the back of your throat. This one does have the familiar scent that reminds me of pear drops sweets, but it's weak and more like a fruity hint rather than a full on explosion to the senses.
In use the remover feels like a weaker relation to its counterparts. It takes an age to remove just a few layers of nail polish, so the days when I use strengthener, base coat, polish and top coat it really, really struggles. I pour the product on to a cotton wool pad and press and hold in place for a good thirty seconds to a minute, to let the product work its magic. It's very rarely I can remove all my nail enamel in one go and have to do it several times. I know it's a payoff for wanting something gentle, but it bothers me as I've regularly used Sally Hanson acetone free nail enamel remover, that does a more effective job with the same gentleness.
The Cutex bottle also tells me that this has conditioners for sensitive skin. My skin or nails don't feel particularly conditioned after use, and what's worse, they look awful. This product always leaves my nails with a white film of residue which I presume is the so called conditioners. I always have to wash my hands to remove this white coating, and immediately use my hand and nail cream as they look like they are in dire need of moisture - so much for being gentle and conditioning!
Cutex might once have been a brand to trust, but in my opinion, I don't particularly rate this product. Not only does it do its job poorly, making me use more product than I should; it doesn't offer the promised benefits of conditioning to my nails. I can't say it's done any damage or made them any worse, so that's one thing in its favour. I don't like this product and I won't be buying it again. I award this product a meagre three stars but not my recommendation - it does what it's supposed to do...eventually.
Nails are one thing that require constant maintenance and care and I hate it when my nail varnish starts to show any signs of chipping so a good nail varnish remover is an absolute necessity in my opinion and this nail varnish remover from Cutex is a great product which produces excellent results. It is very affordable, I paid £1.60 in Superdrug for a 100ml bottle.
The packaging is pretty basic, a clear plastic bottle with some product information and branding on it, certainly more functional than attractive but that is not an issue for me and the orange liquid is clearly visible inside so you can easily monitor exactly how much nail varnish you have left. There is an orange screw top lid to reveal the small hole that the liquid is dispensed from.
The hole is about the right size as it does not release too much of the nail varnish remover in any one go and in terms of removing nail varnish I use a cotton pad to take on some of the varnish remover and then apply this to my nails to allow it to start to work. The smell is the usual rather caustic one that I find quite unpleasant but just one of those things you have to endure.
In terms of how effective it is at removing nail varnish well it certainly gets the thumbs up from me, it is not the quickest that I have ever come across but those tend to be rather more expensive, for the price this one comes in at it represents very good value for money. I do not find myself having to apply too much effort to remove the nail varnish after leaving the pad on my nails for a short period of time.
After removing any traces my nails are then ready for whichever colour I have decided upon and my nails look in pretty good condition and ready to go. I certainly cannot find anything to make an issue with concerning this product. It does the job required with no mess and the results are perfectly acceptable.
I love wearing nail varnish on my toes and fingers but after a few days it inevitably chips and so I need to remove it and start again to make it look good. I read somewhere that when your nail varnish starts to chip you should always remove it for the health of your nails and then apply again so I always keep a bottle of Cutex Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover around as it works really well for me. According to an article I read, acetone is quite a powerful chemical, used mainly as a solvent and is highly flammable so I'm quite pleased this nail varnish remover doesn't contain any and is safer to keep with kids around.
The liquid has a slight orange colour to it and comes in a plastic bottle with a screw top lid. I once had a problem with the plastic lid as it split when I tightened it up too tight and broke around the top so I had to get rid of that bottle but after that I have has no problems.
The liquid is really easy to use. I cover the bottle with a cotton wool pad or ball, whatever I have handy and then tip the bottle up so the cotton pad get quite wet and then I rub it over my nails. It's a really hard working nail varnish remover as with most of my small nails I just need to swipe the cotton wool pad over my toes once or twice and all the varnish comes off. With my big toe I need to rub a bit more but it always comes off completely clean which is nice. Afterwards my nails are still nice and clean and in good condition.
This nail varnish remover has quite a strong smell to it and I prefer to use it in a well ventilated room as the smell really gets into my lungs so I usually do it in the bathroom with the window open. Afterwards the cotton pads smell a bit too so you do have to dispose of them fairly quickly.
You can use this nail varnish remover false nails if you wear those or you can use it with you regular real nails like I do.
The nail varnish remover cost £1.60 for 100ml bottle which I think is really good value as a bottle does last quite a long time. A beauty product I recommend.
I have used Cutex nail varnish remover for many years. I sometimes go for the cheaper shop's own brands but when I asked my husband to pick me up a bottle recently when he went to the supermarket, he came back with the Cutex acetone free variety. I was really quite pleased he picked this one, actually, as my nails were starting to look and feel a bit dried out and brittle as I have been using a (very) cheap Superdrug remover. It was time to treat my nails to something a little bit more up market!
He paid around £1.70 for this bottle which comes in a 100ml size and is in a small plastic bottle with twist off cap. I use this remover with small cotton wool balls. It's runny like water and sticks to high heaven but it works like a dream at removing even the darkest nail polish from my nails. One of the things I love about this nail varnish remover is that it doesn't smudge my polish all over my skin, like some of the cheaper brands can do.
A couple of quick wipes with a cotton wool pad soaked in this remover is usually enough to remove even the most stubborn and darkest coloured polishes. It smells really horrible (as all nail varnish removers do) but this one seems to nourish, hydrate and protect my nails far more than the cheaper brands.
As it is acetone free, I personally feel that it's less drying for my nails and kinder and far less harsh than an acetone based remover. It also seems to have the added ability to whiten my nails into the bargain. It doesn't profess to be able to do this at all but I have definitely noticed an improvement in the white tips of my nails when I use this remover.
It lasts for ages because I only ever need to use it sparingly as it's so strong and it not only cleans my nails perfectly but it nourishes and protects them.
I think this is possibly my number one favourite polish remover and I give it full marks.
I love painting my nails but hate the look they give when they start to chip away, so much so that after a couple of chips I have to remove the lot and start again with a new colour. I go through quite a lot of nail varnish remover and the one I'm using at the moment is this Cutex acetone free nail polish remover.
The nail varnish remover is available to purchase from places like Boots and Superdrug, I picked mine up from my local Boots store and paid £1.60 for a bottle containing 100ml of remover.
The packaging of this nail varnish remover ties in with the rest of the Cutex range being an opaque plastic bottle with a sticker on both the front and the back containing the product information. Each of the different products in the range has their own colour packaging, this acetone free one is orange matching the colour of the liquid inside. The lid simply unscrews to remove the hole where you pour the remover out.
To use this I usually put a cotton wool pad over the top of the hole then tip both the bottle and pad up so the remover soaks into the pad. The smell from this is just as strong as any other nail varnish remover I have used and tends to get right up my nose whenever I use it, I'm used to this from other nail varnish removers but it isn't pleasant, I guess it's just something you have to put up with. The liquid soaks into the pad really well and doesn't turn the pad into a soaking wet mess. As far how quick it takes to remove nail varnish, it is pretty average, I have to keep the wet cotton wool pad on each nail for a while to sort of loosen it up a bit, after doing this it doesn't take much scrubbing to get it all off.
Once all the nail varnish is removed is when you realise that this nail varnish remover is slightly better than its competitors. After it is completely gone I find my nails seem more nourished, they look softer than before and make them look and feel healthy. I'm guessing this is because the remover is acetone free but I'm not entirely sure.
For the price, I'd definitely recommend this Cutex acetone free nail varnish remover. Although it still has the same vile smell as other similar products, it removes nail varnish well and leaves nails looking healthy.
If you wear nail varnish, then you know you will always need nail polish remover. For my birthday, I got some acrylic nails put on, they started to get ratty so I wanted to take them off, so I bought this to try and get the old nail varnish off.
You buy this as you see it, it's a very handheld bottle that is a translucent colour. You can see the orange liquid through it with a orange screw lid. It has two stickers, one on the front and one on the back. On the front, it has the make and on the back, instructions of use.
The liquid itself....
I can't stand the smell of this remover, it stinks and when you inhale it through your nose, it burns and makes your eyes water.
It is a very orange colour.
How to use...
Apply to a cotton wool pad.
Place on the nail for a couple of seconds and move the pad away from the nail until all the varnish has come off.
Keep away from synthetic fibres
Keep away from children
You can buy this product online and in store, in stores such as super drug, boots, and supermarkets.
For the big bottle, it averages around £1.29 to about £2.00. When the supermarkets have a deal on you can buy the bottles for around £1
Why I took my nail varnish off my acrylics, I opened the bottle and the smell knocked me sick, I was surprised I could even finish using it. I do have to give it it's dues, it does work, but I would never buy it again due to the smell.
It does work,
It stinks, makes me sick.
I would much rather buy another remover in the range.
Would I recommend.......
I'm not really someone who wears nail polish all the time but I do like to gloss over my nails in a nice see through layer so that they look shiny and healthy rather than simply dull. From time to time I do change the colour and when I do obviously I need to use nail polish remover and my brand of choice is Cutex as I have used some of their products before. My favourite product other than this one is their nail whitener nail polish which is often the polish I tend to use when I'm glossing my nails as I explained earlier.
I've owned this particularly brand of nail polish remover for about 5 months and its still relatively full despite frequent use as I make sure to not use too much and so this gives you a hint as to how long it can last. One of the best things about this product, as specified in the name, is that it is acetone free which means it is gentler on your nails and although acetone has limited toxicology, I still prefer to avoid it.
I've had the discussion with my sister that acetone free nail polish removers are not as effective as other kinds and so you tend to require more on a cotton pad to really get the polish off. However I find that if you do a base coat first and then coat your nails it comes off fairly easily and only requires one or two pads. However I do use clear nail varnish more often than coloured so perhaps its easier for this to come off as I'm simply less aware if it hasn't - my sister has mentioned her nails being stained slightly if she wears a very dark red for example (although if you keep wiping this soon goes away).
One thing worth noting is that in my case I do tend to have to soak my nails in the cotton pads for it to swipe off easily and this may be a little annoying for those of you who are in a rush or simply don't want to have to wait that long. However because of the lack of acetone I'm less worried about having it on my nails for too long as I know it wont leave them brittle and weak.
The smell is quite pungent but I'm used to this from various different nail polish removers I've used, although for the first time using it is may be quite powerful. I would say my main issue with the smell is that due to the fact I have to soak my nails for longer the smell sticks for longer, however if you wash your hands a couple of times this isn't really an issue.
Overall this is a decent product that is fairly cheap and quite effective. Whilst not as fast at removing as some other brands, it still does the job, however I do understand why people would choose other brands which did include acetone for this reason. I mostly buy this product because of its price and its a nice added bonus it is also apparently healthier for my nails. I would recommend but it really is dependent on what you expect from this kind of product.
I change my nail colour pretty often so it does mean I go through a lot of nail polish remover. I'm not too fussed about what one I use so long as I don't have to use half a bottle and it actually gets rid of my nail polish well. Recently, I saw this Cutex Acetone Free for about £1 in Asda and decided to top up my nail products shelf as it was so cheap. I've also seen it in other stores for around £2.
The bottle is pretty tiny so would fit into a small space quite well, and is a transparent orange colour so handy to know when it's just about to run out. I've never had any problems with the lid being too loose and it never unscrews and leaks everywhere. It's a decent enough size and doesn't allow for a ridiculous amount to fall out when you tip it upside down.
I had no idea if acetone free is better for nails or not, as this factor didn't really make much of a difference to me. My nails are always quite strong, however my mum's aren't and when she used it, she said it hardly made any difference to hers.
It also states that they use conditioner for sensitive skin, which I found a bit weird as well it's not as if you use it on your skin but I suppose it does keep the skin around the nail quite soft for a short time after use. Also, this nail polish remover states that it's fine for both false and acrylic nails.
I've used the nail polish remover with different sizes of cotton wool pads and found that it works well whatever the absorbency. It soaked in well however didn't dry quickly, which meant I get a lot of use out of the bottle as I don't have to use loads of it. It worked really well as it only took one cotton wool pad on each hand to remove every trace of nail polish.
The smell of the nail polish is pretty normal and not as strong as some of the others I've used. However, it does leave a really strong smell on your nails which can take a while to scrub off but it's not too vile.
Overall, this is a great nail polish remover and I would definitely recommend it because it does the job well and at a cheap price. The fact it doesn't smell strong and lasts for ages is also a nice added bonus to a great nail polish remover.
I usually buy Cutex nail polish removers, and grabbed this one in a hurry after seeing that it was labelled "Acetone Free". I have quite strong nails and have been trying to grow them out, but they usually end up chipping through a combination of frequent polish removal and general clumsiness - maybe going acetone-free would help! It was only when I got home that I saw that it's meant for false and acrylic nails, which I don't have, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway since it couldn't be too different to the other varieties.
PACKAGING: The product comes in 100ml or 200ml bottles. I always buy 200ml, which costs around £2.15 from Boots or Superdrug, give or take a few pence; the smaller bottles cost about 50p less. The bottle is quite slim but contains a good amount of product for the price, with an ergonomically-friendly neck that makes it easy to hold, and I like that the liquid is easily visible through the bottle. This acetone-free variety is identifiable by its orange colour.
APPLICATION: I use cotton wool pads with nail polish remover, and two or three tips of the bottle is usually enough to remove all the polish from one hand. It takes a bit more product and effort than other Cutex removers I've used, due to the "gentle formula" described on the label, but I'd sooner use something gentler and a bit more time-consuming than something really harsh and drying. I was hoping that an acetone-free remover would smell less like the devil, but this one stinks about as much as usual, and needs washing off the hands to reduce the smell. It's only a minor complaint, though, since if you use nail polish remover often you'll probably be used it.
QUALITY: Having used this product for a while now, the difference in my nails is subtle but still noticeable. They stay tough for longer and don't start looking dry, even if I decide to redo my nails often. The bottle professes to contain "conditioner for sensitive skin", but my skin isn't very sensitive - I haven't noticed much of a difference there. The lack of acetone does still make a difference, regardless. My main complaint is that I seem to have gone through this bottle twice as fast as the others, having had to use more liquid to compensate for the gentle formula. Since it's not hugely expensive I won't hold this against it, and will definitely re-purchase in future, but I doubt it's worth buying this particular variety in the 100ml version if it goes so fast.
Overall, I'm glad to have accidentally stumbled on this product. Though it's meant for false or acrylic nails, it's a great milder option for natural nails. It does take a little more rubbing to remove everything, but it's worth the bit of extra time and effort, especially if you have dry nails or are trying to grow them out.
As I have mentioned in my previous Sally Hansen nail polish review, I have been trying to grow my nails for some time now and they will get to a certain length, some longer than others and then start to chip and peel and generally just fall apart until I am once again left with short nails and have to start the process all over again. I noticed that if I use nail polish on the days I'm not at work it does seem to give my nails an extra couple of days without breaking but of course once you have put the nail polish on, you have to take it off at some point and in my case it's on the evening before I go back to work. I always used to use just any old nail polish remover that I could find, it would usually be whichever one was on offer or the cheapest in which ever shop I happened to be in when I remembered I needed nail polish remover. That was until I read an article in a magazine that said that the acetone in nail polish remover and dry out your nails, therefore cause them to become brittle and easily broken. Not surprisingly, the next time I ventured into town I went on the hunt for some acetone free nail polish remover and ended up purchasing some from the brand Cutex.
***Who are Cutex***
Cutex are a brand that focus solely on the production of nail care products including nail polishes that aim to enhance growth and strength of nails and creams to promote the health of cuticles, nails and hands in general as well as of course providing nail polish removers. Their website also has interesting nail facts and tips for keeping your nails in good condition.
***Cutex Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover***
This product comes in a clear bottle with an orange screw top and inside contains an orange coloured liquid. There are two stickers on the bottle, one on the front and one on the back. The one on the front has the product and brand name written in bold writing and on the back is a warning about the product being flammable and a list of ingredients.
I used this nail polish remover in the same way I have always used this sort of product, by pouring a very small amount onto a cotton wool pad and then rubbing on my nail until the polish is gone although I may use cotton buds to get to the nail polish that is very close to the cuticle. The first thing I noticed when I poured the orange liquid onto my cotton wool pad was the smell. Despite the fact that it is acetone free, this product still has the typically strong smell that all nail polish removers seem to have that smells like alcohol mixed with a selection of other potent chemicals and this smell does linger on your nails so I usually use a nice smelling moisturising cream afterwards too help hide it. I rubbed my nails as usual using the now wet cotton wool pad and instantly saw my nail polish start to disappear, although it did seem to require slightly tougher rubbing than what I would normally apply. Within minutes all my nail polish was gone except for just a couple of tiny bits in the hard to get to areas of my nails but this occurs regardless of what nail polish remover I use, unless it is the nail polish remover pads which seem to be more effective at removing the tiniest patches of polish that hide down the side of your nail. My nails definitely felt and looked less dry than they usually would after removing my nail polish and the product did feel uncomfortable against my skin but I applied some moisturiser cream afterwards like I always do, just to be on the safe side.
I can honestly say that my nails have not broken as quickly as they usually do once my nail polish has been removed since I have been using this product. Don't get me wrong, they do still break more often than I would like them to but perhaps not quite as easily. I purchased this product from Superdrug for around £1.59 for 100mls I use it quite regularly and the bottle seems to be lasting me really well so I think it is great value for money and would definitely recommend it to a friend.