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Being a regular user of nailvarnish - it's not often my nails see the light of day! - I swear by this stuff.
I have used various other nail varnish removers in the past including many shop's own brands but I really do think this is the best and is worth paying a little extra for.
At around the £2 mark (depending where you shop - Superdrug is usually the cheapest for this) for a 200ml bottle it's not the cheapest bottle on the shelf, however, you are paying that bit extra for a far superior product.
Many nail varnish removers just seem to strip the nail itself of all moisture, leaving them dry and not in great condition. Also some nail varnish removers are not all that good at actually removing nail varnish, especially if you have a couple of layers on.
Cutex is much kinder to your nails, the bottle I currently have not only includes the nail whitening formula (essential if you tend to paint your nails in bright colours, especially red which can stain) but includes moisturisers instead.
Whilst it does obviously smell of nail varnish remover it doesn't smell as strong or harsh as some and actually has a pleasant slightly vanilla scent about it.
Aside all of this it is quite simply the most effective product at quickly removing nail polish, this means that it is well worth paying the extra cost as it actually lasts longer - as you don't need to use as much each time.
I quite often like to paint my nails and it is always worth thinking about the type of nail varnish remover you use if you frequently do so. The Cutex variety I use is labelled 'Nourishing' but does also contain a nail whitening formula.
This one (around £2 for a 200ml bottle) comes in an off white plastic bottle with a lilac screw top.
This remover also contains vitamins and moisturisers so is one of the most caring types of nail varnish remover I have seen. A lot of removers are quite harsh on the nail and leave them looking very dry and the skin around the nail can feel tight. This is a much gentler, moisturising remover doesn't have this effect and definitely helps to improve the appearance of your nails and surrounding area. Although this variety targets 'weak nails' in particular I would say even if you do not consider your nails to be weak, I would use this for the general health and maintenance of nails and cuticles regardless.
This remover takes off layers of varnish with ease without being especially harsh and readily dissolves the nail varnish. I tend to rest a cotton wool ball moistened with the formula onto my nail and leave it for a second or two - this dissolves most of the varnish so only a gentle wipe/rub is required to take off the remaining varnish. It is milky white in colour (one assumes from the whitening formula) and over time does indeed make the tips of your nails look a little whiter but only if you use it quite frequently.
I have suffered with brittle nails ever since having children and this is a basic yet effective, relatively cheap way to start taking care of them a bit more.
The ingredients for those who are interested or who might have a skin allergy to one are:
Acetone, Awua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Isopropul, Palmitate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Tocopheryl, Acetate, Arachidyl Propionate, Mineral Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Triethanolamine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone,Carbomer, Denatonium Benxoate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyathanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Parfum.
Because of all these ingredients this varnish removers like most has quite a strong not particularly pleasant smell and you need to take care not to inhale more than you need to!
I have definitely noticed an improvement in the strength and flexibility of my nails too so this is a welcome result although I do also from time to time use strengthening nail polishes which seem to work well in tandem with this varnish remover.
Overall I can highly recommend this nail varnish remover because it is relatively cheap, lasts a long time, is very effective and also very caring for the nail area.
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A 200ml bottle of this Nail Varnish Remover costs around £2 from your standard high street stores such as Boots and Superdrug. Cutex is a well renowned brand, and is sold in almost all healths stores, hence it is evident that any product belonging to Cutex would be expected to be well up to standard.
I tend to have painted nails all the time, and although it is recommended to remove nail varnish from the finger nails every week and from the toe nails every 2 weeks to prevent staining, I tend to just allow the nail varnish to come off by itself and when it chips enough, I use nail varnish remover to take it off.
Due to my bad habit, my finger nails are quite stained and hence I decided to buy this particular type of nail varnish remover in order to try and correct some of the damage!
Much like all of the other Cutex nail varnishes, this product removes nail varnish extremely well, and hence only a tiny amount of the product is needed to remove the nail varnish. Furthermore, I can remove nail varnish from all ten finger nails and all ten toe nails with only 2 (or at the most 3) cotton wool pads. Therefore, in that respect, I am very happy with the product.
The nail varnish doesn't smell too bad either which is great, and luckily doesn't leave the nails feeling brittle or dry, as many products do. In fact, it leaves them feeling stronger and much more nourished.
With regards to the nail whitening properties, I have to admit I have seen little effect. It appears to me that this nail varnish remover is just extra good at removing nail varnish, and ensuring that no residue is left. I imagine that this nail varnish remover cleans deep into the nails to ensure that no nail varnish is left on the nails and they do not become stained. All that said, when I usually remove my nail varnish, there is still a slight colour left on my nails and they look a little yellow for a couple of days. However, this product eliminates any yellowish colour and makes the nails look completely clean. Therefore, if this is considering nail whitening, the product succeeds one hundred and twenty percent!
This is a good basic nail varnish remover. The cost is about £2 for a bottle.
The remover is effective so a bottle will actually last for a long time as you only need to use a modest amount on cotton wool to be able to remove varnish from 10 fingers and 10 toes.
It has a nice fresh smell (or as fresh a smell as a remover can have) and feels nice to use as it does not dry out nails or cuticles, although I find it is good to moisturise nails and hands after using any remover as they do also strip the natural oils away from your skin as well as the varnish.
It is supposed to whiten nails which I think it does a little bit but this isn't something that really stands out as anything different from a non whitening bottle of nail varsnish remover.
The bottle does have a very tightly fitting and secure lid so it is safe to put in a bag or suitcase without the risk of leaking.
The best nail varnish remover I have ever used.
It's not massively expensive or fancy but the Cutex nourishing nail polish remover is the best I have ever used. It works to remove your nail varnish and to me is great because it's strong and works quickly with jsut one swipe of a cotton pad.
This nail varnish comes in a plastic bottle with a screw top. It is highly flammable so do be careful where you store it and who has access to it. It's very easy to use. Basically you just apply a little liquid to a cotton pad and swipe it over your fingernails. What I like about this nail varnish remover is that it actually has an ok smell. SOme other nail varnish removers smell really potent and strong but this has an almost pleasant smell to it. It does not have too strong fumes and also does not leave too much of an after smell on your nails or around the area you ahve used it which is nice.
The nail varnish remover is said to contain vitamins and moisturisers. It does not say which ones on the back but after use I do not have broken or brittle nails so it obviously has some good ingredients to it. It is also recommended for weak nails so I assume has some strengthening quality which again contributes to my non-broken/brittle nails.
It also contains a nail whitening formula which is said to gently whiten the tips of your nails. I generally only wear a coloured varnish on my toes but if I leave it on too long they do go a bit yellow. Apparently this is to do with the chemicals in the nail varnish. Anyway one I have removed the nail varnish I generally just put another coat on so I never leave them long enough to comment on whether this remover actually does turns your nails whiter unfortunately.
The nail varnish remover is made by Coty and is sold in Boots store. A 200ml bottle costs £1.99 and really does least for a long time so is quite a bargain in my opinion.
When it comes to nail polish I always tend to opt for the cheapest one in Boots or my local supermarket. However since I've started to look after my nails and actually pay to them done I've learnt that the cheapest one is not always the best... as with so many things in life! In fact, very cheap nail varnish removers which are quite poor quality can actually damage and dry out your nails severaly, leaving them in quite a poor condition.
After throwing out my three bottles of nail varnish remover that in total had probably cost me about £1.50 from Bodycare I decided to invest in a half decent bottle. Now the place where I go for my nails did try to sell me a bottle that promised to do wonders for my nails, the only problem was that it cost around £8.50 and due to the present credit crunch I didn't really feel in a position to blow the best part of a £10 note on a nail varnish remover.
So while in Boots a couple of weeks ago I invested in a bottle of Cutex Nail Polish Remover, with the additional benefit of whitening your nails. It was priced at £1.95 for a 200ml bottle which seemed a much more reasonable price to pay. The bottle itself was made of a translucent plastic with a light green screw on lid. The bottle itself had a sticker on the front advertising the brand and product name and also a sticker on the back offering more information.
The Cutex company focuses soley on producing products suitable for the nails, mainly those to remove nail varnish as this particular one does. They sell two main ranges of nail products; the "essential care" product range and the "quick and gentle" product range too. It's part of the Prestige Brands company who also distribute and market several over the counter type brands such as Clear Eyes and household brands such as Cinch as well.
The nail varnish itself had quite an astringent, potent smell which is typical of nail varnish. This particular nail varnish remover did smell slightly less severe than usual as normally I can't bare to breathe in the smell at all. It was almost clear in colour with a very slight hint of a light green colour. Obviously it is a liquid and so is just as runny as your typical liquid. There isn't really much else to say about the remover itself, it looks and smells as you'd expect.
To use the remover it's recommend then you apply a little onto some cotton wool, the liquid is dispensed through the top of the bottle and it's easy to use too much. The best thing to do is to put some cotton wool on the top of the bottle tightly and then tip the bottle upside down. This will not only ensure the remover doesn't spill but it'll also give you just the right amount. Next you simply need to wipe and gently rube the cotton wool over your nails.
I found that I could use a cotton wool bud on two nails and then re-apply the remover in the same way as above for a further two nails. In total I used about four or five millimetres of the remover and went through about three cotton wool pads. This seems to be quite usual of most nail varnish removers. I found wiping the pads over my nails alone was not enough to remove the nail varnish; I had to rub quite vigorously to ensure it all came off.
So onto the important bit... the effect it had on my nails and the results it produced. Well after the first time of using this I didn't really notice any immense difference. Sometimes prior to buying this my nails looked quite dry and any ridges in them were more pronounced yet this seemed to have disappeared with this particular remover. Prior to washing my hands felt a little greasy and they retained the smell of the remover for quite a while after.
I've been using this remover every week to fortnight for a while now on my hands and feet and can't say I've noticed that much of a difference overall. My nails don't look quite as dry as they used to when I was using the really cheap removers and this one certainly doesn't dry out my cuticles or the surrounding areas. It does work however in that it removes nail varnish although a little scrubbing is required; it takes a couple of minutes to get it all off my hands.
This remover also claims to whiten your nail tips through continued usage and I can't honestly say I've noticed much whitening going on. I tend to wear coloured polish quite often which obviously has an adverse affect on the whiteness of my nails but overall I wouldn't say that this remover actually whitens your nails in any way. If you tend to wear clear polish rather than coloured ones then it may of course be different on your nails.
Anything else you might want to know? Well it contains cetyl acetate which is a skin conditioner to help condition nails and keep them looking healthy. It also contains acetylated lanolin alcohol which offers a protective coating to the surface to which it's applied and therefore helps prevent moisture loss, or in simple terms it stops your nails from drying out as much. Lastly denatonium benzoate is popular is nail biting solutions and explains the smell!
In conclusion I think this was £2 well spent, although the nail varnish remover hasn't had many obviously positive effects to my nails it's certainly stopped them from appearing as dry. The whitening claim is a bit ambiguous in my mind and I'm not sure how valid this claim is. I've used under a quarter of a bottle and have had it for a couple of months now so don't doubt it'll easily last me the best part of a year. Money fairly well spent I'd say!
Thanks for reading.
Gently whitens the nail tips /