I use nail polishes quite a lot and everyone says to me they don’t know how I have the time to keep painting my nails. I’m good at doing it by candlelight too and can manage to apply it without smudging, even whilst watching TV.
I used to use Tesco’s own brand of nail polish remover but I was finding that it was really drying out my nails and causing them to split and break. My nails felt like they were becoming more and more brittle and I mentioned this to my friend at work and it was she who suggested that I try The Cutex range, and in particular, she suggested either the Nourishing one or the Moisture Guard as they are both designed to prevent both the chipping and the splitting as it adds moisture and nourishment to your nails whilst it removes the old polish.
These nail varnishes from Cutex come in different formats, depending on what your nail “issue” happens to be. This 200ml sized bottle cost me £1.69 from Sainsbury’s and the first thing I noticed about it was that it certainly does NOT smell as strong as the Tesco one I had been using before.
I use it the same as I do any other varnish remover by soaking a small amount onto a cotton wool pad. This nail varnish remover is great because it aids the polish I coming off straight away so I don’t have to keep rubbing at the nail, an what’s more, it doesn't make the varnish spread out across the skin, as some cheaper removers can do.
My nails have been slightly better since I have started to use this and I have noticed that I am experiencing less chipping and splitting, so as far as I am concerned it’s worth paying the extra for. Plus my husband doesn't complain about the smell any more, so that’s another added bonus.
I paint my nails quite often and usually end up using a nail varnish remover about twice a week on average when I change the colour on my fingers. I use it on my toes slightly less often. I had been using a really cheap nail varnish remover for a while and my nails were getting a bit weak on occasion and had sometimes snapped, so I thought that it might help if I changed to a better nail varnish remover. I have bought this one a couple of times now. I picked it because Cutex is a well known brand for nails and I was also enticed due to the "nourishing" claim.
The nail varnish remover comes in a bottle, similar to most products of this type. The bottle is a slightly see through white, not completely clear but it allows you to see how much is left inside. It has a purple screw top cap and quite a narrow opening at the top. It contains 200 ml of nail varnish remover.
To use this I just put a cotton pad on top of the bottle opening, then tip some liquid out a couple of times. I find that one pad soaked in nail varnish remover in this way is usually enough to take the nail varnish off one hand. If the colour is a particularly bold, dark or hard to remove one then sometimes I would need a slightly bigger quantity of this remover on a couple more cotton pads. The bottle lasts a long time, I would say a few months for me.
I do find that it is effective and gets the nail varnish off efficiently without me needing to rub and struggle with it too much. It makes it a very quick job and it works well on most of my nail varnishes. A couple have been a bit stubborn to remove with this, such as one Models Own gold glittery polish which was really difficult to remove, but I think it was more a problem with that nail varnish rather than this remover, as I have loads of different shades from different makes and most come off with ease using this remover.
I also sometimes use a tiny bit of this to tidy up my nails after painting if I have been using a nail varnish which is more difficult to apply and has caused any messy bits. I pour a bit of the remover into the cap, get a cotton Q tip, dip it in, then use this Q tip around the edges of the nails to get any colour off the skin. This works quickly and easily and it hasn't irritated my skin.
The smell is not the most pleasant, as you can probably imagine. All nail varnish removers seem to have a similar scent. It does not overly bother me but you do notice if you use it, leave the room and then come back a couple of minutes later that tell tale scent is lingering. My dad hates this smell and moans about it if I use the nail varnisher remover in the living room or around the house.
As for the nourishing claims, well I was sceptical that any nail varnish remover would really care for and nourish nails as they are supposed to be quite harsh and strip the colour away. This claims to have vitamins and moisturisers as well as a nail whitening formula. I do think it is having some effect, as I do find the tips of my nails look quite a bit whiter since using this and it has made me happier to just put a clear varnish over my natural nails, as they look quite healthy. I have also hardly had any nail breakages, peeling or splitting or any problems with weakness. I have to point out this is definitely not only due to this nail varnisher remover, as I have been regularly using a Sally Hansen hardening and strengthening base coat, but the nail varnish remover obviously is not having a negative effect and seems to be keeping the nails looking good.
I am quite happy with it and I would definitely be willing to buy it again. I might try some of the other varieties from Cutex too or some other non-Cutex nourishing or whitening nail varnish removers just to try and compare, but as far as I am concerned this one does do the job.
Im usually one that buys cheap nail varnish removers and never bothered with the expensive ones but as my nails got weaker and drier, i decided it was time to switch which brought me to Cutex, nourishing. I picked it up from Bodycare which is a cheap pharmacy store for £1.30 but i know in Boots/Superdrug it is priced at a little bit more. Other products in this range included 'Acetone Free' and 'Strengthening'. I proceeded with the 'Nourishing bottle'.
The bottle itself is a decent size of 200ml which is pretty average for nail varnish remover. It is a see through bottle which i always love as you can tell how much you have left! The design is simple yet informative and tells you everything you need to know about the polish remover. However, i was dissapointed with the lid as it broke off after a few uses for me so now i have to screw the top bit on and let it balance, not good if it spills over! This could be down to a one off bottle, but it definetly dissapointed me as this happens with the cheaper options too.
Onto the remover.. I regularly wear nail polish, i never have none on! So i know a good remover when i see one. It applied easily to cotton wool and with one wipe across my nail it started to come off already, compared to the hard scrubbing of cheaper removers. Just after a slight bit of movement up and down, the polish was completely removed. I personally had no reaction to the formula and found it smelt very nice, not like a usual strong smelling remover, just quite sweet. Once i had removed all of my nail varnish, my nails were left smooth and full of moisture. They looked healthy and ready for some more nail varnish!
After using this product for a few weeks i can say i wont be going back to cheap remover. Also, my nails had a healthy shine and feeling to them, along with the strength that seemed to of improved. An all over winner! I've barely used any as it only requires a small amount a time!
This is a very well known brand of nail varnish remover and I feel that the reputation it has earned over the years is justified.
This bottle of nail varnish remover retails at £1.59 on Amazon or £1.60 in Boots and very similar prices in other chemists and supermarkets. The standard bottle contains a 100ml and I've never seen other sized bottles of the same product but that doesn't mean they don't exist.
The bottle is quite flat from front to back and is a lot wider on the bottom half than the top half. The bottle is made from a dull plastic which you can just see through so you know how much product is left in the bottle. You can see that the liquid inside is a white or cream colour. There is a sturdy screw off lid which is about 1" deep and as soon as you take the lid off you can smell the distinct scent of nail varnish products. I personally don't like the smell as I find it quite chemical but this one does also have a vanilla type scent which tries its best to disguise the chemical smell.
It is a very runny consistency and you need to make sure you tip the bottle up onto a cotton pad carefully in order to avoid spilling it on the floor. Once you have covered your cotton wool in the remover liquid you need to firmly press on to the nails and wipe away the varnish. It does take a few wipes but does come away easily. It is quite greasy and will leave a slight greasy residue behind but all traces of colour will have vanished off your nails. Also, a quick rinse under the tap will rid your nails of any grease left over.
I do think it has a slight moisturising effect on your cuticles as well, as the skin all around the nails seems softer afterwards.
A well recommended product which is definitely worth the money.
This is a review of Cutex Nourishing nail polish remover. I bought this particular bottle from the Cutex range as it promised that it was a nail whitening formula and I was keen to see if I could get my nails nice and white after wearing coloured nail polish.
Price and availability
I actually paid the full asking price at Boots of £1.60. This is slightly more than I would usually pay for remover but as I was suckered in by the promise of whiteness I spent the extra pence. On the website, the Cutex listing advises wearers to take a break from wearing polish so they can monitor the health of their nails. I suspect this is a rouse to sell more remover! I don't think this is Boots' best selling polish as it came up half way down the second page of listings for nail polish remover. All the reviews on the Boots website give it 3 out of 3 but I don't agree with this at all.
The bottle is opaque white (so you can see the product through the bottle) and has lilac accents with the label and lid. It clearly states that it is for weak nails.
I use this product with cotton wool discs, tipping the bottle up to get the pad soaked then gently rubbing unwanted polish off my nails. The bottle lasts me around three months so it does go a long way. You get 200ml in a bottle so it's not too big to store. It does effectively remove polish quite quickly as long as you are not stingy with the amount you use!
The bottle promises vitamins and moisturising properties with a nail whitening formula for weak nails.
I really don't think this product is any good for nail care. My nails have been weak and splitting since using it and I normally have good strong nails. I think it dried out my nails too and made them peel. Worse than this is the smell. Most nail polish removers smell bad but this one is especially bad, it seems to linger for ages so I always throw used cotton pads in the outside bin or they make the room smell terrible.
I won't be repurchasing this remover as I don't think it helped improve my nail condition, in fact they have definitely worsened since I started to use it. I will stick to cheap remover in the future as it does the job and doesn't wreck my nails.
I like keeping my nails long, however my nails are quite weak and break easily so I love to use Cutex nail removers as they really help to nourish and protect my nails. Since using this product I have found that my nails are looking much more healthy and are a lot stronger!! This has helped me maintain the long nails that I have always wanted! It is also the best nail polish remover that I have ever used, as I do not need to use a lot of the product to remove my nail polish, even with very dark colours. It completely removes the polish from my nails without leaving any stains behind, and it has a lovely smell which is very unusual for a nail polish remover, but welcomed by me as I hate the alcoholic smell of most standard nail polish removers. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who's nails need a bit of nourishment and TLC!
Cutex Nourishing nail polish remover
I have been using this product for quite a while now and I have used this brand before. I used the ultra cleansing version and it works really well. So as this one is the same brand I thought that it would work the same, did it didn't.
*About the product*
It comes in a 200ml container with a screw top closing. It says that it also has vitamins and moisturisers in it and that it is a nail whitening formula and this one is specific for weak nails.
*My opinion of the product*
Firstly I hate the packaging, it looks so cheap, but anyway, the product is a white liquid and it does smell so horrible, but all nail polish removers do. It is easy to apply onto a cotton pad.
I have quite longish nails and they grow really quickly so a good nail polish remover is essential for me. I bought this one as it sounded perfect for my nails, as mine do tend to break easily and they do tend to become a little bit stained from the dark nail polishes I wear.
I found that this remover does not do what it says on the bottle, which really isn't good, as the ultra cleansing one is great. It does not take off my nail polish well at all, it takes ages to get it off, and it takes even longer if it was glitter nail polish.
I don't think that it is moisturising at all, when ever I use this (which is quite a lot because I never remember to buy another one) it always leaves my nails really really dry. It also says that it is the nail whitening formula, but again I really haven't see any difference in the whiteness of my nails.
The only good thing about this product (as well as the price) is that it says that it is for weak nails, and I do have quite weak nails so they are always breaking or chipping. And this product seems to work for my nails, since I have been using this product my nails seem to be stronger as they haven't been breaking or chipping at all, which is good, but over all for this product the negatives out number the positives.
I bought this in body care for £1 I think, but you can also buy it in boots for only £1.58 which is a good price as they are usually a bit more expensive. They also have a range of different removers, and I would recommend the ultra cleansing one, but so not this one!
*Good for weak nails - as since using this my nails have not been breaking or chipping at all
*Does not work well at taking off my nail polish!
*Takes for ever to get my nail polish off
*Leaves my nails dry
*Does not make any difference to the whiteness of my nails
Thank you for reading my review
I have naturally long nails and like to keep them looking their best by giving myself a mini manicure once a week. I vary my nail polish according to my mood or outfits, and have a huge selection of shades to choose from. It all has to come off in the end though, and I like to have a reliable nail polish remover that can clean the colour off quickly and easily. I have recently been using this Nourishing Nail Polish Remover from Cutex, which is readily available from high street stores like Boots and costs £1.55 for a 100ml bottle.
Cutex say: "This Nourishing Nail Polish Remover from Cutex, with vitamins and moisturisers, contains a nail whitening formula to keep your nail tips in tip-top condition, allowing you to remove nail polish quickly and easily whilst also nourishing your nails. Especially formulated for weak nails."
The bottle is a standard plastic affair with a screw top lid. The plastic is translucent so it allows you to see the product through the bottle and easily judge how much you have left. The spot at the neck of the bottle is quite small which means you can only get a little amount of nail polish remover out when you are transferring it onto a cotton wool pad or whatever you use for removal.
To use this product I place a cotton wool pad over the neck of the bottle and tip the bottle up so that the nail polish remover soaks into the pad. I then rub the cotton pad over my nails one by one until all traces of the nail polish have been removed. The nail polish remover seemed to take a long time to start working and I would have to leet the product soak over the polish for a while before rubbing it away, as if I started too soon I would then have to apply more pressure and rub at it harshly. It was particularly ineffective at removing glitter polish which was a nightmare as I love a bit of sparkle on my nails! The glitter adheres pretty well and I find these types of nail polish are less prone to chipping, but the Cutex nail polish remover did not seem strong enough to get the glitter polish clean off. I would have to spend lots of time repeatedly rubbing at it, especially round the cuticles which was irritating on a sensitive area.
Afterwards, my nails looked and felt dried out. This may be because I had to use a lot of the product, or because it required lots of rubbing. My nails certainly did not feel nourished or moisturised as Cutex claim. Another let down was that I did not notice any visible effects of whitening to my nails. I had some lasting stains from a previous nail polish incident, and when I removed my acid green polish several months ago I was left with yellow smoker nail stains! These have slowly grown out towards the tips of my nails but the damage is still visible and I was hoping this nail polish remover would help lighten the last of the stains, but no results in this area. I also did not think that this helped to strengthen my nails, as they are usually quite strong anyway and after using this nail polish remover over the weeks the nails actually seemed to become dry and brittle which lead to breaking. Nightmare!
This nail polish is cheap but definitely not cheerful, it does not live up to its claims and has given my nails a poor condition. Not a repeat purchase, and a disappointment all round.
Cutex / Nourishing Nail Polish Remover