I have had this nail polish remover for a while now, but have just started using it more as I have been wearing more nail polish. This comes in quite a solid plastic bottle with a screw top lid, and is available to buy from most discount stores for around 80 pence. It has conditioner in to help care for your nails. As you have probably seen in the picture the liquid is purple. The instructions tell you to wet cotton wool with it and then to gently rub across your nails to remove the polish. This has that strong horrible chemical smell which all nail varnish removers do. I have used this on lots if different nail varnishes, from Lycra to magnetic, and the one I have on at the moment a glitter one, as well as the more regular polishes. To use I hold the cotton wool over the open bottle, tip it up and then tip it back before removing the lid. I then rub over my nail, how hard I have to rub usually depends on the nail polish. It usually takes me maybe five to ten minutes of rubbing to remove my polish, although this does depend on the polish. I have to say I am quite impressed with this nail polish remover, it is cheap to buy and does the job of removing my polish quickly and fairly easily. Despite using this around once a week lately I have also had no problems with drying of my nails, fingers or skin, so there must be something in their conditioning claim. One I recommend.
I only use nail varnish once a week for a couple of days wear and have never been particularly brand loyal. I just buy whatever is on offer and my latest purchase of nail varnish remover was this 250ml one which only cost 79p.
It comes as shown in the Dooyoo picture and is a fairly thick plastic with a well-fitting screw on/off lid. When the lid id removed it is easy enough to dispense the purple liquid just by tilting the bottle as there is a generous hole. It is advised that you moisten cotton wool then just wipe gently over the nail to remove the polish. I find the cotton wool needs to be soaked quite thoroughly before it removes every trace but for the price it doesn't bother me that I probably have to use a little more than more expensive brands.
If you do not like the smell of acetone then don't buy this because it smells very strong! It also contains aqua, glycerin, PPG-40-60 (haven't a clue about this?) lanolin oil, methylparaben (not good) DMDM Hyantoin and BHT. As you can see from the list of ingredients this product may not suit everyone and sound very chemical.
There are instructions on how to use in Chinese and Arabic and cautions about keeping away from heat and flames plus a warning about solvent abuse. I am told the product is made in the UK, is not tested on animals and there is a website address provided.
Well, apart from the fact it has dubious ingredients and smells so strong, I find it suits my needs because it does do a good job of removing my nail polish. I am told on the bottle that it contains 'added conditioner' to 'care for your nails' and they do not look dry or damaged. If I can find a similar remover with no parabens but at the same price I will buy another brand - if not I will be buying this Enliven one again purely because it works and is cheap.
I think this nail varnish remover is brilliant. When looking at the other reviews for this product I can't help but disagree. On average a woman buys a nail varnish remover just to get rid of their weekly nail varnish and this is pretty much what this product does. Apart from if you accidentally get it on varnished surfaces. In this case it can be used as a great paint stripper. Personally, I paint my nails once a week and take it off every Sunday. So you might as well say I also use this product once a week. I find it works well. It strips nail varnish within 10 seconds maximum. If you leave the cotton wool soaked in this liquid over your nail for 4 seconds then wipe it can wipe away majority of the polish. However, I find using this product excessively can dry out your nails. This average sized bottle lasts me three months at a time and I usually use around three cotton wools per liquid use. I also find that this product moisturizes the skin well, but not the nails. I usually use long lasting branded nail polish like Rimmel and this product removes it well.
The product comes in a grey semi-transparent bottle with the branding logo of Enliven on the front. It has a purple plastic lid that can be screwed on and screwed off. The top of the bottle has a nice ridge design at the top. The bottom of the bottle always has an expiry date which is always well over a year. The back of the container has the directions printed and the ingredients. It also has the caution warning for high flammability much bigger than the rest of the writing. It also supports other languages on the back and it also integrates its website on the back to help promote audience interactivity.
I buy this product frequently from Superdrug for an estimated price around the £1.00 range. I don't know if any other stores sell this product but I am sure they do as this product is not a Superdrug brand. I would highly recommend this nail varnish remover to anyone who adores nail varnish as much as me. The only thing that is not desirable about this product is that of its scent. Though it cannot be rated down for it as all nail varnish removers smell like it.
I really cant understand why this nail varnish remover has been given such bad reviews on here and in turn such low ratings. I have spent a lot of time trying out many different methods of nail varnish remover and I have found this one to be the quickest and best - just shows that people have very different opinions on products! I wear nail varnish and false nails all the time so a product like this is a necessity to me and I tend to buy a bottle of this every time I go shopping just in case that ever happens and I really only tried this in the first place because it was cheap! Turns out its cheap and does the job really well.
Price: No more than £1
Stockists: Supermarkets, Bodycare, Boots ETC
For: Removing nail polish, soaking off false nails & also helping to fortify nails as it contains conditioner.
As i said I pay only around 69p for this each time and one bottle really does last me ages. To remove the varnish from all my nails and sometimes toes as well I only use two cotton pads with this on at the most so it proves you don't need too much at any one time. Too much is just wasteful and you will probably be high as a kite of the fumes so maybe less is more! A little bit more is obviously needed if your trying to soak off false nails but not too much more because this liquid is pretty strong and does the job quickly and easily without using loads and loads.
This removes colour from my nails SO quickly its untrue. I have used a lot of nail varnish removers in the past and most just tend to smudge the colour about or help to stain the skin around the nails but this one just removes all trace of colour in one clean sweep up the nail. Depending on how many coats you have on or how long you've had the varnish on removing it might be different but for me two coats that have been on for 3-4 days takes about 2 minutes to remove from all my nails when I'm using this.
This is definitely the best one Ive found for soaking of false nails which usually is something I hate doing as it makes my nails underneath look and feel awful. This ones simply makes the plastic nails sort of disintegrate and then your nails underneath are still super soft with no traces of nail glue on them at all so I love this nail varnish full stop. Ive read that people are complaining about the strong chemical smell but this isn't any stronger than other nail varnish removers and Ive yet to find one that actually smells nice so I don't think that a major issue the results are so good I really don't care what it smells like to be totally honest with you.
This is super cheap and gets the job done better than most nail varnish removers Ive used in the past so it just shows that expensive products aren't always best. I fully recommend this to everyone because its the best Ive tried so far and makes removing nail polish quick and easy. I don't think I need anything more from a product like this really.
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I bought a bottle of this nail varnish remover from my local Spar shop in an emergency - I had applied false nails which wouldn't stay glued onto one hand, and wouldn't come off the other. In desperation I soaked my hands in a bowl full of this liquid and faux-prayed that it would dissolve the glue.
Well, it did work, but it took a long, long time. Unfortunately, time was something I was short of that day. I can't really use this situation to criticise Enliven nail polish remover, because removing false nail glue isn't something it is either advertised for or even designed to do.
My experience with using it as nail varnish remover itself is not good, however. I've only used it a few times because I find that it doesn't work very well. Even using cotton wool (which I find far better for removing nail polish than any other kind of tissue/cloth) I had to scrub really hard! It only took the nail polish off from the centre of my nail easily - at the edges it left lines of colour which had to be (essentially) picked off one by one.
I do still use this liquid occasionally, but it lives in my locker at work. It's the nail varnish remover I keep by for other people to use or to use in an emergency; when one nail's varnish trips and I don't want to walk around looking messy all day. I would recommend this product to no-one, and suggest that you look at other brands if you're sensible enough to look at reviews before buying.
I had to write a review on this as I have used this product once and was not best pleased with this.
I think this was picked up as i had ran out of my normal stuff and was used for and emergency.
This is first is very reasonable cost but i very much think that on this you pay for what you get.
I literally had to scrub my nail polish to get it of when using this stuff. I dont know what it was missing but a simple job that normally takes about five minutes to do actually turned into about 15 minutes and even after that i still struggled to get some of the polish off.
On the positive side there is not really a bad smell connected with this one but i really did feel that there was something ie an ingredient missing. I even thought that maybe I had left my nail polish on to long and that was possibly why it was harder to remove. I finally resorted back to my old faithfull pads and realised that it was in fact this nail polish remover didnt remove nail polish without a bit of force.
The one product I always forget to buy is nail polish remover, so I was constantly borrowing the stuff from my mum and my friends. One day my boyfriend came back from the nearby Premier shop with a bottle of Enliven Active Care Nail Polish Remover, and fed up with walking around with chipped nail polish I eagerly went to try it out.
This 250ml bottle isn't the most sophisticated out there, but it tells you everything you might need to know (apart from the little graphic which tells you how many months you should keep it before replacing it - unless this doesn't apply to nail polish remover?). The bottle is a see-through white colour, meaning you can easily see how much product you have left, which I always find handy. The screw-top purple lid is very robust, the bottle has been moved about plenty the last couple of months and it's still in perfect working order, with no spillages. The colour combination of black and purple adds to theme and does look quite appealing.
This product apparently has added conditioner "to care for your nails whilst removing your nail polish".
The directions state that you should "moisten cotton wool with nail polish remover, wipe gently over the nail to remove polish", just as you would with any nail polish remover.
-Application & Effect-
I tend to use cotton wool pads, rather than cotton wool, as I don't like how the fibres loosen and stick to my nails. Similarly, when using toilet tissue I find that it hurts to scrub the leftover nail polish from the edge of the nails, and also little pieces of tissue end up all over the place.
After unscrewing the cap, I take my cotton wool pad and place it firmly at the edge of the opening, then briefly tip the bottle to allow the liquid to soak into the pad. Immediately the acrid scent is noticeable - I've certainly used better smelling nail polish removers in the past! The liquid itself is a very pale blue/lilac in colour, which matches the packaging.
I then take the cotton wool pad and place it over my fingernail for a short while to allow the liquid to permeate the top coat, two coats of colour, and the base coat. I've found that if I don't do this, the colour is a nightmare to remove, involving lots of painful scrubbing which ends up spreading the colour all over my fingers! I then wipe the pad all over my fingernail and mostly the colour does glide off, however it can sometimes be a bit of a pain to remove the colour from around the cuticle area.
I've found that the product does dry out on the cotton wool pad very quickly, which means I have to use quite a bit of it. It's also quite annoying and tedious to have to continuously reach for the bottle and tip more of the liquid onto a new pad.
I'm not sure the added conditioner is all that effective, either. After use, my nails tend to feel very dry, and don't look particularly appealing either. I have to make sure to buff them and lather them in cuticle oil after removing my nail polish with this product, however I don't always have the time to do this and don't feel like I should have to.
I don't know what price my boyfriend paid for this, although I have an inkling it must have been cheap! I'm sure I've seen this product in pound shops, so it shouldn't be too expensive - it certainly doesn't seem as if it would be!
As far as removing nail polish goes, this product does do its job, so long as you find a method which suits you (for example, the method described above works for me).
What I don't like about this product is the dryness I feel in my nails after use, especially from a product that claims to have added conditioner! However, I have found this to be the case with other nail polish removers out there such as 'Cutex', and even the acetone free 'Quickies Remover Pads' - and I'd rather buy this cheaper product than a more expensive one if I have the same criticism to give them.
Once I've finished this bottle, however, I will probably not stay loyal to this product and will instead be on the lookout for something new - and hopefully find something that doesn't make me recoil at the smell of it.
One thing most of us girls don't give alot of thought to is nail varnish/polish remover. Well ok... I don't! I own bottles of the stuff that I stash all over my house and it's something that bares so little importance to me, and is so cheap that I'll just be mooching round a shop and I'll just think oh I'll get a bottle just in case. The thought of being stuck with chipped nail varnish on or something fills me with the horrors and has even made me wake up in sweat lol.
I never buy expensive nail varnish remover. I did only once way back and it was was a Carex one or something and was quite expensive for a small bottle. It smelt very odd and not like nail varnish remover at all which I found hindered my experience and felt greasy and the colour came off my nails okish but spread and stained all of my toes. Not good, so nowadays I buy cheap bottles and this is one I buy regularly for 59p and I purchase it in a variety of stores including Wilkinson's and Instore and I come across it mainly in cheap shops.
Long round whitish see through 250ml recyclable bottle of which you can see through it and the remover is lilac in colour. The screw on/off lid is a purple colour and made of shiny plastic. In black writing on the front, length-ways I'm told the product is called Enliven, Active Care, Nail Polish Remover With Conditioner and the size is stated (as I've listed already). On the back I'm told a bit about the product, how to use it, stuff in foreign languages I don't understand, ingredients, contact details for Enliven, emails address is stated (www.enliven.co.uk), warnings about the product are given and I'm told this hasn't been tested on animals and finally there is a small black and white bar code on there. It's an ok bottle really and nothing flash. All the information you need is on there but yes it looks rather economy really but what does that matter really eh?! It's only a nail varnish remover after all lol
Well it's a nail varnish remover so use it for that purpose of course! I always use a cotton wool pad rather than cotton wool or tissue as that gets all soggy and manages to squeeze all the liquid out of it and it goes everywhere stinking me and my house out and the method stains colour onto things it shouldn't! I find a cotton wool pad a little more absorbent and easier to work with as a rule!
So slap some onto your method of a removal tool. The light lilac liquid can barely be seen on a tissue or on some cotton wool but of course the smell can be detected! It's very rich and old fashioned and there is no mistaking that this is almost like paint stripper! lol
I find the easiest way of removing nail varnish with this is to wet my cotton wool pad press it against the area of colour I want to remove for about 6-10 seconds each nail and wipe away gently instead of scrubbing as there is simply no need to. Most of the colour slides off this way and you don't make your skin sore in the whole process!
It does struggle to remove very dark colours though particularly if your using a couple of coats of a decent brand and if you use a base coat and a top coat it makes removal a whole lot tougher of course but having say said that my method of removal works each and every time and the only time I struggle is when I add to much of the product to say some cotton wool and I scrub my nail varnish off and get stained fingers and toes etc (with fresh cotton wool and product it does come off).
I do find though not matter how patient and careful I am I do always end up with little bits of old nail varnish clogged into my nails though, mainly on my toes which I have to sort of scrape out with something sharp!
Great on removing light colours, it's a breeze. Great on removing 'cheap' nail varnishes too. Struggles on darker colours but if you take your time it can all be removed and leave no staining behind. The stuff does smell and leaves your room smelling of it for a good couple of hours later.
This is fairly simple to use, none sticky and relatively fuss free if you use it sensibly and for the price it's a great buy and last months. However is you use expensive nail varnish I wouldn't bother unless you have the patience of a saint!