“ Brand: Pretty Quik / Polish Remover / Type: Nail Polish Remover „
Pretty Quik Instant Nail Polish Remover 30ml
I bought this product as a cheap alternative to the popular (but expensive) Bourjois one second nail polish remover pot. I have been using this one pot of nail polish remover for at least three to four months now and it is still going strong.
- Product description (from Boots.com)
"Pretty Quick Instant Nail Polish Remover gently and effectively removes nail polish in seconds, with no messy spills."
- About the product
This product is basically a nail polish remover in a pot - it is a pot filled with foam which has been soaked in nail polish remover. The pot contains 30ml of nail polish remover which doesn't sound like a lot at all but mine is still soaked in nail polish remover even though I have used it countless times. The brand Pretty Quik is against animal testing and the nail polish remover formula contains vitamin E to condition the nails.
- Using the product and results
This product was really strange to use at first but now it is a life saver (not literally obviously) but it has made the boring, time consuming, cotton pad wasting process of taking my nail polish off so quick and easy. To use this product you just unscrew the lid (remember to replace the lid so that the foam inside doesn't dry out) and put your finger one at a time in the pot which has a hole in for your finger. The instructions for this product says to 'simply dip and twist' and it does take a couple of twists to remove my nail polish but this product removes the polish so well - and so quickly/easily. Using this amazing product I can remove all of my nail polish within a minute or so, which is great and there is no mess, no spillages and no cotton pads! Once the nail polish has been removed the excess liquid nail polish remover on my fingers dries within 30 seconds leaving my fingers clean and nail polish remover free.
The nail polish remover in the foam also smells really quite nice - obviously you shouldn't go around sniffing nail polish remover...but on the fingers this product doesn't smell like chemicals at all. I have used this product with numerous nail polishes from various brands such as Rimmel, Lancome, OPI, Nails Inc etc and the product removes them all really well - it also removes glitter nail polish fairly well but the glitter does get stuck in the foam. A fantastic product overall but it cannot be used on the toes for obvious reasons! But I guess you could place a cotton bud in the foam to soak it in nail polish remover then use it on the toes. On the whole I think this product is amazing and I did take this product on holiday with me this year and it worked fantastically. Also one pot has lasted me at least three/four months and I have used it countless times and I haven't had to waste cotton pads on removing my nail polish.
- Price and availability
I bought this product from Boots.com a while ago and it is priced at £2.50 which I think is a fantastic price and I will definitely be buying another one - I think I will need to buy another in the next month or so as some of the foam is starting to flake off slightly. This product can also be bought from ebay.
*Very quick and easy to use
*Smells nice - it doesn't smell like chemicals like all other nail polish removers do (the ones I have tried anyway)
*Works fantastically well at removing my nail polish
*One pot lasts ages!
*Excess nail polish remover dried within about 30 seconds and there is no residue left behind
*Convenient and light weigh to carry around - great for travelling
*No need for cotton pads and there is no mess/spillages
*Cheap and available at Boots
*Cannot be used on the toes
*Not as fantastic at removing glitter nail polish - as the glitter can get stuck in the foam
Thank you for reading my review
I love wearing nail polish, particularly deeper shades such as burgundy, plum and 'blood' red shades. Whilst wearing these sorts of colours can offer some instant 'glam' to my otherwise plain-looking hands, I do find that removing such 'robust' colours from the nails can be a time-consuming process that becomes much messier than when removing paler or more neutral shades.
When using nail polish remover products that are liquids, these tend to soak easily into the cotton wool pads that I am using to remove the colour from my nails and I find the liquid can drip and run easily from the cotton wool, taking the removed nail colour with it, which can often result in dark pink 'staining' around the fingertips and nails. This is obviously quite annoying and it is usually necessary to start the whole process over, this time concentrating on removing the colour from the fingertips themselves rather than the actual nails which are usually free from polish at this stage.
Long ago, I found the ideal solution to this time-consuming process, by way of the "Pretty Quik Instant Nail Polish Remover", which is a product designed to save time and effort when it comes to removing nail colour from the fingernails.
As @ the time of writing (August 2012), the 30ml tub is available to buy in branches of Boots for the sum of £2.50. I don't think this price is excessive, particularly when you consider that my last bottle of Liquid nail polish remover was around the £3 mark. In saying that however, I can often pick up the Pretty Quik tub for around £1.50 so it may be worth shopping around in stores such as Savers, the discounted drugstore.
The packaging for the product is fairly simplistic, comprising of a round tub made of robust plastic. There is a chunky plastic 'screw top' lid on top of the tub which can be removed and replaced quite easily in my experience. There are full details about the product provided on the tub, which is not the most cumbersome, being 30ml in size.
The product is, in simple terms, a sponge soaked in nail polish remover. The sponge part of the product is contained within the tub and is absolutely saturated with a nail polish remover product, evident from the strong smell that is noticeable from within the tub throughout use. The idea is to place one painted fingertip into the opening in the centre of the sponge and 'twist' it, without removing the finger from the tub. (I find that turning the tub itself is easier than turning the finger round, as it is trapped in a dense sponge at this stage!) This process takes a mere moment, and after carrying it out you can remove the fingertip from the tub...... voila! The polish has disappeared, leaving a clean nail in its place.
I have found the Pretty Quik tub offers a fuss-free, time-saving solution to removing my nail polish remover. Not only that, but there is little or no mess to be created by removing my varnish by this method, which is not something that can be said of using a plain old nail polish remover liquid as mentioned earlier in this review.
I would point out that due to the deep and 'robust' nail colours I use on my nails regularly, there are often times where I find that one 'twist' of the Pretty Quik tub is not quite enough to effectively remove all traces of these types of colours and there are occasions where some small-ish 'scraps' of colour will stubbornly remain around the edges of my nail. This is quickly remedied by a second 'twist' of the tub, after which there is usually no traces evident at all. Likewise, if I have applied several coats of a robust or dark colour, there will be occasions where not only a second but a third 'twist' of the tub will be required to lift all traces of the colour from my nails. Even carrying out several 'twists' on each fingernail with the Pretty Quik product still offers a much more convenient and time-saving solution to what would otherwise be a highly tedious task.
I would also point out that there is usually always some staining to the sponge contained in the tub, caused by the dark nail varnish/polish coming off of my nails and onto the sponge. This is not something that I have found interferes with the product working however, and the colour tends to just 'sit' onto the sponge rather than disappear. When lighter or more neutral colours are removed within the tub, this problem isn't nearly as noticeable, so I do think it is something that occurs as a result of the dark shades worn by myself.
The liquid contained within the product's sponge is quite strong-smelling, although not as much as some of the liquid nail polish removers that I will use from time to time. I find too that the tub's lid - once replaced after use - will help to contain most of the product's aroma. A generous amount of liquid soap applied to the hands and allowed to form a gentle foam-like lather will help to remove the strong fragrance from the hands altogether.
The tub lasts for a reasonable amount of time in my opinion. I can usually get a good two months out of one tub, although to be fair I don't wear nail polish every day, so my use of the tub will vary depend on my nail wear habits at the time. I have found that during periods of heavy use - perhaps over the festive season when lots of socialising has meant my nails are constantly being painted - the area around the hole in the centre of the sponge will start to fray very slightly, and this is usually my indication that a new tub is required. This fraying doesn't render the tub useless instantly, but it is fair to say that as time goes on, there can be further deterioration to the product's sponge, and this eventually causes it to break, with small fragments appearing on my ready-to-be-painted nails. To avoid this annoyance, I will usually discard the tub and replace it with a new one before the sponge gets to this level of fraying.
I believe that the product is not suitable for use with gel or acrylic nail tips or false nails of any sort.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Pretty Quik Instant Nail Polish Remover tub, as it is a product that I have been using on and off for absolute years. I find it is a quick and highly convenient product to use and I will continue to buy it for myself. With nothing negative to report, I feel that top marks are appropriate in the rating score.
Pretty Quik Instant Nail Polish Remover is a nail varnish remover in a pot. It's a genius little invention which I have been using for a couple of years now. I brought my current pot from Boots for a reasonable £2.50 (it's also available in Superdrug but I've not seen it being sold anywhere else) and have been using it regularly for about a year.
The pot is made from plastic and has a screw lid. Inside is a sponge which is covered in nail polish remover. There is a split in the centre of the sponge.
To use Pretty Quik you must push your fingers individually in to the center of the sponge and TWIST! After a couple of twists, remove your finger and see if all of the nail varnish has been removed (it usually depends on which brand, colour and how many coats have been applied), if there's still some nail varnish left, dunk your finger back in. I can usually get all of my nail varnish off in just a few twists of each finger, it's so quick and easy - I can do all 10 fingers in about 40 seconds!
The sponge is very moist and stays moist for months (so long as you keep the lid on), great value for money! If it does happen to dry out, just pour a little bit of nail polish remover inside to load it up. My nails have never suffered any damage whilst using this product. The nail polish remover is kind to my nails and they always seem healthy after use.
The one and only downside to this product is that toes don't fit inside the pot, and yes I have tried! However the nail polish on my toes doesn't chip or wear off half as fast as it does on my fingers.
Pretty Quik is very small and compact (just a couple of inches tall) which makes it the perfect size for keeping in handbags and taking travelling - it certainly saves suitcase space when you don't have to pack a bottle of nail varnish remover and a dozen cotton wool pads! As somebody who wears nail varnish all of the time, I would say Pretty Quik is a 'must have'.
Overall this is a brilliant product that removes nail polish super fast and super effectively, with no fuss (plus no mess) and no need for bottles of nail polish remover or cotton wool/cotton pads/cotton balls etc...
I am a huge fan of nail polish and so have to have a good remover in order to be able to change my colour at least 3 times a week lol. Nail varnish remover from a bottle gets on my nerves all that scrubbing drives me mad this is different.
This is a Acetate based nail polish remover. You open the pot lid and inside you will find a sponge with a little hole in it. You simply pop your finger in the little hole and away you go twist and the nail varnish is gone, it just soaks up into the sponge which is great. Also good for if you chip one nail just after painting, don't you hate it when that happens. Its good because you can just remove that one chipped nail and paint again unlike when you have to get the cotton wool out and remover and end up having to start every nail again.
Downside you hands end up smelling of nail varnish remover but that soon fixed with a quick wash.
A great way to remove nail polish with minimum mess.
While on a weekend away I decided to paint my nails but, silly me, I didn't take any nail varnish remover with me. As so often happens, after I put my nail varnish I didn't let them dry long enough and consequently totally messed them up. I ended up with lumpy, clumpy, not very well painted nails which I had to put up with since I had no way to remove the varnish.
The next day I went to Superdrug and bought a nail varnish remover called "Pretty Quik" which claimed on the tub to be a "manicure on the go" and an "instant nail polish remover".
- - - The Packaging: - - -
"Pretty Quik" comes in a small white tub with a hot pink (screw top) lid and a dark blue label. The lettering is pink and white.
- - - The Product: - - -
Once open you see that inside the tub is filled with a sponge with a slit in the middle to insert your finger, the idea being that you "simply dip & twist" your finger in the sponge and your nail varnish comes off.
The smell of the liquid that the sponge is soaked in is pretty strong. It is clear from the strong smell that it contains acetate. This strong smell of nail varnish remover might be unpleasant to some but personally I don't mind it.
After using it for the first time I was impressed. No need for cotton wool pads or tissue to soak nail varnish remover in, no mess, no fuss. I just put my finger in the tub, twisted it round a few times and all of the nail varnish on that finger came off.
The sponge isn't coarse and doesn't scratch your fingers when you put them in. The liquid feels cool against your skin but it doesn't hurt unless you have any cuts on your fingers. I've used it whilst having cuts on my fingers and it only stings a bit, easy enough to wash of any residue if it continues to sting once you've taken your finger out of the tub.
- - - Price: - - -
I bought mine from Superdrug for £2.99 (I think, not entirely sure). I haven't seen it in any other shops since buying it.
- - - Would I recommend it? - - -
Yes I would recommend this product. It's easy to use and avoids the usual mess of removing nail varnish. Definitely good for taking on holiday, easier than taking a whole bottle of nail varnish remover and less messy than taking nail varnish remover pads.
'Pretty Quick' nail polish remover is a great idea. I don't often wear nail varnish but I do sometimes apply it for special occasions and when on holiday.
I have some movement problems with my hands so this way of removing nail varnish is the best method I have found for myself. I find that liquid soaked in cotton wool doesn't work for me. I keep scrubbing at the polish but not very effectively and it takes ages to remove from the awkward places. Also this method can be messy. And what a small it makes! I have tried the pads in the small tubs but find these, too, are hard work. Also they dry up very quickly.
Pretty Quick really is a quick and effortless way to remove all traces of nail varnish.
It comes in a small plastic jar (30 ml). It's easy to spot on the chemist shelf as it's in a white tub with a dark blue label with pink writing. The lid is bright pink in colour so it beckons to one.
You simply unscrew the lid and then have to un peel the foil which keeps it sealed. To remove nail polish all you have to do is dip a finger in and move it around for a few seconds. Most nail varnish will be removed immediately. Anything more stubborn should be dealt with on the second attempt. The way it works is there is a moist pink sponge ( soaked in the nail polish remover solution) fixed to the tub's interior. It has a slot for your finger nails. After use, a quick hand wash removes the smell of this solution. However, the smell of acetone seems largely to be confined to the tub and doesn't make the room smell nearly as much as when using cotton wool and liquid remover.
I always buy a tub of this to take on holiday. It's safe to pack in your suitcase owing to the foil seal. I always put it inside a plastic bag as an extra precaution but have never had a faulty container. I don't bring the opened tub back with me, as it should be kept upright to avoid leaks and spills so, I think it best to abandon it. I only pay between £1.00 to £2.00 for this product so don't mind too much leaving it. I also find that once opened it only stays really moist for a few weeks. According to the manufacturer it can be used for up to six months from opening. This is probably about right but for optimum performance I would think more like three to four months.
The manufacturers are ' Against animal testing'.
This product it usually easy to purchase but I did find last summer that I had to go in few shops before I found it at the price I was willing to pay. I I usually buy it in 'Savers' but have seen it in many other chemists.
Be careful if If you wear false nails as this product may remove them.
These are the ingredients as listed on the back of the tub:
Acetate, Aqua (Water), Parfum (Fragrance), Glycerin, PPG40 PEG60 Lanolin Oil, Geraniol, Cetrimonium,Bromide, Tacopheryl Acetate, Alpha- Ismethyl Ionon
I bought this not long ago now after reading a few dooyoo reviews that said how good it was so I wanted to jump on the bandwagon and try it out. But god it was quite hard to get hold of as I dont think it is that widely available but after trying it out I think all the trouble I went to, to get this was certainly worth it. I feel like Im repeating myself here but regular readers of my reviews will know how much I love nail varnish and due to that fact Im always re-applying it and painting my nails different colours so this is like a perfect product for me.
Price & Availability:
I paid around £2.50 for this if I remember correctly and that included any postage costs so I think that is pretty good. I cannot for the life of me remember the exact website but all I did was type the product name into Google and click the very first link and that will give you the website. =)
The outside appearance of the tub is exactly the same as the image attached to this review. It is a small white pot with a screw off lid. The inside is sort of a sponge with a hole in it and that really is the only way I can describe it.
How To Use:
This is really quite simple. All you do is stick your finger right in the hole, move it about a bit and then pull it out to find all of your nail varnish gone. I find you have to leave your finger in there for about 10 seconds to get all the varnish off which is very quick I think.
The best thing I think about this product is it doesnt leave that strong acetone smell on your fingers after you use it like normal remover does so your left with clean nails that dont smell really chemical.
Obviously this is really convenient o take on holiday or a weekend away because you dont need cotton wool and nail varnish remover in a bottle this just simplifies all of that.
Its a lot quicker! This is the best advantage because it takes me usually about 5 minutes to remove every scrap of nail varnish when using cotton wool but with this it takes about 2 minutes, so very quick.
It does the job. I think that one speaks for itself really.
How Long Does It Last?:
I paint my nails a LOT and I have owned this for about 2 months and it is showing no signs of drying up or running out. Obviously if you leave the lid off this it will make the sponge dry up so to make it last as long as possible make sure you put the top back on after every use.
Well as long as I can buy this all the time I wont be going back to using ordinary bottled nail varnish remover. This is just so simple and quick and a lot more convenient compared to other varnish removers and even though this is designed to use when your travelling I think everyone should try this out even if your staying at home for the year.
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I am always scratching and chipping my nail varnish and constantly need to refurbish it. I have tried those little round pads in a flat pot but I don't like the feel of them. They seem to almost grate across the nail and leave it very dry. The stuff in bottles is cheap but not convenient to carry around and finding cotton wool balls is not always easy.
So, when I can across this idea on an online travel gear website, I thought it was worth a try.
Pretty Quik Instant Nail Polish remover comes in a little plastic tub with a screw top lid. Inside is a sponge with a hole in it. The smell is not as strong as traditional mail varnish remover because there is no acetone in this, but I must admit to rather liking the aroma of acetone and having to stop myself from smelling it too much.
Strange part is that I used to have a cat that would roll over and get really excited over the scent of acetone. Of course I had to stop his smelling it. Must be something about it!
Anyway, this product has hardly any smell and it is fast and easy to use. All you have to do is to put your finger in the hole in the sponge and wiggle it a bit. Pull it out and hey presto, the nail varnish is gone. The nail does not go dry either with is certainly a plus.
This product is really convenient but quite expensive at £2.50 for a pot that lasted me about a month. I couldn't find it anywhere else except this one travel gear site (put the product name into Google and the name of the site will come up) and the other couple of sites that stocked it seemed to be out of stock. I couldn't find this, even in small chemists close to where I live.
Compare £2.50 for a month with the cost of your other makeup items and I suppose it is not that expensive.
The best way to buy this is in two's or three's if you like it the first time you try it. I certainly would never go back to that strong smelling liquid in a bottle.
Like most women I like to use nail varnish, especially at this time of year, I also like to change the colour I am using to go with my outfit.
I use pretty quik nail varnish remover which is a wonderful little pot that is easy, and as it says on the pot, quick to use nail varnish remover.
The product comes as a small 30ml pot with a screw top lid. Inside the pot is filled with a sponge with a hole in the middle. The sponge is impregnated with the nail varnish remover.
To use you simply remove the lid pop one finger into the hole in the sponge and wiggle it about for a couple of seconds only and hey presto all the nail varnish is removed.
I love this product for lots of reasons.
1.The pot is nice and small so is easy to pop into your washbag or make-up bag when you are going on holiday.
2.the screw top lid is very secure and I have never had a pot leak.
3.Very quick and easy to use, no hunting for the cotton wool balls.
4.You can use it to remove the varnish on just one nail if you need to, such as if you smudge it or knock it before it is dry without damaging the varnish on your other fingers.
5.My nails do not look or feel dried out when I have used it as it is acetone free and contains vitamin E to help moisturise.
6. Very little residue which is gone in seconds so I can immediatly re-paint my nails.
7. Not as much pungent smell as the pot isn't open for very long.
So overall a very handy way to remove nail varnish that is not as messy as some methods. The only problem I have sometimes is getting hold of it. My last little pot I got from my local chemist, I have never seen it in my local sainsburys, but it can be purchased from some of the online chemists.
costs around £2.00 so not as cheap as alot of nail varnish removers but I did find it not as harsh as some cheaper removers.
For a lot of women and a few men, nail varnish is an integral part of their look, wither it be matching fingers and toes or just the perfect colour to match an outfit or mood. Whatever occasion it is for, however small, nail varnish has to be just right don't you agree?
So you can pretty much guarantee that you have done your nails, and someone knocks you, or you try to get dressed too soon and completely ruin them! This is something I do all too frequently and it is such a pain to get out the cotton wool balls and end up messing up your other nails in the process, so this product is pretty much the ideal solution...
~*~ How Do I Spot It? ~*~
Well there are two different types of this particular nail varnish remover, one that is designed for use with fake nails and one that is just for normal painted nails.
Both come in tubs that are around an inch and a half high - the normal nail varnish remover comes with the dark blue label and pink lid as shown in the picture above. However the remover suitable for false nails is a white label with dark blue writing. Both labels show the same type of information such as directions for use and the ingredients.
If you hadn't worked it out this will be with all the other nail varnish removers in store, which is usually close to the fake nails, eyelashes, and nail files... All in all pretty easy to find I would say!
~*~ What Is It Meant To Do? ~*~
Well given that it is a nail varnish remover it's a pretty simple answer... It is designed to remove nail varnish from fingers, toes and anything you can dip into the little pot. However as well as removing nail varnish it is also meant to condition your nails as it has Vitamin E in the removal formula.
If you have false nails don't worry it can do the same for you without it pulling your nails off, with the sponge in the totally white pot. It will remove colour from false nails without melting the glue holding them on!
~*~ How Do You Use It? ~*~
Inside the pot once you have unscrewed the lid, there is a white sponge that fills the entirety of the pot of remover; it has an X cut in the top of the sponge all the way through which expands so you can pop in any finger, toe or anything random that you have managed to get nail varnish on!
The pot actually directs you to place your finger inside it twist your finger around and remove. Which is meant to leave you with clean and conditioned finger nails.
~*~ So Does It Work? ~*~
Well I will say for the most part that this item does actually work, the first time I used it I was quite impressed by the state of my nails when I took them out, as at least the first layer of the varnish came off without a fuss and a few patches of the lower layers. That was just with one dip and twist, but it definitely will not all come off with just one dip and twist of your finger, as it claims. For a more expensive and thick nail varnish expect to sit putting your finger in and out for a good five minutes to get it off. If you are wearing a cheaper thinner nail varnish it probably won't take as much time. Either way the instructions are a bit wrong, as they say to dip and twist, but twisting with either types of nail varnish on will not remove the varnish very well, you literally have to rub your nail on the inside of the sponge. That is the only way to remove your nail varnish effectively!
There is as always a problem with this type of nail varnish remover, that being the remover liquid is in the sponge, but tends to sink to the bottom of the sponge and the pot itself, so you have to tip it up at times to move the liquid, but don't forget you have it on a slight slant else it will literally flow out all over the place. Even a slight tip or slant will cause it to come right to the top or over the edge on to the surface you are using it on, just as if you had a bottle of nail varnish remover. So keep it away from bedding and electrical devices!
The sponge itself gets dirty very quickly, obviously as a cotton wool bud does when you are removing it with one of those. Mine has seemed to end up very purple, actually both I have owned have ended up purple, strange considering I don't wear purple nail varnish very often. Despite being dirty it ends up still cleaning nails even months down the line thank fully meaning you are not spending money on them week after week, I use mine twice a week at least and my current tub has been used for about 2 months and is still working really well! One thing I will warn you about is that the sponge after a few uses starts to move in the tub, to a point where you can actually pull it out if you wanted. I tend to turn mine over after a few months as the liquid seeps to the bottom.
A warning to anyone who is considering buying this, make sure you have some hand cream and a peg for your nose. As once you have taken the lid off the bottle, the smell will hit you like a punch in the face it is very strong, and no matter how many windows you open, the smell will still be around for hours after - it is actually worse than some of the smellier nail varnishes themselves! The hand cream, need to be used because when you have finished taking off the nail varnish as you will find that your finger ends are very dry, the Vitamin E is good for your nails, but it does leave very dehydrated skin, so pop on some hand cream to get some moisture back...
Similarly with toes, if you can get them into the tub that is, if you have long toes that will happily splay out then no worries but if you have a very short set of digits you may struggle to get them in.. I find my limit is my big toe and then the others are just far too small to fit in without hurting myself... So you may still need a small bottle of normal remover just in case! They clean just as easily in the tub as a finger nail would dependent upon the varnish as always but give it a go if they fit!
This remover doesn't remove nail glue very well either, so don't bank on it cleaning your nails of any lumps and bumps left behind by nail glue!
~*~ Where Can I Get It? ~*~
I buy my version of this nail varnish remover from Superdrug and the price tends to vary, but it usually hovers around the £2 mark. I haven't seen this anywhere other than Superdrug in my town but it could be in all sorts of placed if you live somewhere bigger!
However it may seem pricey for nail varnish remover, but think of the time, and space you are saving with no cotton wool and leaky bottles!
Isn't nail varnish great! I love it! I love it so much I have an entire shelf in my house dedicated to a whole spectrum of them. Never does a day go by when I don't have varnish of some description on my toes, and rarely (although for the sake of the health of my nails, I do try to sometimes leave it of) is it off my finger nails.
Don't get me wrong, I don't have those long scary nails or anything! No, my nails are nice and short (I wear contact lenses and play the guitar so they HAVE to be short), but I do like to keep them looking clean and smart. I can't bear a ragged nail, and don't even get me started on nails that are not all of identical length! Eurgh!
My favourite choice is a classic French manicure on my hands, with a nice vivid colour on my toe nails. This colour changes several times a week in keeping with my mood, and my French manicure needs to be redone weekly in order to stay nice looking (chipped varnish - again YUK!). Obviously I use a lot of nail varnish remover!
Now, I have to be honest with you. I've tried most of them, cheap, pricey, extortionate, and I have to say, there isn't (for me) that much difference. They all seem to work just fine for me. My usual brand is (no surprises!) Superdrug's own make.
I do, however, find they all have one common problem. Transporting them is a bit of a pain. They are bulky, have the potential to leak and require you to also transport cotton wool balls which you will inevitably run out of and have to buy more. This frustrates me, as if there is ever a time I like to let my nail varnish run free, it would be on holiday. My applications to wear ratio is much increased when I am away from home. I clearly needed an alternative.
Now, I've tried the ready-soaked pads before which come in a little tub of about 20 or so to very little success. I always felt they had a grim overly sweet smell and took a lot of vigorous rubbing to achieve removal of the majority of the paint. Anything with glitter is impossible, and it sticks stubbornly no matter how much you scrub. The remaining pads also dried out pretty quick, even though the tub was sealed. The result definitely did not justify a cost easily equivalent to a whole bottle of standard nail varnish remover.
As a result, I can't say I held out a huge amount of hope for this product, but I was in one of my Superdrug trances and something about it just spoke to me. As usual, into the basket it goes.
This product is packaged in a small white pot with a bright pink lid. It has a blue label with pink and white lettering for the name of the product and a brief description of what it does. "Pretty Quik. Manicure on the go. Instant nail polish remover." It also contains the instructions 'Simply dip and twist'. The label on the back of the pot lets me know what is inside, and also that I should take care to keep the product upright (this obviously can't happen in a suitcase, but I think it actually means whilst the lid is off to prevent spillages).
It is a very appealing little pot which successfully attracted my attention and encouraged me to drop it in my basket and take it home. I had never heard of this brand or particular product before and it wasn't something I was especially looking for at the time of shopping, so really, it did its job very well.
Whilst looking for an image to use for my dooyoo product suggestion, I came across a website which describes this product as follows:
"This handy little screw-top jar contains a sponge impregnated with a conditioning, vitamin E polish remover. Simply dip your finger into the sponge, twist and polish is removed in seconds. No spills in your suitcase and handy for your desk drawer too."
I include it here as it sums this product up very nicely and accurately.
At the time of writing (27th October 2009), one jar of Pretty Quik instant nail polish remover will set you back £2.50. Quite a lot in comparison to what you would pay for a bottle of liquid nail varnish remover, but if it lives up to it's claims, then perhaps justifiably so. Given what I know about it, I think it is well worth it - particularly if you are going away, or as it says, for keeping in your drawer at work for any polish related incidents that need instant rectification.
According to the pot, you 'Simply dip and twist'. Yeah right. Yes actually, yes. That is really all that is required. On opening the pot, you will discover a sponge inside which pretty much fills the entire pot. There is a cross cut into the top of this sponge. This is where you insert your finger. Yes I was sceptical as well but one quick twist and my finger emerges entirely devoid of nail varnish, and looking remarkably like it has been in some way conditioned as well. This is a nice varnish remover. I am very impressed. I fly through my removal process effortlessly and mere seconds later I'm ready to apply my new coat of paint.
I had a really good sniff, right in the jar, just so I could tell you what it smells like. It smelt very nail-varnish-removery. I know, it surprised me too! It didn't really smell any harsher or sweeter or weirder in any way than regular nail varnish remover.
Next is touch. Obviously, as I mentioned above, in order to remove the varnish the whole finger tip is inserted into the sponge-in-pot. This felt, again unsurprisingly, like a damp sponge. How much you like this will depend how fond you are of sponges I guess. I felt like my finger was enclosed in a magic cocoon, but that's just me.
And the final sensation is wonder. Wonder that this little pot has removed my varnish so perfectly, without causing any irritation to my skin (I was just a little concerned at effectively submerging my skin in nail varnish remover) or any stinging to my slightly torn cuticles. Wonder also that my nails looked so nice. Conditioned by the remover, rather than dulled and destroyed as some products can leave them.
So does it work?
Yes, yes, yes! It really does. Super fast, super efficient and super effective. This pot will definitely be coming with me on my travels. I'm not sure how long it lasts for, as I have only used it so far on holiday (probably about 6 times) and at home when I've been in a lazy mood (perhaps another 6 or 7 times) and although the sponge is no longer sparkling white (emerald green and dark, dark red seem to have been my favoured colours of the last few months) it is showing no signs of becoming less effective. The sponge is still soaked in solution and the time taken for perfect removal has not yet begun to diminish. I'm sure it will, and when it does I'll be first in the queue for a replacement pot. However, much as I love it, I doubt I'll replace my standard bottle for the sake of everyday use - still have to watch the pennies now don't we. But for any kind of travel, or for lazy days I wouldn't be without this fabulous little product.
So, you may be wondering why it didn't get that elusive fifth star. It's obvious isn't it? I can't get my toes in it! Well, I say "can't", but that isn't strictly true. Perhaps I should say "it is with great difficulty that I use it to remove the nail varnish from my toes". Oh yes, I tried....the night before my wedding. (We got married abroad, my toes were a bright coral colour, and I wanted to put a nice very light bride-friendly shimmering pink on them to match my hands.)
Luckily, I am reasonably flexible, and I have a freakish ability to splay my toes apart really wide. A talent which greatly helped me achieve the mad aim of inserting one toe at a time to a small pot and then attempting to twist it around, all whilst keeping the pot upright to prevent tipping it and causing a nasty spillage. The pot felt at the same time frustratingly small (to insert toe into) and frustrating wide (to rotate pot around said toe, when there are lots of other toes either side preventing this). Anyway, it was an eventual success, but to be honest, if you are going to take nail varnish off your toes, the best plan is to use cotton wool and a traditional bottle of nail varnish remover.
Thanks for reading.
© BondgirlK8 October 2009