“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Nail Polish Remover / Quality: No Animal Testing „
I have a disgusting habit of biting my finger nails. Recently I have started going out dating and wanted to look my absolute best when going out. I was shopping in Boots on day and decided to buy some false nails. I wore them and must admit looked very nice indeed. I have now got addicted to wearing false nails now and where them more or less all the time and wear my favourite shades of nail polishes. Up until recently I hadn't really purchased polish remover as I didn't feel the need to do so.
Comes in a clear plastic bottle with the sainsbury's logo written in pink. It tells me that it contains 250ml of nail polish remover.
CAUTION: This liquid is highly flammable and there for should be kept away from naked flames.
I am pleased to inform you that this product has not been tested on animals
The plastic bottle can be recycled, however you must check with your local council to see if the top can be recycled.
This product is made fore Sainsbury's further information can be found on their website.
The polish remover is blue in colour and smells very strong, I almost blew my brains out by smelling it, not recommended by the way! The nail polish contains vitamin b5 to help condition the nail. You simply use cotton wool or a cotton wool pad and rest it on the nail for about a minute or two to allow it to soak in then simply wipe it until all of the polish has gone. Then leave to dry, job done.
I thought the product was absolutely poor quality It seemed to take along time to remove the polish of each nail and smudged rather badly. I will not recommend this product to anyone.
Available from Sainsbury's for 1.50 a bottle.
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Generally, I have acrylic nails because I am far too lazy to do them myself all of the time. I like paying some-one else to do them for me and I like sitting there and getting pampered for an hour every month. However, I cannot stand people touching my feet so pedicures are out of the question. Because of this, I have to paint my own toe nails and this requires nail polish remover. I thought I had already packed some when moving in with my boyfriend but it turned out I hadn't so I had to nip to Sainsbury's to get some more.
== The Packaging ==
Sainsbury's own band nail polish comes in a see through bottle which holds 250ml of liquid. As the bottle is see through, you can easily see the purple/ lilac liquid that is inside. The outside of the bottle has purple lettering which explains what the product is, how much of it there is also that it has added conditioners. The back of the bottle has information about Sainsbury's, a telephone number for customer care and also the ingredients of the nail polish. There are also instructions for using the nail polish. As this is a supermarket own brand product, the packaging is pretty plain and isn't the prettiest of bottles.
== Cost and availability ==
As this is a Sainsbury's own band nail polish, it is only available from Sainsbury's stores and from www.sainsburys.co.uk. For a 250ml bottle, you will be looking to pay about £1.26 (which is the only price) and maybe a little more in store.
== Using the product ==
My toe nails vary in colour depending on my mood but at the time of buying this polish, they were a dark purple which matched the tips of the nails on my hands. The bottle containing the nail polish advises to use with cotton wool and to gently wipe over the nail. I use flat cotton wool pads instead of actual cotton wool as I find it gets everywhere but this generally does the job well enough. Once I had soaked the pad in nail polish remover, I attempted to remove the purple polish from my toe nails.
Usually, as I did use a dark colour, it is quite hard to remove with a cheap remover and this one from Sains-bury's is no exception. With one cotton wool pad I could only clean off all the polish from two toe nails. Now, they're only small and it shouldn't have taken either as much polish as it did or as much work as it did. I do understand that cheaper nail polish removers aren't quite as good as others but I didn't think my toe nails would take so much.
While it was a bit of a pain to remove my nail polish, I did only pay a little over £1 for this product so I guess I should have known that it wouldn't be the easiest thing to do. I do think that this would remove lighter colours with more ease although I don't own any of those so cannot really comment. The smell is like any other nail polish so this aspect of it is neither positive nor negative.
Even though this doesn't work amazingly well, I will still carry on using it as I don't want to pay more for something I hardly ever use.
I've never had the kind of nails to show off decked in luscious colours and or patterns, or the patience to care about chipping of colour and the fiddle of applying. I don't bite them or peel them and wear gloves religiously when washing up etc, but they remain half hearted, weak and papery. However I do wear clear nail treatment varnishes to prevent my nails bending backwards every time I touch something, and paint my toes all the colours of the rainbow in the summer - not brave enough to bedeck them in different rainbow colours all in one sitting though. So I do go through quite a bit of nail varnish remover one way or another.
I normally prefer an acetone free nail polish remover as it is less damaging to the nails and you can get them at a reasonable price, this one whilst not being acetone free does have 'nail conditioners' in it so thought I would give it a shot. I also like the fact that Sainsbury's have a clear anti animal testing policy for their own branded products - it doesn't say specifically on this bottle that it is not tested on animals, just that they are against it and fund research into alternatives.
On opening the remover has the familiar unmistakeable eye watering smell of nail varnish removers everywhere, which I must admit I quite like. It has a faint vaguely floral scent which is barely there. I usually use a cotton wool pad/disc that has a flat lint free surface, simply because this is what I use on my face to avoid bits of fluffy fibres getting stuck in my eyelashes, and from there inevitably onto my eye ball. You can use pretty much anything porous to apply the remover with, just tip the bottle up holding the 'material' to the opening and allow some product to soak in. I've used everything from cotton wool, through toilet tissue, to an old (about to be cut up for dusters) pillow case. I'm such a slob.
Something I noticed with this bottle is that if it should tip onto its side it doesn't leak, for some reason almost every other brand of nail varnish remover I've owned has been able to seep out of a tightly closed lid, something to do with the make up of the liquid I'm sure rather than the packaging. However the Sainsbury's bottle seems to have overcome this problem.
With some slightly more expensive polish removers (I never pay much for this type of product) the varnish comes away with just a swipe or two after a few moments of resting the soaked cotton wool against the nail. Not so with this one though. A few moments of resting the pad on the nail can result in it becoming almost stuck to the nail, and needing a good wriggle to draw it off. I think the product evaporates a tad too quickly, leaving too little moisture to 'swipe' just making the varnish tacky. I find it works better applied generously and rubbed straight away, it takes a good few moments of rubbing and fiddling around the cuticles, and usually a top up from the bottle too before all the polish has been removed just from one nail. I've even on occasion thought that all the varnish was off, only to find when reapplying a coat that there is still a very thin layer left on my nail, causing the new coat not to apply and sit properly. If I was using coloured varnish of course I would have noticed this before re-applying varnish.
I have not noticed this nail polish remover to be particularly conditioning, it seems to be about on a par with most of the cheaper varieties, these days you don't seem to get the very damaging ones that perhaps were once on sale. Though not what I would consider terribly conditioning this product does not leave my nails with the dry powdery white look which seems to be evidence of a particularly drying product.
My daughter managed to spill this on a lovely dressing table a relative had passed on to us, and ruined the glossy varnish finish. So as I'm sure you realise care should always be taken not to get this onto household surfaces, it will dissolve other types of varnish as well as that meant for nails... Oh and don't drink it either.
The plus side of using a varnish with acetone is that the acetone is a chemical often used in cleaners, and you can use nail varnish remover in a pinch for several alternative uses some of them cleaning. It takes pen off leather sofas (and walls, though it may also dissolve some of the paint!) a treat. It's also said that it helps unstick superglue from skin, and I have tried this in the dim and distant past, it did make it go all brittle and flaky, the bond broke, but we still had to peel off dry flaky fairly firmly stuck glue from fingertips. There are lots of uses if you want to look them up, some more successful than others; I don't find it particularly good at removing sticky label residue which it is always touted as being good at for instance. Always check for colour fastness, and that the material you are using it on is not melted by acetone (as some plastics are, and obviously varnished surfaces). I'm not sure it's really worth the bother to be honest, but I did find it very useful for the biro on leather/walls removal.
I've included a list of ingredients, and out of curiosity I had a look to see what the ingredients in the cheaper and bigger sized Asda version were too. The only difference is the inclusion in the Sainsbury's version of of Denationium Benzoate which is one of the most bitter substances known, indeed the bottle does state that it is "Bitrex protected" and is often added to products which children may get the urge to drink' in order to make it unpalatable, and I can say that it does work, should your fingers find their way to your mouth after using this before washing them your tongue will not be happy. I'm not sure the Sainsbury's version is worth 26p more for 50mls less product just because of this inclusion. It all depends on how likely your children (if you have any young ones) are to chug this, and which shop is more convenient for you to shop at.
I would not specifically seek this out over other nail varnish removers, but it is a reasonable price and does the job as well as other similarly priced removers. I will buy it again if I happen to be near Sainsbury's next time I run out, other wise I will probably buy the Tesco version (£1.20 for 250ml) as it's where I do most of my shopping.
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Sainsbury's £1.26 for 250ml
Asda £1.00 per 300ml
Acetone, Aqua, Glycerin, PPG-40-PEG-60 Lanolin Oil, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Denatonium Benzoate, BHT, CI 17200, CI 42090.
Acetone , Aqua , Glycerin , PPG-40-PEG-60 Lanolin Oil , Methylparaben , DMDM Hydantoin , BHT , CI 17200 , CI 42090
On a night out for a friends birthday recently, I decided to tart my nails up a bit, painting them a very sexy deep red .
However, this meant that I would have to take the nail polish off again before work a couple of days later ( I work in a food environment, so can't have polished or long nails at work) . With my nearest shop being a Sainsburys supermarket, I nipped in and picked up a bottle of their own brand nail polish remover, at £1.26 for a big 250ml. A pretty bargain price really.
Soaking some up on a cotton wool ball, I set to work on my nails . Blimey, the smell was awful - a really strong chemically smell that made the hairs in my nostrils dance . I had to open the window as very quickly the telltale signs of a headache came creeping along .
This nail varnish removed initially seemed to be doing well , removing most of the nail varnish fairly easily . However, I found that it left faint dark stains on my fingernails . Now, this may have been down to the varnish itself, but I've never had this problem with other nail varnish removers . Although most of the polish was gone, and my nails felt smooth and unpainted, there was definite staining. I also found it very hard to get the varnish off the very edges of my nail where it meets the cuticle - this required rather a lot of scrubbing and effort to remove. Overall , I would estimate that it took me a good half hour to get my nails as clean as I could, although some pink discolouration still remained after this .
I have used it a few times since, and it seems to me that this remover really struggles with dark colours . Anything pale seems to come off really easily with barely any effort, but the reds, blacks and bright vibrant neons that I like to wear on big nights out are really a struggle to get rid of .
If you're a pale pastel kind of varnish wearer, then this will probably suit you well . It does leave the nails nicely conditioned, and doesn't leave them feeling greasy. However, if like me you prefer bold dark colours, this probably isn't the best product for you .
I very rarely wear nail varnish these days but when I do I like taking it off to be an easy task not a nightmare and for that reason I always buy a decent brand name that I know will do a good job, recently however on an outing to sainsbury`s I picked up a bottle of their own brand nail varnish remover as I knew I had none left at home.
The 250ml bottle cost me only £1.29 and to be honest it worked every bit as well as any of the more expensive brand had done, even though the expensive brands all make their own fantastic claims as to how much better theirs is from all others.
The smell of this is as you would expect, a very strong chemical type scent which is why this is best used in a room with a window open as it can become a bit overpowering but then so do all nail varnish removers.
The only slight downside to this one is that it leaves my nails a bit dry looking after use but only for a day or so, I think the more expensive brands such as Cutex and the likes might be a bit kinder to nails but I have had no lasting problems from this sainsbury one and it does the job well at half the price of others so it does for me.
I've never thought about the brand of nail varnish remover I use and if I remember I need some I buy the shop's own brand that I happen to be in next. I've never used the Sainsburys one before and now I have I know I'll never use it again!
It smells ok and has a nice consistency dribbled onto cotton balls, it's a bit greasy feeling but most nail varnish removers are at the cheaper end of the market and I think the greasier ones leave my nails in the best condition.
This one struggles too much with dark or mega bright nail varnishes though and I can't be bothered using 3 lots of cotton buds per nail to get the colour off. If you're using it on a pale and dull colour it will come off quicker but this remover still doesn't seem as strong as other makes and I think a bottle deffo gets used up quicker than the same size bottle from Boots or Tesco.
I don't rate this for keeping my nails in good condition either, actually my nails have gone a bit brittle in the few weeks I've been using it for and have started peeling. THat might not be anything to do with the nail varnish remover but it's a bit of a coincidence that this has happened just as I swapped to this.
It costs £1.26 a bottle and that makes it one of the most expensive supermarket nail varnish removers, the trouble is it's rubbish on the sorts of dark colours I usually wear on my nails and makes a long job of taking my nail varnish off.
This nail polish remover costs just over £1 which i suppose isnt bad for a large bottle like this but i dont think it is very good, dont get me wrong it will remove your nail varnish but it realy does struggle.
My nails were painted a dark plum colour, it had began to chip a bit at the ends of the nails and looked horrid so i brought this nail polish remover to get the rest of it off.
The bottle has a screw on lid which obviously you have to open, then i put a piece of cotton wool on the top of the bottle and tiped it quickly upside down and then right side up again there was a circle of nail polish remover on my cotton wool.
I rubbed the coton wool up and down my thumb nail and could see the plum colour coming off onto the cotton wool, it was removing it.
After doing this the coton wool was covered i plum nail varnish but there wasnt enough space left on the cotton wool to do another nail, so i had to use a different piece of cotton wool for each finger.
After doing all 10 nails i noticed that there was still a little bit of colour left on my nails, not a complete layer of nail varnish but it seemed to have dyed my natural nail a purple tint so i had to use another piece of cotton wool to get the last bits of colour out of my nail.
I wasnt impressed with how much work had to go into getting the nail varnish off, i usually use boots nail polish remover wipes and only have to use two of them to do all my nails.
This nail varnish although it smelt a lot stronger it seemed a lot weaker than others i have used.
It might work better on lighter colours but i wouldnt recomend it for dark colours.
AAAARGH my apologies for this...I have just realised that I posted this review under the Sainsburys nail polish remover! I can't read! I'm talking about the Superdrug nail polish remover...I'm an idiot!
I am officially a nail polish addict. I have over 40 colours (I attempted to count them today and gave up at 40!) and they clog up my fridge as I desperately attempt to keep them at their best.
Until recently I went to a school which didn't allow nail varnish (punishable by detention and being made to take it off with some horrible propanone from the science labs which burned your fingers) and now in my part time job I work with food and so nail varnish isnt allowed. These circumstances unfortunately don't go very well with my addiction and so I find myself constantly applying nail varnish and then having to take it off quickly the next morning for work!
I go through around 3 bottles of remover a month, and for a year now I have been buying this one, Superdrug nail polish remover with conditioner. So why have I settled on this brand?
WHAT IS IT?
Its a nail polish remover! Use it to take off nail polish! Or as it says on the back of the bottle:
'Quickly and easily removes all traces of nail varnish. Specially formulated with Glycerin, known for its condtionng qualities'.
Basically, what I want from a remover is something that isn't going to struggle to get my polish off, a difficult job seeing as I regularly wear bright reds and dark reds and blacks, known for being tough to get off! I also want it to last a while and be super super cheap seeing as I'm going to be going through so much of the stuff. Lastly, i want it to leave my nails in decent condition. I find that this stuff is the business! So why?
FIRST OF ALL, THE SAFETY ADVICE
Standard stuff, first of all, ITS FLAMMABLE! So don't throw it on a fire or anything and you should be alright.
Don't apply it on a cut or broken skin or anything, because it will sting. A lot.
Don't let it get in your eyes, that can't be good. And don't drink it (sorry if I ruined your plans there!). Keep it away from your kids in case they are tempted to do either of these things.
Its no good to be used on false nails apparently, maybe is dissolves them or something, I don't know I've never tested it!
Lastly, avoid contact with anything polished or painted and synthetic materials, it will stain and possibly remove some colour a bit like a weak bleach. I personally haven't spilt it on anything material but I guess it wouldn't be good.
I did however discover a new use for this stuff. It quite nicely removes permanent marker from wooden doors (don't ask, very long story...)
Also, if you have a fake tan disaster, a little nail varnish remover can neaten streaks up lovely, although it stings (a lot).
AND NOW THE INGREDIENTS
Acetone, aqua, glycerin, methylparaben, BHT, DMD hydantoin, benzophenone-1, PEG 75, lanolin, Cl 42090, Cl 17200.
I don't know what half of this stuff is, except that acetone and lanolin are always in nail varnish remover, aqua is obvious, and glycerin is what they said before gives the conditioning properties.
Plain and simple. Its a clear 250ml plastic bottle which contains the lilac solution. On the front in black font it says 'superdrug nail polish remover with conditioner' and on the back there are directions for use, and care and safety advice, plus the ingredients. The lid screws off loosely and easily.
I personally quite like thr packaging even though it's quite plain. The lilac solution that you can see through the transparent bottle is really quite a pretty colour and I find the simplicity of it quite appealing, at least you know you aren't paying purely for gaudy packaging. No idea how good it is to recycle though!
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
The way that I find works best is if you put a little of the solution on some cotton wool, and hold it on the nail for about ten seconds before wiping it gently over the nail. Holding it on seems to soften the polish quickly and saves you rubbing away for ages to get stubborn polish off. You should probably wash your hands afterwards as this stuff isnt pleasant smelling (or tasting, if you accidently stuck your fingers in your mouth after!).
DOES IT WORK?
Pretty much yeah, it gets rid of my polish quickly and with minimal effort, most removers tend to struggle with red colours and leave your nails a weird pink colour, but this one doesn't. It does struggle a bit with stubborn bits on the side of the nail though.
I don't know about the 'conditioning' claims, as my nails don't feel any different than if I hadn't used it really, but I suppose if it didn't contain the conditioner it would dry out the nails. It dries quickly on the nails but if you get any on your skin it can feel a bit sticky and nasty!
WHATS IT LIKE TO USE?
It smells horrible, like, well, remover! Its that nasty acetone smell that stinks out the room, but this is the same for every brand really. I don't get spillage all over the floor like with other ones (maybe I'm just a bit more coordinated these days!) and generally I like it a lot!
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
I would, because for a super cheap price it last for ages and gets the job done without drying out my nails, which is what I'm looking for!
A bottle is just 99p from superdrug and last for quite a long time, longer than the cutex bottles or remover pads, Great value for money then, considering I resent paying for stupid things like nail varnish remover when i could be buying more fun things like clothes...
Limited unfortunately as it is a superdrug own brand product, so it can only be found there! Unfortunately this also means I can't get any Boots advantage points for it, what a shame. It will be sitting next to all of the other removers and is easy to find, its the lilac one!
MY OVERALL RATING
8/10 for a great price, it does a decent job and I consider it to be value for money. I would highly recommend it over a more expensive brand.
I just bought some of this as I had run out of my usual brand of those little pads that come in a plastic tub, and I was in the supermarket. So this is easy to get hold of, and cheap. Really pretty cheap - £1.20-something I think for a 200ml bottle.
First thing to say about it is it does work. It gets your nail polish off. But it does struggle with thick, dark polish and you have to leave the cotton wool on your nail a few seconds then wipe off one nail at a time. With my usual pads I can often get away with one pad for a whole hand, but with this I needed a new piece of cotton wool almost for every nail if they were dark red, as it seemed to smear as much as it removed otherwise.
It left my nails seeming quite dry, unlike those more expensive moisturising brands, and smelled quite horrid, but it did the job I bought it for, so I suppose I can't complain.
I will be going back to my usual brand next time though - the extra few pence is worth paying, as I need to use more of this than I have done with other brands, and more cotton wool, so it wasn't a real money saver.
I very rarely buy 'unbranded' products but we all get taken short from time to time and I was in Sainsburys and I desperately needed a bottle of nail varnish remover as I was going out that night and I picked up whatever was cheap and it happened to be this Sainsburys nail varnish remover.
A see through 250ml see through bottle (doesn't state that it it's recyclable, naughty Sainsburys tsk!) You can see the pale lilac liquid inside and on the outside of the bottle it has purple writing telling us it's Sainsburys and that it is a Sainsburys product, what it is, the size and that it has added conditioners. At the back of of the bottle, again tells us what it is, how to use it and gives a few warnings and lists the ingredients and that Sainsburys is against animal testing and fund research into alternatives. Also gives contact details and a freephone customer care-line.
Well I use nail varnish remover a lot, say 3/4 a week. I use predominately dark colours so I do paint it on and take it off a lot to prevent staining my nails. I also use a base coat and a top coat so a remover has a tough job on its hands.
The directions tell me to moisten cotton wool with the nail polish remover. Wipe gently over the nail surface to remove nail polish quickly and effectively. Now this process is fine with light colours. Not do-able with darker ones. It takes a little more work with my deep reds and purples! I can scrub and let the liquid dribble everywhere or I can firmly press for a couple of seconds and sweep outwards, gently lifting off the majority of colour. Yes I prefer the second option lol
It does work, and it works well once you've put the effort in. It's not as easy as my usual Cutex but then I'm not paying the price for it and this is a basic, cheap home store brand. I'm not gonna type and say yes I can feel my nails are in better condition. Cos they arn't. Maybe if I painted my bitten to death finger nails I'd be able to report on that lol you but I cant lol
There is not anything special about this product its just removes nail varnish! lol
The smell is the old fashioned smelly chemical smell. The warnings are the same as ever, to keep away form heat and flame, avoid contact with skin and wash hands after use, avoid contact with polished surfaces and synthetic materials and keep away from the kids.
I will give one word of warning! Don't use sat on ya bed as if this stuff dribbles off a cotton wool pad you've already used and it drips the liquid with your colour it ruins and stains the bedding. (This is why your advised to keep away from clothing and polished surfaces in general lol)
All in all....
If your looking for something that works and don't need a miracle product that promises the earth this is for you! It does as it promises with no frill's and no flounces!
Me however, I prefer Cutex. I know its a little more expensive but I find it kinder to my nails and easier at getting off dark colours and nail varnishes with glitter in them (this struggles with glitter). If your just looking to remove simple colours look no further!
I bought this in Sainsburys £1.29 (Sainsbury's own).
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Sainsburys Nail Varnish Remover
I dont often wear nail varnish, and never use the coloured stuff, mainly because its just too difficult to remove it without nails looking stained and nasty. I have tried many different nail polish removers over the years and if it takes a lot of rubbing to get the stuff off, I give it up as a bad job and throw it away.
Going through a French polishing stage required me to at least make the effort to remove the stuff, and since I do a lot of shopping at Sainsburys, and needed the remover right then I bought this one.
~~~~Product and packaging~~~~
What can I say? Its in a 250ml plastic bottle looking like practically every nail polish remover bottle I have ever seen in my life. With a screw on/off top, its important that you screw it back on tightly or it could damage furniture- Im quite sure it would do the carpets no good at all. I can see through the plastic bottle and the colour of the plastic makes the remover look a tad purple be not afraid it does go on the nails as a clear liquid and leaves no staining.
The smell is that horrible acetone smell- Im sure its the acetone that makes it smell but could well be wrong. Anyway, for anyone who has used nail polish remover, the smell will be a familiar one, and if not, then dont smell it not nice.
The instructions and information on the back tell me that it contains conditioning agents for nails and cuticles, so at least they shouldnt dry out. The polish remover, in line with sainsburys policy is against animal testing and states that they fund research into alternative testing; so, I can remove the nail polish with a clear conscience.
Moisten cotton wool with the nail polish remover and wipe gently over the nail surface. This should, in principle, remove the nail polish.
~~~~A cautionary tale ~~~~
Lots of warnings and cautions, mainly based around the fact that it is flammable, and should kept away from children, eyes and mouth. It also states that you should avoid letting it get into contact with polished surfaces- this is in line with what I wrote about keeping the lid tightly on the bottle.
~~~~Price and Availability~~~~
This is available online at www.sainsburys.com or instore and costing £1.29 for 250ml, it certainly wont break the bank.
Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd., London.
It works! Finally, for a very nice price thank you very much, I have found a nail polish remover that really does work with the minimum of fuss. Yes it still smells but dont they all?
I thought the success was because French polishes are so light in colour, that I just THOUGHT the polish was removed. So, I tried it with different colours and was successful each time. Great stuff!
Its easy to use, and requires no scrubbing over the area to get the polish off. I tend to find the best way to get all the polish off the nails is to hold the nail polish remover soaked piece of cotton wool on the nail for a few seconds and then wipe away.
For anyone needing an effective nail polish remover, its certainly worth a whirl.
Thanks for reading.
Hand / Nail Care / A nail polish remover that contains conditioning agents for nails and cuticles / Product not tested on animals / 250ml /