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I got this polish remover literally years ago (2-3 years perhaps) - I don't have my nails painted all the time so I'm not using it extremely often, perhaps twice or three-times a month, and still have about half a bottle left.
Sally Hansen strengthening nail polish remover comes in a clear plastic 200ml bottle with screw-on cap, through which pink liquid can be seen. It has simple stickers on front and back with all the basic information - especially that it is suited for soft, thin nails, contains B5 pro-vitamin, vitamin E and hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (latter is probably supposed to do the strengthening).
The neck of the bottle is quite wide so it's easy to apply on cotton wool tampon, however easy to spill, too. It removes nail polish easily and effectively, as long as you're not trying to use same piece of cotton wool for all your nails it won't smudge the dark-colour nail polish on your fingers leaving them in horrible state.
The smell is surprisingly ok for nail polish remover - it has somewhat flowery scent that overtakes the chemical (acetone) smell after few seconds. Over the few years I had this, I managed to leave the bottle open few times, discovering much, much later, so the chemical smell pretty much aired off, too. In past, when this happened, I could normally pour the remover down the sink as it would no longer work. However, this miracle still works just fine!
I rather skip reviewing on strengthening part, as I don't use it as often as I should for this effect to work I think. It however doesn't have the opposite effect as most nail polish removers do - it doesn't leave your nails feeling thin and unhealthy.
At £2.45 in any high street drug store, this is a must have that literally doesn't affect my purse at all, does the job as required every time, and is as hassle-free as a polish remover can be. 5 out of 5 without doubt!
***Also published on Ciao under the same user name***
I actually came across this in Poundland (it's amazing what you can find in there) and because I'd just run out of nail varnish remover decided to give it a try. I'd heard of Sally Hansen before but hadn't tried any of their products; whilst I haven't noticed any effect in terms of strengthening, it does the job for removing polish.
Sally Hansen has a range of nail care / colour products even though I don't think it's a particularly popular or well heard of brand. The Strengthenng Polish Remover is designed for 'soft, thin nails' and helps to care for their condition through a combination of ingredients including pro-vitamin B5, Vitamin E and also 'hydrolyzed wheat protein' (whatever that means!). What does it do? It's intended to remove nail varnish whilst also looking after your skin with 'essential nutrients' in order to 'promote healthy-looking nails and cuticles'
This comes in a translucent plastic bottle, through which you can see the pink liquid. With the writing on the front and the overall design, it does strike me as looking a tad old fashioned. Not that I'm complaining; I bought this at a bargain price, and considering it's a reputable brand (even if it may not seem the most modern or popular), I'd like to think I'm spending more on the product itself than fancy packaging.
The best way to use this is to put a cotton wool pad over the top of the bottle opening, tip upside down and use that rather than tip it out because it has a similar consistency to water and it'll go everywhere otheriwse. I've found that this does remove nail varnish quite quickly and easily, even when I've had black nail colour on. One swipe will usually get rid of a lot, and a second go-over of nails just gets rid of the staining colour, followed by scrubbing off any remainder around the cuticles.
Unfortunately, I've not noticed any difference in the condition of my nails, which I've found at times can look quite dry and thin after using varnish. For this, I'm marking the product down because I was hoping it would make at least a small difference. In fact, I hadn't really noticed this issue before using this product; I can't say this caused the problem because I honestly don't know if my nails had been a bit dry before, but it's made me more aware of it so that I now use hand and nail cream.
This is highly flammable so obviously keep away from flames, kids and also synthetic materials, polished or painted surfaces because it is powerful (enough so that it removes the heaviest of my black nail varnish very quickly!).
200ml. I bought mine in Poundland for, obviously, the bargain price of £1. I think it can also be found in other discount health & beauty stores such as Bodycare for around the £2 mark.
Overall, at £1 I can't complain because it does the basic job of quickly and easily removing nail varnish, just don't get your hopes up for it looking after or strengthening your nails. But still, as far as varnish removers go, this is pretty good!
[Also reviewed by me, gothic_moon, on Ciao]