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Wilko Nail Polish Remover

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Brand: Wilkinson / Type: Nail Polish Remover / Subcategory: Aesthetics

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      23.08.2013 10:06
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      It may be cheap but it lacks value for money due to not doing what it claims

      I wear nail varnish quite often but have usually been quite lucky in finding a branded, trustworthy remover on sale. Being quite aware of spending pennies lately, I didn't want to pay more than £1 as that's what I paid last time for Cutex. Anyway, being in a bit of a rush and already in Wilkinson, I thought I'd try their own make. Unfortunately, whilst it was cheap and cheerful, I can't say it's been overly effective or consequently good value for money.

      This is sold in a 250ml translucent bottle, allowing you to see the pink liquid inside. There's a clear label around the middle telling us that this contains acetone for its cleaning power, and is thus designed to 'wipe away your nail polish with our fast-acting acetone formula'. Drawing our eyes to the middle are the three words 'Clean, Fresh, Remove'; the front of the bottle definitely looks very basic and simple, but if cutting back on fancy packing means saving pennies, then who cares? This has a black screw cap, which is quite small in size, perhaps disproportionately so to the bottle itself.

      To use, put a small amount of the nail varnish remover on some cotton wool, and wipe this over the nail gently. As with other removers, you should always wash hands afterwards, which is especially so when they contain acetone as it's not very pleasant stuff. Getting the liquid out is quite mess-free because the opening is rather small, though it takes a few goes to ensure you have enough dribbling out onto the cotton wool. I tend to use cotton wall pads as opposed to balls, so I put enough on to perhaps cover 1/3 of the pad.

      I have tried this on clear varnish, as well as both light and dark colours. The remover does do something, but it's not simply a case of wiping it across your nail and having it colour-free. I would say the cleaning power just isn't particularly powerful, resulting in half a pad being used on 2 nails and neither being clear of dark coloured varnish. Lighter colours have come away a little easier but when I took off a darker red last week the colour stayed around the edges of my nail and refused to budge from most of my finger nails until at least 2 attempts (each with a new cotton pad and reapplying the liquid). The end result is having to use far more of the remover, and more pads, to get the nail varnish off.

      The benefits? Aside from it being £1, I would add that it's probably not that harsh, likely due to it not being very powerful. Whilst it doesn't leave my nails feeling conditioned, and there was some staining of colour from varnish, I didn't really notice any damage having been done to the condition of my nails and no irritation occurred on my skin.

      Overall, this unfortunately isn't one I'd recommend as it just didn't seem very effective. Having to use more and more of the stuff to get nail varnish off means it's less value for money too, so in future I would go for something with a little more oomph.

      £1 for 250ml (also available without acetone).

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        04.02.2012 19:07
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        Wouldn't buy unless on a budget.

        I ran out of nail polish remover a few months ago and living on an extremely tight budget I had to go for the lowest priced nail polish remover I could find..this is where Wilkinson's own brand came in!

        -PRICE-

        My other half picked this up for me, he cant remember the price! And they dont seem to have it on their website but I can promise you its not over a pound, so its quite nicely priced for 250ml of it.

        -APPEARANCE-

        I like the appearance, its even a lot nicer than the more expensive one I was using before! Even though you get 250ml, it still manages to look quite petite! It has a tiny black screw off lid and the bottle is clear and tinted a very light pink with a light pinky/purple liquid inside!
        It is also decorated quite nicely, light shades of pink and white telling me the information I need to know, instructions and ingredients ect..are printed on the back in black writing.

        I couldn't knock the appearance for the price, its a lot prettier than other ones which are more expensive.

        -USE OF PRODUCT-

        Unlike most other nail polishes, the lid on this is a lot better, you know the hole bit where it comes out? ( sorry, only way I can explain it! ) instead after you screw off the lid its more of a pierced top so the liquid doesn't come out to quickly which makes it great if your quite clumsy and accident prone like myself!

        To use, simply put onto a piece of cotton ball or pad and rub the nail polish from your hand, it says for best results to use a fresh piece of cotton each time.

        I dont find the smell of this is to overwhelming, sometimes my eyes water and my other half has to leave the room because its so strong but this is a lot less stronger than usual ones..dont get me wrong, it still has a horrible chemical smell buts its not too strong!

        As far as removing nail polish goes I wouldn't say this is great, its okay! It takes a good bit of rubbing and scrubbing to remove nail polish from your fingers but you get there eventually.
        It also doesn't benefit my nails in any way like other brands tend to, I wouldn't say its nice for conditioning your nails!

        For the price you cant complain I guess, it does do what it says on the tin and beggars cant be choosers! It also seems to have lasted me a lot longer than other ones and I think this is because of the pierced bottle making a lot less product come out.

        If I had the money, I definitely wouldn't purchase this again as its a lot of effort to remove your nail polish, but whilst on a budget its okay.

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        29.10.2011 01:16
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        wouldnt buy this again

        well today i wondered in to wilko's after realising that my nail polish is all chipped and, well doesnt look very nice and i had already ran out of nail polish remover.

        after about 5 minutes of walking round wilko's i finally found some and it was wilko's own brand nail polish remover with acetone. i couldnt complain as it only cost me 79p whihc i think was good.

        It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a black screw cap on it. the name of the nail polish is called "clean fresh romover". it has a small round circle stick on the front which reads,
        " nail polish remover with acetone. wipe away your nail polish with our fast-acting acetone formula".

        when i returned home after a days shopping i reached in to my bag with the nail polish remover in it and i have found that it had leaked all over my other things that i had brought from wilko's. i didnt find this very good as it only had half of the remover left.

        As i started to use this polish remover i found it really difficult to take the nail polish off and i found i had to work alot hard to scrub it off. When i had finally got all the nail polis of my nail i saw that it had actually smudged all over my finger and wouldnt come off.

        I only did one nail and decided that this nail polish remover wasnt great and i stopped using it. i know it was only cheap as it cost me only 79p but i expected alot more. i haved brought alot cheaper nail polish removers berfore and they was even better than this one.

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        11.12.2010 16:55
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        A usefull efficient product

        I Hate it when my nail varnish chips so I am always changing my nail colour its something so simple yet can make a difference to your hands. So this means I have to use nail polish remover around twice a week so I like to find cheaper alternatives. That is when I came across 250 mls of Wilkos nail polish with an added conditioner for nails I snapped it up.

        It comes in a long pink bottle that is transparent so you can see how much you have remaining in the bottle. When you lift the lid it has a cover over the neck of the bottle with a small hole to ensure only small amounts of the product come out as it is a liquid. I tip the bottle to add a little to a cotton bud and then wipe it over my nails.
        IT last really well will remove the polish of around 8 nails before I need to reapply. Each nails requires 2 to 3 wipes before all nail varnish is removed so is not a time consuming job. My bottle has so far lasted my a month and is still got lots in it so i have had more than my 60 pence worth from it.

        I am not too sure on the conditioning agent my but nails are now polish free when I need them to it works well and is hassle free. I would recommend this to anyone another example that just because it has a lower price does not mean a compromise on quality.

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        16.10.2010 21:51
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        I don't need to buy any others!

        As I love changing around my nail polish, I go through quite a lot of remover (and somehow manage to always forget to tighten the lid and knock it over) So instead of my usual Cutex which is about £1.50 for just 100ml, I bought this for about 60p for 250ml.

        It comes in a translucent pink bottle so you can tell how much is left and has a simple label. The bottle feels less sturdy than my usual so I never travel with it but its fine for using at home. I'm not crazy about the packaging and this probably the only downfall, but for the price I can't complain.

        To use: simply hold a cotton wool ball or pad to the bottle and tip. I find this gives the right amount to clean off 10 nails so you only need to use a small amount each time. I hold the pad at the top of my nail and press down while it gets to work. This takes most of it off quite easily I just need to go over it twice to get it completely off and neaten up afterwards. I don't wear dark colours very much so I don't know how easily it comes off, however I do wear a basecoat which makes it easier and means my nails don't get stained. I think it works almost as well as Cutex which I wasn't expecting.

        On the label it says it 'has been specially formulated to contain a conditioning agent for effective care of your nails'. I can't say it has had a conditioning effect but I thought that my nails would feel more brittle. This is actually not true and my nails feel just as strong as before even when I reapply nail polish so many times.

        A bottle lasts me about 2 months and for the price it's not an expensive habit anymore!

        Ingredients: Acetone, Aqua, Glycerine, Bitrex

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        24.09.2009 11:41
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        An Effective Nail Varnish Remover

        This is the best nail varnish remover I reckon and it's even better because it's so cheap and only costs about 69p for a bottle that lasts for ages.

        I like it because it doesn't smell as bad as some others even though it contains acetone and that's what makes nail varnish removers stink so bad.

        I wear a mix of dark and light nail varnishes and this remover never struggles to remove any of them, even the dark plum colour I've started wearing recently comes off dead easy and doesn't mean I have to spend an hour getting it all off my nails.

        When I am using a pale varnish it only takes 1 or 2 wipes on each nail and you don't have to use too much on a cotton wall ball to remove the polish without scrubbing too much. Dark colours take a bit more but still not as much as the Boots nail varnish remover that I brought last time that took me about 5 minutes to do each nail. With this one from Wilkinsons I can remove the polish off a nail in about 30 seconds and that's brill when you're in a rush.

        This doesn't condition my nails but it doesn't make the skin on my fingers round my nail feel sore either and that's good because some do. I remember the first time I used it I thought it wouldn't be very good because it's so cheap but now I can't see the point of spending more money on nail varnish remover because this one does the job so well.

        The bottle isn't very exciting but I'm not bothered about that for stuff like that because it's kept in my make up bag so no-one else can see it and as long as the stuff in the bottle does it's job properly then there's no need for a posher bottle because that would only push the price up.

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        08.04.2009 01:15
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        a great remover for my nail polish and kind to my purse too

        Wholst out shopping today i needed a nail polish remover to get the nail polish i put on on friday night off as it has begun to chip and look unsightly, i spotted this bottle in wilkos for less than 60p so thought it was great seen as i am trying to curb my spending a little at the moment.

        It is a 250ml pink bottle that can be seen through to see how much is left which is always a plus point but is slightly smoked to look at it. It has a screw off lid that doesnt leak when tipped upside down like other nail varnish bottles i have brought.

        To use i held a piece of cotton wool over the top of the bottle and quickly tipped it upside down and back up again. The nail varnish i was removing was a very dark plum colour so i wasnt expecting it to come off easily but it did, i only had to use one piece of cotton wool for each hand to remove all traces of the nail varnish which i was very happy with concidering the price.

        After using i moisturised my nails as usual and they looked great just like they would with a more expensive nail varnish remover.

        I would definately recomend this.

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        01.03.2009 17:33
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        A good, economical buy!

        I love polishing my nails but I hate having to remove stuff from them! I love wearing dark colours which are always hard to remove particularly when you've left them on nails for over a week cos your lazy and I do suffer with flaky nails and alot of chips and occasionally my nails are so weak that they crack and break badly which means colour gets stuck where it shouldn't and either can't be removed or at best is tricky to! Because my nails are in really bad condition in general I don't want to have to scrub away at them thus damaging them but if I want to colour my nails I do have to remove colour after-all!

        The Packaging....

        250ml slightly frosted light pink bottle with white screw on/off lid to the top. On the front in pink, white and black writing I'm told it's Wilko, Nail Polish Remover (Contains Acetone) and the size is stated. On the back of the long, tall bottle I'm told a bit about the product, directions for use are given, cautions are given, ingredients are listed, contact details and a cash-back promise from Wilko are given and finally there is a flammable, recycle symbol and bar-code on display. Plain packaging this is, but informative enough.

        A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle....

        Wilko Nail Polish remover has been specially formulated to contain a conditioning agent for effective care of your nails.

        Directions For Use....

        Moisten cotton wool, hold against the nail for a few seconds and wipe clean.

        Using It....

        Well it's very simple to use indeed if you pay attention to what your doing of course. Twist off lid/cap and gently soak a piece of cotton wool or a pad or whatever you wish to use, place it on the finger or toe nail for a couple of seconds allowing the smelly clear liquid to penetrate colour you have on and then wipe or 'pull' the colour off. Be careful not to use too much liquid or it will drip and drip the colour your removing places it shouldn't and it does stain if your not careful.

        It's pretty easy to remove even the darkest of colours though it isn't just a wipe off colour product and you do need to work with it, not unlike many nail varnish/polish removers. I do like the conditioning gloss on nails it gives after using it (in a none greasy way) and the fact I don't have to scrub colour off thus hurting my skin and nails. The smell vanishes after a few minutes and it's a great job done.

        Economical this really is at 59p a bottle. You don't need to use much at all to get results. Only available in Wilkinson's.

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        Contains Acetone