“ Brand: Andrea Fulerton / Type: Nail care „
I'll admit I picked up this Andrea Fulerton's 'Oops! Varnish Clean Up' as an impulse purchase from Superdrug. I'm quite messy when it comes to applying nail polish. People say to clean up the edges with nail polish remover with a cotton bud, but found that cleaning the edges with a cotton bud dipped in remover took polish off the nails themselves. So when I saw this product on the shelves I thought it to be a lifesaver.
'Oops! Varnish Clean Up' is described on the box as "a specially formulated fluid...for cleaning up mistakes such as wonky lines, varnish edges, painted skin or even for blending in an accidental smudge." At £4.99 (excluding Superdrug's student discount) for a small glass bottle it's quite a dear product for me to buy, and sadly it's a purchase that I've ended up regretting!
Andrea Fulerton is a brand of nail polish and nailcare products on the cheapish end of the scale. This particular product of theirs comes in a narrow, semi-transparent 5.5ml bottle encased in multicoloured cardboard packaging, which is recyclable. It's compact and eye-catching to stand out enough on the shelves.
Both the packaging and the back of the bottle give instructions on how to use the product. It states that the product is flammable and among the ingredients acetone is listed, so those with sensitive skin may want to be cautious with the fluid.
Just like with a regular nail polish, you use the corrector by dipping the brush in the fluid, and then sweep it along the mistake removing the excess polish. You clean the brush with a tissue to avoid staining the fluid with polish and then move onto the next messy bit.
Unfortunately I found using the nail brush difficult. Firstly it's very fine and narrow which obviously makes it suitable for correcting thin lines and edges, but very ineffective on wider areas such as smudges or thicker lines of nail polish that have a wider surface area. This means that it's harder to correct bigger mistakes quickly. Furthermore, the fluid itself doesn't seem to be that strong; it tends to smudge nail polish over the skin when first applying it over mistakes before removing it after several rubs with the brush over the area.
'Oops! Varnish Clean Up' is, in my opinion, too awkward and time consuming a product to use effectively. Both my mom (a former nail technician) and I agree this has been a waste of money on my part. Thankfully I know a more efficient way of clearing up my nails using polish remover and I probably won't be using this product again.