I wear nail polish pretty often when my nails are up to it, but I hate to see nails when nail polish chips or flakes off as that just looks very messy and bad to me. At the first sign of nail polish giving up the ghost I remove it. And to do it I use these nail varnish remover pads from Jeyes. They are a little compact like a mirror but have things inside soaked with remover. There are 20 pads in total inside the compact and after you use them you simply throw them away (best not to flush them). If you are familiar with nail polish remover you will be surprised to know these actually smell pretty good. It contains the usual suspects in nail polish removers, that is, Butyrolactone, Aqua, Alcohol Denat, PEG-75 Lanolin, Parfum, Methylparaben, Denatonium Benzoate, Panthenol. Best to keep these away from pets and children then!
These things are great for keeping in your handbag or in a drawer, and they stay nice and fresh for a while after purchase. You really can't go wrong with them - and they're only about £2 from Boots or something like £1 from Home Bargains or the Poundshop.
My one criticism is that they do tend to dry out my fingers around where I've wiped the nail polish off, but that's true of any nail polish remover and I guess that's because of the chemicals within the remover itself, rather than a unique aspect of these Jeyes remover pads.
I haven't worn nail varnish for a while now as I have been having gel nails but I decided to give my nails a break from the gel as I don't think that it is good for them long term as the nails cannot breathe under the gel. I have got quite a few pretty nail varnishes and last week I applied a few coats of a pale turquoise colour but when I went to remove it I realised that I hadn't got any nail varnish remover. I was going to Boots to buy some other items and I had quite a few Boots points so I managed to get all my shopping using my points, which is my favourite type of shopping, when I don't spend any actual money. These Jeyes Quickies Nail Varnish Remover Pads were £2.10 which is an average price, although I have seen them cheaper in the discount stores.
The tub is a lovely bright fuchsia pink and when you first open it there is a layer of foil to protect the pads and to prevent them from drying out which you need to peel off before use. The tub is screwed opened easily and screws back tightly to secure after you have used the pads. There are twenty individual 5cm pads which contain Vitamin B5 which is supposed to help protect and nourish your nails. The pads do feel quite soft and moist and I find that one pad is sufficient to remove the nail varnish from both of my hands, although I do usually wear fairly light colours. I would think that if you wear darker colours especially red you may need two pads, but at 10p each I don't think this is too expensive at all.
I would describe the smell as sort of and sweet and is very pleasant, although I do wash my hands afterwards as I don't think I would like to taste it. The ingredients are propylene carbonate, propylene glycol, alcohol, aqua, panthenol and parfum but even with all these ingredients I do find them quite gentle as I have a habit of biting the skin and cuticles around my fingers and I have used some nail varnish remover in the past and it has been quite a painful experience.
I was very impressed with these nail varnish remover pads as they smell nice and removed all traces of my nail varnish and my nails felt very smooth and conditioned afterwards. I think that these are also great to take on holiday as they are far safer to carry than a bottle of remover and they also take up a very small amount of space. I recommend these pads as a quick and efficient way to remove your nail varnish.
Like most women in the summer I like to paint my toe nails. Feet are such ugly things and look so much nicer with a little bit of colour on the toes. I have been painting my toe nails for years but unfortunately my technique has never got any better. Each time I paint my nails I have to make sure I have varnish remover to hand so that I can quickly wipe away the inevitable varnish I get on my skin.
Over the years I have tried numerous different nail varnish remover products from bottled remover, to remover pens and different makes of pads, but I always find I come back to these Quickies pads. I find using bottled varnish a real faff and always end up either spilling the remover or forgetting to get cotton wool balls in and the pens just didn't work for me at all, so I have always favoured the pads.
Like many cosmetic products the packaging is quite girly. The tub is a simple click open tub and comes in bright fuchsia pink. The tub is simple to open and on the first opening the pads are secured inside by tin foil. You simply remove this foil to access the pads and clip the tub back shut when done. The simple design of the tub works perfectly and as long as you secure the lid the pads inside remain clean and moist.
The tub contains 20 individual pads, I find one of these tubs can last me several months as I only tend to use one or two each time. The pads are always moist and although they contain remover the smell isn't unpleasant. One individual pad can remove all the varnish from your hands. Occasionally if I have used a dark red I may need to use a second pad but generally one is sufficient.
These pads also contact vitamin B5 which I understand helps to condition and look after your nails, which for me is always a bonus as I have quite thin nails. I also find that this product never stings my cuticles or sides of my nails, which I have found some removers in a bottle form do.
Product ingredients include: Propylene carbonate, propylene glycol, alcohol, aqua, panthenol and parfum.
These pads cost me £2 from my local chemist and they are more expensive than buying a bottle of nail varnish remover but for the cost is worth it.
I wear a lot of nail polish and varnish, both on my fingernails and my toenails, with many of the shades that I choose to wear being really quite dark with dark burgundy, plum, purple and dark 'blood' red shades featuring among some of my favourite polishes. Whilst I adore this look, I do find that wearing such dark colours can cause 'bleeding' of the colour during it's removal from the nails' surface which is highly annoying. In addition, I find these colours can often 'run' easily from the fingernails when the colour is being removed and these darker shades easily cause staining to the fingertips. This is rather time-consuming to correct, as it requires the use of copious amounts of nail polish remover lotion together with huge quantities of cotton wool, before the stained fingertips are restored to their natural shade.
Taking these issues into account, I had been keen to try out some polish remover liquid-soaked pads to see if they fared better during the dark colour removal process, than basic cotton wool soaked in nail polish remover liquid. I have tried out a few assorted brands of such pads, with this review outlining my most recent purchase, namely the "Quickies Nail Varnish Remover Pads."
I paid under £2 (around £1.80 I think) for my little tub of Quickies, which contains 20 pads. I do think this price reflects good value for money considering the quality Quickies branding. In comparison, a similar Boots-branded product costs me £1.50 for a small tub containing only 15 pads. I purchased my tub of Quickies from a local branch of Savers, the discounted drugstore, but they are quite widely available at retailers such as Superdrug and Amazon.
The packaging for my tub of Quickies Pads is slightly different from that shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here, but it is still presented in shades of bright pink, which I found quite eye-catching. Instead of the tub being a square-ish shape as shown here, it is now circular. The lid can be removed from the tub quite easily by simply unscrewing it from the base. Inside, the Remover Pads sit quite neatly, stacked on top of each other in a little pile.
The pads themselves are small and circular in shape. They are a white colour, and their fabric is quite thin, although is significantly thicker than some other, similar products from rival brands that I've tried before. Even as soon as I have removed the lid from the plastic tub, I am aware of a strong smell of nail varnish remover as you would expect, given that the pads are soaked in the liquid. Whilst strong and 'chemical' like, I don't find this aroma to be as pungent as that of some rival products that I have used before.
Using one of the pads is quick and easy; I simply need to 'sweep' the polish-soaked pad over the nail's surface, which will being to remove the dark colour quite quickly. Obviously, paler or lighter colours are easier to remove, irrespective of the remover product being used, and it's fair to say I was slightly cautious about the Quickies product managing to cope with the 'depths' of the shades and colours used on my nails but I have found they actually cope very well with my preferred reds and purples.
Additionally, I find that a single Remover Pad can actually be used on both sides, so this helps in terms of the product being economical, and its purchase price offering good value. I find too that one single pad can be used repeatedly over the surface of the fingernail and it will continue to do its job well, removing every last trace of the dark colouring, irrespective of how much 'staining' has occurred to the cotton pad's surface. This is a significant difference to plain cotton wool pads that really need to be discarded after a couple of 'swipes' across the surface of the nail, as they are so absorbent and easily 'soak up' the coloured varnish. If this varnish-soaked cotton wool pad is continually dragged across the fingernail and surrounding tip, then there will usually be annoying 'bleeding' and staining of the coloured nail polish around the area surrounding the fingernail, but also on the fingertips of the other hand, the one holding the pad to remove the polish. All this really does is add to the time and effort required onto the already rather time-consuming task of removing nail polish in the first place, so I do find it is just better to discard the stained cotton wool quite early on. Due to these experiences, I was surprised - but pleasantly so - at the apparent 'robustness' of the Quickies Nail Varnish Remover pads and their ability to be reused much more than other products, irrespective of their small size and neat appearance.
I only need to use two pads to effectively remove all of the nail varnish from the nails of one hand (or foot) and the time required to do this task is significantly reduced when the Quickies Pads are used in place of a cotton wool and bottle of remover liquid. The task is done with more precision and less mess too, as outlined previously. As I often wear two coats of nail varnish on my nails, which requires more 'robust' removal products, it is fair to say that I have absolutely no complaints in terms of the products effectiveness.
Additionally, although I find the pads to be rather small and fairly thin in their 'fabric' or material, I have never experienced any issues with the Quickies pads becoming ripped or torn during use. I have found that they are actually quite robust, and even if I have had to 'scrub' across the nails' surface with one of the pads, there has never been any loose particles left behind afterwards. I do feel therefore, that the product's quality cannot be faulted or questioned.
The Quickies Pads are not suitable for use on false nails, and they do contain alcohol. I haven't noticed any ill-effects from using the product, nor have I felt that they have caused any damage to my nails or cuticles, even with repeated use.
A final point worth mentioning, I think, is that the Quickies Pads are the ideal companion when going on holiday or travels, as they neatly slip into my make up bag, taking up much less room than even the smallest bottle of removal liquid and a separate pack of cotton wool or pads. Also, I've never experienced any leakages from the plastic tub.
Taking everything into account, I do feel that the Quickies Nail Varnish Remover Pads are a very worthwhile purchase, particularly for those consumers who, like me, prefer to wear shades of polish that are a bit darker than the norm, as these pads make the removal process a lot easier and quicker. I definitely recommend them, and have already repurchased them for myself, as a result.
Item: Quickies Nail Varnish Remover Pads
Size: 20 Pads
Bought in: Superdrug
I had a terrible time with some other nail polish remover pads (Boots own brand nail polish remover pads reviewed on the 4th July). But after the review GrayGirl kindly told me about quickies and I bought some the next time I was in Superdrug. THANKS GRAYGIRL XXX
These pads come in a round flat tub. It is bright pink plastic and is 5.5cm wide and 2.5cm high. The lid of the tub screws off and revels the full inside of the tub. The pads are secured under a foil wrapper that can be fully peeled off the first time you use them. As always I checked and the lid screws on tightly. Once out of the foil wrapper the pads are moist but the lid screws on tightly enough that there are no leakages or drips. Across the top of the tub is a round label in 3 shades of pink with a swirl design. It has "QUICKES" with "20 Nail Varnish Remover Pads with Vitamin B5" under that. The back of the tub lists the ingredients and warns you to wash your hands after use and to keep away fro varnished surfaces. The little tub is light weight, even when full and as the lids closes securely I would be confident to pop them in my suitcase for holiday nail polish changes. I like that it is bright pink too, very colourful and attractive to my tastes and it is sturdy enough to take a few bashes and bumps without looking like it is likely to crack.
These are round white pads that measure 5cm in diameter. They are thin but not flimsy. The pad has an embossed round spotty design, this gives them a good texture as it means that they are not totally flat and fir better in the grooves of the nail. The pads are slightly oily but not overly greasy. They have a slightly fruity scent to them, not overpowering though, more like a faint smell of raspberry sweeties. The pads peel out of the tub easily and you can get one out at a time so no waste when you pull out too many.
Use and results:
The back of the tub states "Wipe each nail to remove quickly" which is more of an over view than instructions for use. The way I use these is to have the tub open and sit the tub on the side of a sink filled with soapy water. I wipe each finger over and can hold the pad securely to get the polish off. The polish doesn't bleed through the full pad, it only comes off the nail and on to the area that the pad touches. The pad also manages to contain the removed polish too and you get very little smudging of the polish over your fingers. I do this over a sink of soapy water so I can dip my fingers in straight away. This makes sure I don't accidently touch anything on the way to the bathroom or have to touch the taps with the residue on my fingers. It usually takes me 3 pads to do 2 hands.
Overall I like the results I get from these pads. They do take longer and more effort than when I use nail polish liquid and cotton wool but for an option that means I can travel with different nail polishes the extra effort is worth it. At roughly 10p a pad I feel that I get my moneys worth out of them and as the lid closes securely they don't seem to dry out so can be kept for my next lot of travels. 5 stars from me.
Whenever I go away on holiday or for the weekend I don't really like to take a big bottle of nail varnish remover as its bulky and also I don't want it to leak so I usually pop a packet of nail varnish remover pads in my make up bag.
These Jeyes Quickies are perfect for just that reason. They come in a small plastic tub with a closable lid so they stay nice and fresh and that's all you have to worry about, just this little tub, not a bottle of remover and cotton wool pads, etc. They say that these pads come with, "hydrating vitamin B5 to effectively remove all traces of nail varnish quickly and leave your nails feeling nourished."
There are 20 pads in the little tub which I find is definitely enough for a week or so away as I usually do my nails before I go and so they only need a top up mid week or so so I usually come back with pads left. I always take a new pack on holiday with me because when you first open them there is actually a foil covering to remove so you know that they are fresh and ready to use. The pads are moist but not overly wet and all you need to do is wipe the pad over your nail to remove all traces of nail varnish. I really only wear coloured nail varnish on my toes and so I find these pads can do four little toes in one go and then I need another one to do my big toe as these needs a few wipes to get all the nail varnish off. They do work really well though and make the task very quick and easy.
One side of the pad has a raised texture to it and this is the side I like to rub on my nails as I think it provides a bit of friction against the varnish and lifts the varnish off well. The pads have a bit of a smell like any remover would but it is not overly offensive and goes away very quickly.
What I also like about these remover pads is that they contain hydrating vitamin B5 which helps nourish and protect your nails and so when I have finished using it my nails don't feel as dry as they do when I have used a regular remover so this is a really nice benefit in my opinion.
A pack of twenty pads costs just £2.10, I probably wouldn't use them all the time but for taking away they are invaluable in my opinion.
****Whats is it?****
These are nail polish removal pads which come in a pink container, with a flip up lid. The container holds 20 pads and is a handy size to keep in your bag or take on holiday/travelling. These pads contain hydrating vitamin B5 which helps to nourish and protect your nails.
**** How to use? ****
These pads are very simple to use, all you have to do is wipe the pad over the nails, to remove the nail varnish. I normally have to use 3 or 4 pads to remove all the varnish from my nails.
**** Price and Availibility ****
I purchased these pads from Boots for £2.10. And you can also buy them from Sperdrug for around the same price.
**** My Thoughts ****
I find these pads very easy to use and they remove my nail polish very quickly. These pads are much more effective and less time consuming than using a bottle of nail polish remover. I hate having to tip the nail polish removal liquid out of the bottle and getting it everywhere. Also there is no need to use cotton wool buds, which makes them easier and more convenient to use.
The reason I purchased these wipes was because I was going on holiday and I did not want to have to take a bottle of nail polish remover with me, just in case it split in my bag. I paid £2.10, which I think is affordable and good value for money.
Once I have removed my nail varnish, with these wipes, it does leave a greasy feel to my nails and I usually have to wash my hands after use. The other reason I have to wash my hands is because the smell is quite strong and it does linger on your fingers if you don't wash your hands. This product states that it nourishes and hydrates your nails, which I think they do, as some nail varnish removers leaves my skin/nails feeling dry.
The pot that the pads come in is very sturdy and keeps the pads moist. I have had the same pot for over two months and they are still as moist as the first time I used them. This is great as there is nothing worse than a. A a dried up, old, removal pad that is useless.
**** Would I recommend? ****
Yes, I would definitely recommend these pads, especially if you are going on holiday and don't want to take a bottle of nail varnish remover. The pads stay moist for a very long time and they are very quick at removing nail varnish. Overall a great product, that does exactly what it says it does. I am giving this product 5 out of 5 stars.
As a general rule, I tend to use supermarket's own brand of bottle nail varnish remover, simply because it's cheaper than purchasing the small pads. However, if they are ever on offer or if I am going to be away from home on holiday, it's always more convenient to take pads instead. The best nail varnish remover pads I've used (and the most recent ones I've bought) are Quickies.
I paid £1.99 for 20 of these from Boots about a month ago and I'm still using them now. They come in a small pink plastic tub with a lid that lifts up. Each of the twenty well-soaked pads lie one on top of the other inside. The pads are quite small but there are two things I really like about them.
One side of the pad is slightly raised and bumpy and this makes removing the nail varnish much quicker and easier, in my opinion. I simply apply pad to the nail, wait a few seconds and wipe over. The nail varnish comes off very quickly and easily without smudging it across my skin too much.
The other thing I like about these pads is that they contain vitamin B5 which helps to nourish and protect the nail. I use about four wipes to remove varnish from ten fingernails so they do work out fairly cost effective, so long as I don't use them too often, and alternate between these and ordinary bottled remover.
The only downside for me personally is that they stink to high heaven. I feel they smell a lot stronger than the ordinary bottle of Asda nail varnish remover I also use and whenever I use these in the house my hubby goes mad as they make him cough.
Overall though, I do feel they represent value for money and they are definitely far more convenient than using bottle remover and pieces of cotton wool. I hate the way the cotton wool can pop of and stick to my nails and obviously this never happens with these pads.
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I always like to take nail polish remover pads when going away on holiday as they are lighter and easier to carry in my luggage.
The Quickies nail polish remover pads cost around £2 from Superdrug but can be bought for £1 online for 20 pads and are available in chemists and supermarkets.
They come packaged in a plastic box with the insturctions and information on the back and when I lift up the lid I find that there is a foil covering to peel off to reveal the pads. Fortunately, the foil covering is one which can be removed without the use of scissors or any other sharp implements.
The pads themselves are almost a square shape and rounded at the edges. When I first feel one I am aware that they feel quite thin and I wondered if they would rip or tear during use. They are ridged all over on one side and smooth on the other, and i assume it is the ridged side which is used for the nail polish removal as probably it will get a better grip on the polish. unusually they don't have, as I expected, the usual nail polish remover. they are scented but it is not over powering and they smell almost as though an attempt has been made to make them perfumed. They are not overly damp and actually feel quite dry when i take them out of the box.
The pads apparently contain Vitamin B and panthenol to protect and nourish nails, so they shouldn't have an extremely drying effect.
To remove nail polish, a pad should be wiped over the nail and in a single stroke presumably to loosen the nail polish. Once this is done, the pad should be worked back over the nail with a firm rubbing action to ensure all of the nail polish is removed. Once all of the polish is removed, and use of the pads is finished the lid should be closed with a firm click so that moisture is not lost from the pads.
The product should not be used on artificial nails.
WHAT DO I THINK OF THE PADS>
I have used similar pads before and sometimes found them to be a lot less effective than nail polish remover, but I was impressed with these. i found that using a pad for the nails on each hand got the nail polish completely off my nails. They are easy to use, remove nail polish easily, and although I thought otherwise, the pads are strong and do not rip or tear when being used. My nails have not become dry or brittle when using them so the claims that they contain nourishing ingredients are probably not false.
I would recommend these for anyone wanting a quick and simple way of removing nail polish on the go, although they are probably a bit pricey for times when normal nail polish remover is a viable option.
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I first purchased a pack of Quickies about 18 months ago at East Midlands airport when I suddenly realised I hadn't removed my chipped nail polish. At the time I didn't want to be carrying liquids with me as I knew I wouldn't fit them in the clear plastic bag to bring home so when I saw the Quickies Nail Varnish Remover wipes I thought they were perfect for my needs.
Quickies come packaged in a nice bright pink plastic box decorated with the Quickies logo and a short sentence stating what the product is and that is contains vitamin B5. The reverse of the box contains a short list of ingredients which appear to be Acetone free although they don't state this, contact information for the manufacturers who are Jeyes and a caution not to use these wipes on artificial nails.
There are 20 Quickies pads inside the box, it is small enough to fit into your handbag and bright enough to find easily among all your things. The design of the box is good, it has a nice secure lid which clips shut and as of yet I have had no issues with it popping open and I have had no leakages from any excess moisture. When you open the box for the first time the pads are sealed with a foil layer which I find really easy to remove using the little tab.
Have a Quickie!
After removing the foil layer you will initially be hit by that strong nail varnish remover smell, when I first smelt this I thought "uh oh" as I was on a plane at the time. Within a couple of minutes though the smell died down and no one around me seemed to notice. Once the initial opening of a new box is over the smell is quite mellow and certainly not as overpowering as when I use liquid nail varnish removers and feel high off the fumes!
The pads themselves are white, round and very similar to the regular cotton pads you can buy for removing make up but a little larger. They have an uneven surface and feel a little unusual but I think this is due to the varnish remover they are soaked in combined with the fibres in the pad.
To use the pads is easy and one pad goes a long way... in fact one pad is enough to remove varnish from all 10 nails! To demonstrate my use of Quickies I will use my most recent experience of them in August 2012:
It was August 18th 2012 and my mum was getting married, naturally I was her bridesmaid and along with the nice dress came the nice painted nails. As my dress was a dark blue my nails had been painted a dark bluey-purple which looked great with the dress and I enjoyed the colour for a day or so after the wedding too. On the morning of Monday 20th I looked at my nails and saw they were starting to chip a little so I decided to remove the polish before heading off on my holidays where I knew I would have no nail varnish remover and my nails would end up looking rubbish. Due to being the unorganised and unprepared person that I am, I didn't have any Quickies with me on this trip, thankfully my nan had taken my advice about taking Quickies on holiday with her in the past and had a box at home. I took one pad from the box and started to wipe my nails with it. At first I was quite gentle but this was taking too long so I applied more pressure, this worked much better and using a circular motion was even better again! Within a few minutes my nails were completely free of varnish and I had one Quickie pad looking rather purple.
While in use I did notice quite a bit of liquid running down my fingers from the pads, I think this was due to the pressure I was applying more than anything else though and the pad had enough moisture to complete the job so the lost liquid wasn't too bad. My only complaint about the pads is they left a weird, horrible and almost sticky feeling on my fingers afterwards which was quite hard to get rid of even after washing my hands with soap. My nails were fine after the wipes and if anything they looked better than when I usually use liquid nail varnish remover. Maybe this is due to the addition of vitamin B5 in the Quickies pads which they claim will "hydrate your nails and leave them feeling nourished."
Price & Availability
I cannot remember the price I paid for these when I purchased them in the airport although I know it was close to the £3 mark. They can be purchased in Boots for £2.10 which I think is a reasonable price for something which is more convenient than carrying a bottle around with you.
I do recommend Quickies but at £2.10 per box they might work out expensive for regular use, however they are fantastic for taking on holiday in your hand luggage and not having to worry about the liquid restrictions. The light scent of them makes them great for use even when people are around you and the fact that you only need to use one for all 10 nails is even better. I found that the box closes tight and as a result of this I have never had any problems with the pads drying out even if I haven't used them for a couple of months at a time.
Overall 4 out of 5 stars from me.
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In an attempt to reduce my luggage when I went away to a summer camp where I was working for a couple of weeks, I decided to try out Quickies instead of my usual liquid nail varnish remover and cotton wool pads. They took up much less room and had the advantage of not being liquid, so there was no risk of any spillages or mess in my suitcase. I paid £2.10 for a box of 20 Quickies pads at Boots.
=== Packaging ===
The pads come in a pink box which clicks securely shut to keep the moisture in and stop the pads drying out. This is compact and secure and I can't fault the packaging really, as the fact it is just a little box is one of the things which attracted me to buy the Quickies.
=== Look and Scent ===
The pads themselves are quite large, much larger than an average cotton wool pad. The first thing I noticed when taking one out to use is that they don't have that typical nail varnish remover smell. I was surprised by this, as I have never encountered a nail varnish remover before which didn't have that usual, slightly unpleasant smell. The Quickies have got a very sweet, artificial smell to them. It reminds me of a kind of fake strawberry smell, though I'm not sure what the scent is supposed to be. I wouldn't go as far as to say it smells really nice, but the scent is okay and certainly better than the usual nail varnish remover smell in my opinion.
=== Use and Effectiveness ===
The box advises that you just simply wipe the pad over each nail, then go back and scrub a bit harder to remove all traces of nail varnish. In my experience, the first wipe does not remove any colour at all, but I assume it "loosens" the nail varnish or starts slowly dissolving it, intending to make it easy to rub off. Not sure about that really! When I do start to rub a bit harder with the pad, the nail varnish does eventually come off, but definitely not as quickly as with a normal liquid nail varnish remover. Even with fairly pale colours, such as a pastel minty green (Rimmel Pro Lycra Peppermint) I have needed to rub for longer and use a bit more force to get rid of all traces. When wearing quite a bright pinky red (Park Walk from Nails Inc - really nice colour!) I felt like I was scrubbing for absolutely ages, and the Quickie transferred a slight pink tinge onto the skin around my nails.
I can sum this up by saying it does remove nail varnish and therefore it does effectively do its intended job, but the name "Quickies" is not really apt, as I took much much longer when using this compared to a normal remover.
I can get quite a lot of use out of each pad, as one pad for each hand has definitely been enough. With a pale colour it has been possible to almost do all nails of both hands.
=== Nourishing B5? ===
These Quickies nail varnish remover wipes apparently are enriched with vitamin B5 to nourish nails and keep them in good condition. I am always glad when nail varnish removers claim to be kind, as I don't want my nails stripped and ruined, however I am always a bit sceptical too, as I don't think they are really going to provide a whole lot of nourishment! I would say I didn't really notice any improvement to my nails after using these, but they didn't wreck and strip them either, and that was about all I was hoping for! They do seem to leave a slightly filmy and greasy feel on my fingers after use, so I always just washed my hands and put hand cream on, which kept my hands and nails feeling good.
=== Over all ===
I do think they were very convenient for travelling due to their non liquid format, but they are definitely not something I would want to use if I was in a hurry, and I will stick to liquid nail varnish removers when at home.
Taking into account the good and bad points, I think they deserve 3 stars.
I don't wear nail polish a lot but when I do nothing annoys me more than the chipped look. I therefore often remove the polish 2 or 3 days after application. Whilst I would usually use nail polish remover on cotton wool pads, I have recently been using these Quickies Remover pads. My decision to try these was prompted by one or two things - firstly, I hate the way that parts of the cotton wool balls can stick to the nail as you begin removing the polish and it becomes tacky and secondly, these just seemed much more convenient and a really good idea.
The pads come in a bright pink plastic box. Mine has a screw top and looks slightly rounder that the one pictured above (which looks to have a flip lid). I purchased these for around £2 for a tub of 20 pads (currently £2.09 in Superdrug) - which does work out quite expensive in comparison to nail varnish remover and cotton pads but I guess you are paying largely for the convenience they offer. The pads inside are quite thin and slightly textured. They feel very wet to the touch - they appear soaked in the remover liquid.
The smell of the pads is quite strong and this transfers to your fingers when using, so you need to make sure you wash well after use - it is quite a chemical smell (as for most nail polish removers). The pads also contain vitamin B5 to nourish your nails. The pads remove nail polish very quickly and effectively, especially for the first few nails when the pad is really wet - the nail polish is removed with just one stroke of the pad. By the last few nails, the pad has dried out a little and you need to rub a little harder but it still removes the nail polish very well. I have found that I only ever need one pad to remove all nail polish from my hands (or feet). The pad is also quite durable and stands up well to a bit of pressure rather than falling to pieces or tearing.
Overall, I find these a really quick and effective way to remove nail polish. They are expensive and, if you wear nail polish often, it is probably not worth your while using these all the time as a bottle of remover and cotton wool pads would work out to be much more economical. However, these are great for taking on holiday etc with you as they are so small and save any potential leakages of liquid. For me and the occasional use that I have of them, these are perfect and I highly recommend them to you.
Quickies are an amusingly named brand of nail varnish remover pads which are available from Boots, Superdrug and most large chemist stores. Some supermarkets also stock them. They are £2.10 in Superdrug which is where I usually buy them from. They come in a small pink tub, there are 20 pads in the tub which have been soaked in nail varnish remover. You use one pad per hand usually to take nail varnish off with. The smell isn't too bad, it isn't as bad as nail varnish remover, still quite strong but they tend to mask it with some other scent that is difficult to describe.
I started buying these for my holiday after numerous bottles of decanted nail varnish remover leaked in my toiletries bag. I can't justify the weight of taking a whole big bottle of nail varnish remover so these really do the trick. In my opinion, they aren't as good as nail varnish remover and I won't use them when I am at home as they take longer to get my nail varnish off than cotton wool + nail varnish remover but for the purpose of taking them on holiday they are a great price and do the job well enough.
I do find that the pads can be more oily than using cotton wool + nail varnish remover and find my hands end up quite sticky and greasy when I am taking my nail varnish off rather than just wet with nail varnish remover and cotton wool. I also find that rather than clinging to the pad, the colour can transfer (albeit diluted) to other nails which can make it a huge pain when trying to take off a bold colour from one hand. Although I said you can use one per hand, you'd end up using at least one per hand and then a clean one to clean off the diluted bits so three pads minimum so approximately 7 removals at 30p per removal.
It definitely isn't as cheap as nail varnish remover but the thing here is to weigh up the cost vs convenience. The pads aren't as good as nail varnish remover whilst I'm at home but they are more convenient to take away on holiday with me, they are light, do the job (eventually!) and aren't particularly expensive, just more expensive than cotton wool and nail varnish remover. I would recommend them for a holiday but would advise you stick to normal nail varnish remover when at home. I'm giving them 3 out of 5 stars based on their performance and the fact they are more expensive than nail varnish remover. However, I have bought them before and will do so again for my next holiday so please don't feel I'm not recommending them, they just need to be fit for purpose!
I find these nail varnish remover pads really convenient to use as there is no need for cotton wool and a separate bottle of liquid. They come in two different sized boxes of 20. The larger pads are about 8cm square and the smaller ones are round and about half the size which are useful when travelling as the box takes up hardly any space at all. They also seem to smell better (in other words they smell less) than a lot of the liquid nail varnish remover solutions that are available.
One pad is enough to remove varnish from all fingers and when one side has been used you can flip it over and use the other side of the pad. Unlike cotton wool, no bits of fluff come off and get stuck on your nails.
One slight issue is that after opening the seal in the box the remaining pads do tend to dry out a little over time and become a bit less effective. However, overall I think this is a good product and I always buy these rather than liquid nails varnish removers
I love to wear nail varnish, usually sticking to my favourite colours of deep pink or red. Even when I'm stuck at home because of poor health, having my nails painted helps me feel just that little bit glamorous. And of course whenever I go on a holiday to sunny climes, I always paint my nails - there's nothing like wearing a pretty colour on your toenails to help show off your equally pretty flip flops. I have a favourite nail varnish remover (Sally Hansen, the subject of one of my early reviews), which I've been using for some time now. However, I never take a bottle of nail varnish remover with me when I'm travelling, in case of any spillage. Whether I'm visiting friends and family in the UK, or going overseas in the summer, I always prefer to take a little tub of remover wipes.
I've tried many brands over the years, and my current favourite is Quickies Nail Varnish Remover Pads. I bought my little tub towards the end of last year for this year's holiday (I love preparing for a holiday well in advance, as I find it really helps me get through the darker and colder months), after reading a review on Dooyoo by jemzharryskye.
These pads are contained in a deep pink tub, which has a two-tone label with a swirly design on the top, containing the name Quickies. (My tub differs from that shown at the top of this review, as mine is round - the tub shown is for the 'Standard' pads, which I believe are slightly larger.) The label on the top of the tub informs you that it contains 20 Nail Varnish Remover Pads, and that these pads contain Vitamin B5. On the bottom of the tub is an information label. You are advised to 'Wipe each nail to remove nail varnish quickly. Close lid tightly after use to prevent moisture loss and store upright whenever possible'. Quickies are made by Jeyes, who give contact details at the bottom of this label. The pads are made in the EU. The pads contain vitamin B5, to nourish and hydrate your nails. They also contain Panthenol, which helps protect your nails. These pads should not be used on artificial nails.
My tub of Quickies pads is about 6cm in diameter, and the pads themselves are only very slightly smaller. This product does not have that traditional nail varnish remover smell, because they do not contain acetone. Instead they have a rather pleasant, almost fruity fragrance.
Although the pads are thin, they are strong, and will not split. They are slightly textured, with little indentations, presumably so that they will give a better hold against your nails. The pads have the remover pre-soaked onto both sides, so it's possible to turn over and use some of the reverse side. The pads are thinner than a cotton wool pad, but much stronger. I find them to be less greasy than other removal pads I've tried.
When I'm removing my dark nail varnishes, I press the pad firmly onto the entire nail and hold it there for a few moments. Then I rub the pad - again, firmly - to remove the polish. This should get rid of most of the colour, and then I tidy up in the corners of my nail. Your fingers might feel a bit oily afterwards, but this is easily cleared away when you wash your hands.
Other reviewers have had a different experience from me, and have found it hard to remove their nail polish using these pads. However, I have found Quickies to work really well, although they take a little more time and effort than my liquid remover - and because I use a base coat, two coats of dark varnish and then a top coat, any nail varnish remover has its work cut out for it.
For comparison's sake, I've just removed the dark pink nail varnish from my toenails, using Sally Hansen for one foot and the Quickies pads for the other. Sally Hansen required one cotton wood pad soaked with remover, did the job very quickly, and didn't leave any smears of polish to the side of my toenails. To do an equally thorough job on the other foot, I needed two Quickies pads, and they took a bit longer. The second pad needed only a little use. I have to say that the surface of my toenails felt more moisturised after using my beloved Sally Hansen, but only by a small amount.
Although they're not such good value as a bottle of nail varnish remover, Quickies are now the only product of this type that I would think of taking with me when I go away on holiday. They may not be 100% as effective as my favourite Sally Hansen nail polish remover, in terms of speed and the conditioning of my nails, but they are so handy, and of course there is no risk of spillage.
The tub itself is good and strong. The screw-top lid closes securely, and I am not worried about it coming adrift in my luggage. I fully expect to be using this tub of pads again for a visit to family later this year, and also for next year's holiday.
On Jeyes' Quickies website, you can find the information that these pads 'wowed the judges' on ITV's This Morning's Tried & Tested feature for being 'spill-proof and fool-proof'.
You can currently buy both versions of the Quickies tubs, either my round tub or the Standard square tub, and they can be found at various outlets, both online and in store. I did a Google search today (10th July), and the best price I could find for the round tub was 99p at Amazon, with free UK delivery. The Standard tub currently costs £2.10 at Boots and £2.09 at Superdrug.
If I was in a tearing hurry at home, I would not use these pads, and they are obviously more expensive per use than a cotton wool pad soaked in liquid nail varnish remover. However, this has now become one of my favourite holiday products, I will definitely repurchase once my little pot is finally empty, and so I am happy to give Quickies pads five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)