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 bought these Marks and Spencers Nail Varnish Remover Pads from an M&S retail outlet store for just £1.10 which is a good price.
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 to make sure it is all removed.
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.
These nail varnish removal pads were an attractive buy because they are non-acetone. What's that mean? You might be wondering. I didn't know either until I approached a member of staff in M&S and asked. She explained that normal nail varnish removers have acetone in which quickly removes the varnish but can damage the nails and make them more brittle.
These M&S removal pads are more natural than the very harsh chemicals in many other formulas. This is the product to buy for those people who want to be kind to their nails. I should think this is particularly important for those who suffer with poor nail quality to begin with. Even if your nails are strong it is wise to be good to them because the older you get the weaker your nails will become.
The second benefit of the pads being non-acetone is that there is none of that overly pungent smell associated with the removers that are high in acetone.
I really wish I'd understood the chemical differences in nail varnish remover before this shop visit to M&S. I have a fluid nail varnish remover, which stinks like paint stripper, and so must be high in chemicals. I feel loathe to throw it out as it seems like a waste. Now, I know, every time I use it I am causing damage to my nails. I'm torn between waste and kindness to my nails.
The third positive about these M&S nail removal pads is connected with the reason I wanted to buy them in the first place. These are not liquid therefore they can go into hand luggage when travelling. They are also useful, when staying away, for a few days, within the UK, because once nail varnish chips, it looks so bad that it must be removed. I really don't want to carry around a weighty bottle so that's why I wanted removal pads.
Now for the big negative:
There are only six pads in the box - six, I ask you! Those six pads cost, in total, three pounds. I bought them to travel with out of last minute need. I was also curious to find out how effective the pads were compared to acetone based removers.
Each pad is individually wrapped in a very prettily designed white plastic, with the outline shapes of butterflies. It's a simplistic, stylish and feminine design. However, think about the environment, not only are you discarding the main plain, white, box, but six very thick pads and the six seals that each is wrapped in!
The pads are preserved better in the packets so I do understand the reasoning for it. Also, I had understood there would be no chemical smell. The pads still smell like normal remover but really not as strong as I'm used to from usual liquid remover.
These thick pads work very well. They don't require pressure to wipe away the varnish. Even when I press on them they don't allow the internal liquid spill out. Nor do the pads come away in little tufts like when using cotton wool. The pads do not do so well when I use my gold glitter nail varnish. It's harder to get off the glitter. Apparently, these pads are good with acrylic nails but I don't have them so I can't report back on that. One pad just manages each fingernail on both hands but I do worry that it won't reach the end and don't even think about toe nails. That would really cost you some serious dosh!
It contains glycerine to prevent the nails from drying out. I find this works. My nails feel soft to the touch but not dry. But I'll return to the main problem, there are only six pads at a high cost. I will look into other non-acetone nail varnish removers for my next buy. The pads are ideal for travel and a liquid one will be fine for me at home. If anyone can recommend non-acetone products that are better value for money, I would be very grateful to know about these products.
The pads are fantastic but there are not enough provided for three pounds. Price wise they just don't compete with liquid nail varnish removers. M&S have converted me to buying only removers that are non-acetone in content.
Buy the M&S nail varnish removal pads for the good quality, ease of travelling with, and kindness to your nails factor; but not if you worry about how much it will cost per use which is almost as much as some bottles of liquid nail removal products!
I always pride myself on having neat and painted nails on my hands ... largely thanks to having acrylic nails this is easily achieved. However my feet are a different matter entirely, especially during the winter months where I think I've actually had the same nail polish on for about three months which had slowly but surely chipped away by last weekend to leave just a few patches in the centre of my nails. I was planning to show my feet off for the first time this year, after keeping them hidden in boots and shoes for the winter, when I discovered I'd run out of nail vanish remover and had a mild panic at about five o'clock on Saturday afternoon! I did a quick dash to my local Marks and Spencer and came away with their Nail Varnish Remover Pads.
The Nail Varnish Remover Pads come in a white square box which is quite plain in terms of its design and features the brand and product name on the front with some additional information on the back. Each remover pad is individually wrapped to ensure freshness and they come in a white packet with the exact same design as the box apart from having a butterfly motif in the bottom right hand corner... I'm not sure of the link between butterflies and nail varnish remover though! Each pad is white in colour and has a strong nail varnish remover scent to it; they're about two inches in terms of width and length while they're surprisingly thick as well at about half an inch in depth. In the past I've always found pads to be too thin, like cotton wool!
The first time I used them I was really surprised at how easily they actually removed the nail varnish, there was no need to repeatedly scrub at my nails as all I had to do was to simply wipe over them two or three times with the pad. The other thing I noticed was how the texture of the pads resembled felt in a sense, they were really moist but the moisture didn't squeeze out when you used the pads but instead seemed to be retained within the pad somehow. This meant that one pad was enough to do all my toes and I probably could have done my fingernails too if I'd needed to. The pads are also advertised as containing conditioning glycerine which is thought to minimise the drying effect that nail varnish remover often has on sensitive nail beds.
A box of five pads will set you back £3 so you're effectively paying 60p each time you take off your nail varnish which arguably makes a bottle of nail varnish remover a much cheaper option. However I'm really impressed with these pads and think they're ideal to take on holiday with you or to keep in your handbag in case of an emergency. They work really well, they're suitable for both false and natural nails, they're really thick so they don't disintegrate or rip like cotton wool does and they're really moist too. I probably will invest in a bottle of nail varnish remover but I'll be sure to keep a box of these in my bathroom for taking on holiday with me. I'd certainly recommend them; they just loose a star because of their price tag unfortunately!
Thanks for reading.