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I like wearing nail varnish - the only problem is, working in catering, I really can't have nail varnish on at work , so I needed a way of fully removing nail varnish before work. Now, I always have traditional liquid nail varnish remover and pads at home, which is all well and good if I actually remember to remove the polish before leaving for work in the morning .
One day a couple of weeks ago though, I actually forgot to remove my nail polish. Luckily, although I was already in town, I had 20 minutes to spare before work, so I nipped into the pound shop to pick up something to remove it with, and endedup with this. Its a large tub with a screw top lid, and not really anything much to look at design wise - blue and white in colour, it could be any cheap beauty product . It's actually a shame the packaging isn't nicer, I would have expected it to be, given that Sally Hansen is actually a fairly widely known brand when it comes to nails .
Essentially, inside the tub is a big sponge with a slightly pink tint, utterly saturated with nail varnish remover, with a small slit in the middle. You plonk your finger in the hole, twist, and you nail varnish is removed . This sounds incredibly simple and it is , althoughI do find I need to twist my finger in two or three times to get everything removed fully.
One particular advantage of this over other nail varnish removers is that there is no rishk of spilling liquid everywhere, and no need for seperate pads or anything that need washing away . The tub is a handy size to carry around in my bag, for use next time I forget to take off my varnish before work, and so far there has never been any leaking . The sponge itself is very moist, so I imagine this would last for an awful lot of applications, and at only £1, this is very good value .
Overall, a fantastic nail varnish remover, with an innovative design .
Sally Hansen Kwik Off Nail Polish Remover......
This has got to be THE WEIRDEST product I have tried in a very long time and it was quite a surprise when I opened the pot seeing as what I thought I had bought was a large pot of nail polish remover pads!
Again, this was another cheap product I purchased in Poundland (I do believe that I am keeping that place going). Therefore it only cost £1 but I think after looking it up on the internet it usually sells for around £1.99p so yet again I feel I have got myself quite a bargain. However I haven't ever seen it for sale anywhere else and don't think it is a product that is widely available.
So what you get with this product is a fairly large sized rounded tub with a screw top lid. There were two different coloured lids to choose from in Poundland and these colours meant a different aroma. The one I chose was the original scented one with a blue lid but there was also a lemon scented one which had a yellow coloured lid. Both of the tubs stated in the front that there was a "Bonus 25% More!" and in the tub and in total there is 150.8ml which is a fairly random amount.
Okay so what you really want to know what is inside this tub which makes it so weird. Well, the whole pot is basically filled up with a large soft sponge which is thoroughly soaked in nail varnish remover very heavily. The sponge has a slight pink colour to it and it smells so strongly of the nail polish remover solution, which is only expected really. There is a small cross shape cut into the centre of the sponge which is where you should pop one of your fingers in to just above the nail doing one at a time and then rotate the finger a couple of times which rubs off the polish from the nail.
The whole concept was completely alien to me and seeing as at first I tried to pull out a pad, this sponge was totally unexpected! However I popped one finger inside and rotated and to be totally honest it was the strangest sensation ever! I shouldn't really write down the actual thoughts that went through my head as I was doing this but you can probably imagine. The sponge is so very soft and the polish remover gives a slightly warming feeling and somehow feels like putting your finger somewhere very strange. I can't say I really liked the sensation, but it did surprisingly work very well.
I liked the fact that there was no pad to throw away and not much effort really needed in removing the polish from the nail although taking my varnish off is not the most taxing of jobs. It got rid of every trace of nail varnish from my nails without much time spent rotating the nail in the solution. There is also a lot of the liquid polish remover inside the tub and sponge which seems like it will last a pretty long time although I do expect the results not to be as good as the remover gradually gets used up.
Also the Kwik Off didn't make my nails feel too dry after taking myfinger out and letting it dry off. I wouldn't say they felt conditioned but they did have a slight improvement on how they usually feel after taking my varnish off. There was also no whiteness to the nail which can sometimes be present when using strong removers. Having a look on the internet I can see that there other ones from this range that claim to give that nourished and moisturised feeling, but this wasn't available in Pounlannd when I purchased this one.
The product is also suitable for if you are wearing false nails as the nail varnish remover is acetone free so won't melt those fakies! Although it does say in the small print that false nails should be tested prior to actual use when in situ because all false nails tend to be made different. I don't wear fake nails so I can't comment on how it does work with them but I would suspect they have added this small print section just to cover themselves. It also states on the packaging that it contains Keratin Protein which I can honestly say I don't know what that actually is but all the same it does sound like a good thing!
So to conclude I do think this is a really new and strange way of removing your nail polish but it did work really well and the idea is a brilliant one. The only thing I can say that is at all negative about this Sally Hansen Kwik Off is the fact that it is a really strange feeling when you are using it. Himself just sat there laughing as I squealed uncontrollably, dipping and twisting my finger into this strange little pot of warmness and to be honest I am not entirely looking forward to the experience again.
But overall it was well worth the money I paid for it and it did its job well so I think a 4 out of 5 star rating is fine for this product and I do recommend it but just be prepared!
Thanks for reading.