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When we first started painting our nails, we relied on bottles of acetone to whisk away old polish. Nowadays, even the thought of inhaling smelly fumes is enough to give us a headache. That’s why we’re hooked on these biodegradable pads. Instead of chemicals, they’re soaked with a sweet-smelling citrus solution that clears away old polish and leaves our nails moisturized and conditioned.
One will not remove a professionally applied mani. It is also really greasy. I don't love it, but it would work in a pinch.2
I love the fact that these pads are biodegradeable, but one just wasn't enough to take the polish off of one hand. I could see myself going through too many of these...2
I generally need to use 2-3 envelopes per hand. I'd recommend spending a little more for the Deborah Lippman Stripper to Go!2
Seemed to take a lot of energy to remove my polish. I ended up using the whole sample on just on hand and needed to pull out my normal nail polish remover for the rest. I like size and ease of the product just didn't seem moist enough to remove the polish.2
this product smelled great and was effective for a thin or single coat of polish, but I often have a coat of polish and a top coat. It took a bit longer to remove the polish. Not overly thrilled with it, but I like it for normal use.2
of buying pre-packaged nail polish wipes? I prefer the old fashioned way of using cotton balls and a bottle of nail polish remover...2
I appreciate that these don't reek- they can be used in the office, at a café, etc without gagging those around you with a heavy polish remover smell. However, they do not work. Do not take one pad in your purse and expect that to get the job done. I apply two coats of polish, typically, and one pad will not full remove polish from 5 nails let alone 10. Also, as you continue to try and scrub it off you'll notice it's kind of moisturizing your hands but oozing tinted polish residue all over your nail beds and fingers. Definitely need 2-3 to remove polish from 10 nails.2
I've tried using this a couple of times. Love the smell, but I can't remove all the nail polish with just one pad. I'm just using a base coat, two color coats, and top coat, but the pad starts oozing liquified nail polish color over the rest of my hands half-way through. I always end up left with a ring of still-solid nail polish around the edges of my nails/nail bed and under my nails. (Yes I followed the directions). So, great smelling, removes nail polish, but I need one per hand.2
I tried this remover on a standard manicure with a dark blue color on. It did not get all the polish off and I felt like I was rubbing and just smearing the color around. I went back after I did all 10 nails with regular acetone to finish the clean up (the pad was full with color). Dark blue is a hard color to remove but I felt like it was not effective. I did like the moisturizing oil left behind after, and the scent was nice, which is why I gave 2 stars.2
I finally had occasion to use one of these today, from last month's December Birchbox sample. I attempted to remove a week-old mani (shimmery, not glittery polish) but had trouble removing even 5 nails, let alone the 10 that the packet promises. I think one half of one side was dedicated to my thumb nail alone! These just didn't work for me. After I gave up (one thumb nail and half of the other 4 nails later; I couldn't even attempt my other hand) I went back to my tried-and-true, HG nail polish remover: Butter London Powder Room. It took off my old mani like a pro, in no time!
While I liked the idea of the wipes (and did like that they were scented), they just didn't work for me. However, I used the other wipe later when doing a self mani, and it did an OK job helping me clean up my fingers as I went along (especially under my thumb nails and along the sides of my index fingers, both of which I use to help curb errant polish). So while these weren't great at removing old polish, they were helpful during my self mani :)