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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.
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 :)
It was very difficult to get nail polish off using these wipes. I had to work hard to get it removed, and still ended up using remover on a cotton ball to get the remainder off2
non acetone never works as hard as acetone. the brand isnt bad though.2
I really didnt like the way it felt on my nail and the surrounding skin and the scent was very strong. For me personally I do not like orange scents at all so I was not a big fan.2
I loved the smell of the product. I think it was moisturizing but I will not be repurchasing. When I tried these out, the polish I had on had glitter in it. These wipes didn't even make a dent in the glitter. I need something stronger.2
I used one pad on my red-painted nails. It took the polish off quickly, but it quickly became saturated and did not take all of the polish off of my nails. On top of that, the red nail polish that was already on the pad from my left hand got all over my fingers when I was trying to take the polish off of my right hand. I love that the pads are biodegradable, but I think it's more economical to but a full bottle of polish remover. These would be nice for travel, however.2
The smell was nice, but the pads were really dry. I had to scrub my nails to get the polish off and the pads were very abrasive on my cuticles...2