The Hit List: Best Nail Polish Remover

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I love Essie’s Naturally Clean purifying nail polish remover. It really removes glitter polish and dark polish in a matter of seconds, and the smell of the product is not very strong!

A nail technician told me to saturate the cotton pad/ball with the remover and hold it onto the nail, making sure the nail is fully covered, and if you do that and leave it on for maybe 20seconds, then wipe it all off, it all comes off in one go. I use Equate brand from Walmart, and i use that method and it works great for me, so I think it’s about the technique and using a moisturising nail polish remover so your nails don’t get dry.

How many cotton balls do you wind up using with this method? Do you use one ball for each nail, or use one for a few nails, or use the same one for one hand and a new one for another? I find that removing nail polish is SUCH a waste of the remover AND of paper towel.

I use this method but with cotton pads. I split a pad in half and then cut the halves in 4 parts. I leave a saturated piece on the nail for a while and wipe with another piece. This way one pad’s enough for 4 nails.

Hm, sounds interesting! I will have to try that out. But wouldn’t the pieces be really small? My nails are longer than they are wide, so I don’t know if that would really make much of a difference or not.

Definitely Zoya’s remover. I’m not sure why it’s so much better than plain acetone but it removes even glitters quickly and easily!

Don’t use any of the cheap stuff. It makes your nails brittle and yellow. I’ve suffered with that far too long. I have been forced to snip my nails so short because they’re disgusting to look at lol. I can’t afford the expensive nail polish removers, so I’ve chosen to grow my nails and never wear nail polish again…sad choice, but I want long healthy nails…

I never really notice a difference in my removers. As long as they are acetone-free, that’s all I need. I usually go for one that is labeled to be designed for moisturizing and strengthening nails though. Right now I have one from Sally Hansen, but most Sally Hansen products mess with my nails in a negative way.. So I’m going to be switching soon.

Zoya Remove hands down!!! ive used the store brands, sally hansen, the sallys bs remover, onyx from walmart…and Zoya removes the quickest and i use less felt or cotton pads than when i used other brands. i currently have th 32 oz bottle.

Sally Hansen Moisturizing nail polish remover wins hands DOWN. I never peel, crack, and I love the aloe scent. It’s also cheap and green just happens to be my favorite color.

Priti soy polish remover – no acetone! No offensive smells, and the remover is infused with coconut oil so your nails get an added moisturizer too.

Store brand $1.99 nail polish remover works just fine for me. That’s a beauty product I’ve never put any thought into. Big fluffy cotton balls work better than small ones.

I tried the Target one with acetone and it’s really bad it made my nails super dry. I don’t know if it’s the Acetone (I always used a regular remover) or the brand, but I think I will go get another kind.

The jar types with the 3 hole sponges. Any left over polish the sponge doesn’t get, I use the bottled remover with a few cotton balls. Must have acetone. As long as you wash your hands immediately and use a nail brush, the acetone is not a problem. Brand is irrelevant.

I love my Skinfood Nail Remover Jelly. It has little beads suspended in the gel, and isn’t drying on the hands at all! the best bit is that it doesn’t smell the least bit like nail polish remover, but of oranges!!!

I’ve always used the really cheap stuff. Right now, I’m using the Rite Aid brand for “strengthening” nails.

It’s been working just fine for me!

I just go with the Walgreens brand and the flat cotton rounds or squares – cotton balls always end up leaving cotton in my polish!

The Stripper by The Lippmann Collection. It is not cheap but it WORKS–even on the glitter polishes. And it has lavender in it.

for me, i use like $2 removers. i like when they have color! i’ve had pink, blue, purple and other colors of remover! haha, weird i know

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