Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Nail-biting stuff, I’m sure

So last week I had a manicure, a manicure that lasted four days – but then I got a little tired of my nails’ minky shine, and decided to remove the blasted stuff and enjoy having perfectly shaped, naked nails …

Mon, Mar 1, 2010, 16:28

   

So last week I had a manicure, a manicure that lasted four days – but then I got a little tired of my nails’ minky shine, and decided to remove the blasted stuff and enjoy having perfectly shaped, naked nails again. I have a few bottles of nail polish remover lurking around at home, but a few weeks ago the lovely folks at L’Onglex sent me a sample of their new, made over range of removers, both acetone-full and acetone-free.

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In the interests of research, I should probably have used the acetone formula on one hand, and the acetone-free on the other, but I kind of forgot and just wanted to get it over and done with (I hate the feeling of wet cotton wool; it gives me my personal nails-on-blackboard shudders). So out popped the acetone-free. I’m obviously feeling very sympathetic towards my poor hands, which have done a lot of heavy lifting in the past few weeks, and also had themselves nearly frozen to death, cycling around Dublin’s streets, gloveless, so the gentler of the formulae seemed the safer option.

But, funny thing: when I got the package at work, I opened it up (hoping it was shoes), got a little disappointed, and then had a discussion with a colleague about nail polish removers. We concluded that, like hair removal cream, the gentler the formula, the worse the results: acetone-free, we said, just isn’t worth the bottle it’s put in. It barely takes anything off, nails are left stained, and you have to scrub at them for hours to get any sort of reasonable result. (All of that said, I don’t really understand my choice of remover; why didn’t I just go for the stronger formula?!)

But as it turns out, this acetone-free nail polish remover took off all of my nail polish, using just three cotton wool pads and a good few globs of remover. My hands don’t smell like bleach, there’s not a trace of nail polish (despite the fact that there were a good three coats on) left, and my nails don’t have that horrible, shuddery, chalky feeling that they sometimes get post-nail polish remover.

So, would I recommend? Yes. Trying is believing, and the packaging is super-cute. (I’m nothing if not shallow.) Removers cost €3.69 from Londis, Costcutter, Spar, Gala, Mace, Superquinn and Dunnes.