Boots sell three very similar looking nail polish remover pads – moisturising, strengthening and conditioning. The strengthening version contains calcium while these moisturising ones have added Vitamin E.
Each tub comes with a screw cap and contains 15 circular thin pads drenched with acetone-free nail polish remover. The cost is £1.50.
~~~How to use~~~
The instructions suggest that you should first wipe each nail with a single stroke of the pad and then work back through each nail with a firm rubbing action to remove all traces of nail polish
~~~For those who like to know~~~
The ingredients are: Propylene carbonate, propylene glycol, aqua, polysorbate-20, parfum, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, glycerin, denatonium benzonate, benzoic acid, pathenol, tocopheryl acetate, PEG-75 lanolin
The pads are very moist – too moist in fact because they are very messy and leave my hands feeling greasy. They work pretty well on plain polish (even dark colours) but you need to work extra hard to remove anything sparkly I think that goes with them being acetone free though. The chemicals in glitter nail polish make it more difficult to remove and are really best tackled with an acetone polish. I find I need a pad for each hand working out at 20p each time. Not a huge sum but probably more expensive than a cotton wool pad and a dash of nail varnish remover from a bottle.
Although the pads don’t dry out my nails, I wouldn’t go as far as to say they truly moisturise them. I have to wash off the excess as they leave my hands feeling unpleasantly slimy.
Nail polish remover never seems very nice but I have to say that these aren’t too over-powering.
~~~On the plus side~~~
+ Once opened, the pads don’t dry out so the tub lasts well.
+ The pads are acetone free so gentle on the nails.
+ Removes even dark colours effectively.
~~~On the minus side~~~
- Leaves my hands feeling very greasy
- Struggles to remove anything sparkly or glittery
These pads do a reasonable job but because they are so greasy, I prefer to use bottled polish remover. However, I would recommend them for anyone who is travelling and I do buy a tub when I go on holiday. It’s a convenient way to remove nail polish when you are on the go and I was surprised at how well the pads last once the tub is open. So I give them 4 out of 5.
I buy Boots Moisturising Nail Polish Remover Pads to use on the go when I am travelling and always have a pack ready as they are just so easy and convenient to use. They come in a small circular tub which screws open and contains 15 pads. I find one pad is enough to take of the clear varnish I normally wear but if I have on a strong bright colour sometimes two pads are needed.
The pack states that the pads are acetone free which is great news for your nails and they contain lanolin and vitamin e which for the condition of the nails. However, I do always wash my hands focusing on the nail area afterwards to ensure any chemicals have been removed.
The product is a little pricey when compared to regular nail polish remover in liquid form however I am happy to purchase them for when I travel for ease of use and less to carry in my case. Also the smell is not great but I don't think it's much worse than any other nail polish remover.
The instructions state to firstly wipe each nail once - to start loosen the polish I expect and then to go back and use a rubbing action to remove all traces of colour. I don't think I that would change brands for my travel nail polish remover as I trust Boots as a brand and I believe the product ticks all the boxes I want it to.
I hate nail polish remover, it smells so vile, even when I buy an acetone free version, this coupled with the fact I hate the feel of cotton wool means that I have to look for an alternative to removing my nail polish. I discovered these a few years back and I have used them ever since. The pads cost £1.50 and are available only in Boots.
I chose the moisturising variety as I have really bad nails that are weak and like to peel and split. These pads don't contain any acetone and also have added vitamin E and lanolin to moisturise nails and provide nourishment. You can also get a conditioning version of these pads which I also use from time to time.
The pads come in a small round container that is made of plastic, when your first open it there is a foil seal to ensure freshness. Once you have used the pads you can then screw the lid back on tightly to keep in moisture. When I first opened the pads I was suprised at the smell, it was actually quite pleasant, it was slightly floral and no nasty chemical smells. The pads are small and I tend to find I need one for each hand or foot. The pads are fairly moist when they come out of the container but not overly so. You need to hold the pad on the nail for a few seconds before wiping the nail varnish off. These pads remove the nail polish with ease, they have a slight rough texture so if the nail polish is difficult to remove you can scrub a little. The pads didn't fall apart during use but one thing I did notice was my fingers were stained from the nail polish and that the pads left a greasy layer on my nails, if you are removing one colour to paint another I would recommend washing your hands well first and scrubbing your nails otherwise the greasy layer prevents your nail polish drying properly.
I would recommend these and give them 5 out of 5, they are easy to use and take up hardly any space in your make-up bag.
I usually use nail varnish removing liquid on a cotton wool ball or pad to remove my nail varnish but when I go on holiday I tend to buy the pre-soaked nail varnish removing pads as they save on weight in your case and will not leak. So when I was getting all of my toiletries ready for our honeymoon to Mexico I purchased a tub of the Boots Moisturising Nail Polish Remover Pads.
The pads come in a small white tub which can easily be opened as they have a screw top lid. You get 15 pads in each tub and they are currently on sale for £1.50 in Boots store or on there website. This is not the cheapest nail varnish remover pads on the market but as I was in a hurry I literally just purchased all of my toiletries from Boots in one go to save time shopping around.
The pads themselves contain Lanolin and Vitamin E to moisturise the nail and are Acetone free. When you first open the tub you are not hit by a wave of fumes as I have found in the past with some nail varnish remover pads. In fact the smell is quite subtle and sweet which I was pleasantly surprised by.
On the back of the tub it tells you to wipe a pad quickly over each nail then return to the nails one by one and remove all traces of nail varnish with a firm rubbing action. This is how I usually use these wipes anyway as I find the initial sweep makes the product start working on lifting the varnish from the nail. I didn't have to rub too hard and the varnish came off very well, even around the edges of the nail.
All in all I was very happy with the results of these nail varnish removing pads and I would buy them again even though they are slightly more expensive than other brands they do work and I did not need to spend 10minutes on each nail. I am not quite sure how they moisturisation of the nail works as my nails did not seem to feel any different but I suppose it does not do them any harm to have these ingredients included.
Prior to a recent trip abroad I wanted to take some nail polish remover with me but the thought of the bottle of varnish being broken and ending up all over my clothes in the suitcase, led me to try this little tub of pads out.
- Price and Packaging -
These are currently priced at £1.58 for 15 pads which works out at just over 10p per pad. More expensive than my traditional way of removing nail varnish but the convenience factor swayed me.
The pads come in a flat plastic cylindrical tub with a screw top lid so very small and easy to pack.
- What are they? -
The packaging promises removal of nail polish without any fuss. The thin white pads contain lanolin and vitamin E.
- Are they effective? -
The usage tip on the pack of the tub tells you to wipe each nail with a single stroke then work back through each nail with a firm rubbing action.
When I first used these I got what I thought was one quite thick pad but after starting to remove the varnish, realised that there were infact 2 stuck together. Needless to say it is quite tricky trying to get a single pad out at a time as they are packed down together so tightly so you really do need quite long nails to get them apart.
I was pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of these pads at removing varnish. I tend to wear quite dark polish at the moment and even though I use two layers of undercoat it's sometimes hard to get all of the varnish off around the cuticle area as I'm not the most adept at applying it.
These pads do remove it although they feel a little greasy on the hands and I had to wash my hands straight afterwards although this wasn't a problem just an observation. They don't appear to have had any adverse effect on my nails unlike some liquid removers I have used which sometimes dry them out.
It does take quite a bit of gentle rubbing on my nails in different directions to remove the polish and I didn't find the 'tip' on the back of the packaging of a single stroke over the nail to be effective.
- Overall -
I will definitely be packing these for my next trip abroad. They are easy to store and seem to maintain their moisture if the screw top lid is securely fastened.
Not the most cost effective method of removing nail polish but more convenient for travelling.
N.B. Review also appears on ciao.
A couple of months ago I was going away for a few days to stay in a lovely spa hotel followed by a few days in London, and I used my upcoming trips as an excuse to buy some travel 'essentials'. Of course, they weren't essentials at all, I was just trying to justify the fact I wanted to go crazy in Boots!
One of the items I bought was the Boots moisturising nail polish pads. I thought they would be a good alternative to nail varnish remover since they were compact and there was no risk of spillage. There were two types available - conditioning and moisturising, and because I get really dry skin around my cuticles (and have the horrible habit of chewing around my fingers) - I thought the moisturising ones would be the best option.
The pads come packaged in a white tub with purple logo and text, and the tub is small enough to fit into the palm of my hand. It's really lightweight too so perfect for travelling and as I said already, no chance of leaking.
The pads are acetone free and are enriched with lanolin and vitamin E. They are also bitrex protected. Bitrex is a bitter tasting solution added to many things - usually cleaning products - to deter younger children from eating/drinking harmful products.
The pads are round and soaked in a nail polish removing solution. They are quite wet and so I find that they stick together sometimes and need to be peeled apart. They are made of a fairly thick fabric, and to use, you simply wipe them over the nails. They do have a fairly strong smell, but I can tolerate it. I've used other similar pads by a company called Patons (or something like that) and the smell made me physically sick, so I was glad these weren't too overpowering or sickly smelling.
I find that the pads are extremely effective at removing polish and even find them to be quicker than using cotton wool with a bottled nail polish remover. The reason for that is because the pads are much thinner than cotton wool would be, it's easy to get into the sides of your nail and even underneath the nail tip if you've accidentally got polish under there. Also when you use cotton wool you can sometimes find it will snag on your nails and you'll be left with fluffy bits stuck to your nails but obviously you don't get that with these.
Before I used these I must admit I wasn't totally convinced by the moisturising claims as I find a lot of nail polish removers leave my nails and cuticles feeling dried out. I was surprised then to find that after using these there was no dryness around my nails and my cuticles even looked better than they did when I was wearing polish, so I do believe that they do moisturise.
I suppose the major downside of this product is that I find I need to use one pad per hand (or foot!) and you only get 15 pads per tub. This makes them work out to be fairly expensive per use, as a tub costs £1.55.
On the whole I have been really pleased with these pads. They are convenient, easy to use and effective, as well as being great for travel. They are more expensive per use than buying a bag of cotton wool and a bottle of polish, but I'd still recommend them and I will buy them again.