If you're anything like me, you'll avoid wearing a glittery nail polish just because you can't face the painful and time consuming removal process. We've been all there for what it seems hours trying to scrape the pesky glitter particles from our nails.
When Bourjois released their magic nail polish remover, I couldn't wait to try it mainly to see if it could tackle glitter polishes. There has been, for a while, quite some rave about a certain Sally Hansen product doing a fabulous job with glitter polish but to me, it was not very helpful as the Sally Hansen product is
a) very difficult to source and
b) extremely drying on your nails. (dry nails and cuticle mean more prone to breakage)
Before moving on to removal of glitter nail polishes in particular, I wanted to write a
The magic remover is such a pleasure to use and I have found it very difficult to use anything else since I have opened my first bottle for many reasons:
Not only does it smell gorgeous, sweet and fruity but the smell is very family and office friendly. Traditional nail polish remover has such a strong and distinctive smell that if you -hypothetically - happened to be cheeky and wanted to use some in your office, you'll be busted within one tenth of a second, and there is no way you could blame the smell to be cause by another product in the office. No big marker pen, tippex, glue can smell as strong as that.
The formula is absolutely amazing. In fact, I'd go as far as saying that it's perfect. Within (10?) seconds and thanks to the rubbing motion against the sponge, your polish just wipes itself off, leaving your nails really nourished. You can really feel the goodness of the sweet almond noil inside it and the nail polish removal process almost feels like a mini pampering sessions for your nails. I can't get my head round an acetone free nail polish remover can be so effective and so nourishing to my nails, and I've never known an acetone free nail polish remover to be so effective and kind at the same time. This stuff is like your 'naughty and hardcore' full of acetone purple bottle of Cutex but without the ultra drying effects of acetone.
The sponge is of very good quality, is conveniently black so that you don't see the remnants of your past polishes in there, never dislodges itself from the bottle and is very durable. And then the product is 100% times more convenient than a traditional bottle of remover and is perfect if you only need to remove the polish from just one nail.
The product is almost too convenient, you don't want to use anything else and you'll find it hard to save it for special occasions? Why would you want to save this for special occasions? Well, the magic remover is 7.2 times more expensive than my traditional polish remover and that's so annoying. I feel the product is definitely worth its £4.99 price tag, the quality is superb and you'll be hard to find another sponge-in-a-tub remover of the same standard but it is expensive.
Would I feel more ready to spend £4.99 in a nail polish remover that effortlessly remove glitter? Yes.
Does it effortlessly remove glitter? No.
In my experience it doesn't easily remove glitter easily. I tested it with a high coverage holographic glitter nail polish from Rimmel (review coming up) which I wore for nearly 48 hours before proceeding to remove it and it was a pain as usual to remove it and the sponge inside the tub didn't help one single bit. In fact, I felt uncomfortable doing it as I could tell that the only thing I was doing was subjecting the sponge inside this much loved nail polish remover to unnecessary damage.
Conclusion: Despite its failure to effortlessly and quickly remove glitter nail polish, the Bourjois magic nail polish remover is product of an outstanding quality. Wow, Wow and Wow again. I am blown away by the fragrance, the convenience, the sponge and how it leave my nails so nourished after being stripped off nail polish.
However, for me it remains a luxury product. It's such a handy product for everybody especially for nail bloggers who are on a photographing session and apply/remove a multitude of nail polishes in a row, on the same day. In fact, it has actually made some of my nail polish pictures even prettier. The almond oil it contains have made the skin around my nails looking so nourished, soft, glowy but not greasy. Sometimes I even want to use the nail polish remover even if I don’t have anything to remove! But it is pricey.
My nails have been enjoying every minute of it, but unless this product is on special offer, I won't be repurchasing it. It will be a sad day when I will have used the last drop of my beloved Bourjois Magic Nail Polish remover. What can I say? Born a cheapskate, will die a cheapskate…
If Bourjois did a 'normal' tall bottle of nail polish remover (150ml) using the same formula but without the sponge and sold it at £1.99, I'd buy it in a heartbeat
what: Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover 75ml
where: Boots and Superdrug (3 for 2 offer throughout October 2012 at Boots)
how much: £4.99
bought by me