For certain types of polishes, packets simply nail it

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My relationship with nail polish has always been kind of a love-hate thing Personally, I’ve always enjoyed doing my own nails instead of relying on the professionals. The process can be fun, but mostly I like that I can change them up as much as I want without having to drop a small fortune. There is one thing I hate about it though: the removal.

Call me lazy or just too busy, but the process of removing nail polish always represents at least 15 minutes of time I’d rather spend doing something else. And if the polish I’m removing has glitter, the time is even longer. With all the innovative beauty products out there, you’d think someone could create a nail polish remover that would address these woes.

Recently I came across Nutra Nail’s No-Mess Express Nail Polish and Gel Perfect Remover and wondered whether it might be an answer to my beauty prayers. While most of us are probably familiar with nail polish removers that come in bottles, No-Mess Express comes in packets and claims to give users the ability to remove nail polish from all five fingers at once with ease. At $6 for a box of five packets, the product is more expensive than your average bottle of nail polish remover. But as I’ve said before, if a product does what it claims to do and does it well, it is worth every penny.

First impression

On first look, the Nutra Nail No-Mess Express packets reminded me of larger versions of Crest Whitestrips packets. What’s inside the packets, however, is completely different. When I opened one, I was inundated by the strong smell of acetone. The packets, it turns out, contain thick pads that have been soaked in acetone along with aloe and lanolin — two ingredients that supposedly help condition your nails.

Based on the instructions, users are supposed to cup the opened packet in one hand, then take the opposite hand and place all five fingers in the packet with the nails pressed firmly against the pad. Depending on the type of polish you are wearing, removal time varies. For regular polish, it’s 20 seconds; for gel polish, two minutes. Given its claim of working on all polishes, I decided to put the product to the test by trying it out on three different types of nail polish: regular, glitter and gel.

Fab or flub?

Flab! Nutra Nail No-Mess Express works, but it only works on certain types of nail polish. On regular and glitter nail polish, I thought the product worked fabulously. I was impressed particularly with the product’s easy removal of glitter nail polish, as I have often found this process to be tedious.

However, the results were not outstanding when the product was used on gel nail polish. I used regular drugstore brand gel polish and it hardly budged when I used the No-Mess Express for the recommended two minutes. My conclusion is that if it made little impact on my drugstore gel polish, it’s not likely to work well on high-quality salon gel polish.

I think it is also important to point out that at $6 a box, each packet costs around $1.25 (after tax). For those on a tight budget and those who change their nail polish regularly, this product might not be ideal for regular use. However, these packets might be a good addition to your makeup bag when you are on vacation or even for nail polish emergencies. You just never know when you might need to change up your look or have to deal with chipped nail polish.

And for that, this product is perfect.

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