Nail Polish Remover Smackdown

I have been more than obsessed with nail polish these past months and so taking nail polish off has become very regular occurrence in my household. So for the purposes of finding out which remover is the best I tested out four. I based some of these opinions(mine of course) on a scale of 1-5. 

1. OPI Expert Touch Lacquer Remover
smell - very strong acetone smell
removal - 3/5, takes a bit of rubbing but eventually comes off
glitter test - 2/5, a little difficult if taking off large glitters
skin test - 2/5, is a little drying to the fingernails
Overall, I wouldn't purchase again. The others tested a lot better.

2. Essie Naturally Clean Purifying Nail Polish Remover
smell - slightly less offensive acetone smell, but has a bit of floral fragrance 
removal - 3/5, pretty good but not awesome
glitter test - 3/5, still a little hard to take off but better than the OPI
skin test - 4/5, for the most part it did not dry the skin/cuticles 
Overall, I found this to be better than I thought considering it still contained acetone and claims to be 'naturally clean'. I liked the fact that it wasn't overly drying and the smell was tolerable. 

3. Orly Nail Lacquer Remover (non-acetone gentle formula)
smell - very strong alcohol smell
removal - 3/5, very much the same as the last two
glitter test - 1/5 no good, no good at all
skin test - 2/5, quite drying probably because of the alcohol content
Overall, my least favorite of the four. Considering I use a lot of glitter polishes, this remover did nothing to remove them. Definitely won't repurchase.

4. Zoya 3-in-1 Formula Remove
smell - very fragrant, the best i've ever smelled actually(for a nail polish remover). 
removal - 4/5, very good. not the best(usually pure acetone is the best but is very VERY drying) but is very fast on removal.
glitter test - 3/5, I would say this and Essie's had the same results. 
skin test - 5/5, not drying at all! loved this aspect.
Overall, the hype about this remover is pretty on point. I also love the fact that it has a push pump dispenser so that you don't have waste too much product. It is my favorite nail polish remover that I've ever come across and will definitely be repurchasing again. 


  1. Nice reviews!

  2. great comparison review!
    i've tried essie one and i quite liked it, too.
    another high-end(?) remover i've tried is from butter london and i was super impressed! it is acetone free but did a wonderful job. the powdery smell later got to me although i liked it in the beginning..
    now i just stick with cutex or any other acetone based on and make sure to wash my hands right after. ;)


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