A glitter-polish manicure is the easiest way to have nice nails when you’re short on time. The layers of sparkles will hide streaky application and the drying time is usually pretty quick, lessening the chances of smudges. But while it may be foolproof application, getting it off is another story, often involving multiple bits of shredded cotton and copious amounts of remover. There’s the aluminum foil method, but if you’re a person that rarely uses the oven like me, it’s not always an option. Instead, I find myself sitting on the couch scrubbing away with cotton pad after cotton pad for a good ten minutes. Given that I am a big fan of nail art and often change colors on a whim, I wanted to find a good and quick remover to take off both sparkly and dark polishes.
Most removers contain acetone — best when removing tough polishes but can be very drying to the nail beds — in varying concentrations. Lately, brands like Priti have pushed toward more natural ingredients, like soy, which works as a solvent. But do organic versions work as well as traditional ones? And is it worth spending the extra cash for high-end removers versus trusty drugstore brands? I tested nine options to answer those questions, and found a new favorite in the process. Click ahead to see which brand won when it came to taking on (or off?) my love of crazy nails.