15 October 2011

Review: Revlon cuticle remover

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Saturday! Just a quick post today.

I mentioned in my first cuticle remover post that I would try to review as many cuticle removers as I could. I lost my Essie one shortly after that post (le sad!) so I figured it was a sign to get a new one. I was wandering around a drugstore and settled on the Revlon one. It had a "new!" sticker on it but so do 90% of the Revlon products at drugstores here so I don't actually know if it's new or not.

Image from here

I picked that one because it had French and English on it. How Canadian of me, right? Anyway, you use it basically the same way as the Essie one, but it comes with the normal Revlon nail brush instead of a weird kind of tip like the Essie did.

I dip the brush in and scrape one side clean, then use the other side to apply the remover. I have found that I need to use more of this one than I do of the Essie one. I'm not sure if you're supposed to just let this one sit or if you should massage it in - I've tried both ways and it works about the same either way.

Gotta say though, I prefer Essie Disappearing Trick. The Revlon one has a bit of a strange scent to it... I'm not sure exactly what it is but it smells a tiny bit like eucalyptus and then... something else. Almost like plastic. Strange. I also find it needs more cleaning up than the Essie one - when I use the Essie, it's like all that skin just melts away. The Revlon is a bit more work.

All that being said, though, the Revlon will give you the same result (with a bit more work, granted), and there's a fair bit of price difference, or at least here in Canada. Revlon retails for usually $5.99, that's what I paid for the remover. Essie Disappearing Trick retails from $9.99 and up. So that's $4, which is enough for two extra large coffees from Tim Horton's. And yes, that's how I'm thinking of amounts right now. I'm running on caffeine and feeling like a superhero when I realize how long I've been awake now. Midterm week!

So that's it for today - I know it's a lot less pictures but what's the point? You've already seen how icky my cuticles can look (I'm so sorry) and they've been looking okay in my pictures lately. What's that expression? The proof is in the pudding? I'm shit with cliches. Anyway!

Which cuticle remover would you like me to try next? :)

 Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!


  1. Have you ever tried Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover? It's amazing and so cheap. It's a pretty big bottle and I often find it on sale at Zellers or Shoppers for under $5.

    I measure things in Timmies too. Coffee is so important to me, it's practically currency!

  2. Hi Kirsten,

    I have this product and am not satisfied with it. I was hoping it would be really quick and easy to use, but as you said, it requires quit a bit of effort. Not to keen on the smell either. I decided to finish off the bottle or give it to a friend of mine but have already found a replacement: Mavala's cuticle remover, which contains some potassium hydroxide, an alcalin base that sloughs away dead skin and organic matter. I really like this one but you need to be careful using, especially if you have a tendancy to rub your eyes. Alcalin bases are very dangerous for your eyes, even when they are not concentrated as they can cause serious problems and even blindness. But i reckon this product is very safe if you are careful. I heard Sally Hansen has a good cuticle remover too, but I've never tried it since the brand isn't sold in Switzerland.
    J'espère avoir pu t'aider!

  3. Hmm, I kinda forgot about this cuticle remover when I was in the drug store the other day. I've always heard it was good. I picked up a huge bottle (well ok, it's 14oz) called Adios Professional Creamy Cuticle Remover, and I quite like it. I was using some mango one from Sally's that was really runny. But this one lives up to its name, and it's super thick and creamy. And it's going to last me forever.

  4. I generally am a bit scared to use a cuticle remover, as you said it melts it away! I generally massage with olive oil and push them up a bit into the shape I want. Should I try one?

  5. I just don't think that I understand the point of cuticle remover. O_O what's it for? Like.. why would you remove your cuticles?

  6. Next time I send you a package I'm sending you the Sally Hansen one!

  7. Oh man, you should definitely try the Sally Hansen blue cuticle remover! That one is my definite favorite. I've also tried Blue Cross but found it difficult to use. The thing about this Revlon one which would keep from using it is how I would have to re-dip and store the tip that touched my skin back into the bottle. *shudders* No thank you! I like more sanitary packaging!


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