Picture Polish has recently started selling a new water base nail polish remover. They have two packaging options, a 125ml bottle and a travel pack (which is perfect for your handbag) that contains more than 40 pre-moistened wipes.
I've gotta say that when I heard about water based nail polish remover I was pretty skeptical that they would actually work very well, so lets have a look at how well they did work.
First up, I removed a mani that was three coats of OPI DS Original plus top coat, using Those Wipes. The wipes are about the same size as a regular cotton round, but they are very thin and strong.
I placed the wipe on my nail and left it there for about 15 seconds like they suggest on the back of the container.
I then just slowly pushed the wipe off my nail and to my huge surprise the polish came with it.
I was able use one wipe to do all five fingers on one hand, so you need two wipes to remove a full manicure. If you had a darker or more pigmented polish on, you might need to use more.
As you can see in the photo below, the wipes are very moisturizing, it's more like giving your hands a full treatment than actually removing nail polish.
The bottle of remover works in exactly the same way, except you put the remover onto your own cotton ball or round (or whatever you use).
This time around I used it to remove a highly pigmented green polish that was two coats, top coat, stamping and more top coat (you will see that mani soon). I was able to remove all the polish on one hand using one cotton round and enough of That remover to moisten it.
The process of removing polish with this water based polish remover is definitely slower than using other polish removers, as you need to wait at least 15 seconds per nail for the remover to soften the polish and allow you to remove it. As such I wouldn't use this when I doing swatching, because it would just take too long and I use so much acetone that it would cost too much.
I love how moisturizing this is! When I swatch I normally use straight acetone and my nails and cuticles dry out really fast. I have found that I have started using That remover on a moistened wipe and cleaning my nails after using acetone to remove a swatch. I find one wipe usually lasts me my entire swatching session and it keeps my fingers feeling and looking human - which I'm sure is due to the Vitamin E and Aloe Vera that is in them.
The remover has no fumes and is non-flammable, which means you can safely take it on a plane if you are traveling, plus is can be posted with no issues! But it's still hazardous - so no drinking ok!
The Remover and Those wipes are available from Picture Polish for $5.50 and $8.50 respectively. So while they are on the more expensive side of the polish remover scene, I really believe they offer something new and innovative and will be particularly useful for women that have sensitive skin.
Edited to add: Quite a lot of you were interesting in what the actual ingredients are:, so here is a photo of the back of the bottle. Definitely no acetone, but I have no clue which ingredients are the ones that remove the polish though.