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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Review: Ulta Instant Nail Polish Remover



I recently picked up the Ulta Instant Nail Polish Remover on a whim, whilst browsing the nail section at Ulta. I haven’t tried one of these sponge polish removers in years… I remember having one as a young teen and using it until it quite literally dried out (and turned purple – yuck). I thought, “Why not? I’ll give it a go!” and into my basket it went.

Well? The verdict is in, and I love it. I had forgotten how convenient these little pots are, and it’s quite nice to not have to use a ton of cotton pads. Just a quick couple of swipes into the hole in the middle and my nail polish was completely off, except for my thumb which was at quite a weird angle and therefore needed the little “brush wand” to help it along the way. I don’t think it’s just my thumb, for the record. I think all thumbs will struggle with this type of remover pot. Also, I took one for the team and attempted to remove my pedicure with this; it’s not easy, I wouldn’t recommend. I think that’s what the wand is for. 

I haven’t tried other brands so I don’t know how this stacks up to others, but I can definitely recommend this one. Give it a go next time you’re at Ulta, and if you are at another store and they have “their” brand, try it out!

Let me know if there is one in particular that is your favorite… but until I find a better one this will be a regular in my medicine cabinet. At $3.99 it's a bargain for something that works so well.

Hooray for an easy nail polish remover! Nothing is more curse-worthy than a nail polish remover that refuses to remove!

Ingredients:
Acetone, Propylene Carbonate, Aqua, Dimethyl Glutarate, Deimethyl Adipate, Dimethyl Succinate, Glycerin, Fragrance, Denatonium Benzoate, Benzophenone-1, Gelatin, FD&C Yellow 11.

41 comments:

  1. I've always been concerned that these formulas will leave my hands feeling really oily. I tried a Nivea one before and it was hopeless. I think I'll give this one a shot though.

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  2. I've heard that the rite aid brand is really good (via nouveau cheap's blog) I haven't tried it though! I still use 100% acetone works the best, especially on glitter!

    hugkissmakeup.blogspot.com

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  3. I Didn't know they still made these! I used one by Sally Hanson in my Spice Girls obsession era (aka lots of glitter!). I will def have to pic one up, as they're great for soaking off stubborn polishes.

    XX Jess

    Ruffles & Truffles

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  4. I used to love these pots, but haven't gotten them in years. $3.99 is amazing for that - I remember spending at least $6. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I have used the Sally Hansen one recently and really liked it! Much easier than fighting with a cotton pad!

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  6. Elle, I'm loving that you are posting every day now! I've missed your posts!
    I love using the nail polish removers that come in a pot! They are so much faster than regular nail polish removers. I currently don't have one of these nail polish removers, but I'm trying to find one.
    http://evithefashionista.blogspot.ca/

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  7. I love the sephora version, it smells really fruity and works really well. X

    http://celinelovesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Love your blog very much!:) I prefere regular nail polish remmovers. I thinks it is just a habbit.
    I am starting my own blog and I feel I also need to thank you for inspiration.
    It currently only has one post, but feel free to check it out;)
    HTTP://PINKBOWSANDBIGSMILES.BLOGSPOT.COM/

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  9. I am just curious, but how long do these normally last??

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  10. I love these nail polish removers!

    www.modernbeautygirl.blogspot.com

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  11. I think i'm going to try this out the next time I go to ulta!

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  12. hi elle! although i haven't tried this I must admit it looks very easy for us the lazy bugs! just some advice when you link something its a bit hard to read because its baby pink, i love pink but a colour such as hot pink would be a bit easier to read! thanks for your time <3 i adore your vlog!

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  13. I love the comic relief in your images! :)
    Fun post on my birthday!
    Ashley

    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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  14. These look really snazzy- we have the bourjois ones over here but I've never used them. I'm a nail biter so these will probably help as the taste would be bitter :) xx

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  15. I've never used one of these sorts of removers but I paint my nails a lot, we don't have an Ulta so does anyone have any England friendly recommendations?
    Wondorla.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes! I have heard the Bourjois 1 second nail polish remover is supposed to be amazing!

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  16. I have the Maybelline Express Remover and it's just amazing! If you get the chance to try it then absolutely do. It smells good and removes polish really easily.

    xo
    Liina

    http://missliina.com

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  17. I haven't used one of those in years! They do work great though, I'm going to have to seek one out!

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  18. I have always loved these but I keep a bottle for my toes just because it seems easier that way instead of the little wand. My mom will literally not use anything else!

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  19. It's winter time at the moment in Australia which means darker red colors so I was wondering how well they took off darker colors without leaving a stain?

    californiandreaming@blogspot.com.au

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  20. I loved the Hunger Games references. =)

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  21. The only thing I don't like about this method of nail polish remover is the fact that the product gets all over your fingers. I don't know if I have super absorbent fingers or what, but no matter how many times I wash my hands after using these products, I can always smell (or taste, if I'm eating a finger food) it on my hands for hours.

    But, that said, it's definitely the most efficient way to do it and I still use this product, ha. And your little tracker jacker is adorable.

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    1. LOL! "Super absorbent fingers". My trick is I take off my nail polish right before I take a shower/wash my hair. I find the good scrubbing in the shower with shampoo and stuff takes all the after-scent away!

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  22. I love these nail polish remover jars!! They are soo convenient!

    Annie
    A College Confession
    (I have a post on my site on how I love to remove nailpolish too!!)

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  23. I've tried these little pots before, they are super handy and easy to use. The only thing is they dry up WAYY faster than the traditional nail polish remover bottles.

    -thinksandra

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  24. I have been really wanting to try one of these! Maybe I will finally break get one :)

    xoxo

    http://perlasancheza.blogspot.com/

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  25. I'm kind of intimidated to try these :/
    Thanks for all the blogs lately Elle.

    Check out my blog at showandtellwithmichelle.blogspot.com for beauty, money saving tips, gymnastics, product reviews and more! Thanks :)

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  26. I like these but I had to stop using them because my son kept playing with them.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  27. How long do those last? Is it cheaper in the long run as oppose to regular remover? It would mean a lot if you could give me advise on my blog Elle. Www.beautybyamandaa.blogspot.com you are blair are the reasons why I love makeup

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  28. I've heard about a few of these kinds of products but havn't been able to find any near where I live. What a great idea! I can just imagine how much time and cotton pads it would save! Lovely post :)

    Debra Bros

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  29. I do love these for a quick removal, the only thing is they dry out my fingertips so I can only use them very rarely. On lazy days or if I'm on a run :)

    http://blushingincolor.com/

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  30. I haven't tried these nailpolish remover before, cause I always think they break before I leave the store!

    http://tanjamortensen.com/

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  31. I have a Bourjois one that is very similar to this! I loved the HG reference - it made me giggle :)

    Zoe x

    dailyfacebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. Definitely try the Up & Up (Target brand) one! It has little bristles rather than a sponge, and took my glitter nail polish off in just a few swipes! I tried a sponge one of a different brand before, and this one is way more efficient, though there is still the problem that you can't use it for your feet, unfortunately.

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  33. Hi Elle, I've been using one of these for about 2 months. I noticed that when it was new it worked really well, but as time goes on and I refill it with polish remover, it doesn't work as well. I think all of the polish it removes stays in the container and affects the sponge. But for the first month or so, it worked great. I'll definitely repurchase in the future!

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  34. The Target one is really good (like someone else mentioned) and the Walgreens brand one (studio 35 I think??) is one of my faves. I also use a makeup sponge for my nail polish remover because they do an amazing job at removing nail polish and last for multiple uses unlike cotton pads/balls -- totally unwasteful :)

    candyandzebrastripes.blogspot.com

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  35. I've always been iffy on these sponge nail polish removers. After your review, I will have to pick one up when I go shopping!

    pnncy.blogspot.ca

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  36. I've used the sephora One and now i'm using the KIKO one that i like better, it's cheaper and has no weird nail polish removers smell.
    (I don't know if KIKO is available in US.)I find that this kind of removers are quick and very useful in case of glitter nail polishes!

    http://lightpinkbeauty.blogspot.it/

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