01 August 2014

Learning the Lingo - Nail polish remover

Hi loves! Welcome to another installment of Learning the Lingo! In this series I will talk about products you might use maintaining your nails and such, what my favorite product is in that category and to keep it fun and to learn something, I'll tell you the Dutch word for it too :-D! I hope you enjoy this post, let's get started with today's subject.



Nail polish remover (wiki quote) - Nail polish is removed with nail pads or nail polish remover, which is an organic solvent, but may also include oils, scents and coloring. Nail polish remover packages may include individual felt pads soaked in remover, a bottle of liquid remover that can be used with a cotton ball or cotton pad, and even containers filled with foam that can be used by inserting a finger into the container and twisting until the polish comes off.

The most common type of nail polish remover contains the volatile organic compound acetone. It is powerful and effective, but is harsh on skin and nails, which makes them more brittle. It can also be used to remove artificial nails, which are usually made of acrylic. Less toxic is ethyl acetate, the active ingredient in non-acetone nail polish removers, which also often contain isopropyl alcohol. Ethyl acetate is generally the solvent in nail polish itself.

The Dutch word for nail polish remover is nagellak verwijderaar. I rarely ever use that word though, mostly we just call it remover or acetone.

One of my biggest fears is running out of nail polish remover. I'll always make sure I buy new bottles before the last one is opened, just to be sure I'm not stuck with chipped or half naked nails. The horror! Together with cotton balls and cotton pads this is my most used product and therefore I always try to buy it on sale.

Generally you can speak of 2 versions of nail polish removers: with or without acetone. While polish removers quicker and easier when using a remover with acetone, it can also be more harsh on your skin and/or nails, making them dry or brittle and breaking more easily. Also, if you have artificial nails you can't use a remover with acetone, since it'll damage them.

Remover without acetone might be softer on your hands, but depending on what polish is on your nails you may have a lot more issues with removing it. Glitters and heavy shimmers are not made for non-acetone remover!

There are also removers out there that are infused with caring ingredients. A good and popular example is Zoya Remove Plus, an acetone based remover with glycerin added to make your cuticles and nails feel moisturized after using it. Loodie loodie loodie has a great post about making your own version of this remover.

My current favorite remover is from the Kruidvat, a Dutch drugstore. It isn't expensive at all and I usually buy a bottle or 6 when it's on sale, so I always have a stash. I also use pure acetone from time to time when doing clean up on nail art, or my glycerin/acetone mix in the winter time to prevent my skin from drying out too much.

What's the word for nail polish remover in your language? Tell me in the comments!

38 comments :

  1. Жидкость для снятия лака :) Russian :)

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  2. I pretty much solely use pure acetone. I find it works quick and I use lots of moisturising products afterwards to avoid getting my nails too dry. We usually call polish remover "Disolvent" here in Belgium :D

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  3. I just use Zoya's remover - works great for me!

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  4. Obsesssssed with Zoya's nail polish remover. I'll never go back to drugstore acetone!!

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  5. Cosmetic Sanctuary01 August, 2014 21:54

    I use Zoya Remove + religiously.

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  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Zoya Remove

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  7. Remove+ is the only remover I will use.

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  8. I always go for the cheap Kruidvat remover too! I'd also recommend Etos' remover with acetone, btw ;)

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  9. The Dalai Lama's Nails01 August, 2014 22:54

    I'm an acetone girl all the way. I just do not have the patience for anything else!

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  10. i try to do non acetone and i get frustrated sometimes... i go back and forth

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  11. I use acetone. Ain't nobody got time for non.

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  12. We just call it nail polish remover. :) (I, however, prefer remover pads!)

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  13. I use acetone, that's why my nails are weak and f**ked up, lol

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  14. zmywacz do paznokci - Polish :) Nagellackenferner - German :)

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  15. I am always surprised by the combinations of letters in Polish :).

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  16. Adding essential oil, smart! Might try that sometime :).

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  17. If I had easier access to it I might use it too :).

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  18. It's really THAT good? They don't sell it here :(.

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  19. Funny how much everyone loves that :D!

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  20. Even for swatchatons and such?

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  21. I reeeally should try it sometime reading all these comments :D.

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  22. Have you ever tried the homemade recipe? Curious how people think it compares :).

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  23. Ooh I'll check that one sometime, thanks for the tip Q!

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  24. :D it has got to be removed and it has to be gone quickly ;-)!

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  25. I think it's better to be done with it quickly rather than having to scrub with non-acetone - might be more damaging in the end!

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  26. I wish there were remover pads WITH acetone, I can always only find them with non-acetone remover.

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  27. Maybe try the homemade recipe sometime with the glycerin added :)?

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  28. Its called 'zmywacz do paznokci' in polish but i rather call it acetone as well as you :)
    cavasava.blogspot.com

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  29. Виктория Артамонова02 August, 2014 20:05

    since it is quite a mouthful even for Russians, we often use an acronym ЖДСЛ :)

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  30. Виктория Артамонова02 August, 2014 20:08

    I've heard so many good things about Zoya Remove+, I need to try this one.
    I use some cheap drugstore acetone-based removers most often, and pure acetone for clean-up. And I've found Nubar polish remover with cucumber extract does a great job in removing glitter polish. It still needs some rubbing, but it is, like, 10 times easier than with a regular remover.

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  31. Cosmetic Sanctuary02 August, 2014 23:41

    Yes. It's all I use

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  32. Yes I want to try the real deal as well :-)!
    Hmm, that Nubar sounds interesting too. Glitter is SUCH a pain in the ass, lol!

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  33. I haven't tried Zoya Remove+ myself (I'm using the Etos one with acetone and glycerin in it) but you can buy it from Nailpolish Fashion or Pretty Polish.
    It is pretty pricey though (and that's putting it mildly ;)

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  34. Yeah that's what's holding me back... I just use too much of it!

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