Every time I apply a bright colour to my nails, a sense of dread washes over me. When the bright hue contains little flecks of glitter, the anxious feeling gets even worse: how the hell am I gonna get this stuff off? I know I’m not the only one who chooses their nail varnish based on the length of time it’s going to take to remove it two days later, or re-applies varnish to the tips to get another day’s wear out of it. Nail varnish removal is a big problem. If I calculated the hours I’ve spent so far in my lifetime battling stubborn textured polish, I’m pretty sure I could have read War and Peace twice. Just think of all those useful things you could do if you had an extra five minutes to play with: you could straighten your hair a little bit more precisely, try on another three pairs of shoes, catch another news bulletin on the telly or even manage to put your mascara on in the way it was intended. Maybelline should be given an award for the pure joy their newest innovation is going to bring the female population, in the form of an express nail varnish remover. You may have heard of similar products being launched, but I’ve been told by many people this is the best one they’ve tried. When you unscrew the lid it contains a foam centre that you dip your finger into, the nail varnish remover within working to remove all colour and residue within three strokes. It works best when you rub your nail against the side of the foam, but after a few strokes all nail varnish has dissolved (even the annoyingly stubborn glittery ones.) I can’t explain how much easier this makes my life, especially when I usually decide to change my nail varnish ten minutes before leaving the house. Knowing the pain and faff involved in the usual removal process, I don’t think I can ever face going back to liquid and cotton wool. That’s so 2012.
Available from June in Boots/Superdrug priced £4.99