Having a freshly manicured and beautifully painted set of nails makes me feel like a best version of myself; if they’re chipped, flaking or generally a bit worse for wear then I want to hide my hands away until I’ve the time to get them sorted. I’ve no doubt that I’ll probably spend a fair few thousands of pounds on manicures and nail treatments in the next few decades, but it really does make all the difference and work as a little pick-me-up when I’m feeling overwhelmed. My nail stash is overflowing with all number of strengthening base coats, nude long-wear colours and cuticle remover tools – but one thing I feel like I’ve been waiting for my whole nail-loving adult life is the NailFix & Chill Nail Varnish Remover Cream.
I first saw this pop up on my Instagram feed a fair few months ago and it was the ‘Netflix-inspired’ design that first caught my attention. (I think I spend more time watching Netflix than any other task tbh.) But when I saw it was a cream that you applied to nails to remove polish, wiping away the excess without the overwhelming stench of GCSE Physics, I really did need some ASAP. The wait has been a painful one, but now it’s finally in my hands I can reassure you it was absolutely worth the wait and lived up to my every expectation.
This innovative acetone-free cream actually provides nourishing care (rather than taking away all the goodness and moisture like traditional nail varnish removers) while smelling good too. Infused with a complex of Macadamia, Almond and Argan oils alongside Vitamin E, this actually helps to keep cuticles and nails in tip-top condition – a saviour if you change your polish as much as me. I really suffer with breakage and my nails split so often I’ve resorted to hardcore treatments and gel nails just to help strengthen them, but this may offer a great alternative.
The main ingredient in traditional nail polish removers is acetone, which is essentially a paint stripper. Super dry and damaged nails will get drier and more brittle with acetone exposure, so it’s not the polish that’s making your nails look worse for wear – but in fact what you’re using to take it off. If your nails are prone to splitting or flaking, then acetone will only exacerbate this and cause further separation; to break the cycle it’s vital to take a break and treat your nails to some more conditioning care.
To use the NailFix & Chill Nail Varnish Remover Cream you simply pop a small amount onto each nail, leave to work for a few minutes and wipe away with a cotton pad; be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before continuing with your usual manicure routine. It’s that simple: no mess, no fuss, no leftover bits of polish – I was super surprised at how effective it was and how the cream actually left my nails looking better than they did before. It more than exceeded my expectations. Magic!
At £12.95 the tube is also affordable, lasts a long time and is suitable even for traveling – taking away pots of nail varnish remover can be a faff, reduce your baggage allowance and even lead to nasty spills (we’ve all been there!) but this is as simple as chucking in a tube of moisturiser. It’s one of those products that makes you wonder why nobody has thought of it before, and I’ve no doubt it will lead to a whole flurry of copycats in the next year or two.
Looking at my nails today after using Nailfix & Chill last night, they’ve never looked better after removing polish. Usually they look dry, brittle and in need of a quick coat of something fancy to boost the overall appearance of my hands; but today they’re sitting proudly with just a base coat on for the first time in months, so if that’s not a great testimonial I don’t know what is.
In a nutshell, buy one of these tubes immediately.
If you’re a nail addict, or simply love an innovation or to reduce faff, you’ll not be disappointed.
The NailFix & Chill Nail Varnish Remover Cream is available exclusively from BeautyMart, priced £12.95.