Review | Battle of the Miracle Nail Polish Removers

Removing make up is not my favorite part of my daily beauty rituals and removing nail polish even less. A whole new world opened up to me when I first started using the Express Nail Polish Remover from Sephora. I loved it so much it made my top 12 of 2012. But now that some dupes have popped up, will it still maintain its leading position? Welcome to the one and only battle of the nail polishes removers. Which one will get your bet?

DING-DING Let’s get it on!

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In the left corner we have Sephora’s Express Nail Polish Remover, as far as I know the first one (feel free to correct me on this) to come up with this revolutionary way of removing nail polish fast with a built-in sponge. Unfortunately not available in Belgium, but even a trip to France or The Netherlands is worthwhile in order to get this in your stash. How it works? Just put your finger in and twist it around for a couple of seconds and –poof– the finger is stripped from all nail polish. It’s easy, it’s fast, it’s efficient. In other words; everything you need in a nail polish remover. Or is it?

Sephora Express Nail Polish Remover € 7,90 (Exclusively available at Sephora.

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In the right corner we have Bourjois’ Magic Nail Polish Remover, introduced last year and available in Belgium. The prices are pretty much the same (depending on the store) and the actual nail polish removing process is identical and just as fast. The remover will make you say goodbye to those annoying cotton balls sticking to your fingers while endless rubbing and drying your skin in the process.

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover € 7,90 (For Belgium available at Kruidvat, Di and Ici Paris XL.) 

ROUND 1 proves both are really good products and I would pick any of these two over all traditional nail polish removers anytime. So far we’re in for a tie. Round 2 will have to decide the winner of this battle. Who will prevail?

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ROUND 2 is ON!

Sephora’s Remover has been on the market for a while now and has managed to gather a lot of fans, consumers and bloggers alike. The challenger will have to have some tricks up its sleeve to dethrone the champion. Their claim to remove nail polish in just 1 second is plain rubbish. Don’t rely on it if you’re considering a purchase. It can take up to 10 seconds to remove depending on the nail polish (which is still much faster than any regular remover). Don’t use it for glitter though.

However. Bourjois is giving Sephora some severe blows because of its nice extra’s. First is it’s terrific sweet scent of berries and vanilla. While other removers have a fragrance that’s too intense to be able to endure for a long time, Bourjois comes up with this soothing fragrance that’s as pleasant as it can get for a dissolvant. But the hardest blow comes from Bourjois thanks to the soft almond oil inside the formula which immediately transforms the chore into a moment of pampering.

DING-DING-DING We have ourselves a winner! I’ve never encountered a nail polish remover that was as effective and nourishing to my nails. This knocked Sephora right of the game and makes Bourjois the true victor of this battle. And therefore my new favorite nail polish remover ♥



  1. February 23, 2013 / 9:27 am

    I have the Bourjois one, love it! I’m never going back to the old pain in the *ss remover and cotton pads again 🙂

  2. February 24, 2013 / 1:57 pm

    Amazing products! And great review:)

  3. February 24, 2013 / 7:45 pm

    Haha zalig geschreven! 🙂
    Nu ben ik nog benieuwder om het uit te proberen, ik heb mijn potje al in de aanslag 😀
    Naomi, x

  4. February 25, 2013 / 1:52 pm

    Ik deed een domme stoot toen ik die van Bourjois net gekocht had.
    Ik zag namelijk op de verpakking staan dat hij naar rode vruchten en vanille zou moeten geuren. Ik draaide de pot open en snoof eens goed. Needless to say dat het allemaal een beetje naar mijn hoofd steeg :p .

    • Sté
      February 25, 2013 / 2:44 pm

      Haha ja het blijft wel een dissolvant hé en het is sowieso niet aan te raden om echt aan die pot te gaan ruiken. Maar als je het vergelijkt met andere is deze veel aangenamer van geur. Je kunt het best ruiken aan de nagels zelf vind ik.

  5. February 25, 2013 / 2:17 pm


    • February 25, 2013 / 2:18 pm

      Oh jeez, I typed Style Laboratory and the system sent me back. Typed in the right answer but I have no idea why all the weird things were added to my comment! #fail

    • Sté
      February 25, 2013 / 2:46 pm

      Yes, the Sephora one doesn’t have the same nourishing abilities, and I think those are the most important if you change colors often. Plus, it’s much easier to get by 🙂 Don’t worry about the + signs, it happens every once and awhile. I don’t know what causes it or what I can do about it.

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