Thursday, September 1, 2011

Zoya Remover+ vs. Sally Hansen Moisturizing Remover

Last week, when I got my Zoya order in, I also received a free mini bottle of Remover+. I couldn't wait to try it out! I have heard so many good things. I also wanted to see how it would compare to my Sally Hansen remover... which is like my holy grail. I have gone through like 6 bottles, I refuse to use anything else. Anyway, I asked you guys on Twitter and Facebook last night, if you would like to see a post comparing/reviewing the two removers, and I got a lot of responses saying yes!! So here it is(:


Note From Me:  Before I started I just wanted to say that I try to stay away from pure acetone. Where I live, everybody surfs, and acetone is used and is for removing resin. So I don't think it's healthy on your nails to use acetone. Now, I am not saying that you shouldn't have any acetone in your remover, because it doesn't work that well if you don't, but I just wouldn't recommend using pure acetone :)

Smell: The first thing I noticed about Remover+ was the smell. It's very different (and strong!) from the Sally Hansen one. SH has more of a... softer smell that I actually don't mind at all, while R+ has more of a strong menthol smell... which I don't really enjoy. The SH even seemed a little bit floral smelling in relation to the Zoya one. 

Removing:  Ok, moving on to what it's actually supposed to do... remove polish. Both of these removers work great! I honestly wouldn't choose one over the other. Both have enough acetone to make removal process super fast and easy. And all you have to do is rub your cotton round/ball a couple times around your finger and BAM! It's gone! (Both removers take me about 3 swipes/rubs to get all polish off. Excluding little bits near cuticle) But I think Remover+ removes shimmer/glitter a little better than SH.

Residue:  One thing I noticed after taking off the polish on the Zoya hand, is that my fingers felt a little bit sticky. Now, my SH remover leaves residue, but I don't think it was as bad as Remover+

Moisturizing:  Both say they moisturize but I can't really tell... I don't really care though if they do or not... I always put my Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream right after so that pretty much takes care of things as far as moisturizing. 

Overall:  Overall, both are great and they both remove nail polish really fast and easy, unlike some removers I know (I am looking at you Cutex!). I wouldn't really recommend one over the other. Both are great. I guess it just depends on what your nail type it.... oh, and the smell, lol... I don't really like the Zoya smell. But the great removal makes up for that(: 

Let me know what your thoughts are or what your favorite remover is! :)

9 comments:

Lacquer Lover said...

I used pure acetone lol. Noting else works as well or as fast. Thanks for the review!

Kelly said...

Lacquer Lover: lol :P Glad you liked the review! :)

Sabine said...

Thanks for putting this up! I also never used pure acetone and I am still looking for the perfect remover for glitter polishes (since the ones I've tried so far weren't really satisfying).

Peace, Love & Polish said...

I've never used pure acetone because my mother said it would make you high (this was in middle school). Now hearing what you said it's used for, I don't think I'd ever use it! Thanks for the review though. I use SH Remover and it works great for me!

whimsicalglam said...

I love wearing glitter polish, but not taking off. I think I might try the Zoya remover if you said it works better on those. Thanks!

Sara said...

I love Remove+ but just can't afford it. I use the pink remover from Sally's and it works just as well.

ceciliasclaws said...

I think more needs to be written about how bad acetone actually is for nails. Dries them out and discolours them.
I like Sally Hansen stuff too!

Great blog - I'm jealous of your stamping techniques!

MorePolishPlz said...

I just ordered some Zoya remover plus in the pump bottle , But will prolly keep buying the Equate version of the Sally Hansen remover lol. I use remover far to much to keep buying an expensive brand like Zoya. Thanks for sharing Kelly!

Morgan said...

Since I've tried the Remover+ I will never use anything else again. I love it!! <3

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