As annoying as it is to have charms fall off your nails before it’s time to change your mani, trying to get the darn things off when you want to take them off is just as bad! Do I even have to mention glitter polish? The struggle is real.
If I know I’m going to change my look up quickly, I’ll use the Elmer’s School Glue trick so I won’t have to deal with loads of acetone. Don’t know about it? It’s when you paint a coat of Elmer’s School Glue onto your nails as a base coat, let it dry, and then apply your polish (preferably in a thick coat) over it. Depending on how much you wash your hands, the manicure you do over the glue can last, at worst, a few hours or maybe 2-3 days at best. To remove the polish deliberately, use an orange stick to gently lift up a corner of the polish, and the whole thing will come off your nail lickety split.
When it comes to using rhinestones and studs, my intention is usually to keep them on my nails for as long as possible, but removing them is such a huge pain. Whether you use polish or nail art glue to adhere them doesn’t make much of a difference- the suckers sometimes don’t want to budge. Your only options are to either keep scrubbing away at them with nail polish remover and cotton balls or soak your nails in acetone, either in a dish or with the foil/cotton ball removal method.
But one day, while cruising the nail art section at Walmart, I found this product:
Could this be the answer to my problems? I hate having to soak my nails in dappen dishes full of acetone, and I’m too lazy to prepare foil and cotton balls, so maybe a gel remover is the ticket to freedom.
So let’s try using it on the rhinestones from my Sunflower/Black Eyed Susan manicure. Warning: graphic, ugly pictures of nails lie beyond this sentence. Proceed with caution! You have been warned. 😛
I dipped my nails into the gel one at a time. I probably could have just placed dollops of the gel right on top of the rhinestones because I already took off the surrounding polish, but that would take more effort.
The instructions say to wait 4 minutes before attempting removal, so I sat around, awed by how cold my hands felt with gelled acetone on my nails.
After 4 minutes, I took an orange stick and pried each rhinestone off. They certainly were not going to budge if I only used a paper towel to wipe away the gel, as is recommended in the instructions. I can’t say that they all came off easily- some rhinestones came off without any issues while others required a little strength. I know my nail beds could potentially get damaged from doing this if the polish isn’t totally softened, but I’m not planning to use any charms for quite some time after this manicure.
After trying to wipe away the excess gel and polish with a paper towel, I washed my hands with soap and water. The gel feels very slick when you try to wash it away, and it takes a little effort to make sure all the residue is gone.
I still had some nail polish on my nails, so I needed to go back and remove what little remained with nail polish remover and a cotton pad. But Egad! Something managed to stain my nails!
I have no idea what caused that, but the stains will be covered up with a new manicure soon enough anyway. 😉
I’ve tried using this product with glitter polish in the past, and it did a reasonable job of taking off most of the glitter. Is it better than the foil method? In term of ease of application, most definitely! In terms of clean up? Not really. What time you save in applying the gel gets added at the end when you try to wash it off… and that’s if all your polish got removed the first time around. I’m sticking to using Elmer’s School Glue as a base coat for ease of removal of glitter polishes.
In terms of using this for removal of nail art studs and charms, I would definitely use this again. The gel stays put and doesn’t drip, and it manages to loosen the charms up enough so that you can remove them. After that, it’s not a big deal to clean up the polish residue.
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ (4/5)
If you want to find out more about No Rub Gel by Nail Aid, please visit their website at: http://www.norubgel.com/ Definitely go to Walmart to buy it rather than purchase it online if you have a choice. It’s much cheaper at Walmart, although they don’t see it online. Good luck with the nail art removal process!