These Nail Polish Removers Make Taking Off Your Manicure Easy
If there is one underrated product in your beauty collection, it's likely nail-polish remover. Not only does acetone act like a sanitizing fairy godmother against bacteria on surfaces, but it always comes through at the time you need it most — nail day.
Whether you're a gel-X-lover or still stick to simple lacquers, nail polish remover can help you take off your nails, clean up polish on your cuticles, and even help with the creation of some designs. When used in a timely matter (every one to two weeks, typically) they can even help to prevent the yellowing of the nail from over-wearing dark nail polish — a lifesaver in the fall and winter months.
So, yeah, maybe they aren't quite as sexy as the nail polish color itself, but that doesn't mean they aren't necessary. If you're looking to make the take-off process just a little more enjoyable, the good thing is you have options. From easy-to-use acetone wipes that get the job done fast to non-acetone options if you need something more gentle, the best nail polish removers ahead are the top picks on the market. After all: who says a clean slate has to be boring?
— Additional reporting by Ariel Baker
Best Conditioning Nail Polish Remover
An editor (and manicurist) favorite for a reason, this Zoya remover is nothing if not a multitasker: not only does it whisk away polish (without drying out nails in the process), but it also conditions and primes the surface for your next manicure step.
Best Nail Polish Remover Pads
Cutex had us at first swipe. No, really: each of the pads is so generously soaked in acetone, that one wipe will take care of all 10 fingers.
Best Soy-Based Nail Polish Remover
Not into acetone? No problem. This vegan and cruelty-free remover uses a soy-based formula (plus a hit of lavender oil) to remove your color in no time. Just make sure to leave the soaked cotton ball on each nail for 30 seconds before moving on to the next to ensure it wipes away every last trace.
Best Nail Polish Remover Kit
Going to the salon to have your gel manicure removed can be pricey and time-consuming, and when it's just not an option, this kit brings that luxury to you. You'll find everything you need in the set to get the job done at home, from foil and polish remover to wooden sticks and more.
Best Mess-Free Nail Polish Remover
Clumsy with every part of the manicure process (and not just when it applies to painting your non-dominant hand)? The pro-grade, pump-action dispenser of this Deborah Lippmann remover actually makes it hard to create a mess — so you can go ahead and stop feeling like one.
Best Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover
Inhaling acetone isn't exactly pleasant, and those formulas can leave your nails with an alcoholic scent. NYC-based salon brand Tenoverten found a way to bring that same spa experience to your home. This non-acetone remover is not only free of acetone but is also formulated with hydrating essential oils that leave your fingers feeling hydrated — and smelling great.
Best Nail Polish Remover and Sanitizing Wipes
Those who favor essential oils over traditional perfumes will like these nontoxic wipes. They smell as decadent as they sound, and the hydrating product even doubles as hand sanitizer.
Best High-End Nail Polish Remover
Nail polish removers often get relegated to the back of bathroom cabinets, but you'll want to show off the chic, minimalistic bottle of this one. What's inside is an acetone-free formula that's surprisingly effective at removing traditional colors, and quick.
Best Affordable Nail Polish Remover
Budget enthusiasts, you won't find a better bang for your buck than this option from Cutex, which lets you take off your manicure for less than the price of a latte.