Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Gia Paris - A Bourjois Polish Remover Dupe!



When I saw the new Bourjois nail polish remover pot reviewed by Emma over on Beaut.ie, I was instantly reminded of a similar pot my Mam had back in the 80's (that's where I get the addiction to polish y'know). I knew I wanted to give it a try but just hadn't seen it yet.

That was until I saw this little dude sitting on the shelf of McCabes Pharmacy at the weekend. Price tag for Bourjois is €6.99, for this though? €2.99! That's a €4 saving, bargain lovers and considering they had the idea down pat in the 80's, I was pretty confident this would work just as well.

I was right! I chose Revlon's Gold Coin to test it out as it has a dense silver & gold micro shimmer that gives it its gawjus shine. Pics, anyone?


Revlon Gold Coin (two coats with top coat) - Golder than any coin I've ever seen...
One second dip - removed most of the polish - Wowsers!
Second One second dip removes every scrap - shiny, spotless nail in a couple of seconds!
I'm thrilled I picked this up, changing my polish 3 and 4 times a week and setting up pictorials means I go through an awful lot of remover but also that a lot of my time is spent cleaning nails when designs don't turn out quite the way I had planned.

While I've no doubt this will do the trick for glitters, the problem is that your glitter will be left on the sponge, which will then transfer up your fingers and mucky up your sponge. For glitter removal I'll still swear by Cutex.

There's no doubt there'll be many, many more cheap versions of these cleaners. Have you spotted any yet? 


Tried any of 'em?


**Edit Sept 2012** After careful consideration, check out this post to see which product performs better over a period of time. 

10 comments:

fluff and fripperies said...

Well spotted Sue, I'll be keeping my eyes peeled! And thanks for the shout out, lovely xo

Karen said...

Well spotted is right and I only picked up the shaggin Bourjois one the weekend, doh!! Will pick up this one for when the Bourjois one runs out cos they work brilliantly.

FitznBitz said...

Oh very good. I have the bourjois and love it. Great to see cheaper dupes though. Is it scented like the Bourjois one?

boredmum said...

OOOOH 2 seconds, for that price, deadly, pity i have no mc cabes near me, but mum is going up to Dublin tomorrow so i will get her to get me one, i have the Pretty Quik one that i picked up in boots after reading the review in Beaut.ie, it was about €2.99 aswell, but definately took longer to remove, i think i would have been quicker using cotton wool and polish remover, but this sounds deadly, will definately give it a go

CherrySue said...

I'm all about the saving money me - means I can buy more stuffs! Haha x

CherrySue said...

Yep, I think the idea is fail safe to be honest - little pots o' magic!

CherrySue said...

It's not as strongly scented as Bourjois but it has it's own smell alright, not unpleasant. Just whatever you do, do NOT take a big sniff - you'll be seeing stars! x

CherrySue said...

Delighted! Think the remover in this one must be stronger. They're handy little buggers to have around the place x

Jessbeautylife said...

Can't wait to try, glitter polishes are sooooooo hard to get off I usually time putting one on when I know I'll be going to get a manicure the week after so someone else's blood and sweat can go into getting the stuff off!!

Heather! said...

I always used the sponge pot removers in the States, but when I moved here to Ireland I couldn't find one. So I made my own! I cut some slits in a soft sponge, popped it into a cute empty container (I think it held Almay eye makeup remover pads), poured in my favorite remover, and then--the fun part--I decorated it with rhinestones! It's a pretty little polish removing gem, and if the sponge gets icky, I can just replace it.