Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Most Affordable Nail Polish Remover Wipes

Hi everyone!

Recently I went shopping for some new remover wipes since I had run out of the ones I had been using (OPI Expert Touch - which I really didn't like, by the way). I hadn't bought any in a really long time because I was sent the OPI ones as a gift and before that I was using ones that came with my student's kit from when I did my manicurist course.

Well, I was completely shocked to see the prices that places like Sally's and Cosmoprof charge for their remover wipes! For a package of 200, it was anywhere between $14 and $20! And that's with my pro discount! Needless to say, I left without remover wipes.

So instead of paying those ridiculous prices, I went to Wal-Mart and picked up a package of felt. Yes, felt. I remembered that a few years ago when I was in a pinch for some wipes, I used some scrap felt that my mom had lying around. And it worked really well! I'm not sure why I didn't stick with that as a method of removing polish, but I'm sure I will be from now on!


This is what the felt looks like when you buy it. The package I got came with 6 sheets of felt for $1.96. In my experience, the colour of the felt makes no difference, so I just grabbed the first pack that I saw.


I take the sheets and cut them first into long strips. Each of these sheets yields roughly 5 strips. As you can see, you really don't need to be precise with your cuts. After all, they just end up in the garbage anyways.


Once I have all the strips cut, I then cut each of the strips into smaller squares. Each strips yields 7-8 squares, depending on how wide you want them.


You can store the squares in basically anything, but I use the box from my OPI Expert Touch Wipes. It's a convenient way to store them and it doesn't take up too much space.


So, for less than $2, I can get 210-240 remover wipes! That's quite a significant value, especially compared to the prices I listed above!

Aside from the value, these felt squares do a really good job at removing polish! They absorb acetone/polish remover really well and I can usually remove polish from 3-4 nails with just one square.

Have you tried felt as a polish remover wipe before? Do you have another method that you prefer?

26 comments:

  1. I never thought of that. Felt is such a good idea of removing nail polish. :)

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  2. very clever and great price :) thanks for the tip

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  3. *blink* Call me old fashioned, but I just buy a 98¢ package of cotton rounds/squares/balls from Target. If you use the rounds or squares, fold it in half when you apply the nail polish remover. As one side gets full, you can just unfold it to a clean piece. I can usually get an entire hand clean with one piece, unless I used glitter or a whole lot of layers.

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    1. Haha, that's not old fashioned. I just find that the cotton balls/squares leave too much cottony residue, especially when I'm removing any type of glitter polish.

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  4. brb, let me go rummage our storage cupboard! - this is such a neat idea!
    Although I too normally just use the cheapest cotton pads I can find, lately I can't stop marvelling over "pre-soaked" remover pads (also the cheapest I can find, lol).

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  5. Cotton balls + acetone to remove non-glitter. For glitter: a piece of cotton ball soaked in acetone and wrapped in aluminum foil let sit 3-5 min and the glitter slides off with the cotton ball leaving naked nail.

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  6. I've never really had any problems with cotton residue left on my nails and I've been using plain cotton pads for years now ! Felt is a great idea though, just not that easy to get hold of whilst living in the middle of nowhere !

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  7. I've been using the cheap nail wipes from China on Ebay. For about $2, you can get 400 lint-free wipes that are about half the thickness of the OPI ones. I sometimes use a cotton pad for plain polish removal, but for glitters and colors that stain, I like the wipes.

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    1. Interesting! I never thought to look on eBay for wipes!

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    2. Yeah, I got the 400-pack off Buyincoins for $2 (free ship), supposed to be lint-free. Haven't received them yet though. Getting these saves you some cutting work :)

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  8. I think it sounds like a great idea, I'll be trying that out for sure, thanks! :)

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  9. This is a fabulous idea! I love it!

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  10. This is such a good idea! I like saving money on polish accessories (remover, wipes, etc.) It leaves more room in my budget for the actual polish!! :)

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  11. Ive never tried it. Does it bleed through pad and get on your thumb skin at all?
    Thx

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    1. No, not at all! And I hate when that happens! That was my main complaint about the OPI ones, actually.

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  12. The Polish Monster told me this trick, though I haven't tried it yet. She suggested always using white felt because the colors of others could bleed.

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    1. I've tried several other colours (blue, green and orange) and none of those bled. I haven't tried the black yet, but if any were to bleed, I'd say it would be black (and maybe red). I'll update this post after I've tried the black to let you know.

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  13. I zipped out to walmart after I saw this post! I LOVE my new wipes. Cotton residue has been an on going problem for me, but I didn't want to shovel out a bunch of money that I could spend on polish! I LOVE these so much! Thank you! <3

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  14. I usually pick up the long bags of make-up remover pads from walmart for $2 but only get about 120 in a pack. And it takes at least one to remove difficult polish, sometimes 2... I will definitely be looking into this felt option from now on! :)

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    1. I still use those long bags of cotton pads for the easy to get off polishes..but I buy felt off the bolt at Walgreens or where I am that it's the cheapest and cut that up...usually cheaper to buy felt on bolts vs. the pre-cut craft squares AND that way I always can get white felt too.

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  15. I use felt squares too. I buy them in all white however and usually off a bolt of felt as it's cheaper than by the craft squares. I use felt for hard to get off polishes like glitters and some reds esp. I still use my cotton pads for easy to get off ones. I stumbled on using felt from buying the packs of remover pads Rite Aide sells which are fab by the way but pricy. But they work great to take in the suitcase when you need to travel and cannot take a possible leaking bottle of acetone...so highly recommend keeping some of those for travel needs - but at home, cannot beat felt and acetone.

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  16. OMG... I've never seen before... It is so brilliant!!!! I'll try tomorrow...!!! Thank you for good information~^^

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  18. Years ago I learned about using old pantyhose. NO LINT! You cut them up in pieces and they take that polish right off.

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