Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover

Tuesday, 22 May 2012


Finally got my paws on one of these!  Seems like I've been looking for it for forever!  It is of course the much hyped and much raved about Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover.  It comes in a hot pink fat tub and is acetone and paraben free.  The big claim with this is that it removes regular nail polish in 1 second (per nail), simply by dipping said nail into the sponge inside and twisting the tub, eliminating the usage of cotton wool.  Apparently, it's also supposed to have some kind of 'red fruit and vanilla fragrance', but I certainly wouldn't recommend deeply inhaling this.  OK, it's not as potently whiffy as most nail polish removers, but it doesn't exactly smell of strawberry fields either. 

I wasn't that obsessed with finding it when I first saw this being mentioned, until I saw a couple of bloggers commenting on its amazing super powers of removing glitter nail polish.  After that, I was like, YEAH I NEED THIS!  Being a NOTD junkie and general lover of all things sparkly and shiny, I wear my fair share of glitter polish, and like everyone else, I find removing it to be a pain in the ass.  Yes, the tin foil wrap thingy works fine, but I'm lazy, and it's fiddly and time consuming.  Anything that will take it off in less than ten minutes without dissolving my nails is obviously going to appeal to me.

Before I go through my experiment and try this out, I thought I'd quickly point out that I don't think this remover is actually meant for getting rid of glitter nail polish.  By this, I mean the 1 second per nail claim isn't going to apply to glitter, so bear that in mind.       



I picked four of my favourite glittery (and stubborn to remove) nail polishes.  Deborah Lippmann - Razzle Dazzle, Revlon - Facets Of Fuchsia, OPI - Teenage Dream and Barry M - 150 Red Glitter.   I applied two coats to each nail.


You put your nail one at a time, into the sponge inside and twist the tub.  I assume that 1 second = 1 twist?  For my experiment I first did 5 twists per nail, the results being...


 ... OK.  You can see that it has taken off a good portion of Facets Of Fuchsia (second nail) and has probably taken off one coat of Teenage Dream (third nail).  I think it took a lot of Red Glitter (last nail) because of the way my little finger angled itself in the sponge.

I then did another 5 twists per nail...  


... HELLO!  Here you can clearly see that practically all of the glitter has come off, with just a tiny bit left (there's more left of Teenage Dream (third nail) as it's a very chunky glitter).  My nails were a little oily after using this, but I always wash my hands after using a remover and apply cuticle or hand cream, so this wasn't an issue for me.

I'm very impressed with the results overall and will definitely continue to use this for removing glitter nail polish.  I'm not sure how long a tub of this will last for and because it's on the expensive side of things (this is £4.99 for 75ml and my regular acetone free remover is £1.25 for 150ml), I'll probably only use it for glitter removal, but it's certainly very handy to have if you wear a lot of nail polish.

Have you picked one of these up?
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38 comments

  1. Wow! I'm going to have to invest in this baby seeing the results there! Glitter polish is always a bitch to remove, this sounds great

    Charlee
    http://charmedcharlee.blogspot.com/
    xx

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  2. That's pretty impressive, thanks for posting this as I wasn't sure how it'd be on glitter polishes!
    Yeah I get a bottle of 250ml acetone-free for £1.49, so I might get this to test it out :P but it won't become my regular remover
    xx

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    1. Yeah definitely one to use just for glitter polishes I think :) xx

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  3. I really want to try this but can't find it anywhere, it's like gold dust!!
    The one thing I'm worried about is how long it lasts, seems to be something that could dry out quite quickly and at £4.99 a pop, is it worth it?? Love all the glitters! xx

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    1. Honestly I was looking EVERYWHERE for this! Finally picked one up randomly in my tiny local Boots, they must have had a delivery in that day. Really not sure how long it would last and it's hard to judge because nearly all of the liquid seems to be soaked into the sponge, so it's not like you can shake it and judge that way. I guess only time will tell! xx

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  4. Oooh what a great test you did! I LOVE this product, I blogged about it just the other day, but I haven't tried it with glitter yet. I can't believe it cuts through it so easily! x

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    1. It's amazing stuff, just remember to do at least 10 twists for glitter and I reckon it'll come off easy peasy like it did for me! x

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  5. Surely you can re-soak the sponge once it's dried out/used up? Unless the inside of the hole has become covered in polish, or torn from the glitter...

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    1. Quite possibly! Only time will tell, but I'll be sure to try that out when it dries up.

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  6. I picked this up at the weekend and used it for the first time tonight, i didn't realise it was good at taking glitter nail polish off! Result!
    http://www.allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com

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    1. certainly helps to justify the expensive price tag a bit more :)

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  7. I've yet to find this in Dublin, it looks great xxx

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    1. hope you can find a tub soon, it really is great :) xxx

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  8. Wow, that is amazing. I can finally start to wear glitter again. Hurray!!! :)
    I got myself a bottle too but haven't tested it yet, only read great things tho. Xx

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  9. Thanks for sharing!! I need something like this!!


    Boston Princess

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  10. This is the second review I've seen for this. I would definitely be interested to know how long it lasts for.

    girlreviewsthings.blogspot.com xx

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    1. me too, hopefully it won't have dried up by next week or anything! xx

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  11. omg amazing. I want it!!! where did you get it?

    x Stace
    PS. I've got a giveaway to win a $90 House of Harlow ring! Would love for you to enter.

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    1. I got mine from my tiny local Boots store!

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    2. I live in australia. any ideas where i cld get it. this stuff was everywhere in late 80s early 90s. now when i ask about it they look at like your a stoner whose just thought of a brilliant idea.

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    3. Hi Debbie, I'd try Sephora which should ship to Australia or alternatively, have a look at eBay or Amazon?

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  12. Stubborn glitter polish Is always a pain in the arse.
    I think I may have to invest on one of these babes?
    Although I do wonder how it will last, as doesnt the sponge get dirty with multiple uses?

    ClaireRebecca.x

    www.glitterview.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hoping it will last a while, but we'll see! I imagine over time it would get clogged up with nail polish inside, though I'm not sure if it dissolves it or something? When I removed the glitter, I couldn't see any traces of it inside the sponge x

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  13. I have had this a couple of weeks and i totally agree with you. I'm pretty sure I will re purchase it. I find nail polish removal a chore and this makes it a bit more fun ha.

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  14. Wow, I would say those results are impressive. Not 1 second, but 10 seconds to remove most of the stubborn glitter polishes is still pretty good in my book! I hope this is released in Australia soon, though I'm sure it'd be horribly overpriced :p And your post totally reminded me of my love for Teenage Dream, it's everything I love about nail polish in a bottle :)

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    1. It's really good, hope you can get in Oz soon! I agree, Teenage Dream is just so gorgeous! x

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  15. I love mine still, great review, it's such a life saver :D

    http://lucyywrites01.blogspot.com
    Lucy
    x

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  16. Great post, I've tried something very similar from a different brand but not this exact one. I hate removing glitter polish so this looks like a good investment. Have you tried it on your toes lol? x

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    1. There a few similiar dupes of this that I've seen around, I think one is called Super Quik? Lol, not sure I'm that flexible :D x

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  17. This is very impressive, I need to try it as it takes for ever to get glitter off. xxx

    www.simplybeauty123.blogspot.co.uk

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