Review : Fast & Fruity Nail Polish Remover

Review : Fast & Fruity Nail Polish Remover
Fast & Fruity Nail Polish Remover £0.85 Home Bargains.
Following all the hype surrounding the Bourjois magic nail polish remover I really wanted to try it but resisted temptation due to the hefty £4.99 price tag. I found this similar product in my local Home Bargains for just 85p and couldn’t leave it there.
Its basically a pot of acetone free nail varnish remover with a nifty little sponge in it. Unlike the Bourjois version this doesn’t claim to remove nail polish quickly, it just states that it will provide a no fuss easy and effective nail polish removal.
This is said to have a peach fragrance, it doesn’t. It smells more like paint stripper, you could probably get high on it! 
I popped my fingers in (which felt rather strange) and twisted around, after a few twists and dips in and out my nail polish had all been removed. I found this to work quite well and find it very useful for lazy days.
My main concern with this is the state that it left my fingers in afterwards. As you can see it left white marks on the skin around my nails and it dried both the skin and nails out quite a lot. Due to this I wouldn’t use this nail polish remover all the time, but I would still use it if I was in a rush.
apologies for the rubbish instagram photo, last minute addition
After using this approximately four times the above photo is how the sponge now looks! It has completely fallen apart. It is still usable though, I used it in this state to remove glitter polish and it still worked quite well.
Talking of glitter polish, I’m sure that is the question on most people’s lips! How well does it remover glitter? The only time that I have tried it with glitter is while it was in this state. It didn’t completely remove it but it did a very good job. I was actually quite impressed. I did still use normal nail varnish remover after this to remove the excess glitter, but all in all it made a job that I hate a lot easier.
Overall I’m happy with this, for 85p I really can’t moan. I wouldn’t use it all the time due to the dryness that it seems to cause, the sponge does break up after a few uses but for 85p I don’t mind replacing it after every couple of uses.


  1. 13th October 2012 / 12:11 pm

    I always pick these up on holiday if I've chipped my polish but they're deadly if you have a cut in your finger!

    Might pop to Home Bargain and pick some up for nail varnish emergencies

    • 15th October 2012 / 6:22 pm

      That is a great idea to take them on holiday! I'll definitely grab some for my honeymoon.
      I can imagine how painful it would be with a cut! x

  2. 13th October 2012 / 1:39 pm

    I've not tried the Bourjois one either- it's not a new concept and is pretty over priced! I've tried similar things before and they're super handy especially for travelling. They may not last wonderfully but for the price we dont mind! xx

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    • 15th October 2012 / 6:22 pm

      Definitely can't complain for the price! I'll be packing a few for my honeymoon 🙂 x

  3. 13th October 2012 / 6:45 pm

    Great post. I picked up a couple more of these from Home Bargains yesterday. I think they're fab. Super fast at removing the polish. I don't have problems with the remover drying out my nails mainly because i tend to use loads of moisturiser as i have eczema in-between my fingers so i'm extra paranoid about keeping dryness away.

    • 15th October 2012 / 6:23 pm

      Thanks 🙂 I'm rubbish at using hand cream and stuff so it isn't a surprise that it dried my horrid skin out! x

  4. 14th October 2012 / 3:03 pm

    might try these for glitter! I cut round cotton pads into four, soak them in romover, put them on my nails and wrap in cling film. Fiddly but it gets glitter off x

    • 15th October 2012 / 6:24 pm

      That sounds like way too much effort for me haha I'm so lazy! x

  5. 14th October 2012 / 9:51 pm

    Bourjois didn't invent this type of polish remover – I had a sponge in a tub remover years ago, but as you've demonstrated here they can be a bit rubbish. I think what Bourjois have done is taken the concept and updated and improved it. I initially though it wasn't worth the money but having read reviews that say the black sponge doesn't get stained or battered easily and that the actually fluid inside is really nourishing on your nails and cuticles I'm sold and am planning to buy one next time I'm in Boots! Good to hear what the cheaper versions are like these days for a comparison, though I'm still sold on the Bourjois 🙂 Gem x

    • 15th October 2012 / 6:25 pm

      I may have to try the Bourjois one when I'm feeling a little more flush just to get a real feel for cheap vs branded. x

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