I've got something a little different this time around today. I talked about this before I got sick, but I put on the most glitteriest (is that a word? well it is now), glitter nail polish I had to see how Julep's new "Party's Over" Glitter Nail Polish Removal Kit would stack up against it. Let's check it out.
So, Julep had a sale on their "Party's Over" kit and that's when I snatched it up. I think I only saved $8 but everyone knows that an extra $8 is nice to have as a lady of lacquer! I am not a Julep Maven, so I had to pay shipping. Honestly, it wasn't too much of a big deal. I paid $3.99 for shipping which isn't too shabby from US to Canada! And no extra customs fee either, so that was great too.
Here's the instructions on the box:
And just to transcribe:
GLITTER NAIL POLISH REMOVAL KIT
You had fun, but now it's time for the glitter to go. This easy, mess-free system quickly removed even the most stubborn sparkles.
Open packette and place an aloe vera-infused pad on the nail.
Cover with nail cap. (Use large caps for thumbs.)
Once nails are covered, sit back and relax for 3-5 minutes.
Squeeze and pull to remove cap and pad. Use pad to wipe off any leftover glitter.
It came with five packs of "one-step polish remover pad"s:
Another transcript of what it says on the packs:
An on-the-go solution for polish removal.
Each no-mess, lint-free pad is infused with aloe vera to moisturize and condition your nails.
Open packet. Apply pad to nail for a few seconds. Gently wipe off polish.
Ingredients: Acetone, Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, PEG-75 Lanolin. Caution: Flammable. Do not use near heat or flame. Do not ingest. Keep out of reach of children.
And here are the rubber-ish plastic caps that it came with:
In total, it came with ten caps. Eight of them were the same size, but there were two wider ones, which are made for thumbs.
Let's meet the contender. Here's Deborah Lippmann's Today Was A Fairytale. Three and a half coats of massive hex glitter. There are some chips that I had at the end of the week to get a head start:
I opened up a pack of Julep's "One-Step Polish Removal Pad"s but noticed right away that they are not nearly as drenched as what I am familiar with when I use the foil method. Either way, I placed it on the nail, picked up a flexible nail cap, squeezed the sides and it held the pad onto the nail quite snuggly but not uncomfortably:
I have to admit that I felt a little funny wearing these caps on my nails, but it's no better or worse than the funny foils on the nails either. Have a look:
After the advised five minutes of waiting, how did it look? Sadly, not all of it was gone:
You can see that the pads didn't have the right amount of acetone to get the glitter off.
I just made my own with my usual method and then they glitter was completely removed. I forgot to take a shot of the cleaned nails, but here's a shot of my home made glitter polish removal pads:
Just to test out the theory again, I removed another glitterbomb - Rainbow Honey's "Evening Viola" - using the Julep "Party's Over" kit nail caps, but with home made pads and it worked like a charm:
Anyway, I think this is a great glitter removal kit. I'm not too sure what to think about the pads - not sure if that pack was a dud, or if the glitter was too OP for it, or whatever - but the caps are great. Definitely a winner over the foil folding which can be quite tedious! Price-wise, I don't think it's worth the $28 it's asking for from non-Mavens. I was happy with the $20 though. Still kind of a lot, and I am sure you can find similar caps on eBay but eh, I liked it.
Have you tried the "Party's Over" kit? How do you remove your glitter nail polish?