My least favorite part about doing my nails: the removal. I’ve never enjoyed it, but it is honestly THE most important part when it comes to a light cured polish application. If you aren’t familiar with how light cured polish is typically removed, it goes a little something like this.
- Lightly buff the nail to rough the surface
- Dip a piece of cotton in acetone
- Place it on the nail
- Wrap in foil (5-8 minutes to allow it to penetrate)
- Continue with prep (filing, buffing, trimming cuticles, etc.)
- Finish with polish
I have several step by step photos on my Instagram (Nail Highlights) about what this whole process looks like if you’re interested in seeing how it’s done. So get this, apparently there’s a new product in town that is changing the removal game; Easy-Off Gel Polish Remover by Laque’d that requires zero soaking and cuts the removal time in half.
Did I hear ZERO soaking?
Did I hear cuts the removal time in HALF?!
Now, I’m not exactly sure what’s allowing this polish to do this in terms of ingredients because I’m not a scientist, but I’m intrigued.
I got my hands on this sorcery and this is what it looks like:
This was my first time using this remover and it was super easy to apply, entertaining to watch, and a breeze to finish up the rest of the prep. Here is a little step by step guide on how I used this new product just in case you were wondering.
1. Buff the nail
I use an e-file with a fine grit. This is just to rough up the top coat to allow for effective removal. Don’t get too crazy with the filing, we aren’t dealing with concrete. Avoiding this step causes the removal time to take much, much longer. Be thorough, but gentle on your babies!
2. Apply a coat of the Easy-Off Gel Polish Remover
This application does not need to be perfect, but try to hit the entire nail where the polish exists and watch the magic happen. You can literally start to see the product start to work in 2 ish minutes as it loosens the polish from the nail. I felt a slight tight sensation on my nail, almost like I could feel the product “grab” the polish. Not sure if this will be an every time thing or if my nails were a little sensitive.
3. Gently scrape the polish off
I use a cuticle pusher to get the rest of the loosened polish off. Please know that this should be easy. If you are having difficulty, you may need to apply a second coat of the Easy-Off Gel Polish Remover. Do not be aggressive during this step. You could damage those beautiful nails, is that what you want?! I repeat, do not be aggressive!! This goes all the way back to Step 1: Buff the nail. The more thorough you are with step 1, the easier it will be to remove the polish.
4. File and buff
I’m using a 100/100 file and a 100/180 buff to shape and smooth the nail.
5. Push back cuticles
With my e-file I use a sharper bit to gently push back my cuticles.
6. Remove/cut cuticles
This is my favorite part of the removal process. I love getting right in there with my cuticle nippers to cut those damn cuticles off -very carefully, of course. This will ultimately give you that beautiful smooth edge to follow once it’s time to polish.
Wipe with alcohol or acetone and it’s polish time.
This new removal method was much faster for me compared to the traditional soaking method all while being effective. As it stands, I am pretty wow’d with how the Easy-Off Gel Polish Remover works. For full details on the polish-remover by Laque’d click here.
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