4 Nail Polish Removers That ACTUALLY Work

If you've ever tried to take off your nail polish only to end up with a pile of dirty cotton squares and blue, glittery stained fingers — then you know that not all removers are created equal. Some seem to just make a slippery, oily mess of your fingers, while others are so strong, they take off just about everything, including your cuticle skin.
But there are some options (including natural removers and 5-free ones) that strike the perfect balance. We've rounded 'em up, ahead, so you can focus on far more exciting tasks than wiping dried up paint from your fingers.
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Dip-style nail polish removers are some of our favorites because they nix the need for cumbersome cotton pads — and work like magic. Simply stick your finger into the acetone-soaked sponge and twist; your polish will come off in seconds without drying the crap out of your hands.

Sephora Collection Instant Nail Polish Remover, $9.50, available at Sephora.
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This offering from Cutex is hands-down the fastest nail polish remover we've used. Like Sephora Collection's remover, it features a twist-and-go delivery system that'll remove even the toughest of polishes (yes, even glitter). Fair warning though, this stuff is a bit more drying, so load up on hand cream right after you use it.

Cutex Twist & Scrub Sponge, $1.47, available at Jet.
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This lemongrass-scented remover is a welcome departure from the typical acetone/cheap vodka stench of most. The soy and essential oils in the formula really do remove polish — but you need to be patient. Soak a cotton pad, rest it over your nail for 10 seconds, and then wipe.

Priti NYC Soy Nail Polish Remover, $13, available at Priti NYC.
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A favorite among beauty editors, this nail polish remover is free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, and camphor. And it's much gentler on nails and hands than most. If you're rocking glitter, expect a couple extra swipes to get the done job. But otherwise, this stuff is solid.

Zoya Remove+ Nail Polish Remover, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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