Reviews: Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover Vs. Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover

     Let me start off by saying that I'm always fighting with my cuticles and because of this, I'm always looking for a better way to remove them. Out of determination desperation, after a friend mentioned she was really liking the Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover, I looked up reviews, found very few, but the ones I found were good.   

     It's $20 and I don't like to spend that kind of money on much of anything. I had a $5 coupon for Beauty Brands, plus a 10% off coupon. That took it to right under $15 after tax- the lady didn't ring up my 10% off coupon 1st and it cost me 50 cents... yes- I just mentioned here that I was disappointed over 50 cents, if you knew me, and I as I continue posting, you will come to see that's just how I am... almost always... (fyi: all pictures in this post are from my phone) This is what it said on the side of the box:

     I liked reading that first line- they knew that would get us, didn't they? ;)

     So... between: having the coupons, reading good reviews, hearing a friend say first hand that she liked it, liking so many Lippmann polishes and reading this on the side of the box, I went ahead and decided to give it a try.

     I went straight home and went to work. Here's the top of the box and it's contents: 

     It came with a normal polish brush, I really liked that and never used the dropper.

     While there was no wow moment I hoped for/expected from a $20 cuticle remover, I wasn't sure sure how I felt about it yet after only one use. 

     About a week later I sat down to clean them up again. As I was doing my index and middle nails on one hand, it seemed pretty harsh. It seemed that it would easily remove layers of my nail as well as my cuticles. Not good. So on my ring and pinkie, I used what I always seem to go back to, the Sally Hansen blue bottle- you know- this stuff:

     For me, it definitely won out. It removed the cuticles without trying to take any nail or skin with it. On a couple nails I had to add a bit more remover and let it sit an extra minute to get everything but they came out great. 

     I'm returning the DL remover. I don't like returning things but this time the price is too high for something I am not going to use again. 

     Other reviews I've read have been good, so maybe it's just me. Maybe my cuticles are too stubborn to soften up fast enough for this remover from the years of getting gel/acrylic (I'll explain in a soon to come post) nails and of doing dishes as a waitress with bare hands. In an upcoming post, you'll see the results of using the DL remover on my index and middle fingers- I almost don't want to post but I also don't want to redo all that swatching!

     I know a lot of girls use the Blue Cross Cuticle remover but that is something I haven't tried yet. 

     Now my questions for you because I love to pick brains of others interested in things I am interested in:

  • What cuticle remover do you use? Do you love it? Did you try others before it, if so, which and what made the one you use now the winner? 
  • For those of you that use the Blue Cross, if you have used the Sally Hansen I posted above, could you tell me why you like the Blue Cross over the Sally Hansen?
I love conversation so please comment if you have anything you would like to say!

We are all here for our love of polish and I'd love if my posts were used as the starting point for discussions and ways to learn from each other. I hope this idea excites some of you and you decide to share your opinions here! 

Thank you for reading my posts, it means so much to me. I hope you're having a good day. If not, I hope it either gets better or that tomorrow will be. I've had a lot of not great days lately and even though I know there are so many others that have it so much worse, it can be hard to tell yourself that when you are overwhelmed, stressed or just down, -hugs- to everyone. :)


kelliegonzo said...

good to know. i have wanted to try the dl but haven't bit the bullet yet, and i'm glad i waited!

Gia said...

Which one do you use now? I'm still on the hunt though if I can't find anything better I'll be sticking with the Sally Hansen.

kelliegonzo said...

i use either the SH or blue cross, both work equally well imo. the blue cross stinks tho :)

Gia said...

Thank you again! Even more reason for me to stick with SH- at least until I run out of it and that could be a good while. :)

~Elizabeth aka Lacquered Lizard said...

I got the Borghese on a sale long ago and it's a gel (which I love) and it works pretty fast. I don't often use a cuticle remover though. I've found using a good cuticle moisturizer and then removing the cuticle right after works well too.

Sabine T said...

Too bad I don't have access to either of both products here. I like the Essence Quick Cuticle Remover and while I was in the US I bought SH Cuticle Eraser & Balm and absolutely adore this product!

Elizedge said...

Orly Cutique- and it also works if your polish stains

Gia said...

What cuticle moisturizer do you use? I use lotion a lot and have CND Cuticle Eraser- I mean to use it every night but I don't- I'm trying to though! lol. Thank you for sharing! :)

Gia said...

I'm glad you've been able to find something you like even though these products are not available to you!

Gia said...

I have this as well, how long do you find you need to leave it on? I'm not sure if I've found the right method for using it yet. thank you!

starification said...

I use the Sally Hansen remover too and that seems to work best for me. I've tried the Barielle, Revlon and Trind cuticle remover and SH wins over all of them. I, too, don't want to spend $20 on something that might not work for me so I'll probably stick to the one I use now.

Gia said...

I still like it most so far too. Though I did just use an AHA Enzyme scrub after removing my cuticles and I think it was the best thing I've ever used. Plan on using it before next time. I won't mention what it was yet because it was actually marketed for pedicures and I'm not sure if the formula has changed, but I'm going to look into an equivalent for your hands and post about it as soon as I have more information!

Mimismanis said...

I haven't use the Sally Hansen in your post but the one that is more green in a tube, used it for years till a polish friend sent me some Blue Cross to try. I love the Blue Cross now and just purchased a big bottle from Sally's. Hands down, lol it works the best for me and is the easiest and fastest.

Kimberly Purcell said...

I don't blame you on bit on returned the DL.

I use CND cuticle remover. It's my go-to product.

juliet said...

I have used the Revlon Professional Cuticle Remover for 15 years or more and find it effective without being rough on my over sensitive skin. It is a white creamy gel that comes in the same bottle as Revlon nail polish. The directions specify that it should be left on for a maximum of ten minutes, but when I have left it on longer it has never hurt my skin. I use an orange stick or another tool to push back the cuticle gently while the cream is still on, after about 6 or 7 minutes. The excess cuticle comes off with the cream when you wash off the product with soap & water in the sink. I have tried many other products and every once in awhile try something new, but always go back to the Revlon. It is available everywhere, inexpensive, and seems to be safe. If I don't react to it, then it must be safe for most people.

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