suggrr's review of Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover


198 reviews

80% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$


Water, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Root)


Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

I also have to give this a negative review. I've tried it at least 5 times, followed the directions on the bottle, followed the directions from the friendly folk on the Nail Board... and nothin'. I got nothin'.

Well, to be honest, I either get one of three reactions after using this product:

1) This will take off some of the white bits of dead skin on top of my cuticles, but it doesn't do much for my actual cuticles. To get this reaction, I first pushed back my cuticles with a washcloth and my finger - sheer force. I then squeezed the Instant Cuticle Remover out along my nail bed, more on my finger than my nail, and also under my nail tips. I let it sit for 30 seconds. (I believe the bottle recommends half this time.) I then wipe it off with a rough washcloth, pushing back my cuticles as I go. I do see some dead cuticle stuff removed, but my nails peel a little on the surface as well.

2) I let this sit for a minute, following all bottle instructions except for length of time. My nails peel all over the surface. I have to buff out my nails before doing anything else.

3) I follow the bottle instructions exactly. Nothing happens.

How's this stuff so bad for my nails but does so little for my cuticles?! I'm really at a loss. All I can think of is that my mom clips her cuticles, so perhaps tough cuticles run in the family. On top of this, my nails are pretty weak to begin with. This product seems to work for almost everyone else, so I'd suggest this for people who don't have tough cuticles or weak nails.

Edited to add: I have found a cuticle remover that works - Barielle Extra Gentle Cuticle Minimizer. It costs less than $5 at TJ Maxx/Marshalls, and it actually is gentle. No more peeling nails! And it actually does remove my cuticles. I much, much prefer using Barielle Extra Gentle Cuticle Minimizer over Sally Hansen's Instant Cuticle Remover.

Edited to add: I've been trying to use my bottle of this up lately, using it especially on my toes. Not only is it still peeling the surface of my nails, but it's also not doing much for my cuticles. I push them back with an orangewood stick after having this product on, and less than 48 hours later, it doesn't even look like I did anything to my cuticles. With less than a quarter of the bottle left, I now finally feel able to throw the whole thing out. I gave it more than enough chances to prove that it's worth using, but it just isn't worth it for me. I'm permanently switching over to Barielle Extra Gentle Cuticle Minimizer.

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