Whoa! This product has really impressed me, so I thought I’d do a review and share it with you guys.
It’s Butter London Melt Away Cuticle Eliminator.
My absolute least favorite part of nail work is any skin around the nails/cuticles. I hate scraping them, nipping/cutting them and pushing them back gives me the major heebie jeebies. Nail prep was definitely not my favorite class in nail school! By the way, in most US jurisdictions, it’s illegal for a nailist to cut away any live skin, since you need medical training. If your salon professional is cutting off anything that bleeds, that is not a good sign. Just FYI.
Point is, I hate the cuticle torture. I got to the point where I can enjoy it on other people, after getting a lot of reassurance that what I was doing was not painful, but I absolutely cannot stand to let others work on me. Just gives me the plain ol’ willes. o_O
That’s why this stuff is great! I’ve tried a lot of different cuticle removers, including strong professional grade ones, but this is easily the best. It applies with a brush, and doesn’t sting or burn (at least when the Mr. and I tested it).
The proof is in Mr. NTMG’s toes. Warning: hairy man-feed ahead!
Hairy man-toes aside, look at those lovely and clean nails! I’m sorry for the stars and funky lighting, but the toes in all their stark, unedited glory were leaving the Mr. a little over-exposed, so he got a little jazzy editing. ;)
I do use a metal cuticle pusher on the nails since I’ve been to nail school and got confident using it. These work really well but have the potential to do a LOT of damage if used incorrectly. If the thought leaves you a little apprehensive, you can use an orangewood stick or plastic cuticle pusher (the end looks like a little upturned horse hoof). Be gentle!
As with all chemical cuticle remover, it’s a good idea to wash your hands after use, since it can dry out the skin if left on. And don’t forget a nice squeeze of hand cream at night to keep your hands looking their best.
Is this a product everyone needs? Not really. Some people have more overgrown skin around their nails than others, so your need for a cuticle remover may vary. Cleaning up the edges does make for neater looking nails, whether or not you polish them. For me, I find applying hand cream faithfully at night does a lot to keep the raggedy edges and hangnails at bay. But if you want a really clean cuticle line with minimal nipping and pushing, this is a painless way to do it.
Well, not entirely painless to the wallet. I paid around $24USD for this here in Singapore. I’m not sure if it’s just marked up crazily, as many cosmetic products here are, but it’s probably never cheap. But it’s cruelty-free and works really well, so I don’t regret the splurge. Highly recommended!