Warning: manky naked nails ahead! As a nail junkie (I’m sure you’ll all know what I mean), I subject my nails to a lot of acetone, and I’m pretty rough with my hands in day-to-day life. As a result, my nails aren’t in tip top condition, so I apologise if these photos make you recoil from your screen in horror.
Weirdly enough, cuticles are always something I’ve struggled with. Ask me anything about nail polish, and I can answer it in a heartbeat. But my deep, dark secret is that I’m just not that great at removing my cuticles. I think I was born missing the cuticle removal gene. I just… never got the hang of it. I moisturise them a lot so I think that keeps them in check, but they’re definitely not as perfect as other bloggers’ cuticles, like Fashion Polish or Pshiiit (although part of me is inclined to think that their hands were put on this earth by some divine entity to make us mere mortals weep at our inadequacy, because how can they be so perfect?).
I’ve previously used the Blue Cross cuticle remover and Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover (the gel in the blue bottle) with varying degrees of success, so I’m always happy to try something new. When I received the ORLY Cutique Cuticle & Stain Remover, I gave it a red hot go, but I wasn’t really holding my breath because all cuticle products hate me, apparently.
I was pleasantly surprised. It comes in their regular nail polish bottle, so you brush it on and leave it to do it’s magic for 30-60 seconds. I then rubbed it off with a cotton pad, and washed my hands (because you don’t want any of those skin-dissolving chemicals remaining on your skin). After just one application it neatened up my cuticles considerably, getting rid of all the little scruffy bits and just evening out the cuticle line in general. See the picture below for proof.