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Apr 17, 2013

Beauty Face Off The Nail Polish Remover Edition|Sephora Collection VS Karma Organic

It's extremely important to monitor what we put on our skin because some of the most horrendous ingredients are often found in our daily products. Hence, using more natural products is something I've been working on for quite a while now. And I want to show you that you don't have to sacrifice beauty essentials by going green.

If you are also trying to switch to more natural and organic lines, a great place to shop is Abe's Market (No, I'm not sponsored by them, even though I've mentioned them in the previous post as well. I just love the store and is a loyal customer myself thumbs up), where you can find a vast selection of envrionmental conscious brands. The best thing about browsing on there is that I often discover new and exciting green products from both national brands and small businesses. I've recently purchased the Karma Organic Nail Polish Remover In Lavender ($12 for 4 fl. oz.), and I decided to put it through the ultimate test - a product showdown with the mass-produced Sephora Collection Express Nail Polish Remover ($8 for 4.22 fl. oz.).

A quick look at the ingredient list reveals some less than stellar additives in the Sephora Collection polish remover, including parfum and acetone (#1 on the list thumbs down).
 
On the other hand, Karma Organic uses a soybean oil base and contains only natural and non-toxic contents. I'm also leaning toward its glass bottle made out of biodegradable and recycled materials. It retails at a higher price, which doesn't surprise me since I am paying for better ingredients.

Scent wise, the Sephora Collection is a complete failure. The strong aroma of acetone irritates more than just my nails. And of course the soothing smell of soybean oil and lavender in the Karma Organic polish remover is calming and will alleviate any stress and nervous tension.

Excuse me of my chipped nails. Definitely need to take care of this. Well, isn't this the perfect chance to test out these polish removers.


The glitters were a bit hard to get off, but the Sephora Collection Express Nail Polish Remover erased everything in just a few swipes. Unfortunately, the strong acetone dried out my nails a lot.


Karma Organic is actually quite weak when it comes to glitter products. However, everything else shouldn't be a problem. Easily removes regular nail polishes, the oil base is very moisturizing and gentle.

Overall, Sephora created a decent polish remover, but the unhealthy ingredients make me cringe. It's really effective at removing all types of polishes in a timely fashion, which makes this great during those rush moments. But I think I'll stick to the natural version. I don't usually wear glitter polishes anyways, but even if I do, I don't mind using an extra product. However, knowing that I'm not damaging my nails outweighs all. I highly encourage you to shop at Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's, your local co-op stores, or Abe's Market. These natural retailers offer wonderful products that are beneficial to you and our environment.

What are your favorite stores and places to shop for green brands? Do you buy natural and organic groceries for your family? Let me know in the comments below happy   ~Angela

15 comments:

  1. glittery polishes always makes it hard to remove >_<

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  2. Thanks for comparison, very helpful!

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  3. Hey Angela, I shop my green brands on Naturissimo. They carry many great skincare brands that I can't get enough of (like Pai)! I've been using Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover for a while now, and for the most part I don't need a separate nail polish remover (just when I clean the surface of my nails before a manicure). I like how I can dip my fingers in and twist them mindlessly, and they just come out clean! I know Sephora makes a similar product. If you're interested you should try!

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  4. Sunny, thanks for letting know about Naturissimo. I checked out the site, and saw that they actually offer free worldwide shipping. Wow! I think I'm going to place an order. And talking about the Sephora polish removers. I've seen it before in another review, and I have to say that I'm really intrigued by the idea of just dipping the fingers, pull out, and then the nails are clean. I will have to try this out some day.

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  5. Lisa, I also can not stand the strong and nasty smell of acetone polish remover. Then I would highly recommend the Karma Organic one (or any other brands without acetone).

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  6. Thanks Melissa. I'm glad this is helpful to you :P

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  7. Janet, they definitely require patience when removing. I love their glittery and beautiful finish, but I often skip them. I've seen some good ways to remove glittery polishes by using tin foil.

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  8. I've never been to Trader Joe even though they had one near my university back when I was in school. I do like to shop at Whole Foods a lot (its headquarters is in my city!) and my favorite to buy there are the honeys and I love their ready to eat pastas.

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  9. Sophie, I would pick Whole Foods too (not because there's anything wrong with Trader Joe's). I started with Whole Foods a few years back and is just used to my local store. I know where everything is and grocery shopping takes much less time.

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  10. nice review and i'm loving your pictures.. i was hesitating to get this sephora nail remover.. but i bought the one from bourjois instead, have you tried that one before?
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  11. Elisa, I have not tried the bourjois remover before, but I'm definitely interested to see how it works. I can never get too much polish removers lol.

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  12. I love Karma Organic Nail Polish Remover! It comes unscented too which is really nice. I totally agree about the smell of acetone hard on the nose.

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  13. Kim, I'm so happy to see another love of Karma Organic products. Acetone is not only damaging to the nails, it's also really bad when we inhale the scent. I try to skip polishes with it.

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  14. I have heard of Abe's Market but haven't purchased. I will definitely be shopping around on there tonight! I typically use a store brand remover with some moisturizing properties and pure acetone for glitter removal. I'm so surprised that a natural remover does just fine at removing regular polish!

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  15. I was just on Abe's Market earlier today too. The place is like a black hole and just sucks me in. Tina, I would definitely recommend it, and you can also search for coupons online before placing an order. I often see 20% off coupon online.

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