Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter

Hello everyone!  I am not an overly “Christmas crazy” person.  In fact, many of my friends would tell you that I am a bit of a Grinch.  But one thing I do love about the Christmas season is peppermint ice cream!  And the gloriousness that is the Chick-Fil-A Peppermint Chocolate Chip milkshake!  I could have one every single day.  It really makes this time of year bearable (as does eggnog with a hefty dose splash of Captain Morgan!).  I have also been exercising extreme self-control over all the beautiful holiday sets of makeup.  I am going to try to restrain myself until the after-Christmas sales.  In the interim, I’ll have another eggnog please!

This festive time of year lends itself to glitter.  Lips, eyes, clothes, nails.  You name it!  If you’re like me, you wear glitter on your nails year round, so the season is irrelevant.  But the CHORE of taking that stuff off!  Enter the Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter!


Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter and Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover

I fell in love with the regular Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover first.


Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover

My go-to remover has been the purple Zoya 3-in-1 for a long time.  It is a great polish remover, and I will continue using it.  But on days when I have to do a quick polish change, the Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover is awesome.  You know the drill.  Take the lid off, plop your fingers into the hole in the sponge one nail at a time, and presto!  Nail polish gone.  There is no smudging/smearing, and your entire nail (even underneath) is clean.  I have tested this with my darkest reds, purples, and blacks.  Still going strong.  “It’s Magic” indeed.  Nothing like the old school Cutex sponge remover.


Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter

If you use any type of nail polish with even the tiniest hint of glitter, you know what a pain it is to remove.  I’ve just been doing the aluminum foil method to take it all off.


Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe and Essie A Cut Above Glitter Polish

I’ve tested polishes with big “chunks” of glitter, like Deborah Lippmann “Across the Universe”  and Essie “A Cut Above”.


Zoya Pixie Dust Vespa and Zoya Logan Glitter Nail Polish

And polishes with finer particles of glitter, like Zoya Pixie Dust (Vespa) and “Logan” glitter formula.

The Sephora instant nail polish remover for glitter works the same way.  Take the lid off, immerse each finger, and voila.

The “sponge” in the glitter formula is really rough and textured.  And it has a “plug” in the center with the same texture.  The directions say to soak your nail for 10 seconds.  I actually leave mine in for around 30.  Then you sort of wiggle your nail up and down/side to side against the sides and the center.  With really stubborn glitter, I’ve taken the “plug” out, and scrubbed it directly on my nail.

The glitter remover formula isn’t as quick/effective as the regular polish remover.  But it is waaaay better than the aluminum foil method.  It does better at removing finer glitter polishes like the Pixie Dust and Logan.  Which to me were the hardest to take off to start with.

The big chunky glitter like the Deborah Lippmann and Essie are a tad harder to remove in the sponge, but it takes enough off that you can just rub off the errant big chunk that managed to hang on.


Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter

The glitter remover didn’t instantly remove these babies I put to the test, but it is the best solution I’ve found.  And it does work.  Just takes a teeny bit of effort.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo




  1. Brigette Ramos says

    Thank you so much for your amazing review! I am obsessed with the instant nail polish remover and the glitter remover. I found that it also works best for me too! Like you said, the glitter doesn’t come off instantly but it’s the fastest and most efficient one i’ve ever used. Other than the glitter nail polish, everything else comes off with a hassle <3
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  2. Rouge says

    HUZZAH! Finally something that works! No more hours of scrubbing and praying to the varnish overlord to why this darn thing just won’t come off!!! It’s crazy how stubborn glitter polish is! I’m also waiting for after Xmas sales! Gonna b faaaaaaab


    • kpsays says

      You would think so, wouldn’t you?? While this does work (and is the best solution I’ve found so far), it is definitely not a quick remover like regular nail polish. I’m sure one day we’ll have a super fast one!

  3. Kimmy says

    Yes! Peppermint ice cream is “IT”! I’m obsessed with anything sweet and minty. :-) I’ve been fairly happy with my Zoya 3-in-1 which is amazing at removing everything without being harsh. But it’s not so easy for me to get anymore. I’ve heard good things about the Sephora remover so I’ll look into it as a replacement. :-)
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    • kpsays says

      I know! It’s hard shipping that type of product and nail polishes in the US. Maybe by your next visit to the US, there will be something that works even better! Glitter polish is awful to remove!

  4. Wendy says

    The last two sponge removers I have gotten have sucked. I’ve been thinking about purchasing one of the Sephora ones in the future since I’ve heard good things. Especially ones that are aimed at glitter! Glitter polish and I have a love-hate relationship. Starts out pretty and fun and then it takes a turn for the worse. LOL!
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  5. Agata says

    Hey Karen, thanks for the review. I hate wearing glitter because it’s so hard to remove it. And yes, the foil method works but it’s a pain. I am going to pick up a bottle of this remover next time I am at Sephora (and don’t get too distracted by other things).
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    • kpsays says

      I love glitter polish, but it is awful to get off! I usually ended up picking most of it off out of frustration with regular polish removers. And I hate picking polish off my nails! I feel like I’m damaging them.