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La Fresh Travel Lite Nail Polish Remover Pads

| Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
La Fresh Travel Lite Nail Polish Remover Wipes
La Fresh
La Fresh Travel Lite Nail Polish Remover Wipes

The claim: Le Fresh Travel Lite's new Nail Polish Remover Pads offer a quick on-the-go polish change with a single pad cleaning all 10 nails. No spills, no leaks, no mess in your luggage or gym bag. They are carry-on friendly with airport security and perfectly transportable. They are fortified with aloe and vitamin E and are offered in acetone and acetone-free.

Cost: $19.99 for box of 48 packets

I was skeptical about the amount of power a tiny (about 2 inches by 3 inches) nail-polish remover pad could have. Upon opening the travel packet, I was surprised at the amount of acetone soaked into the small piece of cotton.

My excitement went south rather quickly, though, when the air began to dry out the thick pad. Working fast, I was able to remove the polish from one hand. In fairness, I was removing two color coats and a top coat.

Next, I grabbed the nonacetone, orange-scented pack. Again, I was pleased with the amount of remover on this pad, and with the “mesh-like” material that this one had, allowing the liquid to stay in place longer without drying out. I was easily able to remove the polish from my other five nails; although, I'm not sure there would have been anything left for more than five.

The orange scent was pleasant. My husband even commented on the nice smell in the room, which never happens when I'm doing my nails.

Overall, I was happy with the travel product. Even if it's necessary to use two pads to remove all of my polish, the convenience of the small, portable pouch and lack of waste more than makes up for the quick drying out of the product. I will be keeping a couple of packs on hand for those days my polish is a mess and I don't have time for a complete redo.

— Melanie Wass

I always used to keep nail polish remover wipes on hand: They were great for travel, and could be used when liquid remover wasn't the best option, like removing Crazy Glue from crafts projects.

But for a while, the wipes seemed to disappear from the market, so I was glad to test La Fresh Travel Lite pads. I grabbed a long-wearing black nail polish I use mainly for pedicures and put two coats on my fingernails and one on my toenails. I wore it for a couple of days before breaking out the La Fresh. The pads are smallish, but strong, and the version with acetone made short work of the black polish.

One slight problem is the need to work quickly before the pad dries out. The nonacetone version took a little more rubbing, but in the end, also cleared the polish well. And, while the removers are strong, both versions have fresh scents that won't leave you dizzy or with burning eyes. That's quite the bonus.

— Vaunda Bonnett

I always fret when packing for a vacation — should I pack a pedicure repair kit? Or, take a chance that I will avoid scuffs and scratches? Inevitably, I decide not to cart along even a small bottle of nail polish remover and end up buying an overpriced bottle at a hotel shop. Then, again, I worry about it opening in my luggage and often leave it behind.

Yes, beauty is painful on so many levels ... sigh...

But La Fresh Travel Lite Nail Polish Remover Pads are just the thing. These thin, foil-packed squares can be trusted in luggage, a handbag — or desk drawer — without worry of spillage.

I prefer the acetone version. The thick felt pad holds a fair amount of liquid and works quickly on even several nail-salon layers of polish. One pad does work for 10 nails. And the orange scent helped mask the usual whiffy nail polish remover fumes.

The nonacetone remover is on a thinner cloth and works more slowly, as expected, and requires two envelopes for 10 nails.

The price is right at about 42 cents per pack. And there's no loss to evaporation — or tipping over a bottle. Why restrict it to travel use?

— Sally Quinn

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