Review: Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Remover

(This post is written for The Glosse Posse.)

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Today I would like to recommend Deborah Lippmann‘s nail lacquer remover, The Stripper. Yes, the name made me cringe but it has one main job and it’s to ‘strip’ the plain and even glittery lacquers from your nails.


  • Comes in a convenient twist-lock pump. No spilling accidents! 😉
    • No wasting: 1 pump for cotton balls, 1-2 pumps for cotton pads
  • Delightful lavender scent from lavender essential oil
  • Hydrates nails with aloe vera and green tea extracts. My nails and fingers did not feel dry!
  • Removes glitter nail lacquers* (I have not tested this yet because I was only removing red nail lacquer at the time.)
    REMEMBER to press the cotton on each nails for 5 seconds before swiping off the lacquer!
  • Like Butter London, The Stripper contains NO Toluene, Formaldehyde, Camphor, or DBP
  • No testing on animals


  • The cost: US$19/C$21 for 118ml (4.0oz). If, like me, you’re used to buying drugstore nail lacquer removers, then $19 or $21 is quite steep.
  • Contains acetone. Read about the negative health effects here.

You can find The Stripper at Sephora (Canada, USA, other international locations), Murale (Canada), Nordstrom (USA), House of Fraser (UK).

The main reason I have not purchased The Stripper yet is the cost of each bottle. I can’t tell you how tempted I was to buy it last summer but I forced myself to resist. I’ve never used a better nail lacquer remover than The Stripper. Once I have enough Shoppers Optimum points, I plan on redeeming them for a bottle at Murale.

I am currently using Butter London’s ‘Powder Room’ Acetone-Free Nail Lacquer Remover (C$5 for 59ml). It has a baby powder scent which is not as appealing but better than drugstore brands toxic fumes. While it does a good job at removing single-tone or shimmery nail lacquers (this is what I mean by ‘plain’), I find it very difficult to remove glitter nail lacquers with Powder Room. Ironically, my glitter nail lacquers are from Butter London but the hassle of removing them is enough to make me not want to apply them.

Do you have any nail lacquer remover recommendations?

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