Month: October 2019

WARNING: DANGEROUS Burst-type gel polish remover

In recent months, we have seen advertisements regarding fast gel polish removers popping up all over Facebook, Instagram, Ebay and other sites.

You’ve probably seen the below adverts as you’ve meandered the web.

It would appear that whichever company is manufacturing it,  is retailing it to others to custom label and retail under other names.  This would be my assumption. It’s a common practice in the industry.  Manufacturer’s retail to distributors to private label.

The Nail Tech community has been discussing it at length with great concern, with a few members of our community doing some research.



More recently, as of October 10th 2019,  Industry Scientist Doug Schoon of released information on the product(s) in question.  He released the Analysis of the product, and had this to say on the subject:

The official results are for the so-called “Burst” Removers for nail coatings. They are dangerous solvents, typically used to remove epoxy paints from bridges/buildings- of course while wearing the appropriate respirators and other safety equipment used for hazardous work.

They are NOT safe for use on nails and NOT safe to inhale. The report found 6% Methanol and 84% Methylene Chloride, both are prohibited in cosmetics in most countries, if not all. These are considered dangerous concentrations, in my view. I believe an International investigation into this matter is in needed.

Share this info widely- these products are dangerous and unsafe for salon or retail use. Which is why no reputable nail companies are selling these types of products.

The report is for a product called “Vinimay Professional Magic Remover”, but these results apply to ALL of the so-called “Burst-type” Removers. They are manufactured by unscrupulous companies in China and distributed world-wide by foolish/naive companies who clearly did NOT do safety testing or ask too many questions.

That’s THE real problem, in my view. These companies are responsible for the products they sell, even if they believed the lies told to them by the manufacturers. That’s a bogus excuse.

This is Doubly Shameful. Shame on those who manufactured this harmful product AND Extra Shame on the enabling distribution companies jumping on the band wagon to make a quick buck…. at the expense of their client’s health and safety!

Please Take Action- Share this post widely! Let’s put a stop this now!

Wherever you see this product sold, provide a copy of the accompanying lab report. Share it with both the Seller and your Local Authorities. Share on Facebook/Instagram. Demand that this and other products like it be removed from the marketplace, ASAP! Please Share this Widely!

Regulatory Authorities, see the attached report and please take appropriate actions.”

PLEASE share this information far and wide as these products are available to professionals and non-professionals alike and poses a risk to everyone.

This sort of fiasco is exactly why Professionals should stick to PRO-ONLY Authorized Distributors & Pro-Only products and why NO ONE should be purchasing nail enhancement products from Ebay, Amazon or similar related sites. Sure, get some rhinestones cheap, why not.   But when it comes to these types of products, DON’T BE A SCROOGE!

Your safety, and that of your clients is worth far more than the pennies you save!

UPDATE:  11 October 2019

From Doug Schoon‘s Facebook page


Visit EPA BANS CONSUMER SALES OF METHYLENE to learn more about that ingredient.