Best Nail Buffers

Nail buffers exfoliate the nail’s surface to smooth out ridges for even color application. They also polish tips for a shiny finish, help remove dry or dead skin cells near the nail bed and promote blood circulation to the area, which encourages your nails to grow faster. Most buffers have a four-sided block design with different levels of abrasion. They come in flatter silhouettes, too. There are both reusable and disposable options available. After sorting through the various selections, we’ve rounded up the best ones you can buy. To upgrade your nail routine, discover our picks below.

1. Onsen 3-Way Buffer Block

This buffer has three different textured sides for filing, smoothing and polishing. Its pads can also be replaced for long-term use.

Pros: This product is made from organic materials and is cruelty-free, so you can feel even better about your purchase.

Cons: Each set of pads might not last long.


2. Dr. Mode Nail Buffer & Shiner

Constructed from nano-glass material, this shiner can be used for filing and buffering natural nails. It can also remove nail polish, too.

Pros: It's easy to wash in between uses and is a less harsh alternative to buffer blocks, making it especially great for those with weak or broken nails.

Cons: They can take some time to learn to use properly.


3. Tsmaddts Nail Buffer Set

Each order comes with six nail buffer blocks and six emery board files, which can be used on both natural or artificial nails.

Pros: Since you get many tools with this set, you can easily replace one when it becomes worn out or have enough for a DIY spa day with friends.

Cons: The buffers may only last for around 2 uses each.


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