“ Brand: Collection / Type: Nail polish / Suitable for: Nails „
I bought lots of glittery nail polish last Christmas time and I felt I had had my fill of it after that. That was until I saw one colour winking at me on Amazon - a sparkling teal colour called Glittersweet, by Collection. I also noticed that it was on offer for £1.99 (6ml) with the normal retail price being £2.99 in Boots. So of course I added it to my basket, but sadly it didn't quite live up to my high expectations.
There are 4 polishes in the Bedazzled nail range. They are obviously glitter finishes, but they are also supposed to offer a multi tonal colour. According to my bottle, they are intended to be suitable to "wear alone" or as a top coat. I disagree with that as I will explain.
The polish looks great in the bottle, with an intense colour and a holographic wrap around the lid that really sets off the sparkle. The actual polish sadly isn't holographic of course. The lid is large and doubles the height of the bottle - take it off and you realise that there isn't a huge amount of polish there. I do wear glitter polishes less often than others so I don't mind a slightly smaller bottle especially as the price is low. The fat cap is at least easy to hold and the short brush attached doesn't annoy me as they usually do because it does reach sufficiently far into the bottle to be practical.
Bedazzled is a clear polish with glitter particles in. Most of these are small and fine but there are also a few larger more sequin like glitter bits. In the bottle these look slightly golden in some lights but on the nail they reflect the colour around them and only look a different shade of teal. This is what makes the polish multi tonal and it does seem to contribute to a really light reflecting finish. You do need to make sure you really shake the polish especially well before you apply it to make sure you get both types of glitter on each nail. (But see below.)
The brush is average quality - it's nothing special but doesn't shed hairs. I have found the polish to be quite thick in texture so it is nice and drip free but you have to be careful to work quickly to spread it out in order to get an even finish. I think it dries quickly if used directly on the nail which is not something I unfortunately want to do. Used as a top coat it stays tacky for a surprisingly amount of time over certain polish. This really varies more from brand to brand than I have ever noticed before.
RESULTS WHEN USED ALONE
Although Collection state on my bottle that the polish is suitable for use alone, I don't rate it highly. I like my glitter polish to have a solid colour and that is how Bedazzled looked in the bottle. Unfortunately it actually has a clear polish base and not a huge amount of glitter so it is very hard to cover your nail in colour. I find that some similar glitter polishes work as a solid colour if you "blob" then on quite thickly or apply a couple of coats, but this isn't really that successful with Bedazzled.. I tried three coats and I still could see plenty of my natural nail underneath. It also took forever to dry after the first quick coat and it seems a waste of polish to use it in this way.
AS A TOP COAT
Thankfully, Bedazzled works well as a top coat as whatever base colour you use shows through attractively. I don't think the particular teal shade that I choose is the most versatile for mixing with other colours but it looks great on a dark blue or gold. It produces a very sparkling effect and one that really looks part of the base colour. The glitter also gives a smoother finish to the nail than some, probably because most of the particles are fine in texture. You can feel them a little if you run a finger over the nail but I didn't feel I needed to apply a further clear top coat as a result.
I have had no trouble with the polish lasting without chips for the two or three days I tend to wear glitter polish for, and I think more than that depends as much on the polish I am wearing it over the top of. The colour and shine doesn't fade as long as I need it to look good so I am happy.
I am pleased to say I have found this polish much easier than other glitter ones to come off, both when used alone and as a top coat.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS?
The light catching high sparkle finish is really pretty and I love the teal colour I chose. As someone who wrongly thought the fact the polish would be solid coloured because it was described as suitable for wearing alone, I found this didn't live up to my expectations. I have recently seen some ladies wearing glitter polish over a bare nail that was still visible underneath so it depends what look you want. As a top coat it is good quality but not quick drying, I would recommend it if you are patient. If like me you wanted a solidly glitter finish that could be worn alone, then I think this takes too much product and effort to build anything approaching that look.
Available Boots, Superdrug, Wilkinson's etc. Other colours in the range cost between £2.50 and £2.99 on Amazon when I ordered my Glittersweet for £1.99 and the price seems to go up and down a lot.
I recently received this Collection Bedazzled Nail Effects nail polish as a gift, which I was quite pleased about since I had been searching for a way to make my nails look more sparkly and thi seemed to be a good solution for it. From Boots, this product is currently £2.99 which is pretty average for a high street nail polish as I am sure you can get nail products at roughly the same price from brands such as Rimmel. Collection 2000 is know to be quite a cheap bargain brand, though, so I suppose I expected it to be a little cheaper. However this was by no means an expensive product and at under 3 pounds for the bottle is is still quite a good bargain.
This nail polish is packaged in a 6ml bottle and it is given quite a chunky look to it since the lid is roughly the same diameter and height as the bottle itself. I think this is slightly uncalled for as it just takes up more unnecesary room, and though it is part of the design, I think that it looks no more stylish than other nail polish bottles. This lid is covered with shiny silver holographic paper which to me seems a little tacky but it does match with the 'Bejewelled' theme of the nail polish. The brush, attached to the lid which can easily be twisted open or closed, looks pretty regular compared to other nail polishes.
The instuctions for application are stated on the bottle as follows:
'Apply as a top coat over your favourite COLLECTION nail shade or wear alone for the perfect glitter nails'.
I got this nail polish in the shade #2 Tea At The Glitz which is a sparkly gold colour with bigger particles of black glitter. The gold glitter was quite fine and spread out nicely creating a lovely more subtle sparkly hue. The black glitter, however, I did not like at all. On darker colours as a top coat, it looked fine as the black was less noticeable. But on lighter colours as a top coat or alone, there was no subtlety to it as the glitter flecks were so large and dark. Being black in colour, they did not exactly shine and instead reminded me of holes or bits of dirt and really stood out. Perhaps another shade of this would have suited me better.
This nail polish was quite easy to apply using the brush provided and left quite a smooth and even finish. However it does become lumpy when you are trying to smear off as many black flecks of glitter as possible. It does dry quite fast, in a matter of minutes.
Altogether, this nail polish has its ups and downs. The black glitter in this I really disagreed with as I thought they made my nails look horrible so perhaps a different shade would be more successful. However it did leave quite a nice shimmery hue and looked better on dark nail polish. It is also quite easy to apply. With all that considered, I conclude that this is a rather average nail polish with a rather average price and I would give it 3 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
If I am honest I have not bought any products from collection 2000 since I was a teenager, I tend to associated the brand with cheap low quality cosmetics. However, whilst in my local Boots just before Christmas a display caught my eye, it seemed the brand has been revamped and brought more up to date, the "2000" has been dropped and the brand is now simply titled "Collection". The first product to go into my basket was the "Bedazzled" Nail effects as I had been on the look out for a sparkly nail polish I could wear over the Christmas season. According to the Boots website there are Four colours to choose from, however only one was available in my store which was titled "tea at glitz" which is gold and black glitter.
The glitter nail effect is presented in a 6ml glass container. The container is transparent so the product can easily be seen, this makes choosing a shade super easy. The brand and product name are displayed on the front of the bottle along with some white stars. An ingredients list and some general warnings are given on the back . Directions for use suggest using bedazzled nail effects as a top coat over your favorite nail shade or alternatively it can be wore alone. The screw of lid is black with a silver holographic sticker around it. I really love the packaging, I find it funky, fresh and very appealing.
I was going out with some friends and decided to try out my new Collection Bedazzled Nail effects. After applying some black nail polish I added my "tea at the glitz", it only took one coat to give a great glittery effect that I was very pleased with. I would say that it did take a little longer to dry than I would have liked. There was no chipping however and the nail effect stayed on my nails for a couple of days before it needed touching up. A few wipes with some nail polish remover on a cotton wall ball was all it took to remove the product from my nails.
Last week I decided to try the nail effect on nude nails as I was curious as to how it would look. It took three coats to acheive a look I was happy with, although I guess this is just down to personal taste. I actually really liked the look and often had my nails painted this way over the Christmas period.
Collection Bedazzled Nail Effects is available in the following shades:
Tea at Glitz
They are currently available in Boots priced at £2.99
I am certainly going to try out the other shades in the range, hopefully they will be available in my local boots but if not I will be ordering online.