A year ago my fifteen year old painted her nails using a very deep purple shade of Nails Inc nail varnish, she didn't use a base coat and ended up staining her nails a revolting shade of puce which she was really embarrassed about. Hours of scrubbing didn't remove this staining and she didn't want to go to school with such horrible looking nails so I hit on the idea of a light French Manicure to hide some of the depth of staining, I also thought this would (hopefully) bypass the schools regulations about not wearing nail varnish.
I prefer brighter colour nails but already had a pale pink which would look good as the main colour coat but I didn't have a white polish to fill in the tips of her nails, I headed to the shops quite late and only Superdrug was open where the only white they had was this one from Collection 2000 which is actually part of a set of colours suitable for French Manicures. I seem to recall it cost £2.99 but that has probably changed by now.
It's not bad, the nail varnish is fairly runny so without a template it's hard to obtain the smooth line needed for a tidy French Manicure - luckily I had some sticky templates but even then the very liquid nail varnish seeped under the template slightly and left the white tip looking a little ragged. This was still preferable to how her nails looked with the ugly staining so she was happy enough (I wouldn't have been personally, but I suppose that's the difference between being 15 and 38!).
The white is reasonably bright, not as glowing as I was hoping for but in hindsight that's probably for the best considering Alice was going to be wearing it for school (by this point I'd had permission from her head of year to French Manicure her nails until the staining lessened) but again it's something that would have disappointed me if I'd been using it on my own nails. For the purposes of this review I did paint (wonky) white tips on my nails last night and the effect is pretty good, it's natural at least and at a glance it would be hard to tell whether you were wearing white nail varnish or if the tips of your nails were simply super-white.
Longevity isn't great, but to be honest the tips of your nails take such a battering on a daily basis that I really wouldn't expect this cheap nail varnish to last for too long - Alice was getting two school days out of each application but by the end of the second day the colour starts to look off-white and chips badly enough that a new application is required. I won't complain about that however as I really don't think it's a big deal.
Whilst I do like a nice bright nail colour to go out with, I don't tend to wear bright colours to work (although many do!). If I fancy doing my nails and I don't have an imminent night out, I tend to give myself a French manicure. Now, for anyone who is unfamiliar with the concept of a French manicure (for any blokes reading), it's the white tip with either clear or a very light pink over the top. I popped into Superdrug a while ago in a search for the colours for a French manicure. I'm on somewhat of a budget, so rather than going for my favourite Rimmel brand, I decided to give the Collection 2000 a go.
I picked up the French pink and the French white, for £2.99 each, which didn't really represent much of a saving when you compare to other brands! Although for some strange reason, the other colours in the Collection 2000 are cheaper... Anyway, I headed home to do my nails.
The application of these colours are quite easy. Firstly, the shape of the handle of the brush is easy to hold and to apply. I went with the white first in order to do the tips. The brush is quite useful for the precision required for the tips, as it's not too large. It does not take a long time to dry, so by the time I had done the tips on my second hand, the first was dry. This white is actually quite bright and I didn't feel that a second coat was needed. When it was dry, I applied the French pink. The brush is also useful for a wider surface area i.e. your whole nail as it spreads quite easily. Again, it dried quite quickly and added a very nice sheen to my nails. I didn't add another coat as again, I didn't think it was needed.
Once applied, you really can't tell that it's a slightly cheaper brand. I was really thrilled with the result as the colours looked really nice, particularly the French white, as I've seen other white nail varnishes looking a bit cheap and nasty. It's really worth going for the French white as opposed to any other shade of white. The bottle does say "5 day effect" and has "ceramic for added strength" which I was a bit dubious about. However, for the price I paid, I wouldn't be annoyed if it didn't last 5 days looking chip free!
However, it actually stayed put and looked fine to keep on my nails for at least the 5 days specified!
These nail varnishes come in a 12ml bottle and are widely available in cosmetic shops etc. I purchased mine for £2.99 per bottle in Superdrug, although if you shop around you may be able to find them cheaper. I would totally recommend this brand for a DIY French manicure!
After being a hardcore nail biter for so many years I finally found the will power to stop and grow my nails. Since then i've always tried to maintain strong, healthy nails that always look good. In the past money wasn't an issue, i'd quite happily spend a lot of money on things for my nails simply because I wanted them to look the very best they could, but recently i've had to start being more careful with my money, so when my nails inc manicure pink had got to the very last bit and dried up I had no choice but to have a look at the cheaper brands on the market.
The french manicure is my favourite look, I get fed up of bright colours after a day or so so I tend to stick mainly with it. I often do a french manicure on myself and then friends and family ask me to do theirs so it gets used up quickly and I really needed a product that wasn't too expensive to replace.
I popped in to my local chemist one day and had a look at the 'manicure pink's' they had to offer. Many were in sets which I didn't want because I already had a tip whitener and a topcoat. The collection 2000 manicure range caught my eye. There was four colours available, french rose, french, white, french ivory and french pink. I particularly liked the french pink colour as it is a baby pink type of shade, perfect for what I wanted. On the side of the bottle it says 'vitamin and mineral enriched formulation. Quick drying and chip resistant for a perfect manicured effect' sounds like everything you would want from a good nail polish to me. On the front of the bottle it claims '5 day wear' and with 'ceramic for added strength'.
I bought the nail polish for £2.60, which is for a 12 ml bottle. A great price if it turned out to be a good product.
But did it?...
When I got the product home I applied it over my white tips and was immediately pleased with the colour, the pink was not too bright but not nearly clear as many seem to turn out to be. Perfect for a fresh looking manicure. I was impressed with the texture, not at all gloopy or too runny. I was interested to see whether it lived up to it's quick drying claim as this is one of my pet hates when it comes to nail polish, I am more than pleased to say that it did, it dried much quicker than I expected and left no tacky feeling on the nails. The brush is just a normal nail polish brush but was easy to control. As for the '5 day wear' claim, Even though by the 5th day it is not totally ruined, I would say by the 4th day it's ready to come off. Still not bad for a £2.60 product. The overall result was perfect for what I wanted.
I would definately recommend this product to anyone who likes a good french manicure.
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When I suggested dooyoo add the Collection 2000 French Nail Polish to their catalogue, it had been my intention to write a glowing review of the product.
I have been using this nail polish for several years now, and one of the reasons I liked it so much was because it went on well, gave excellent results and was hard wearing.
Collection 2000 are a cheap make-up brand, but I believe they are not to be dismissed without at least a look. They do excellent lipsticks in my opinion, and my daughter loves their Hot Looks Nail Polish and their blusher.
For years I was a nail biter, but when I finally quit the habit four years ago, I decided I really wanted to start wearing nail polish to help strengthen my weakened nails from everyday life.
I am not, however, a fan of brightly coloured nails, because I struggle to apply nail polish and I personally prefer a more natural look. As a result I was drawn to French Manicures, but preferred the more natural look of just applying the pink polish and leaving the white tips "au naturale" so to speak.
I chose the Collection 2000 French Pink because it was reasonably cheap, coming in around the £2.70 mark, and told me it had added Ceramic for additional strength.
The nail polish comes in a 12 ml bottle and the brush is fairly decent at applying the polish. The polish doesn't smell overly chemical, unlike some nail polishes, and dries in around 5 minutes. You need to wear two coats of this and I recommend a base coat underneath.
Collection 2000 also do French White for your tips, and you can ring the changes from French Pink using either French Rose or French Ivory in their French Manicure range.
What I really liked about this polish in the past was how smoothly it went on and how subtle the colour was - it gave your nails a little boost without making the colour of them look artificial. Durability was excellent - whilst I would disagree with the 5 day wear claim on the bottle, you could certainly get 3 days wear before the polish would start to chip.
A few weeks ago I was on the verge of running out of my polish so I picked up another bottle when I was in Morrisons.
It wasn't until I got the bottle home and put it beside the already opened one that I noticed the colour looked slightly different. As a result, I decided I would use the new bottle when I next did my nails, and it was then that I realised my love affair with this polish is sadly coming to an end.
In the past, application of the Collection 2000 polish was easy - it went on smoothly and there were no obvious brushstrokes on your nails.
Using the new bottle however was a completely different experience - I struggled with the brush to apply the polish smoothly but it just didn't seem to want to go on as it should and the end result after two coats was, to be frank, awful - there was no smoothness despite application of a base coat and the brush strokes were all too evident.
The colour is more dense than it was in the past too, meaning the nice natural looking shine I had been able to get with the polish has gone, to be replaced with a very fake looking pink which I have to say I am not particularly fond of.
I am also noticing the polish is chipping far sooner than it did in the past, so clearly Collection 2000 have changed the formula for this nail polish and haven't said so. And this may well be my imagination but the polish feels softer on my nails now - whereas in the past I really could feel a tough ceramic polish on them, protecting my nails.
I have noticed that the old bottle I have is marked "Made in England" whilst the new, inferior one, is made in Taiwan. I can only surmise something was lost in translation when production was shifted to Taiwan because the product is completely different now, and not in a good way either with consistency, colour, application and end result all now being far inferior.
So sadly I have gone from planning to write a review singing the praises of this nail polish to having to tell you that it's actually now no longer any good, and I shall sadly have to look elsewhere now for a natural but hard wearing and easy to apply French Pink nail polish.