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I was recently in Superdrug on the search for a nice new nail polish. I usually go straight to the lovely and colourful Barry M stand, but this Collection Hot Looks range really caught my eye. It had such a wide range of colours, from super bright and neon shades to sweet pastels. When I looked at the price and saw they were only £1.97 each or 2 for £3, I was really impressed and decided to purchase a couple. I chose a lovely barbie-like bright pink (Hoola Hoop) and a more subtle cute pastel pink (Candyfloss).
Once I'd brought the polishes home, I decided to investigate and opened one. As they were on the cheaper side, I wasn't too sure about what to expect from them. To my surprise, the polishes were of a really lovely formula. They also had a much larger and thicker than average applicator brush which I really like as it makes the application process a lot smoother and easier. Unfortunately, the polishes do have a strong chemically smell, but then I am yet to find any that haven't!
For me, the thing I dread the most in regards to painting my nails is the waiting around afterwards for them to dry, where you can't really do anything in fear of
smudging them. Luckily, this polish claims to be fast drying and it really is! It took under a minute for my nails to dry which I consider as a massive bonus of this product.
In terms of the lasting power of this nail polish, sadly this is where its slight downfall is. It starts to chip after a day or two on my fingernails and only about a day longer than this on my toenails. Saying this though, most of my other nail polishes don't honestly last much longer.
Overall, this is a really lovely collection featuring a colour to suit everybody's taste. It is a very nice formula which glides smoothly onto nails and looks beautifully shiny and glossy on. Unfortunately it isn't super long-lasting but with all the other benefits of the product, I think it's good value for money and well worth the price.
I have been wearing and trying out different nail polishes for years and years. I have tried most nail polish brands. I have tried most of the collection 2000 make up products because of the price, so thought I must try their nail varnishes too! I am a big fan of collection 2000 products because of their high quality for a low cost. These affordable products can be bought at most make up shops. About a year ago I bought most colours of these collection 2000 got looks nail varnishes. I liked how bright and vibrant the colours of the polishes looked in the bottles. They looked nice in the shop so I decided to buy them. I did end up wearing these nail polishes a lot because I did not have as much money as I do now, and was still experimenting with cheaper nail varnishes. Looking back now that I have tried higher quality nail polishes I see how bad this one was. The colour pay out was fantastic but the nail polish would chip off more and more each day. If I did my nails one day, the next day it would already have chopped on most fingers. This nail varnish really does not last long on your nails. It does my last long in the bottle either, the bottles are really small so you get a use or two out of this bottle and then it goes all dried up. The size of this bottle is tiny which I think may be the problem. Because of this I rate them a 2/5. They are cheap but not long lasting.
I've spent the last few days sorting out my nail varnishes, discarding the ones that have dried up (some of them are crazily old) and testing them out one by one to ensure the ones I kept are still in useable condition. This Hot Looks nail varnish is at least five years old and amazingly it's still in perfect condition, so much so that when I tested it out last night I decided to do all of my nails in it instead of the one tester nail and I'm still wearing it now!
Mine is called Shameless, it's a glittery green colour which although not a shade I'd usually choose is very up to date (the old thing about fashions going round in a big circle!) and looks really gorgeous on my semi-long nails. This shade isn't available now so I won't bang on about the colour, but the Hot Looks nail varnishes are still being produced and sold in Boots with seven shades currently available.
The nail varnish is easy to apply thanks to a combination of a good consistency and a brush that's the perfect length for obtaining a neat and tidy finish, the lid of the bottle (which obviously doubles up as the brush handle) is a little short and stubby which I know was an issue for my daughter when she used to use this nail varnish but personally I find it fine to hold - I'm a big fan of Nails Inc nail varnish though and feel that once you've got used to holding their crazily shaped lids you'll managed with just about any brush!
Longevity isn't wonderful and that's why this nail varnish has been relegated to sitting on the shelf rather than being used despite the fact I've loved the colour from day one. You'll get a day out of it but on day two even with two coats of varnish and a top coat you'll find it starting to chip, being 'careful' doesn't help as daily life alone is enough to distress this nail varnish to chipping point - one night I remember applying it before bed and by the time I got up one of my nails had chipped, it wasn't a swinging from the lightshades night either so I have no idea why it happened! That just sums up how useless this lovely nail varnish is at staying in place though, and that's why it'll only be used for nights out and stuff as I know I'll need to remove it the next day.
£1.99 is the current price for Hot Looks which is about all I'd expect to pay for a nail varnish that lasts for less than 24 hours - however gorgeous the colour!
I bought this Collection Hot Looks nail varnish because I was looking for something to match with an outfit for a party. I wanted a shade that was glitzy and glamorous and when I saw this 'Shimmey Shake' it looked perfect. This is the shade, number 52, that I'll be reviewing here.
The bottle jumped out at me on the shelf as the polish was bright gold and sparkling in the store lights. It looked perfect for me. It's basically a clear polish with tiny shards of golden glitter in the formula. I actually thought it would be much thicker than it turned out to be. It's actually more like a top coat polish it's that thin. It shows no actual colour on the nail surface but the golden glitter sparkles all over. This means that you can either wear it on it's own as a metallic golden polish or you can paint it over the top of another polish. It's actually super versatile in this sense and I've found that it works well with many shades. It's actually a lot of fun to see what works and to find new combinations of colour and sparkle!
To wear the polish on it's own you really need two coats or else it's just not powerful enough and the glitter doesn't show up as much. Two coats enhances the depth of the sparkle and also strengthens the polish so that it doesn't chip off easily. The polish has a lovely shiny finish which makes my nails look healthy and bright. The surface of my nail feels a little bumpy with this particular polish since the glitter is loaded onto the nail surface. However, the uneven surface is invisible to the naked eye.
The polish comes in a rather small 8ml sized bottle with a tiny little applicator wand. The brush head is quite long and thick and I only need to pull it across the nail surface two or three times to cover the whole nail.
The polish lasts quite well and does not chip easily which means I can happily wear it for several days without having to reapply or remove.
What I've noticed is that the consistency of the nail polish changes for the worse over time. It has become gloopy and dry, the polish cracking up like a dry riverbed on the inside of the bottle. This does make it harder to apply as it is like a gluey substance.
At only £1.99 a bottle I think this is a reasonable nail polish and would buy it again and consider other shades in the range which has an enormous choice available. You can find these polishes at stores like Boots and Superdrug. I would recommend to ladies and girls who enjoy using nail polish.
Collection hot looks nail polish
I tend to buy nail polish en masse and try not to spend a fortune on them because I think, and certainly with me, they usually chip regardless on how much I have spent.
I bought this one in a dark pink colour, called starlet, which I liked because it is neither a red or a pink, but rather something in between. There are almost 30 colours available in total ranging from the usual suspects in pinks and reds but also featuring greens, blues, and yellow. Almost certainly to be something for everyone and for any occasion.
I bought mine from boots which may be the only place this polish is available from, and at £1.99 a bottle, it certainly isn't going to break the bank- worth stocking up on a few favourite colours.
The nail polish promises to dry in 60 seconds, so I was quite interested in how it performs on that front, since I am notoriously bad at applying nail polish at the very last minute and being surprised when it smudges!
As with all nail polishes it has a screw on and off lid,. The brush doesn't expect to be anything marvellous but it is a really good brush, just the right thickness and length and means that it is really easy to apply the nail polish. I also liked the fact that whilst the first coat isn't the true colour, it isn't far off the colour on the bottle, although to get the true colour, then two coats are required.
I tend to leave nail polish for about 15 minutes between coats ( if I have the time) to give it the chance to really dry out and so that it doesn't end up smudging or looking altogether too thick. However I found that with this one it really was dry in a couple of minutes. Not just touch dry and still a bit tacky ( I can't resist touching it) but really dry and ready for the next coat of polish.
Once the polish has been applied and with a top coat it does last a couple of days without, for me, starting to look jaded. I find that this, as with most other polishes starts to wear away at the tips of the nails after a day or so, and that for me is time to remove. It is easy to remove with my usual nail polish remover and doesn't require too much effort. When it is removed I like the fact that all of it is removed and it doesn't seem to stain my nails.
a cheap and cheerful nail polish which does what it promises to do. It is easy to apply and to remove and is available in lots of different colours. The nail polish is true to the colour as seen in the bottle and is a product I would certainly buy again
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As you can probably tell from my other reviews I am a nail polish fiend so I am always on the look out for new colours which is what led me to this Collection 2000 polish (the company has now rebranded to Collection). I was after a light grey colour as I had seen in magazines that it was the colour of the season and they had a nice light elephant grey.
Collection 2000 nail polishes come in 8ml bottles with a black lid which has a slight curve to it (which makes it easier to grip). However, the handle is quite small and the brush itself is also small so you need three to four strokes to coat your nails.
The polish itself is quite thin so you will need more than one coat to get good coverage on the nail. The grey polish I have is slightly matte - it does have a sheen but isn't very shiny but that works well with the grey colour. However, it is a very unforgiving polish as you will need to apply it really well in order to get a good enough finish.
It also dries reasonably quickly as it was touch dry within about 3 minutes which isn't bad so you can apply it quickly for a night out. However, the one area that lets this polish down is its staying power. Without a top coat you are only going to get two days at most from this polish and to be honest mine starts to chip after a day. With a good top coat then you will get far more staying power but on its own it will chip easily.
There is a great range of bright fashion colours with this polish so is perfect if you are looking for a fun colour or something that is high fashion (for more classic nudes and reds etc I would go for a higher quality polish as I would want it to last better) that doesn't have to last a long time. I did find that after a about six months the polish had gone incredibly gloopy making it impossible to get a good finish (so much so that his polish has just gone in the bin after I tried it for my review) even after using a bit of nail polish remover to thin it down. However, at the price you can afford to chuck it away after a couple of months.
At around £1.99 from chemists and shops like Boots and Superdrug it is a cheap and cheerful nail polish and while it won't last long it is a good range for fashion colours and can last a while with a top coat. However, don't keep it for too long as it goes really gloopy. It is £1 cheaper then Boot's 17 and so could be a better investment then there brand.
I have bought a nail polish from Collection 2000's Hot Looks range occasionally over the last few years. I used to be able to wear only natural coloured polishes in my last job, and I couldn't find many of those under that label. I liked the low price though and I used to buy one every so often when I wanted something brighter for the weekend. While browsing on the Boots website I noticed that the range is said to be "newly formulated" and "improved". So I decided to buy one and see if that was true...
Collection 2000 announced some time ago that they would be changing their name to just Collection, but I still see the majority of items still carry the old name. The display in Wilkinson where I bought my latest bottles also still calls the company Collection 2000, but be aware this may change. The Hot Look polishes have been around for a while, although the packaging has slightly changed. They used to have a silver lid, but now it's black and the bottle's label design has also altered a bit. The main thing about the bottles are they are on the small side - 8ml. This is reflected in the price of around £1.99 so it doesn't bother me. The colours tend to be on the bright and bold side, so I normally look at the polishes when I want something more unusual. If you want a traffic stopping nail colour and Barry M doesn't provide it, I would look here instead! The colours I have are Retro which is purple, and Couture, a dusky pink and one of the more subdued offerings. The colours are meant to be high fashion so they do change from time to time.
Collection say the polish is quick drying [under 60 seconds], and that it gives an "exceptionally high gloss" finish. The latest polishes come with a new thicker brush to make application neater and faster.
I was a bit concerned when I read that the polish has an extra wide brush, because while I appreciate the neatness of one stroke application, I have relatively narrow nails and tapered thinner brushes suit me best. Thankfully, the new brush isn't very large in the flesh and while it splays out across my nail well, it doesn't get polish all over the skin around it. I can't say the brush is all that revolutionary but if you like thicker brushes like the Rimmel Pro ones, this will suit you. Over all I thought the polish has a slightly runny texture. It isn't the worst I have tried but it meant that the first coat looks a bit weakly pigmented. The Retro polish looked especially pale, whereas Couture was almost opaque. The bottle instructions do say to apply two coats and once I had I was happy with the finish. The polish is supposed to dry in under 60 seconds, which would be fast indeed. However, it wasn't that fast in my experience. It was still touch dry in a couple of minutes though, which is quick enough for me.
I wouldn't call the finish "exceptionally glossy" at all. Yes, there is gloss but it is no different from most other polishes. The gloss did stay as long as the polish though - I have noticed that whenever a polish colour seems to fade after application, it has been one that is supposed to offer a high shine finish. Overall the colours looked bold with 2 coats and the surface was sleek and neat. I find that it lasts about 4-5 days without chipping, which for me is the higher end of average wear, if I don't use a top coat. I didn't expect them to last so long, because I had always associated Hot Looks polishes with chipping rather fast. The company doesn't claim that the length of wear is something that has been improved, but perhaps it has. Of course, I would love it to last even longer than average but perhaps that is asking too much!
The one real significant problem I have had with the polishes is that they don't seem to last as well in the bottle if you don't use them up at once. I found that "Couture", which I bought first, had gone rather thick in a couple of months and didn't apply very well. I managed to restore it with a bit of nail polish remover dropped in the bottle, but I didn't expect it to deteriorate quite so soon.
WOULD I RECOMEND THIS POLISH?
I think that given the price paid it is O.K but not a real bargain because I think there are even cheaper polishes such as MUA which offer better pigment and length of wear. I don't agree that this polish is especially glossy, but it does dry fast, if not quite in a minute. If you want a bright colour, the Hot Looks polishes are worth a try,. However, if you want something very chip resistant, I would choose something else. I will still buy from the collection occasionally, when a colour catches my eye, but I will make sure it one that I will use up quickly as it doesn't seem to store well.
Available in Boots, Superdrug, Wilkinson, Tesco and elsewhere.
[This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.]
Hot Looks is a nail polish by the brand 'Collection', previously known as 'Collection 2000'. You can buy 'Collection' products at most good drugstores and some large grocery stores, so the nail polish is quite available and easy to find. The product reatails at £1.99 and you get 8ml of polish so it's an affordable price for the amount you get. The nail polish is available in 18 shades (according to the Boots website), including both matte and metalic finishes. The selection of colours is vast, including both bright and dark colours.
The product comes in a small 8ml glass bottle with a screw off lid that holds the brush, like any other nail polish. The bottle is clear so you can see what colour you're buying which is important. Printed on the front of the bottle is the name of the brand, name of the product and the shade of the product stated clearly. The back contains an ingredients list, the amount of product you get and some warnings such as 'flammable'.
Applying the nail polish is easy. I find that this brush is very precise so I never get the polish anywhere but my nails. It seems to dry very quickly, however it claims to dry in just sixty seconds but it is a bit longer than that (a few minutes, maybe?). I do recommend applying two coats of the polish because one coat leaves the colour a bit pale and translucent. Two coats gives the full colour and a third coat isn't necessary. I usually apply a coat of clear polish after applying to give my nails a shiny finish and also to prevent the colour from chipping.
The colour looks lovely on my nails and lasts for about a week chip-free, which I think is a fair while. My nails look glossy and almost as if they'd been done professionally. The nails polish is easy to remove with nail polish remover and the colours don't seem to stain my nails as much as other polishes do.
I would definitely recomment this product. My nails look lovely at a very cheap price.
I bought two of these whilst in Boots one time and I had £5 pocket money, I decided on them simply because they were on an offer of a 2 for £3 so I could buy a Barry M Eyeliner too. ( I was young! I didn't realise being so cheap meant they'd probably rubbish!)
The bottles are not the nicest around, the lids are sliver and curve out a little at the top which is probably helpful for grip but didn't look nice. The bottle itself wasn't special but I did quite like the font of 'Hot looks' written on it at the time, now I look back and think it looks naff and cheap.
I chose a metallic pink and metallic yellow (but it wasn't gold) both colours had tiny silver glitter bits which added the metallic effects but I prefer polishes to have metallic colours instead of this. The brushes were quite thin and application was quite messy because of this, plus the polish was quite runny and took a while to try so would move around a lot and made it look patchy. Then when trying to apply another coat, the brush would stick to the tacky first coats and make dents and gaps and look awful and didn't give a smooth finish.
It took about three coats (and should only take two at the most!!) to even this out and then reach the colour of the polish inside as first it came out really pale, even after having shaken the bottle. Even so, three coats made the polish look quite thick and gloopy and not nice on my nails at all so I instantly had to remove it. The only good thing was that is didn't stain my nails as I didn't know at the time to use a basecoat first.
I don't think these polishes are even worth the £1.79 they are usually sold for as they were just useless and horrible in everyway, do not recommend at all!
After a 3 for 2 deal in Tesco I bought one of these along with other items.
The colour is ninja, a green colour not neon but like the colour of dooyoo.
The bottle retails for £1.79 a fairly decent price, you need a base coat along with this as it may stain your nails (That should have been made a bit more clear on the bottle) There's 8ml in the bottle.
The colour, or what colour? The results from this are very disappointing, the liquid is extremely runny and the brush is very fragile so you need to have a steady hand. One coat went on, the white of my nail is a bright green but my nails are more of a yellow green and it is very transparent. Certainly not the colour on the box. On applying the second coat the brush gets caught and splashes nail polish onto me and it takes a few wipes to get just the amount I need (and there's still some dripping off) the second coat doesn't make much difference but it's not as see through and the colour is shiny and its certainly quick drying. The solution is three or four coats later it is fairly close to the desired colour but it doesn't fully dry and stays sticky and comes off after an hours.
Overall, the fast dry is there but the colour is not there and it just doesn't stay on longer enough and could stain your nails.
I have to say I'm pretty impressed with the collection 2000 hot looks nail varnish line.
I've tried out four of the colours :
Vixen - I'm not sure whether this shade is sold any more, its a dark purplish pink with shimmer
Fruit Salad - a creamy orange colour
Hoola Hoop - a pale barbie pink
BMX Bandit - a colour which is similar to bluebells but less purple
The range also has the following shades:
- Show off
- Bongo Beat
- Mint Mojo
- Blue Hawaii
- Teeny Bikini
- Parma Violet
- Hip Hop
- Big Hair
- Button Moon
- Lemon Soda
- Fruit Loop
- Candy Floss
- Angel Wings
(The shade names were found on the Boots website)
To apply, the nail varnish is fairly thick. I usually apply two coats to achieve an opaque look.
The nail varnish claims to be 'Fast Dry' although does not give a time frame like the 'Rimmel 60 Second Nail Polish'. It does dry fairly fast though but remains tacky just as long as a regular nail polish, meaning you still have to be careful with your hands for the next couple of hours to make sure you don't catch your nail on something.
The nail polish I find wears fairly well without a top coat. I start to notice chipping after a couple of days, which, in comparison to some other drug store bought nail varnishes is pretty good. I work in an office environment, I spend most of my time typing, so my nail varnish tends to chip faster.
Price wise this nail varnish is dead cheap.
In boots its only going to set you back £1.79, and you get 8ml of nail polish. The same amount as you find in 'Rimmel 60 Second' nail polishes.
As for the brush, its quite thick which I enjoy using, the handle too, is easy to hold.
To sum it up I really like these nail polishes, would defiantly buy more and would recommend them to people who like fun, bright and bold colours.
We have a huge load of different nail varnishes in our home, especially as my younger sister is now at that age where makeup is the best thing in the world.
I tend to be buying a silly amount of nail varnishes from just about everywhere, so when I bought a few from the collection range, it wasn't because I really 'needed' them, it was simply because the colours were a slightly different shade to any we have haha.
The nail varnishes from the collections range can be bought in a variety places, including Tesco's which is in fact where I purchased ours.
When we bought ours a few months ago, they were prices at around £1.80 per varnish but on a 3 for 2 offer.
This can also be bought in Boots and superdrug for around the same price.
The price isn't bad considering it against others which can go up to a fiver just for one pot of varnish! However having said this, I probably wouldn't pay more than what I paid for a nail varnish from this brand as I don't like much of their other makeup or beauty products.
I can say, Collections do quite a good range of colours which I haven't seen throughout any other brands.
I picked up three colours- Lilac-Dynasty, yellow- Lemon soda and a sort of soft green called Mint Mojo. I wouldn't usually go for such wild colours, but to be fair I did expect these to come out quite light and watery sort of the varnish I prefer to use on my nails.
I also like how there are various shades of certain colours available rather than there being just one shade of blue etc.
The range includes;
Show Off- Blue
Bongo Beat- A lighter Blue
Mint Mojo- Light green
Blue Hawaii- Blue
Teeny Bikini- Purple
Fruit Salad- Pink
Parma violet- Violet
Hip Hop- Orange
Big hair- Red
Spangles- Lime Green
BMX Bandit- Blue
Button Moon- Light Blue
Hoola hoop- Pink
Lemon Soda- Yellow
Fruit Loop- Pink
Candy Floss- Pink
Angel Wings- Light blue
Siren- Dark Pink
The variety may vary depending on where you shop, but I personally think the range is quite good. In fact if there was a tempting offer on one day, I may be tempted to try some more of the range as they are handy to keep in for those 'one off' occasions needing a nail varnish to match the outfit.
***Quality & Using***
These nail varnishes come in pots of 8ml which is about average, although I can't comment on how well one pot lasts as I no longer use my selection for reasons I will mention!
The pots are good enough to keep in to wear for occasions, but as I like to apply a nail varnish and have it last for at least a week, these nail varnishes certainly aren't my favourite.
When applying, I instantly disliked the quality of these varnishes. I can't actually tell if its the quality of the paint, or the rough material of the brush, but I did find it tricky to apply.
When trying to apply onto my nails, one stroke instantly showed gaps and lines on my nails from what looked like brush marks. The thickness of the paint also doesn't do much good either as when trying to smooth over the paint, the varnish becomes clumpy and for me it was impossible to get a smooth surface without any gaps.
Because of this, I had to apply two layers to fill in the gaps and a few of my nails look as if they had grinds of sand under the paint.
To be fair, when applying this varnish, it actually felt like I was painting wall paint onto my nails!
One good thing I have noticed with these varnishes compared to others from other brands is that the paint actually comes out just like you can see it in the bottle and it doesn't change colour when drying.
The drying time wasn't too bad and was probably prolonged with me needing to apply two layers. However I don't think the dry time was very good considering this paint is called 'fast dry'.
The day after applying my nail varnish, I went for a day at the seaside. Half way through the day, after having been for dinner and a little shopping, I noticed the varnish had peeled away at a lot of my nails and my nails were left looking hideous! I hadn't even been on the beach or using my hands for anything rough, so I really couldn't understand why my varnish had peeled away half way down my nails.
I ended up having to peel the rest of the varnish off, which fortunately was very easy and my nails looked plain again with no excess left around them.
The fact that the varnish peeled away throughout the day and was easily peeled away disappointed me.
A few of my nails left with varnish on actually hardened up the second day which possibly means the varnish hardens after a few days, but for me this isn't good enough! And even when hardened better, it is still easy to peel away.
I won't recommend these nail varnishes for anybody wanting a long lasting, easy to apply nice effective nail varnish. However I do think they are just about suitable enough for those one off occasions where you only need the varnish to last for the night out.
Some of the colours in the range are kind of wild, like the yellows and lime greens. These colours for me would only be worn if they matched an outfit for an occasion and I wouldn't wear it for any day to day activities.
So, overall this nail varnish is...
* Tricky to apply
*Doesn't last long
Yet it is;
*True to its colour
*Wide range available.
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Banana nails anyone?
Flicking through a magazine recently I spotted a picture of a girl wearing bright yellow nail varnish. I own lots of varnishes - in blues and greens as well as the more usual reds and pinks - but yellow had never even crossed my mind before as a nail colour but, in this picture, I thought it looked great! I was so taken by it that I decided to go for it and try something a bit different. So off I went to Boots to find a yellow nail varnish. Unsurprisingly, despite the many brands of make-up on display in the store, the yellow varnishes were few and far between! I was also quite sure of what I was after - I didn't want a very bright, sunshine yellow - I wanted something more muted and toned down (if yellow nail varnish can ever really be described as muted!!!).
The very first yellow polish that caught my eye was in the Collection 2000 range. This make-up is well-known for being cheap and cheerful, and this varnish was definitely both of those things. The shade is called Lemon Soda and appeared to be the exact shade of muted yellow that I was after. Not one to act impulsively (honest...) I decided to check out the other brands on offer but the only other yellow varnish I spotted was over £6, and I really didn't want to spend this much money on something that could potentially prove to be an absolutely disastrous look for me. So back I went to my cheap as chips £1.89 Collection 2000 option.
As mentioned, this isn't a bright in-your-face shade of yellow although it is quite bright! I would describe it as a creamy shade of yellow - a kind of lemon curd shade. I have light Asian skin so I hoped this would set off my 'natural tan' nicely! Although I was also concerned it may just make my sin look yellowy and, ultimately, make me look a bit sickly...
The bottle itself is the usual fare - clear with black writing and a black lid. The bottle tells me that this is fast dry varnish that has a high gloss finish, and I was advised to apply two coats for "maximum colour intensity".
And they weren't kidding, as the first coat I applied went on very streaky and looked pretty awful! The nail varnish has a thick, paint-like texture and I was worried that, in this instance, I really had got what I had paid for and had picked up a bit of a stinker. But, as promised, the first coat dried quickly - I was impressed how quickly this dried actually - and I couldn't wait to apply the second coat. Toes crossed that the second coat would tidy up my streaky nails (I would have crossed my fingers but didn't want to smudge my yellow nails!).
Well second coat on, and I still wasn't very impressed. From a distance - i.e. as far as I could get my hands from my face! - the varnish looked really striking. The colour is brighter than it appears in the bottle and it is a very bright yellow which really can't be missed. But, up close, and my nails looked terrible! It was like I had applied yellow tippex to my nails. They were all streaky and uneven, and I could still see my nails through the streaked varnish.
Third time lucky?
In a desperate bid to sort out my nails, I applied a third coat, which is something I never do with nail varnish. Finally I achieved a decent non-streaky finish. However, I did have to apply a thick coat of varnish to achieve a decent look. Having used the varnish again since, I applied two coats but made sure they were quite thick coats - this helped me achieve the non-streaky look but, being thicker coats they did of course take longer to dry!
Overall I was obviously disappointed with the quality of this varnish - the texture really isn't the best, the varnish doesn't go on very smoothly and it requires a lot of polish to achieve a look that isn't streaky. You can definitely tell this is a cheap polish!
Funky - finally!
But on the plus side I LOVE the colour of this (once I finally got it to look okay!). It's a very bright colour and probably not as subtle as the shade I had in mind when I first went shopping, but I still think it looks good. I would describe it as a daffodil yellow! It is definitely quite a full-on colour and makes quite a statement - it's very eye-catching and people always comment when I wear it (and I think some people think it's plain odd). But I think it's a very fun colour and great for summer (whenever summer comes that is). And I was pleased that despite the poor quality when appying, the nail varnish did last a good few days before chipping.
Overall, this is not a shade for everyone but if you want something fun, funky and completely different then this is a good option - but beware that the quality is pretty poor!
If you walk into the popular cosmetics shops such as Boots or Debenhams the Collection 2000 Hot Looks Nail Polish are the small bottles that really stand out on the shelves. Nail polish is one of my main vices; the brighter the better! I didn't actually purchase my first Collection 2000 nail polish and instead purchased a mascara and a make-up brush by Collection 2000 and received a free nail polish-bargain!
I originally chose this nail polish in 'button moon' but have since gone on to purchase 'big hair' and 'lemon soda'. The names of the nail polishes sound great are a really innovative way to sell the nail polish as curiosity gets the better of the consumer and they just have to see how 'button moon' would look!
The nail polishes all come in small glass pots with plastic screw top lids. The bottles are transparent with the lids being black. The stickers on the front of the bottles stipulate what colour the nail polish is, the collection 2000 and hot looks logo, and the promise that the nail polish is 'fast dry'. The packaging is very eye-catching as the high pigmented nail polish is visible through the glass bottles.
The brush inside the lid of the nail polish is very soft and fans out with ease to paint your nails perfectly. The nail polish inside is quite thick but not sticky however 2 coats are still required to achieve a deep colour on the nail. I find that the polish dries properly within about 120 seconds although Collection 2000 say that it dries within 60 seconds. This is not a long time to wait for nail polish to dry but it'd be nice for Collection 2000 to change the time on the packaging as it's quite misleading.
The colours are very deep and bright therefore it is recommended that you use a base coat so that the pigment doesn't discolour the fingernail! I love all the colours that I have purchased from Collection 2000 and wouldn't hesitate to purchase more in the collection.
These nail polishes can be purchased from Boots and Superdrug amongst other online retailers for 1.89 a bottle. I think this is an inexpensive treat and reasonably priced for the quality of the finished look! Alternatively you can receive a free nail polish if you purchase 2 other items in the Collection 2000 range.
Overall, if you like brightly coloured nail polish for a reasonable price Collection 2000 is a definite option especially for upcoming summer holidays!
==Collection 2000 Hot Looks Nail Varnish==
Last week I felt the need for a little treat and since we are trying to save every penny at the moment I knew this treat had to be something cheap. So whilst browsing in Boots I came across this range of nail varnishes that had a few great colours and was a really reasonable price.
For £1.97p it was one of the cheapest nail varnishes that Boots had on their shelf if not the cheapest. The Boots store that I was in was only a small one yet they still had a good ten or so different shades of this nail varnish to choose from and I really struggled to choose but in the end opted fr the "Candy Floss" colour. This is a pastel type pink shade which is unlike any other shade of nail varnish I have as the colour is more of a solid one rather than being slightly translucent.
The bottle has a rather nice design and it has a "new" sticker on so I am guessing that this is a new range from the Collection 2000 brand. It states on the front that it is fast drying but I wasn't going to hold my breath too much as most of these nail varnishes that claim to be fast drying often aren't. However I I did find this one to be very fast and almost too fast as I would need to shake the bottle in between nails to get a really smooth and seamless finish on each nail because of the brush beginning to dry out slightly.
The brush is quite thick but it still takes 2 or 3 strokes to cover each nail but there are a fair few applications in the bottle as is it not a small nail varnish at 8 ml in volume.
I found the application a little difficult to do compared to most and I guess this is because of the solid type of colour that it is and it notices more if you are not perfect with the application (not so good after a few vodkas). It only needs one coat to have a good cover over each nail and this is another good thing because there is nothing more annoying that having to do toe and fingers twice as it takes forever and I invariably get it too thick and it sill need re-doing. However even though this nail polish isn't the easiest to apply I found that once on the look was really good and a lot better than the majority of other products like this I have.
The colour I chose was really nice and the bright candy pink colour made my skin look a little browner and made me appear more girly in my black outfit! The nail polish wasn't the strongest lasting although did do a few days without chipping and considering the price I wouldn't really expect too much more.
All in all I can't find much fault with the nail polish. The colour is bold an bright and although not easy to apply in the end is worth the effort for the affect. The little bottle is set to last a very good amount of time and for under £2 I feel a total bargain and one I would highly recommend. A top score of 5 out of 5 stars is in order for this nail varnish!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read