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I paint my nails every week as I hate nails bare. I think they're ugly and I cut them every two to three days with clippers. Every weekend I paint them a new fresh colour and majority of my polish collection is of Collection 2000 Lasting Colour. When I first started buying this brand of nail polish, I bought the brown and when I applied it I fell in love with how nude it looked and the fact it was high in gloss. My nails were so shiny. I also have the purple and the maroon/red indicated in the image. The product smells highly intoxicated, but that is the only downfall of this polish and every polish for that matter. I would easily pay that price to cover up the nails we have at the end of our fingers and toes.
The application of this product is quite easy. You twist the black lid to open the product and the pull it out. I like to dab it on the inside of the bottle because I find that it has too much of the polish on and my hand ends up going swimming. It is easy to glaze the wand over your nail and the polish spreads quickly and evenly over the nails. It is also able to spread over your nail in one swift stroke. When it dries it looks lovely and shiny. It roughly takes around 10 minutes to dry and an hour for it to be not be tacky.
COST & RECOMMEND
I brought mine for £2.99 each but sometimes I find them on offer two for £4.99. There are other offers if you shop around. I would highly recommend this polish to anyone who is a fan of nail polish. Collection 2000 wins for me with their Lasting Finish line.
I love painting my nails and love buying new colour nail varnishes to bring my nails to life. I am always after a nail varnish with a great colour, a great price and a long lasting finish.
I bought the collection 2000 lasting colour nail varnish about 2 months ago from boots. It cost me £2.99 and I received 8 points on my boots card for my purchase. The nail varnish comes in 8 different shades which include:
Liquorice, Ice Cube, Chiffon Craze, Fire Engine, Fudge Brownie, Blue My Mind, Damson Jam and Star Dust.
The colour I went for was Damson Jam which is the colour listed in the picture. It is a warm Burgundy colour with undertones of a warm deep pink colour. The nail varnish is extremely well pigmented.
The glass bottle that the nail varnish comes in contains 12mls of product. Which is an average if not bigger than average size for nail varnishes. The collection 2000 range are also about £2 cheaper than other well known brands of make-up which is always a bonus.
The product has a large brush allowing a single brush application. The product is smooth and glides onto nails easily and effortlessly. I found I had to apply 2 coats of the nail varnish in order to achieve a streak free perfect finish, but you have to do this with most nail varnishes. The nail varnish dries very quickly which I was really impressed at.
The product claims that it is long lasting, and can give up to 10 days wear. However I did not find this to be the case. I don't have much calcium in my diet so my nails are very flexible which could be a contributing factor to me not finding the nail varnish to be long lasting. I found after applying 2 coats of the nail varnish that it started to chip on day 3. Sometimes it would even chip on day 2. However as I said, this could be as I have weak nails, as I have friends who use the same nail varnish but in different colours and they get 6-7 days out of the product.
Overall, this is a lovely nail varnish. It is a reasonable price, the colour is gorgeous and it dries very quickly. However, it is let down by the fact that for me, it just does not last long enough.
Having finally met my goal of using up all my half finished and barely started nail polishes, I have allowed myself to restart my collection on a more modest scale. I decided I wanted a berry shade of polish and having trawled through the options available in Superdrug, Boots and Debenhams, I settles on "Damson Jam", from Collection 2000 as being closest to what I wanted. Other options were too pink or too dark. Having used a lot of brands one after another when I was working through my polish backlog, I was able to compare a lot of products and develop a list of companies I would buy from again and those that I would not. Happily, Collection 2000 was in the "buy again" category, so I did... Best of all, it cost me just £2.99 in Superdrug.
I remember that some time ago, Collection 2000 announced that they would be known just as "Collection" although I have yet to see this reflected on their merchandise or display stands, as of yesterday. It seems that only the website's title has so far been the only thing to change but perhaps further rebranding will come in the future. As it is, they currently offer several lines of nail polish, such as the vibrantly coloured "Hot Looks" range, and the Lasting Colour Collection. This last is the one I am reviewing today. I have owned around 12 different shades in the last couple of years, but my most recent purchase - the Damson Jam shade mentioned above - is my favourite. There is about 20 colours in total to choose from, and I have noticed that recently these colours have been refreshed to reflect the autumn trends, of which berry is apparently one. In general, there is always a good range of colours, ranging from the subtle to the bold.
This Long Lasting Colour varnishes are supposed to last up to 10 days, as they are said to be chip resistant. It is also claimed that they are quick drying and that they leave a high gloss finish.
The polish comes in 12ml glass bottle that is average as nail products go. It doesn't really stand out from any others. I don't mind about that providing the brush is of decent quality. Happily it is, with none of the stray hairs that I used to associate with cheaper products. It is of the quite flat and wide type which means that it spreads out across the nail as you apply a stoke. Therefore it is easy to cover the nail in the minimum of strokes which leads to a neater and quicker finish. The polish itself is also of a good consistency, not too runny or drippy. It is recommended that 2 coats are applied, and usually I have found that it is necessary to do so in order for the full colour to develop. However, I have been delighted to see that "Damson Jam" has an excellent level of pigmentation after a single coat which means that the bottle will last me longer. I tried applying two coats merely to help the finish last longer but it did not make enough difference to make using double the amount of polish worthwhile. As for the brands claim that the polish is quick drying, I would agree. It doesn't give an exact timing such as those that claim to be ready in a minute, which is probab;y wise as I never find these to be accurate. I would say the finish is touch dry in 2-3 minutes, but I would wait a little longer before putting on my shoes. Second coats also take marginally longer, but this is common in my experience.
The polish dries smooth and it is definitely glossy. The finish looks qood quality in my opinion, even when compared to much more expensive brands. [The Models Own brand Polish is top of my "don't buy again" list!] Where I do think the Collection polish is a bit lacking is in it's longevity, despite the claims to last up to 10 days. I have often found a chip or two apparent within a couple of days, and I have never managed to keep it in good condition beyond 3-5 days. This is about average for me, so I would have expected a chip resistant polish to last a little longer, even if it did not quite manage 10 days. I have almost always bought a polish from the range simply because I liked the shade, and the claims to be long lasting were thereofre not that important to me. Nevertheless, I feel I have to rate the product down for not coming close to doing what it claims as others may buy it solely because it is supposed to last. When the time does come for me to remove it, I have always found that it comes off easily, even the darker shades.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
I would, as even though it is not the longest lasting of products, the finish is good while it does last and the price is excellent. If I have to re-apply it a bit more often, it is no great loss as it is quick to do, and inexpensive. I really like the colour offerings available, and I will happily continue to buy from the range. If you wanted to try this solely because it is supposed to be chip resistant, in my experience it is not very good at this. As regards budget polishes, I think Superdrug's MUA range lasts very well, despite not claiming to be a long lasting product, so that may be worth a try instead, as it only costs £1. Apart from that, I do recommend the Collection 2000 polish. You can buy them at Superdrug, Boots, Wilkinsons and other places.
[This review also appears on Ciao under my user name.]
My daughter is turning so girly now which is nice considering she used to be such a tom boy when she was younger. She loves dressing up in her Disney princess costumes and getting her hair done and her nails painted so now when we go out shopping she either likes to go in lush and chose a bath bomb or visit boots and chose some fruity shower gel or a new nail varnish. We visited boots recently and she picked up a collection 2000 one. I was more than pleased to get it as I had been using collection 2000 products recently and been happy with them and the colour which she chose was something I would wear too.
The nail varnish comes in a clear bottle which seems to have a lot of information on like the shade, title and instructions of use. The lid is black in colour and can be twisted off easily to reveal the application brush inside. The brush Is larger than some of the brands I have tried before so I was a little worried it might make application a bit tricky and messy however the brush is also quite flat so it's not too bad. My daughter chose the blue my mind colour which is like a dark blue however there are plenty of shades available for example:
There are plenty of shades to suit everybody and at £2.99 you can afford to treat yourself to a few. The nail varnish promises to add a high gloss finish for easy application with the one stroke brush. It advises that that this nail varnish will last up to 10 days. I never understand any nail varnish that says it will last up to days as it won't unless you sit and do nothing for 10 days to ensure it doesn't chip. On the plus side it is good at staying put. Overall this is a bargain nail varnish that is durable, cheap and super shiny so I would definitely recommend.
I can't remember the last time I bought a Collection 2000 nail varnish but it must have been several years ago because I remember thinking it wasn't particularly good. The brand has continued to improve and I was pleasantly surprised by this product; at around £3 it has been a fantastic nail varnish that I would definitely recommend and buy again.
Collection 2000 has moved with the times more recently by improving their image, increasing product effectiveness and expanding their range. I needed a new clear nail varnish a little while ago and the first brand I thought of was Rimmel because that's what I usually get for my nails. But I came across the Lasting Colour range and decided to give it a go because it was reasonably priced and I figured that you can't go too far wrong when you only want a clear varnish!
The Lasting Colour range offers an array of shades, each of which come in a 12ml glass bottle. It looks neat yet contemporary, giving a sense of it being good quality. The label tells us that this provides 'up to 10 day wear', though I find that with claims like this the 'up to' part is always the most important bit! I got mine in shade 2 'ice cube', though I've since also bought a nice red colour to spice it up a bit!
Applying the varnish is very easy, partly thanks to the 'new mistake free maxi brush', which is soft and wide enough to provide quick, smooth and adequate coverage per stroke. I've only got quite small/short nails, so two strokes were enough for each nail after wiping the excess on the bottle neck. I haven't timed how long it took to fully dry as I tend to paint my nails at night, but I'd say that within a few minutes it was reasonably dry. I prefer to paint them, let them dry a good 10 minutes, then go to bed so I'm not doing anything to smudge/knock the varnish for a while, because it's when you think it's dry that most of the damage seems to occur!
It's harder to tell with the clear varnish, but with the red one, one coat actually provided a decent colour vibrancy. I tend to apply two coats anyway as this ensures the colour and hopefully also the chip-resistance. I was particularly pleased by the high gloss finish the nail varnish provides, leaving nails shiny and smooth. I can't say that it's fully chip proof for very long, and it does obviously depend on what you're doing with your hands (nothing naughty intended there!). I'd say that this has been less susceptible to chips than several other varnishes I've tried, included Rimmel, so I was really happy about this.
Overall, this has been a surprisingly good nail varnish. Providing you give it enough time to dry, it's easy to apply and leaves a strong, smooth and glossy colour coat for your nails! It's a range I would definitely recommend trying, especially at what I think is a reasonable price.
Selling for £2.99 Boots
[Also reviewed by me, gothic_moon, on Ciao]
I bought this having read a few decent reviews about this make although I myself had never used it before.
I wanted a fairly neutral colour for work and so chose the Chiffon Craze which looking at it through the bottle, looks a very pale pink, and when I apply the nail polish, it is indeed true to the colour I see in the bottle. There are in total 18 colours to chose from, including classic neutrals and modern brights. There are pinks, reds, purples and even a green, so something for everyone and for all occasions and outfits. The nail colours are described as contemporary shades to create a high gloss finish for up to 10 days. I like the idea of it lasting 10 days because too often I apply a nail polish and have to remove it after a couple of days because I cant bear even a chip on the tip of the nails- a pet hate of mine!
The bottle is not an unusual design, and has all the information on the back of the bottle. What is apparently special about this nail polish is the brush which is marketed as being a mistake free maxi brush. The brush is a nice size, and not too long or short with a wide flat brush which does glide easily over the nail. I find that it is quite difficult to get the polish on to the skin and with a couple of brushes the nail is covered.
This for me with this colour is where I have the problem. When I apply the polish, I find that it doesn't truly cover the whole nail but rather there are almost bubbles where the colour doesn't seem to have taken to the nail. A second layer of nail polish does cover the nail completely but then I find that it takes ages to dry and seems very thick on my nails. In fact, for more than an hour after application, the slightest knock to my nails leaves a ridge or removes some of the polish. The only way I can seem to avoid this is to sit for nearly two hours so that it is completely dry.
That said, once it is completely dry, then it is a good colour and does last a long time although not the ten days as promised, probably about half that promise.
The nail polish costs £2.99 and is available from chemists and supermarkets- I bought mine from Boots.
The nail polish comes in a good range of colours and is very reasonably priced. It is easy to apply and lasts a long time. I have touched on the down side of the nail polish, so unless you have a long time to sit and do nothing its not worth starting to apply it.
Decent enough but not one I would bother to apply if I wanted a particular colour for one night.
Thanks for reading
Part of me New Years promised to myself, I have been making more of an effort to feel better. Part of this routine involves having nice nails, so in an effort to encourage my nails to grow, I have been putting nail polish on regularly and keeping it looking nice instead of leaving it to get chipped.
I have treated myself to some new pots of nail varnish in vibrant colours to go with this new me, and one of my recent purchases has been from the Collection 2000 range in their lasting colour product range.
There are over twenty different shades included in the Lasting Colour range, all quite different including some neutral shades alongside the vibrant in your face colours.
I chose Purple Rain as my first purchase as I immediately loved the shade through the bottle. Often I find with shades of pink, the nail varnish can look darker in the bottle than when you apply it to your nails. Hence I chose a nice bright shade to begin with.
The nail varnish comes in a 12ml bottle which is one of the larger pots of nail varnish you can buy. The bottle itself is nothing fancy, just a straight cylindrical bottle with a plain black lid. To be honest despite some of the more expensive brands of nail polish having sleek curvy bottles that look attractive, they still have a similar product inside them. As my nail polishes sit inside a drawer when I'm not using them, I wasn't worried about buying for style.
You can expect to find a price tag of around £2.99 for this nail polish which to be honest is the average I expect to pay for a bottle. I prefer it when they are on offer, but at the time this range wasn't and I was buying for the shade not the offer.
Lasting Colour promises to provide up to 10 days wear. This in itself isn't that great a promise when you think about it as it doesn't promise to be chip free, and you could wear the same application of nail polish for as long as you wanted even if you only had a few small spots left on your nails.
Applying the nail polish for the first time, I was pleased with the size of the lid, providing a decent length to hold the brush steady. The brush itself is a decent size without being too thick or thin. I always find too thick and I end up with polish on my skin, and too think, I am forever going over the same spot on nails trying to get coverage.
The varnish itself is fairly thick, and a lot sits on the brush so I do find you need to wipe the excess on the side of the bottle at least twice.
Coverage on my nail was quite thin on first coat, and I definitely could tell I would need two applications to get a decent coverage. I found the varnish easy to apply and didn't make too much of a mess, but I did find it took practice to work out how to get the best amount of varnish left on the brush straight from the bottle.
The varnish lasts around two days chip free for me, but this compares well against many other brands of nail varnish I wear. After this time, I find it especially chips away at the tip of my nails. I don't have the luxury of not admitting my hands to any work, so they do come into combat with daily activities with exception of the washing up.
Removing the nail polish is easy, but I do find that there is a slight colour stain left on my nails, so a base coat is recommended with this shade in the range.
Overall, I have been pleased with this nail polish and will definitely buy again.
I recently bought two of these nail polishes when they were being sold in Superdrug at an introductory special offer price of 2 for £3.99. I couldn't resist such a good bargain so I got an in-your-face red, Fire Engine, and a rouge-noir lookalike, Midnight Rouge.
Collection 2000 cosmetics could fairly be regarded as being at the lower end of the cosmetics market but as any beauty expert will tell you, cheap doesn't always mean poor quality. Although I haven't used every product in the Collection 2000 range, I have used their other nail polishes before and found them more than adequate to stand up against the more up-market competition.
Lasting Colour is the latest incarnation for their nail polish and successor to the Maxiflex range, which the manufacturers claim can last up to 10 days. It certainly lasts that long on my toenails but I have my reservations about whether it can stay the distance on my fingernails.
Price and availability
I bought two of these nail polishes whilst they were on special offer but their normal retail price is £2.49. This brand is almost universally available in most large chemists including branches of Boots, Superdrug and Lloyds.
The shade range is fairly comprehensive with 26 colours, excluding Clear, going from a palest grey "Cloud Nine" at one end of the colour spectrum and ending at black "Liquorice" at the other. The colours in between are not just pinks and reds but include blues, greens, oranges and purples, as well as a silver and gold option and the choices of finish are a high gloss lacquer or a pearly iridescent sheen.
I love the shape of the brush which comes with this polish and which is broader than the norm. It's also a slightly flattened shape which allows the nail polish to be applied in almost one stroke, depending on the width of your nail. One coat coverage is very good but Collection 2000 recommend for best results, two coats of polish are applied on top of a base coat. It is important to use a base coat, especially with darker nail colours, to prevent any staining of the nails.
Well, it certainly lasts well on toenails which don't get much of a work out but I've found that on my fingernails, the polish began to chip and wear at the tips after only a few days. This wasn't a huge problem and it's easy enough to touch up but I think the only way this nail polish could ever last for 10 days would be if the wearer never did anything with their hands, certainly not any typing or immersing hands in water.
This is a very good nail polish and bears up quite well in comparison with high end polishes. With regard to the Midnight Rouge, this compares very well with Chanel's Rouge Noire which I've used previously and which has at least a £12 price difference. They certainly have the same amount of wearability as the Chanel nail polish lasts for about 3 days before requiring a touch up, as does the Collection 2000.
If you want a good looking finish to your nails in a variety of colourways, I'd recommend you look at the Lasting Colour range from Collection 2000 before splashing the cash on something more high end.