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One of the make-up products I really enjoy using is nail polish and I have a huge collection of products, all of them different shades and from different brands. One of the nail polishes I purchased recently was this Collection 2000 Maxiflex. I'm reviewing this in the shade 59 Icy Pink which is a pearly pale pink colour. I chose this shade because I was looking for a particular delicate, more natural look for my nails and I thought this looked perfect.
The polish comes in a big 12ml sized glass bottle which is sturdy enough to be able to be placed on a flat surface without being tipped over easily. The label on the bottle is printed with full ingredients and some information about the polish. The brand, Collection 2000, claim that the polish is "Durable, flexible, 5 day wear polish". They also state this is a "new generation" polish which is "quick drying" and which provides "high gloss" and is "chip resistant". I've heard several of these claims from other brands of polish though and been very disappointed!
What I like the least about this polish is the brush. It's extremely thin and slightly too long in length. The applicator wand along with the longer brush means precision application is much harder. The tiny brush head means I have to pull this over the nail surface at least three times per nail which is time consuming. The brush also doesn't pick up a lot of liquid so when my nails are long the painted line dries up before I reach the tip of the nail! The nail varnish is reasonably quick drying and I can apply a second coat within minutes.
The polish, at least in this particular shade, is medium consistency but it goes onto the nail rather thinly. Two coats are needed to ensure the nail is fully covered. One coat is not sufficient as you can still see cuticles and the nail edges through the shade. This particular shade, Icy Pink, is a pretty, feminine colour which makes my nails look like shiny little shells. It awards you a subtle look which can be suitable for many occasions and outfits.
I would caution users that they must really shake the bottle of this particular polish prior to use as it tends to separate into a thick layer of pearly glitter and a layer of yellowy oil if left standing for a while. Once it's well blended it gives an even appearance on the nail surface though. The polish is quite good at remaining flawless on the nail, at least for three or four days. I then begin to see minor chips and scratches.
I would buy this again although I really dislike the small brush design. However, the performance of the polish is quite good and I like this neutral shade. Collection 2000 are a budget brand of make-up which can be found in several stores including Boots, Superdrug and Tesco.
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I have a ridiculous amount of nail varnishes in all different colours, I like to excuse this by saying I have three daughters so we need all these small bottles but that would be fudging the issue slightly as it tends to be me who usually grows the nail varnish collection not them! I purchased this Maxiflex nail varnish a year or so ago when I was looking for a purple, made by Collection 2000 it didn't break the bank (I'm pretty sure it only cost £2.99) and the shade was exactly what I was looking for (144 - Hot Purple).
Applying the nail varnish is easy, it needs two or three coats as the coverage isn't as good as you'd expect from the very dark colour - it's quite a runny nail varnish so do allow plenty of time for each coat to dry properly, which takes significantly longer than other nail varnishes I've used recently. It takes at least two coats to build up the colour to anything like I was expected based on the shade in the bottle, and to be honest it never comes quite as deep as that when it's on my nails - a good top coat helps to liven up the polish (as it's not particularly shiny) but that doesn't help me achieve the very deep colour I was expecting after seeing it in the bottle. Nuisance.
Collection 2000 claim this nail varnish will last for five days and to that I say a big resounding 'gubbins' - mine lasted for three days but that was only after touching up three nails on day two, by the end of day three practically every nail was chipped and I couldn't wait to take it off and apply another colour as by this point the purple was looking extremely dull.
I'm not impressed at all with this nail varnish and it's now been relegated to the shelf where my seven year old keeps her cosmetics (she doesn't apply her own nail varnish, I'm not mad...) as it simply doesn't perform well enough for me to use it again myself. It's a shame as although the colour wasn't what I was expecting it is rather pretty when on my nails, unfortunately there are just too many bad points to this one to make me want to use it again.
As I have mentioned in previous reviews I don't tend to wear much nail polish other than a night out or special occasion and when I do it is mainly a home French manicure so stick to paler pinky shades. There are a quite a few available shades from the range covering lighter pink/peachy shades to more bold colours. The one I am reviewing today is a light pink shade called Baby. (297)
The product comes in a small 12ml sized clear glass bottle and has a silver plastic lid. On the front of the bottle the Collection 2000 brand name is clearly visible in silver with 'Maxiflex' directly underneath it. It says that it is 5 day wear polish and at the bottom of the bottle it tells you the actual shade and shade number. The back of the bottle lists the bottle size (12ml) and the ingredients.
The product itself is a light pink colour that gives a pearly sheen after it has been painted onto the nail and dried. It has the usual consistency and smell of a nail varnish. To apply simply twist and lift up the plastic lid to reveal the attached application brush and paint onto the nail. Allow to dry and apply a second coat if necessary (I find one coat is enough for me) then put the lid back on and twist again to tighten.
- Durable and flexible lasting fir 5 days wear
- Range of colours available
- Quick drying
- Chip resistant
- High gloss
Price and availability.
After looking on the Collection 2000 website I could not find this product to purchase directly however it can be easily purchased on line from Ebay and Amazon. The prices vary from 79p upwards so this varnish is a real bargain. I purchased mine from Ebay and paid around £2.50 with P&P.
This is a bargain varnish, it goes on easy, gives a nice colour and has lasting wear. It is easily removed and I would definitely recommend this product.
This nail varnish costs only £2.49 from Boots and the same price from Superdrug, for 12ml, which is cheap compared to most nail varnishes. There are also 33 colours available, ranging from reds, pinks, purples, greens, golds, black- any colour you could want really. I own a few but my favourite is 'chiffon haze' which is a dusky pink colour.
I find that the nail varnish is easy to apply and it looks best with two coats. Any more coats is unnecessary. It dries quite quickly but i've found that it has smudged slightly a few minutes after i believed it to be dry so be careful. It has a very glossy look, once dry, which i think looks really good.
The nail varnish is advertised as lasting for 5 days, which i doubted because i've used more expensive nail varnishes that have chipped after about 2 days. This has lasted 5 days without chipping before, however i usually find that chips start to appear on day 3 or day 4. Still, this is better than most nail varnishes.
Overall i would recommend this, it's a lot better than even most of the more expensive nail varnishes out there.
Collection 2000 has been making beauty products for years and they are cheap in price and perfect for a little beauty fix on a low budget! The nail varnish is good but every shade in my experience. The maxiflex formula is designed to keep your nails looking good by day 5 of wearing it. I thought I would the 5-day test!
Applied the shade of midnight rouge to my nails and finished it with a one coat of topcoat just to help with staying power.
Day 2: Looked at my nails very carefully and vainly admired the gorgeous colour and shine!
Day 3: Had so mush to do in the house the nails where bound to suffer, that night another look and they made it through my cleaning harsh Monica from friends cleaning routine!
Day 4: One small chip on my little finger not that big enough to notice but I thought I would let that slide!
Day 5: Bingo hardly any chips! Who ever said you need to spend a fortune on nail varnish to get quality and as a beauty therapist I know! I have tried the lot. The good old-fashioned collection 2000 is still a great type of varnish for your nails and the maxiflex did its job!
I enjoyed my 5-day challenge and just to prove the point of this does save money I wore a 5-pound polish on my toes all the way through the challenge and the toes chipped pretty badly. You can get many different colours from the collection 2000 website and they are still low in price. Glossy finish, great brush and when it is applied it doesn't even need that many coats. Some nail varnishes take forever to build the colour this doesn't which is a bonus if you're in a hurry. It dries fast and does not need touching up for 5 days. Buy it from boots for the price pf £2.49 per varnish and you get 12ml to use, which will last you a long time. For a night out the shade hot purple is a smash with a cute silver clutch bag for a style tip!
5 out of 5 for staying power and passing the test.
5 out of 5 for the range of different colours!
And finally 5 out of 5 for it amazing look!
I always have accrylic nails proffesionally applied. Which I usually have with a french polish. However, sometimes I feel like a change and that is when I will apply a splash of colour using collection 2000 maxiflex nail polish. I have tried numerous nail polishes on the market. Though, I will admit I don't like to pay too much money for a nail polish. I think this is because I am so fussy that I will change my nail polish daily to match my outfit. So I don't need a polish that is going to last ages as I don't leave it on for long at all.
What I love about collection 2000 maxiflex nail polish is the variety of colours on offer. Whilst there are the usual reds and purples, there are also more obscure colours such as gold and shocking pink which allow the consumer to make a much bolder statement.
I love the darker colours in this range. One of my favourites is the dark purple almost black colour called shiraz. I think this colour is one of the nicest out of the 33 colours in this nail polish range. However for a much more bolder statement, I like to paint my toes in green with envy which is a emerald green colour, which although different offers a more contemorary look.
These collection 2000 maxiflex nail polishes are chip resistant. And in fairness, they do stand up to a good deal of wear before looking tired. These nail varnishes are claimed to last up to five days. Once or twice when I have left a nail polish on for long periods, I have found that my nails need another coat after about two days. Simply because the shine on the polish tends to fade and become quite dull and therefore a quick top coat revitalises the look.
The feel of this nail varnish is very comfortable. It dries quite quickly, although it remains quite tacky for a while longer. I have found it is best to allow a decent amount of time to paint your nails as I have on occasion tried to get the job done quickly which always resorts in a few smudges and a less than perfect appearance.
I also find that two coats of this polish creates a much more glamorous and fluid look to my nails. I like the depth that two coats provides as it gives a much more proffesional finish. This nail polish is very pleasing to apply. Although in my opinion, the brush could do with being a little bit longer for a more accurate grip. The brush though does not leave any brush marks and also has very thin bristle edges, which are excellent for getting into the corner of the nail.
The nail varnish itself, is of a very good quality. It is not too overpowering in it's smell. which is a really positive thing for me as I hate the smell of nail polish. I have found in my experience that a good tap of the bottom of the bottle before use ensures that the gloopy parts of the nail varnish are dispersed and the varnish is of a perfect consistency.
I have noticed, that when the nail varnish has been used alot the varnish becomes quite hard and sticky. This is almost impossible to work with and leaves a much less adequate finish. Also I would advise that you screw on the silver lid when you have finished painting as I have found that the nail varnish dries very quickly when in the bottle.
This nail polish, is excellent value for money. It is all I am looking for in a nail polish. It gives a very professional look to my nails and makes me feel confident when handing over money etc in shops. I often catch myself looking at my nails with pride when tapping in my pin number!
When you consider that this nail varnish is less than £3 a bottle, I think it is quite amazing. Yet again collection 2000 have pulled it out of the bag. A fantastic makeup product which is a fraction of the cost of other brands.
As soon as the weather gets nicer I cant wait to get my flip flops out and paint my toe nails and one of the best nail varnishes in my opinion is Collection 2000 Maxiflex. You can get Collection 2000 from Boots, Superdrug and several on line shops. A 12ml bottle. costs just £2.49.
The bottle is a plain straight glass bottle with a matt silver coloured lid that flairs out at the top. The brush is attached to the inside of the lid. There's nothing special about the brush its just a standard shaped nail polish brush.
The label is clear and has Collection 2000 Maxiflex, Durable Flexable 5 day wear polish written on it in silver. Underneath this is the colour. The one I'm using is 226 Magenta Ice which is a bright pink colour. The ingredients are on the back but are very hard to read. The varnish in the bottle looks slightly pearly but this isn't the case once you are wearing it.
The Maxiflex polish goes on really well, its just the right consistency, not too thick so it seems gloopy and not too runny so it drips. It goes on evenly and smoothly and covers well. The polish gives a good cover with one coat but I think 2 makes the colour that bit richer. The final result is a lovely shiny smooth coat of polish.
Collection 2000 claim this polish is "durable and flexibe and provides 5 day wear", I 100% agree with this. I find on my toenails this nail polish is virtually indestructible. It lasts way longer than the 5 days claimed. In fact I find that as my toe nails grow I am left with a band of bare nail at the bottom of my nail and there is no sign of chipping at all. I never have to take this polish off because it looks messy and chipped. I wore this polish on my toenails for a 10 day trip to Cyprus and it remained perfect the whole holiday despite being on the beach and at the pool all the time.
The Maxiflex polish keeps well too, it doesn't go gloopy in the bottle like some nail varnishes. I've had a bottle from last year and its as good as new.
I cannot recommend Collection 2000 Maxiflex Nail polish enough. Its a cheapish polish that in my opinion out lasts any of the more expensive brands I have used in the past.
Now I am normally one for staying away from collection 2000 products if it can be helped they remind me of cheap shops which sell everything that I used to visit as a child and you find a random collection 2000 basket on the till at the end everything 50p (it was a while ago lol). Anyway I was looking for a gold nail polish and couldn't quite find the colour I wanted in the rimmel isle then I came across 315 Aztec gold in the, deep breathe, collection 2000 section and it was a perfect colour for what I needed. Anyway after picking it up and examining the bottle which I felt had come along way from the old style bottle I used to see as a child ( I realise I may sound a little strange here) it looks more like the rimmel bottles I usually buy this reassured me (I think I may have a problem lol). You get 12ml of polish for £2.49 in boots (you can get them cheaper online) not too bad I thought may aswell give it ago. I do have abit of a obsession with nail polish and must own them in every colour known my boyfriend doesn't get it 'not another one' is often heard in our house. 'But this one is different to the others' is my reply as I go and put it with the other 100+ bottles (no joke) that I own.
Maxiflex nail polishes are said to be 'high shine, chip resistant, 5 day wear' and to my amazement it was actually quite good the brush was good quality a few sweeps and the nail polish went on smoothly and dries within 30 seconds I then add a second coat i do this with all nail varnishes just to make sure I have all over coverage. The varnish is very shiny which is great and it does seem to be quite chip resistants I would not say it lasts 5 days without a single bit dropping off but it does last perhaps 3 without much movement, this obviously depends on what you are doing though if you are using your hands alot for gardening or something then obviously its going to come off quicker.
Overall a great nail polish which lasts and taught me a lesson about being a collection 2000 snob! I should also mention that I have had this varnish for about 2 years now ( as I have so many they don't tend to run out quickly) and it is still as good as the day bought it no drying out like some other ones I own brilliant.
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Collection 2000 Maxiflex Nail Polish provides 5 day wear and the 12ml size means you can wear your favourite colours again and again!