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As i have quite an addiction when it comes to make and nail varnishes, i have found myself having to try nail varnishes with a lower price range, these nail varnishes are £1.99 so are cheap enough to have in a variety of colours.
The nail varnishes are in a clear glass bottle with brand name and product details in black all around the bottle, with a black lid. The brush is not particularly brilliant, but it still allows you paint your nails in an average of three strokes. I have the nail varnish in Scarlet, Bongo Beat, Hoola Hoop, Milkshake and Parma Violet. All the colours are very vibrant but i fell two coats of nail varnish gives, a much better colour than one.
I would not say the nail varnish dries in 60 seconds but it is quicker than a standard nail varnish. The consistency is not bad, it could be a little bit thicker but it does not cause much of a problem in the application process. Once open i have found they are beginning to dry up a little bit quickly, but i am always painting my nails, so hopefully it will not dry out by the time i have finished. If you do not paint your nails frequently i would recommend buying a colour you know you will use a lot rather than wasting one. Once applied the nail varnish lasts on average a couple of days before having to remove the chipped nail varnish and painting on a new coat.
Overall i would recommend this nail varnish as it is good for the price, but i would say there are better nail varnishes out there if you can afford to spend more money on nail varnishes.
WHAT IS IT?
Nail varnish from Collection 2000. There are lots of shades available but I have got a white one and a pale pink.
The brush is shaped so that it doesn't fan out as I apply my nail varnish but even though the varnish is quite thick it doesn't give very good coverage and after the first coat I can still see my nail under the colour. The pink I use needs three coats and the white needs even more to get a solid finish and to get rid of the patchy colour. I only bought them to create a gentle French manicure when my daughter was in a play at school but I wish I had bought another more trusted brand of nail varnish because this took a very long time and chipped too quickly.
WHAT I THINK
I do not like this nail varnish and will not use it again. Collection 2000 used to be a very cheap brand of make up but there are many better products you can buy for about the same price now. It is easy to apply because the brush is good but I have to apply so many coats that my nails look thicker after and that does not look very nice.
The pink is a very pretty shade and the sort of colour I would apply to a traditionally styled bride on her wedding day. It is glossy when it dries but if you were applying a French manicure then you would have to use a top coat because the white is dull. The white is also not strong enough to cover bright or dark colours so you could not use it for nail art or intricate designs.
It says on the bottle that it may not chip for 10 days but it usually chips on the same day and then because I have had to use so many coats I cannot repair it without a large bump in my nail. The white is not very bright and I think if you wore it for three days then it would start looking gray.
Another thing I dislike is the very strong nail varnish smell because it lasts for a very long time even after my nails have dried. It is a very acid smell and not like modern nail varnishes that have fainter smells now. This Collection 2000 nail varnish is very easy to remove and that was what I expected because it is so weak, I only have to rub a small bit of nail varnish remover on and it will all come off even though I have to use so many coats.
Collection 2000 nail varnish is about £2 for a 12ml bottle and you can buy it in lots of colours.
1 Dooyoo Star.
As a single parent to a four year old boy my chances to go out are very rare. I decided to treat myself for a night out on a bottle of nail varnish. Not the most lavish treat but one I had high hopes for it none the less.
The colour I chose was blue in mind and this was a deep blue.There was a wide variety of colours from bold to subtle. It states on the bottle lasts up to ten days and while that is the maximum I had no idea what the minimum was likely to be. I picked this up in my Local Morrison's and paid £3.79 for a 12ml bottle.
The only nail varnish I have used lately is fast drying nail varnish. I found it was actually very easy to apply. The brush was quite thick and didn't lose bristles. It was and thick enough to actually not need a second coat. I was very happy with the depth of colour and sheen that it gave off.
I found that the nail varnish was ready for been removed three days later and it continued to deteriorate until I got round to removing it two days later when it looked awful.
I did think that the reason for deterioration was due to the fact that I had put one coat on so decided to try a second coat as an experiment despite no further plans to go out. I found that it lasted a further day.
I am assuming that the people that this nail varnish lasts for ten days has their own, nanny cleaner and generally sit around looking pretty.
This is a great nail varnish for the weekend but don't expect it to last much longer than that unless you live a life of luxury.
This was very cheap at £1.50 and the shade was what I needed to match a dress for a wedding so I bought it. I wouldn't normally buy from Collection 2000 as I don't think the brand lives up to much quality wise. I still don't think it is very good quality!
There are lots of shades to choose from in this range so there should be a colour to suit whatever you are looking for. I needed a very pale pink and it looked just fine for me.
The bottle is quite small which you would expect it to be for this price really. It is a simple round glass bottle with nothing fancy about it. That is fine as I keep this in my make up bag anyway so it isn't like it needs to look nice on display or anything.
The lid unscrews and has the brush inside it like nail polishes have. The brush is very thin which is good as it means it is easy to control but it also means that it doesn't hold very much polish so you may need several dips in and out of the bottle.
I found it quite hard to apply as the brush didn't fan out like other brushes instead it was quite hard and not flexible. When eventually I did get it onto my nails it looks good though. It didn't have any streaks in it and it was a nice even spread.
The shade was fine it dried how I thought it would so it still matched my outfit. Some nail varnishes I have found to change colour a little once they dry but this was true to what it looked like.
It took a good while to dry. I had applied two coats and it seemed to stay quite tacky for a good while. luckily I didn't have anything to do so I could sit and wait but it was much longer than I would wait with my more expensive brands so if you are in a hurry this is not a good option.
It looked fine with my outfit and did look nice.
Sadly it didn't last long. It began to chip on day two and by day three it looked a mess so I had to remove it.
I think that this nail varnish is fine if you have plenty of time to apply it and wait for it to dry and if you aren't expecting to wear it for more than a day! It isn't very good quality but for £1.50 I was not expecting it to be. 3 stars, it's ok but not great
!Please note this review is for 'Collection 2000 Hotlooks Fast Dry Nail Polish', rather than Collection 2000 Nail Varnishes in general!
If you've read some of my other reviews you'll probably have realised by now that I love wearing nail varnish; any shade, any colour, any make, all the time. This Collection 2000 nail varnish is the latest brand I've tried, and although it's not the greatest, I was by no means disappointed.
When I first applied it, I found that although it was easy to apply, this nail varnish is quite thick. It can be applied smoothly and evenly, but I fear that it won't have that long a shelf-life before it becomes too gloopy to use. Nevertheless, this is only a prediction and luckily I have not yet reached the stage when my Collection 2000 nail varnish has become too thick to use cleanly!
As I mentioned, the nail varnish is easy and smooth to apply, although I did find that it looked quite pale, thin and washed out, so applying two (or even three, if you still think the colour looks thin) coats is a necessity. If you opt for two coats, be careful as when applying the second coat it can be easy to strip some of the nail varnish from the first layer off, thus creating a similarly washed-out look and making the idea of a second coat pointless.
Probably the best feature of this nail varnish is the drying time. I didn't time it exactly, but put it this way: when I was applying my first coat, working from the outside in, by the time I'd painted my thumb nail, both my pinkie and ring finger of the same hand were already dry! However, I do recommend leaving the first coat a bit longer before applying a second coat, just to be careful and avoid nails being tacky.
As far as I know, this nail varnish comes in twenty five different shades and colours, although they appear to be mostly pinks and purples. This is a good sized range, but if you're after a really unusual colour you may need to look at some other brands.
Let's look at the results...
When two coats have been applied and dried properly, this nail varnish has a nice shine to it. It's not super glossy, but nor is it matt, so it gives an understated elegance to your nails.
I have been pleasantly suprised at how durable this nail varnish is, for something so cheap (just £1.79 from Boots!). My nails are reasonably long, and after about a week of wearing this, only minute sections on the corners of three of my nails had come off...and that was with me practically scrutinizing my nails with a magnifying glass! I haven't experienced any chipping at all with this nail varnish, it's more that it rubs off from areas such as the corners of nails, which is understandable as they are constantly being knocked and scraped anyway. Furthermore, if you keep your nails short I'm sure that you will have virtually no problems with this nail varnish coming off for at least a good fortnight or so.
Equally important is something which is hardly ever discussed - how easy it is to remove. Of course this depends on the nail varnish remover being used to a certain extent, but if you've got a particularly stubborn nail varnish, no amount of rubbing and soaking will get it to budge. Luckily, this nail varnish is not like that at all. It's easy to remove and pale colours leave little staining. It is advised that if you're using a darker or brighter colour you should use a base coat first to avoid staining your nails.
Overall, this nail varnish is impressively robust and durable considering its price. It's handy to have a couple of these shades in your stash, as they are really quick and easy to apply, and although they're probably not the best quality nail varnishes available, once you've applied it, who's to know?!
In the past when shopping for nail varnish I tend to have a colour in my mind and would search for the exact colour I want, and settle for whatever brand that may be. But I've got fed up of buying nail varnish and it going clumpy and unusable withing a month, so now when I shop for nail varnish Collection 2000 is where I look first.
You can usually pick a pot up for around the £2 mark in most stores, which is a great price in comparison to most nail varnishes, and I think great value for what you get.
Quality of finish:
On the plus side I find the polish doesn't peel too easily, which is always good because I'm all too tempted usually just to peel nail varnish off as soon as I've put it on. However this nail varnish certainly isn't chip-proof, then again I'm yet to find any that is.
In terms of how long the nail varnish lasts, I'd say better than average. Then again I change the colour of my nails a lot, because I get bored very easily!!
In terms of how long before the nail varnish goes clumpy, none of mine have done at all yet, so thumbs up in that respect.
There's a wide range of colours which is great but I think it falls short of other brands such as Barry M in this respect. It doesn't have the bright, cheerful colours which make Barry M appealing to me, but I guess this is really a matter of opinion.
All in all this is my favourite brand of nail varnish, however being a bit of a cheapskate I never have tried anything more expensive than No.7 (which by the way I found disappointing in comparison to Collection 2000). It isn't as chip-proof as I'd like and I think the colour range is slightly dull, but other than that I think this a great nail varnish at a bargain price!
Collection 2000 is a budget beauty brand largely available from Boots, Tesco, Asda, Superdrug and Lloyds pharmacies. It gives you a mid range pricing option between Natural Collection, Miss Sporty which are a little cheaper and have less choice and the slightly more pricey Barry M, Rimmel, Boots No.17. They focus on Fashion as well as beauty, are centred on playing around with colours and textures and all for an affordable price.
I will admit I regularly snub Collection 2000 in favour of Boots No.17 if I am buying a mid range / priced product. However this past weekend I had a new brightly coloured nail polish to try out which required a top and base coat, so having no money I decided to use my advantage card points to purchase the products I needed. I was looking to spend less than £5 for both and I found Collection 2000 2 in 1 Base Coat and the 2 in 1 Top Coat. They were each priced at £2.44 for a 12 ml bottle.
2 in 1 Base Coat:
As well as providing you with a base to apply your colour this doubles as a ridge filler - so no requirement for buffing. I must admit, I don't have particularly unsightly ridges on my nails, but they are naturally uneven. I applied this pinky tinged varnish and soon had nails which looked like they had been buffed by a professional! It dries super quick - within a few seconds, although even with 60 second varnishes I leave them about 10 minutes before putting my next coat on. I then applied my colour. The actual colour I wanted to apply on top was a very expensive polish. It settled well on to the base coat, but it was very streaky, largely owing to the fact it was a horrible consistency polish, despite being expensive. I really liked the base coat product, and I could of worn it alone just to make my nails look healthy and natural - as it had a pinky tinge it almost looked like a one step french manicure.
2 in 1 Top Coat:
Doubling as a top coat and gloss enhancer this is a clear thick consistency polish. After I had completed putting my coloured polish on I applied this to one nail. It seemed to strip the colour. I had left the colour to set for a substantial amount of time, and am sure that this happened simply due to a mis-match in products. Perhaps I should have used the same brand as the actual coloured polish. I have since used this top coat on my toes! Just to see if it was this that stripped the colour and it wasn't it worked fine with another type of nail polish I had. I think it was just a problem with the more expensive varnish (specially formulated so you buy more of their overpriced products I wonder??!). Left my nails with a high glossy finish and dried within about 15 minutes fully.
As well as the above mentioned products they also do the following Nail Care Products:
Sparkle Top Coat
2 in 1 Strengthener & Hardener
All priced at £2.44
Collection 2000 also do products for lips, eyes, skin, nail varnishes including Maxi Flex, designed not to chip or fade, along with brushes, gift sets, etc. I will certainly be more willing to try their excellent value, good quality products in future.
This is a review for collection 2000- maxiflex durable flexible 5 day wear polish.
This nail polish comes in an impressive range of colours and when painted they make your nails look fantastic, And it's at the reasonable price of 2 pounds 44 pence.
However for someone who has quite a physical job like mine, i wouldn't say that there ideal, as i have found that they chip quite easily.
I did buy the 2 in 1 top coat that helps protect the polish from chipping as quickly. I did find that they lasted a lot longer but i wouldn't have called them 5 day wear polish, more like maybe 2 day wear polish.
Despite that though i love the bright colours and when i paint my nails it makes me feel fantastic and glamorous so i will be buying more of them in the future, just remember to buy the the top coat if you do.
I don't usually wear nail varnish but recently I've quite taken to it and have started painting my finger and toe nails - maybe to look prettier for the summer coming up, if it ever does over here!
I refuse to pay the extortionate amounts that some nail varnishes cost so I just searched through the make up shelves in Superdrug until I stumbled upon something that looked good quality yet affordable. The Collection 2000 Maxiflex range came up trumps as I think the brand is a good one, they had a nice range of colours and the big and bright "Only £1.99" sign attracted me. They come in the usual small 12ml glass bottle with a silver lid. It comes in a range of colours from whites, pinks, browns, purple, blue, green and black. I picked out my favourite colours which were cocoa and white ice - I tend to prefer more natural colours than strikingly bright ones. They're usually around £2.50 each which is still a fairly good price for nail varnish.
First I tried the white ice which comes out as a bright shiny white colour with a hint of silver - not white enough to be used for nail tips though. After a couple of weeks of this one, I decided to vary it and changed to the cocoa. This is a gorgeous shiny brown/bronze colour, or simply a shiny cocoa colour. It looks great on and this is easily my favourite out of the two. I go around taking regular glances at my nails thinking how nice they look! Not at the moment though as they're a bit chipped! The bottle says this is a 5 day wear polish. I've found a couple of nails have chipped very slightly after 3 days and most of my nails are chipped after 4 days so it isn't too far out. After a couple have chipped you don't need to re-do the entire nail as just dabbing some onto the chipped part will be enough and will still leave the nail smooth and looking as if it was done in the one coat. The varnish on my toe nails hasn't chipped at all though, but they're harder to chip than finger nails though.
The varnish coats on your nails easily and leaves a very smooth, sleek and shiny look on each nail. The bottle says to apply two coats and I needed to use two coats for the white ice shade to make it a little brighter but I found that the cocoa only needed one coat. It doesn't clump and covers the nail evenly leaving you with perfect looking nails. It also dries quickly which, personally, I need as I hate having to sit there waiting for my nails to dry.
I would recommend this nail polish as they have a great range of colours, are cheap and cheerful and, most importantly, look perfect on.
I decided to have a raid on my makeup and beauty bag to review some of the products that i use.
I have got Collection 2000 Reflex nail polish in colour 'Nudge Nudge', which is a hot pink colour.
I brought this from Superdrug in Wallington for £1.95 and you get 12 mls of nail polish for that price which i think is fantastic value for money.
The bottle is clear which a silver screw top lid. The bottles are not as well designed as some other varnishes and the wording printed on the bottle does rub off, but the product inside is great.
The nail varnish is quite thick in consistency but not gloopey. It leaves an even finish on the nail. I us 2 coats of the product and it covers my nails very well.
Without a top coat of clear this varnish stays chip free for about 6 days, with a top coat about 10 days.
I would recommend this product to those who want nice nails at a cheap price.
This review is for Collection 2000 Maxiflex, shade 186, white ice.
This produc was purchased from boots a number of months ago for around £2.49.
It is a standard clear bottle with 12ml of nail polish inside.
Apparently it is quick drying and chip resistant and I should apply 2 coats.
I found that to achieve the look I was hoping for I had to apply 4 coats and that was only just thick enough for my liking.
I would normally only apply 2 coats with a standard nail polish that was not watery.
This product was very watery and I found when I got it from my cosmetics cupboard to use that it had settled very badly and I was left with product at the bottom and water at the top which did not seem to mix very well.
Eventually I stopped using this product because I would spend about an hour trying to get the look I wanted and then within 24 hours it would almost be peeling away.
I would not recommend this product as all the time wear but if you were going to a party this would probably just last until the end of the evening and you would need to remove it the next day.
It is advertised as 5 day wear polish but I did not feel it would last this long, even if you ignored the flaking or chipping.
I don't wear nail varnish very often as I am absolutely rubbish at applying it. It goes everywhere, including cuticles, fingertips, clothes, etc. However, recently I really wanted my nails to look pretty for a party I was going to, so I thought I'd give it a try. As I wasn't sure how it would turn out, I didn't want to spend very much money, so I decided to try Collection 2000, which I always think of as producing good quality, reasonably priced cosmetics. They are currently selling varnishes at £1.49.
I decided to go for a silver glitter varnish. The varnish is clear with lots of bits of silver sparkle in it. You can either apply it over another nail colour to add glitter to a matte varnish, or you can apply it straight onto your nails. I chose the 'straight onto nails' option as I thought this was potentially less dangerous for me! The bottle instructed me to apply 2-3 coats, so I did.
After the first coat, my nails had a lovely glittery look. You could still see my natural nail colour underneath though, which looked slightly odd. After the second coat, however, the vast amount of glitter inside the clear varnish made it look as though I was actually wearing a thin layer of silver varnish as well as the glitter. And after the third coat, the colour was almost entirely solid. It was a lovely sparkly silver which caught the light whenever my fingers moved. Because the pieces of glitter are really small, it doesn't look too cheap or tacky. I was really pleased with the result.
I was also pleased that because it was a clear varnish, when I went over the edges of my nails during the application process, you couldn't really tell. That's a definate bonus for me!
In addition, the varnish dried really quickly, more quickly in fact than any other nail polish I have tried before. After just a couple of minutes I was able to type away at the computer without any chippage or smudging occuring at all!
The varnish didn't last for too long, unfortunately, but it got me through the evening and that was all I really needed it for. The next day though it started to peel around the edges. I am quite pleased with it aside from that though, and shall be getting it out to use whenever I have a party to go to!
I have been using collection 2000 nail polishes for as long as I have been allowed to indulge in such pleasures as decorating my nails and have only ever been remotely disappointed once..
I am actually currently wearing a collection 2000 polish..
I also have a fair few in the box in front of me..
Actually its only 4!
The colours I currently own are..
Vogue ... A metallic dark blue varnish,
Vixen ... A metallic and sparkly pink varnish,
Oh la la ... A metallic yellow varnish,
Tease ... Which is a solid bright green varnish..
~~ How intense is the colour? ~~
Each varnish obviously varies, the darker colours coat better on the first layer obviously compared to lighter varnishes.. I am currently wearing Vogue, with just the one coat and it is a shade that has covered the nail with relatively no imperfections from the fact it is one coat..
The vixen polish takes two coats to make even coverage, which for a smaller priced nail varnish is good quality..
The Tease varnish can be used in one or two coats with even coverage, one or two depends on what kind of colour intensity you want, two coats makes it a more obvious colour.. For subtle but slightly obvious colour go for one coat..
Oh la la, is a more difficult varnish as it takes a good four or five coats to get a solid colour, even then it is a little bitty, without even coverage.. Even with a base underneath it..
~~ How long does it take to dry? ~~
This varnish is one of the better ones I have experienced.. I found that even without the use of a nail dryer this varnish dries in a few minutes at most.. I have found in the past it dries quicker than my Rimmel 60 second polish..
~~ How long does it last? ~~
Recently the varnish has lasted me about 4 days, it has come to needing to apply twice a week which is good for me because I like to have different coloured nails it reminds me to have a change.. With one coat of the metallic varnishes except about 2 days worth before it begins to chip.. More layers equal longer lasting varnish!
~~ Condition and ease of removal? ~~
With the exception of the Tease varnish when removed all varnishes I have used leave your nails as they were before painted.. However with the more solid colours it is possible they stain your nails even with a base coat underneath.. Which looks slightly unsightly for a few days as the stain fades away..
~~ Price and Availability ~~
Depending on which type of polish you buy depends on the price.. It can range anything from £1.49 a bottle to £2.99 a bottle..
It can be found in Boots, Superdrug, and most supermarkets!
~~ Overall ~~
A less pricey nail varnish which looks good lasts ageees and is good for your nails.. Well some of them anyway.. The price is always low with offers on the majority of the time.. Well worth the time!
This nail varnish is a bargain at only £1.50 it comes in a large range of colours from blues to pinks. So there is one to suit eveyones taste. I have tried vixen, minx and couture. I also love the cute names! They go on easily and you only need two coats to get a good colour. The sparkily ones have a lovely glittery finish to them and are nice and shiny. The colours are very eyecatching.
The brush is good quality it is neat and flexible unlike some of the harder brushes that fray easily that some other cheaper brands use.
They come in 8ml size pots, which i think is very good value for £1.50 also as many of my nail varnishes get used a few times then forgotten about you aren't paying for a big pot when you don't want one.
I found that even the darker colours didn't stain my nails even without using a base coat.
The only problem is that they do chip quite easily even with a top coat on. However if you are wearing it just to match your outfit they are cheap enough to change colour everyday.
It is easy to remove using ordinary nail polish remover.
all in all I think it is good value for the price but it does chip easily.
This review is for a sub-section of the Collection 2000 nail varnish range called "hot looks". It is a fast drying nail varnish which comes in a range of really bright shades. The one I chose was number 26 "scandal" it is a gorgeous deep red with a gold sheen and I'm mighty impressed with it.
Firstly whats great about this product is the price...at Superdrug it cost me only £1.49! and due to an offer i bought another Collection 2000 product and got some free, rather spangly eyelashes!
Anyway, back to the nail varnish, it comes in a small bottle which seems smaller than most of the other popular brands however i can't complain as it's a fraction of the cost.
The brush is quite wide and thick which allows for easy coverage on the nail and eliminates the need for having to paint it on in tiny strokes. the nail varnish itself is a good consistency and isn't sticky at all.
This varnish is also really fast drying, I applied 2 coats and my nails were good to go in 10minutes flat. The effects are long lasting thought i tend to chip my nails a lot in my job so I paint over the chips and it doesn't look pieced together at all and just seems to blend in unlike other nail varnishes like Barry M which seems to make this trick really obvious.
Overall I'm really pleased with this dinky nail varnish and especially this shade, it's a gorgeous vampy red! yum yum!