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Max Factor is an established make up brand. The products from this brand are usually fairly reliable and their nail polishes are inexpensive compared to something like Nails Inc. Currently Max Factor appears to have three ranges of nail polish - Colour Effects, Glossfinity, and Nailfinity. This review is for the miniature Colour Effects product called Max Colour Effects Mini Nail Polish.
The Max Factor Max Colour Effects Mini Nail Polishes are sold in Boots and Superdrug. There are 36 colours in the range so the choice of colours is well covered. Most are quite bold and bright. The darkest colour in the range is Lacquer Noir and the palest is Ivory. I bought the Sunny Pink colour. This colour is a sort of bubblegum pink with a gold shimmer effect.
The mini bottle contains 4.5 ml of polish. This bottle is a small square bottle with a black screw top. The nail polish colour is clearly visible as there isn't much writing on the bottle.
Once the lid is opened, the applicator brush is visible. The brush is quite flat and narrow and the bristles are not very long. Despite the small bottle size, the lid is a fairly normal size and it's certainly long enough to get a good grip on.
Nail polish can be used on both fingernails and toenails. It is often suggested that nail polish is applied after buffing nails then applying an clear base coat. I have had this done during a salon treatment but have never bothered at home for any polish. I do usually cut my nails beforehand though to make sure they have an even edge and will look presentable. If you use a base coat then it needs to be thoroughly dry first before starting to use this polish. I have assessed this polish on my usual home application process.
To apply, first take the brush out of the bottle. The wand needs to have enough polish on it to be visible but not a large dollop because it will then be harder to control when brushing it onto your nails. If there is too much then dab the brush on the side of the bottle to dribble some back into the bottle.
Brush one stroke down the centre of the nail then one down the nail on each side of that centre stroke. All strokes should be done in the same direction and I do them in the direction of my cuticle to the tip. If I get any on the surrounding skin, I use a cotton bud to remove it before the polish hardens.
After leaving the nail polish to set for about 10 minutes, I apply a second coat and let that set for 10 minutes as well. I don't usually bother with a clear top coat as I have usually run out of patience by then.
~Availability and price~
A bottle containing 4.5 ml of this polish will cost you £3.99 from Boots or Superdrug both in the stores and online. Occasionally I have seen some of the colours in the range being sold on Amazon and they are a little cheaper there.
~What I think about this product~
I don't wear a lot of nail polish in winter. I paint my fingernails from time to time. However I love to paint my toenails when good weather appears. As we don't generally have good weather for long periods and I get bored easily, I often end up with an assortment of half used bottles in all sorts of colours. I have reds, pinks, metallics, blues, purples and a few other impulse buys. When out shopping I am often attracted to the latest colours.
When I saw these Max Factor Max Colour Effects Mini Nail Polishes I thought they were a great idea. With this small bottle I thought it'd be perfect for a few applications before I got bored with the colour. I was wrong!
I liked the colour in the bottle. The Sunny Pink colour in the bottle looked like it would be a good pink base and the gold shimmer through it would catch the light. When I applied the polish, the pink colour was initially not very noticeable. The colour looked sort of bronze rather than golden or pink. After a few days the sheen faded and I was left with a dull pink which I didn't find appealing.
On application, the product's consistency was quite runny and I think that maybe three coats would be needed for a lasting polish. With just two coats my nails started to chip within two days which I think is far too quick for polish on my toenails. If it was on my fingernails I doubt it would last the day. As the polish was not very thick the brush marks were quite noticeable with the first coat of polish although they weren't so bad after the second coat. Again, maybe a third coat (and therefore plenty of time for application!) would be a good idea.
So I will not be buying this polish again. It didn't deliver on the Max Colour promise and it didn't last. Even though the small bottle was cheaper than a large bottle of many other polishes, the other polishes would probably be better quality so I'd use them more often. This one is heading for the bin.
As you can probably tell from my other reviews I love nail polish and after chucking a load out I decided to invest in a new nail polish and decided to try the Max Factor mini nail polish as I liked the colour I hoped it would last longer on my nails than a cheaper nail polish and because it was in a small bottle I hoped I wouldn't have to chuck it out for being too gloopy. So I went for Juicy plum which is a vibrant lilac colour.
The first thing you notice about the bottle is its size it is definitely mini, I would say about half the size of a normal nail polish. I was expecting the brush to be quite tiny given its size but it's not too bad - however, don't expect to be able to paint your nail in less than three strokes as it is slightly smaller than normal.
According to Max Factor this polish can go on in one coat but I found it needed a second to get perfect coverage and an even colour. The consistency of the polish itself isn't too bad as it is quite thick but not gloopy. Once on the nail it has a lovely sheen and looks really professional after the second coat which is great and the coverage was really good and not at all patch but it did need that extra coat. I also found it dried quite quickly about 2 minutes to be touch dry which is a bonus given the fact it doesn't claim to be fast drying.
For me the big test of a nail polish though is always how long it lasts without chipping (I hate chipped nail polish and always notice even the smallest chip) and I have to say I wasn't overly impressed. When reviewing these nail polishes I always try them without top coat so you are testing the nail polish and not how good your top coat is. On the second day I started to notice small chips at the ends of my nail (not enough for people to notice unless they looked very closely at my nails but I noticed) and by the third day I it will need to be removed. You may be able to get four days out of it with a touch up but it does start to chip after a few days. That said it does last better than some of my cheaper polishes which sometimes don't even last a whole day and a good top coat would prolong the wear. I haven't had the bottle long enough to see whether it would go gloopy but then again it is small so should last well for my needs.
At £3.99 a bottle this is my main issue with this polish when a full size Max Factor polish cost £5.99. It is a lot better than my 17 and Collection 2000 nail polishes but I could get a fairly decent polish for not much more and it will be full size and still last about 3 days (I find Rimmel's Lycra Pro lasts the same amount of time and that is only £1 more).
I recently succumbed to a 'get the cheapest item free' offer on Max Factor and picked up two of these mini bottles - Red Carpet Glam and Soft Toffee.
Both colours are pretty. Soft Toffee is subtle, and is a good everyday look for work. Red Carpet Glam, as the name suggests, is a bit more fun. It actually dries more pink than red but is nice for a night out. The Max Factor product description says 'vibrant shades', which isn't really accurate for Soft Toffee.
Application and Staying Power
The polish went on and dried quickly but definitely needed more than one coat - in the case of Soft Toffee the first layer was half transparent and I even put a third coat on a couple of nails. Even so, it started to chip within a couple of days. I know that's true of most cheaper nail polishes but it was a bit disappointing for Max Factor. One other point is that I needed to be really careful with application as it initially went a bit streaky.
The reason for the low price (£3.99 in Boots - cheap for Max Factor) is pretty clear: the bottles are definitely mini. This wasn't a problem for me because I never use nail polish more than a few times before I lose them or get bored, so they were actually kind of a bargain. However, if you want a polish to use again and again, it isn't going to save money in the long run.
I love nail polish but I end up accumulating too many because I am always switching shades. I had several shoe boxes full before I decided to slim my collection down. I never could use them all up before they dried out. For that reason I was attracted to the idea of Max Factors Max Effect mini polishes which are about half the size of a standard polish. I thought that I could try a new colour and after applying it a few times I would be at the end of the bottle and ready to move on to the next with no waste. Well that was my excuse for coming home with one anyway.
Max Factor obviously do a lot of polishes, and the Mini collection has over 30 shades to choose from. Some are metallic, others are sparkly and there are of course the more natural colours too! I bought my first in Boots for £3.99 in the shade "Diva Pink" which is a cerise.The second I bought on Amazon for £2.69, in "Diva Violet". The latter looked a pale lavender in the online picture, but having seen it in Boots I knew it was actually far more pink in tone. As for how big the bottle actually is, I have to estimate. I can't find the size in ml anywhere on the bottle, but comparing it to the other polishes that I have, I would guess that it is about 4.5ml or so in size. This obviously makes it relatively expensive if you pay the full price but it is a smaller investment than buying a full size polish from Max Factor if you aren't sure about the colour. I didn't think that Diva Violet was a polish that I would wear all year round as I tend to wear lighter and pastel shades in the summer. I also thought it wasn't a colour that would go with everything I wear so I didn't mind opting for just a small bottle.
Max Factor say the polish is long lasting and chip resistant. They also say it can be applied with a second layer for a higher intensity colour, which implies one coat could be suficient otherwise. I will give my opinion on that below!
The polish has the sort of brush that I normally don't like - small and stubby. However, I find that this one is easy to use. partly that is because the small size suits the small bottle and partly it is because it still has a full size handle which makes gripping it a comfortable experience. The brush head is quite narrow and doesn't spread out much so it is difficult to cover the nail in one stroke. As it dries quickly, you also have to move fast in order to avoid developing brush marks or an uneven finish. It does deliver a good amount of polish to the nail though, and the narrow head makes painting accurately near the nail edges simpler. This is helped by the fact the polish has a perfect consistency. I hate runny polishes! The good texture left me surprised at how watery the first coat actually looks. I think a second one is always necessary to make the nail finish opaque, and in fact I feel that "Diva Violet" benefits from a third layer to really develop it's colour. This is more of a problem when you have a small bottle to work with as obviously it isn't going to last very long.
MAX EFFECT FINISH?
The first coat dries very quickly, within 2 minutes. Subsequent ones take marginally longer. I was impressed by this because Max Factor doesn't specifcally say that it is one of the faster drying polishes. This makes up for the fact I have to apply several coats. The end result is a shiny, smooth and good quality finish bar the first weak looking coat. I fell out of love with the lilac shade as I thought perhaps I would, being fadish when it comes to my nail colour. I have replaced Diva Pink though, as to me it is a more versatile colour that is easier to match or complement what I am wearing.
As for the supposed chip resistant qualitie,s I would say it isn't a long lasting polish in my experience. I got it to last a maximum of 4 days in good condition before the tiny chips at the edge became too noticeable. That is about average for me, but I would have hoped a polish that promises to be long lasting to fare better, especially when I had applied 3 coats. It was easy to reapply as it came away easily with basic polish remover, but having to do so more often than I liked meant the small polish is used up quickly.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE POLISH?
I ddon't think this offers great value for money given that at least 2 and sometimes 3 coats are necessary and it isn't really especially chip resistant. I could get 3 full size polishes from MUA for the prize of one tiny Max Factor one, and I think the cheaper ones last as long and I can sometimes get away with a single coat of those. Therefore I have decided I would only buy a mini one again if I couldn't get a similar colour elsewhere. I don't think most of the colours in the range are that unique and hope I have now spied a cheaper alternative to "Diva Pink" . If you are looking for a good value polish, or a long lasting one I wouldn't recommend it. Otherwise, if you care more about it drying quickly and don't mind applying more than one coat I would recommend it if a colour catches your eye.
I mentioned above that I bought one of my polishes at Amazon. They are still available there but now the delivery time is quoted as 2-4 weeks on most items. I got mine in just a few days! They do offer cheaper prices though, which vary by shade rather a lot. Boots and Superdrug offer far more colours and you would get it sooner even if you pay more.
[This review is also on Ciao under my user name.]
I was recently shopping in Boots for a new mascara when I found one I wanted to try by MaxFactor. They had a promotion on at the time where if you spent over £15 on products by MaxFactor you received a free gift, which contained several mini MaxFactor make-up products in it. As I only had to spend a few more pounds to spend £15 I decided to purchase this max effect mini polish in 'red carpet glam' which is a coral colour. There are lots of colours to choose from, the Boots website has 34 different shades available so there is likely to be a colour for everyone.
MaxFactor state that this nail polish has a long lasting and chip resistant formula, meaning that the beautifully bold shades will certainly make an impression whatever colour you choose! They are quite bold shades and from looking at the bottle of my coral coloured shade I chose, I expected it to go on my nails quite bold too.
When applying, I noticed the the colour didn't go on my nails very bold at first and to get the real full colour I needed to apply another coat. At first I wasn't too bothered by this as a lot of nail varnishes often require more than one coat. However, it was after applying my second coat when I started to feel disappointed. As it was drying the nail varnish started to appear streaky. I liked the colour but obviously not the streaky effect and so I thought I would apply my glitter nail varnish on top of this to hide the streaks. After applying my glitter coat my nails looked OK and the streaks were no longer noticeable, but I could not have left the MaxFactor nail varnish on my nails alone looking the way they did. Therefore, this is certainly not a nail varnish I would purchase again if I wanted to wear alone, and instead would only purchase it if I wanted it as a base colour for underneath my glitter.
The polish did dry quite quickly on my nails but it isn't chip resistant. I noticed that it wouldn't chip in small places and instead it would come away in big bits and when I went in the bath, it came off one of my nails completely. I decided I wanted it off then anyway and so chipped away at it in the bath and it easily came off my nails in chunks because they were in water. This nail varnish really isn't chip or water resistant! Glitter nail varnish is usually hard to remove but because it was on top of this rather poor nail varnish it came off with just water, no nail varnish remover required!
The different colours that this nail varnish is available in are pretty but unfortunately I won't be purchasing one again. I will only use the one I have now again when I want to apply glitter on top of it for a night out, but as it won't stay on my nails very long I won't bother wearing it any other time.
This is available from shops that stock MaxFactor, I purchased mine from a Boots store costing £3.99, they are also available to buy online from the Boots website.
I love buying new nail colours and was very lucky to have my mum buy me a new colour to add to my collection recently. I bought a new top, which is patterned in blue, so I wanted a colour to go with it. The colour I have of these nail varnishes is the 'Candy Blue' one. These nail polishes are miniature, but they do seem to have enough colour in them as I have used this one many times now and still cannot see any difference in the volume of colour in the bottle.
Effect & Advantages - When I first used this nail varnish, I was really surprised to see that I only needed one coat of colour on my nails. The consistency is nice and thick, but not gloopy. It has a really lovely glossy sheen to it and I prefer this because it means you don't get too many brush stroke lines on the nail bed when the colour dries. I was worried that it might take a while to dry, but actually, although it wasn't as quick as some of the fast drying nail polishes, it was actually touch dry within minutes. I wouldn't have wanted to do anything too physical, like search through my handbag with them just yet, because they would have been likely to smudge and I would end up with a very bumpy finish, but to do things like typing, or writing, it would have been fine. When they were completely dry, I found that the colour was really punchy and vibrant, I wouldn't have needed another coat, which was handy because the bottle is quite small.
Disadvantages - The brush is very small and thin, which I guess is due to the size of the bottle. I found that occasionally, on some nails, mainly the thumb nails, I was having to do as much as 4 strokes of the brush to get good even coverage. For me, this did make applying the varnish quite time consuming, so I would recommend putting aside some time to do your nails with this product. Also, when removing the colour, I found I was left with a lot of residue, and stain on my nails and the skin around the nails. This however, could be because the colour of the varnish I have is very bright, but I still would not expect to see that much staining. Another thing was, I found that I didn't get too many days wear out of it. I got about two days wear, and then it started to chip, making me want to re-apply.
Overall Thoughts - I think this is overall, a good nail polish. I think it does depend on what colour you get in relation to the staining issue. The finish is lovely and I didn't feel like there was any need for a top coat with this product which saves time.