Product Type: Max Factor makeup
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Not tickled pink with this one
Max Factor Max Colour Effects Mini Nail Polish
Member Name: Northern
Max Factor Max Colour Effects Mini Nail Polish
Advantages: Large choice of colours, small bottle doesn't take up much storage space
Disadvantages: Colour on nails not true to colour in bottle, chips too quickly
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.
Summary: Doesn't deliver Max Colour Effects on quality or colour