Product Type: Rimmel makeup
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Wear (and tear!) Maxx from Rimmel
Rimmel Wear Maxx Nail Varnish
Member Name: zombieflesh
Rimmel Wear Maxx Nail Varnish
Advantages: lovely colour, subtle glitter effect, quick to dry
Disadvantages: strange finish, can transfer onto other materials, chipped and scuffed quickly
My nails are naturally very long and I have decided to make more of an effort with their up-keep. It can be time consuming to stick to a full-on nail care routine with soaking, shaping cuticles, filing, preparing and painting. After you've gone through all that effort you want a lasting result that will make your nails look fabulous. Rimmel make all sorts of beauty products, and they have a massive range of nail polishes to choose from. This Wear Maxx Nail Varnish is available from most high street beauty retailers, and will cost you between £3.00-£4.00.
The bottle is sleek and simple, with a clear glass base and a black plastic lid. The lid screws off and there is a standard brush applicator attached within that you use to put the polish on. Because the bottle is clear this allows you to easily see how much nail varnish is left inside the bottle, as the colour really stands out.
The shade I have is 325 "Hot Gossip", and may well be the one pictured above, as it looks very similar to me. The nail varnish is a hot, feisty red colour that upon closer inspection is also loaded with sparkly red glitter. It is quite a bold colour, and what I think of as a classic Coca-Cola red colour which is my ideal shade for red hot nails. This sort of shade works on practically every woman, and gives a strong look that is also quite classic even though it is a bold shade.
The nail polish itself has quite a thin and runny consistency which makes it quick and easy to apply. It spreads well and you only need to use a little to fully cover the nail. I built up the colour by applying two coats, and this gave a perfect dense and solid level of colour which stands out perfectly on the nails.
The nail polish was dry to the touch very quickly, although after applying the second coat I began to notice the rather strange finish that this nail varnish has. Even after the nail varnish had dried it seemed to stay tacky for quite some time and had an unusual consistency to it. I felt like although the nail varnish had dried and was safe to touch without smudging, it seemed as though the varnish had not fully set. Problems appeared the following day! The next day when I was at work and leafing through some papers, I noticed that I was leaving big, bright red smears across the paper. This was because of my nail varnish and I noticed that just by lightly running my nails over the paper, so that I could separate the sheets and pick them up, this left behind obvious red stripes of nail varnish. This is obviously a bad thing, but luckily they were only my notes and so I hadn't stained any important documents!
Rimmel's Wear Maxx formula contains lycra and minerals. It also claims to give "up to 10 days durable colour". Well, I was only on day one and I was already experiencing bad results! On the second day of wear I noticed that the colour was starting to scuff away at the tips of my nails, leaving the whites underneath showing at the edges. On the third day of wear I was left with chips, scratches and colour loss at the sides of my nails. This is a truly terrible performance for something that claims to last up to 10 days and be super durable. I don't know if it's the lycra content that gives this nail varnish such unusual properties, but it certainly did not suit my nails and I was left with tatty looking nails only 2-3 days after applying this nail varnish. I did end up leaving it on for a full 7 days (I've only got time for one manicure a week!) and by the end of that my nails were in a nasty state that just looked cheap and tacky, with bits of colour missing all over the place.
I tried again the following week and re-painted my nails with the same nail varnish, this time applying a clear top coat to finish and seal the varnish. I made sure to cover over the whole area of colour, and also carried the top coat over the edges of my nails so that the tips would be protected. This gave me slightly better results, as the problem with the colour rubbing off onto paper was now fixed, because the colour was protected by the extra layer. However, the durability was still lacking, and even though the top coat helped to slightly improve the longevity, I was still left with tatty, chipped nails after only a couple of days of wear.
I am hugely disappointed with how poorly this nail varnish performed, especially because I absolutely love the colour of it. The red is a perfect classic shade that I love and really suits most of the occasions that I want to have nicely polished nails for, and it looks great against my colouring. As well as having a lovely shade of colour, the glitter has a beautiful quality to it and is much unlike other glitter polishes that I have seen. Instead of having big shiny sparkly chunks of glitter that have a "party time" sort of look, this nail varnish has micro-fine tiny bits of glitter that provide a really subtle level of shimmer and add a real depth to the nail varnish. It has a beautiful sophisticated look, but sadly even though the colour is divine, my manicure didn't even last for a full day before it was showing signs of wear. I wouldn't recommend it, but if I could find this colour in another formula nail polish I would definitely snap it up in a flash!
Summary: A low priced nail varnish with beautiful colour but terrible staying power