“ Brand: Boots / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Nail Colour / Suitable for: Nails „
I do not usually wear nail polish. I never put on fake nails either. I agree that it looks beautiful, but never considered it as essentials. I am a kind of girl who cut the nails short for the sake of practicality, cleanliness and comfort. I text a lot, and long nails and touch screen phone is not a great combination.
But two months ago was my wedding day. Every single inches of my body wanted to look pretty, including my nails. Even if it wouldn''t show quite clearly on the wedding photos, or even if I wore a pair of thick gloves, I would want my nails look pretty on my wedding day so that it could wow anyone who saw my husband put the ring on my finger.
So I decided, that on my wedding day, I would have my nails coloured. Just for a day.
The quest of finding a nice nail polish which colour would suit my wedding theme was not easy. It has to be classy, and beautiful but have to look simple. Not only have to fulfil those requirements, the nail polish also had to be affordable -- simply because I thought I was only going to wear it for a day, I don''t want to spend too much on that.
My choice was this: Boot''s Natural Collection nail polish. The Rosehip colour to be specific.
It come up in a simple clear 8ml bottle. The colour looks a bit bright on the bottle, but when it was applied on my nails, it actually compliment my skin colour. It has a bit of shimmer, but not glitter, so it makes your nails look shiny without making it over the top bright.
It was smooth and easy to apply, it did not clump and it dries relatively quick. Double coating and it looks incredible. I end up falling in love with this nail varnish, and did not remove it after the wedding because it''s not too loud for daily use too. It stuck there for a very long time.
Item: Boots Natural Collection Nail Polish
Colour: Hot Pink
Bought in: Boots
I bought this in the airport on the way to a holiday last year. I really did not need this but the lure of the last minute purchase got the better of me!!
Packaging: This polish comes in a small clear glass bottle with a white plastic lid. The bottle is 6cm tall and the lid takes up 3cm of that. Even though this is a small bottle, as the lid is half the size of the overall height this gives you a decent size to hold on to for application. Through the bottle you can see the bright pink polish. The label is clear with a white flower design across it. This makes the polish look quite "young" but as it has a flower across it and I was on the way to my sunny holidays this appealed to the "older" me haha. The words "Natural Collection" are written across the middle of the flower in small black text which is actually really hard to read. The design of the bottle isn't very distinctive but I knew that it was a Natural Collection product as it was on a dedicated Natural Collection stand. The overall look of Natural Collection is quite a simple and clean look and their products are quite often in clear or white tubs, bottles and packs. The prices are quite low (usually between £1.50-£3.00 for most items) and I think that they are aimed at a younger customer but as I have bought them since I was a bit younger and have found some of them to be great quality I have kept going back for more. The back of this particular bottle was really difficult to read as black text on a clear label over bright pink polish makes the text really hard to decipher. But after a lot of squinting I do see that it says "Shake bottle well before use. 2 coats are required." So not really that useful or worth all the squinting haha
Application and lasting effects:
This polish makes no claims other than to tell you it is a nail colour and you require 2 coats. The colour I chose is very vibrant and really deep. I felt that the lid was ample size to hold comfortably when applying to my nails. The brush is 0.25cm wide and 1cm long. The bristles are tightly packed and none have come off and I have used this over 10 times now so they do seem to be very secure. The polish dries after around 45 seconds so by the time you have done one hand you can start to apply the second coat straight away. The colour I chose gives off a brilliant sheen and looks really expensive, almost as shiny as a bright pink patent bag would be. It takes around 2 to 3 strokes to cover each nail, increasing to 5 on my thumb nails and big toes. The colour goes on very evenly and there are no bald patches. I do however notice that the colour has started to "shrink back" and the tips off my nails are bare. It hasn't exactly chipped just somewhat shrunk! Weird but I can get away with one top up coat to cover the gaps to get a second day out of the colour. If I try to do this on the third day it starts to get too gloopy and lumpy in the middle of the nail so is best to remove and start again.
Overall I really love the colour of this polish and especially the lovely sheen that comes off it. At £1.89 I feel that I have got my money's worth out of it. It doesn't claim to be hard wearing or fast drying etc so for it to dry quickly and give a great colour I am happy that I can get 2 days wear out if it with a touch up on the second day. It is not a colour I would wear all week anyways so I tend to only wear it to match an outfit then remove it then next day anyways. Not my best quality polish but is one of my favourite colours so will give this 4 stars.
Whenever I am a little skint I have a wonder over to the natural collection stand in Boots to see what bargains I can find. These polishes were discovered on one of these trips.
These are small round glass bottles with a flower on the front and natural collection written in brown the lids a white with the brush inside as you would, expect. The brush is the standard size provided in nail polishes, but it is very easy to get far to much on the brush so you need to be careful. This is just standard packaging that sits quite well with my dozens of other varnishes in my nail case.
This comes in a number of colours and I have this in a kind of French manicure set, a hot pink and a peach. All of the colours are gorgeous and I have had the red polish before too. There are two coats required as with most polishes, but a sheer coat can be obtained with just one.
They take a little longer to dry then I would like - around two minutes - so I have to be very careful not to smudge them. But once they are dry they are fine.
As the polish is very thin this does not tend to clump on the nails nor does it dry out in the bottle the way some other cheap nail polishes do.
The staying power is not great. I normally like 3 days without a top coat and 5 days with but I am lucky if I get 3 days until they are almost totally ruined. I don't mind this if I am off on holiday and have the time to do these things, but working full time normally prevents this so I want nails with staying power.
A base coat does not improve this either and as the polish does not stain my nails it is not essential.
Price and Availability
These can be bought from Boots in store and online and they retail for £1.99 , there is quite often a 3 for £5 deal on them, making them more of a bargain.
Although these polishes are not perfect they are good and far surpass a number of other polishes within the same price range. I will continue to buy them every now and then, but think they are probably ideal for the teenage market.
=Boots Natural Collection Nail Colour=
Within the Boots range, they have 3 brands of make up, the most expensive is the No 7, the middle priced is the no 17, and the cost effective range is the Natural Collection, this is generally priced at £1.99 each, but they are sometimes on offer at 3 items for £5.
They can be purchased from Boots in store or online although delievery charges may apply.
The product I am reviewing is the nail polish, I got them as part of the 3 for £5 promotion, I brought 2 nail polishes and a mascara. The colours I choose was a lilac and a clear colour.
=The Nail polish=
The nail polish comes in a small glass bottle with the brush built into the lid. The bottle has Natural Collection wrote on it and has a picture of a flower, the lid is plain white.
I choose the clear so that i could use it as a base on darker colours, and a top coat for polishes, to give the colour some extra protection.
The polish is easy to apply, not thick or too runny, the brush is quite narrow and I find that I need three strokes to cover the nail but that does give it an even coverage. Letting the nails dry, I find that I have to put a 2nd coat of the main colour to get a depth of colour, this is the same as to whether I use a dark colour or a light colour.
Drying time I find it takes about 5 minutes to get the nails dry between coats, so it can be a bit time consuming, which can be a downfall if you are in a rush,
=The Final Appearance=
I was impressed with the final result, as I put a clear coat on top, the nail polish looked shimmery, good quality and a few of my friends that commented on the colour couldn't believe that they were the "cheapie" ones.
I find that the colour lasts about 3 to 4 days, which when I have paid less than £2 a bottle that is good going.
I find that the polish is easy to remove, as generally I use nail polish remover liquid, just cheap and cheerful brands.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend these nail polishes, not just the price, but the quality, and the choice of colours, this brand certainly hold its own with more expensive brands.
Nail polish is something that I have really got in to wearing over the last year or two and I am sure that is because the women I was working with always wore it and I didn't want to feel out of place. I have a whole range of different nail polishes, different colours and different brands.
I picked up three nail colours from this range for just £5.00. The usual price of one of these is £1.89 so it isn't a big saving but I like to save a bit of money and figured if they were terrible that it wasn't such a bad loss really.
The colours that I have are clear, pink manicure and what I believe is called sugar mouse which is a white pearl colour. I selected the pink manicure and clear to go together with a white tip I already owned. The sugar mouse I purchased to wear alone on days when I wasn't looking for a vibrant colour to finish off an outfit and instead just wanted eye catching nails that could go with any outfit regardless of colour.
This nail polish comes in a small glass bottle, like many others, and the brush for applying the polish is built in to the white lid. The lid is quite difficult to open and it really needs a firm twist to get it open. On the first time I used each of these bottles I had to ask my husband to open them for me as I just couldn't do it. The bottle has a flower and 'Natural Collection' on the front with the shade of the polish on the bottom of the bottle. This packaging is functional but is nothing special of eye catching when displayed in Boots.
I apply a base coat to my nails before adding a colour as I find that it helps the colour stay in place and it also protects my nails against damage. These nail polishes are quite thin generally and I have found this with all 3 colours that I have used from this range. This isn't too much of an issue though as I find that the colours spread on to my nails quite easily and in a clean manner. I have found that a minimum of two coats is required, 3 coats with the pink manicure, to get the thickness and spread that I like with nail polish. These polishes dry on my nails within 5 minutes and I am able to proceed with applying the next coat meaning that overall while it is a bit annoying having to re-apply coats of this I don't spend long waiting for each coat to dry.
My nails look lovely and shimmery and healthy after applying two or three coats of this nail polish and it lasts for at least two or three days before it starts to chip usually. I'm pleased enough with the results that I get from using these polishes and I would say that I have had them for around six months with one or two of them getting used each month and I've had no problems with them drying out or becoming unusable. I think that lasting two or three days is about usual for me and it is rare that I have a nail polish that lasts longer than this.
When it comes to removing this nail polish I have been using a Boujois instant remover lately where you put your finger in to a pot with a sponge in, twist it and it comes out clean. This works great with this nail polish and it takes me just a few seconds on each finger to remove the colour. I do believe that having a base coat helps me remove this polish quicker too which is why I continue to use one.
Overall it is fair to say that I am really pleased with the quality of the nail colours in the range that I have used. They are all quite thin, and therefore need more than one coat, but they all give me a nice sheen to my nails and come off simply once I have decided to re-apply or change colour. I do not find that this chips any more or less than any other nail polish that I have used and that is why I am giving this 3/5. I will definitely continue to use these nail colours but I don't think I would actively seek them out again to buy as some of the colours are boring and I need to apply several coats of each colour to get the result I want.
Natural Collection is a Boots own brand of cosmetics and beauty products. I will be reviewing the nail colour. I'm not sure if there is a more varied colour range instore but the Boots website only offers this nail colour in three shades - topaz, pink manicure and crystal clear.
This nail colour is described as being a 'two coat' nail colour which leaves a lasting and glossy finish. This nail colour has been dermatologically tested and is said to be fragrance free. Each nail colour is presented in a simple glass bottle with a white, screw top lid. The bottle can be recycled.
~Price and Availability~
A 8ml bottle of this nail colour will set you back £1.89. Currently available from larger Boots stores and www.boots.com.
When I lost my bottle of No7 clear nail colour, I looked at replacing it. I didn't want to spend a lot on a clear nail colour so opted for this one from Natural Collection. I have had mixed experiences with this range but didn't think I could go far wrong with a clear nail colour! This is a good, low priced range for those on a budget and wanting a simple collection of beauty products in my opinion.
The packaging is perfectly apt for this product. The clear liquid is visible through the bottle as is the black brush. The brush wand is intergrated into the lid and is a good length which makes for comfortable application. I like to take pride in my nails and often paint them in various colours and designs. Sometimes, I just want a completely natural colour for my nails but with a hint of gloss. This is where a clear nail colour comes in very handy. It is also an ideal top coat for coloured nails to give them a high shine finish.
Applying this nail colour is a doddle. The liquid itself does have a typical nail colour smell so I can assume the 'fragrance free' comment means no added fragrance as opposed to no fragrance at all. The nail colour is completely clear and looks like water but with a thicker consistency. Providing I don't overload the brush, there is no drippy mess. The brush is of a decent quality and allows the nail colour to be applied smoothly and precisely across each nail. Unlike with a coloured nail colour, I don't worry so much about going out the lines with a clear nail colour but I do find that I get an even, accurate finish when using this nail colour.
This nail colour dries fairly quickly but I do tend to apply it when I have five minutes to spare to ensure it is completely dry to the touch. The finish is very smooth and silky. This clear nail colour leaves my nails looking natural, healthy and with a gorgeous glossy appearance. It is difficult to tell how long a clear nail colour actually lasts for as well, it's clear, but I do notice that some parts of my nails become less glossy looking after three or four days so I would say that it is fairly longlasting. It is easy to top up. Although this isn't marketed as a top coat, applying over another nail colour does prolong its time on my nails. It is easy to remove with some cotton pads and nail polish remover.
Overall I can recommend this crystal clear nail colour. It is easy to apply and leaves my nails looking lovely and glossy. It is hard wearing and for the low price, it is a great product. My bottle is lasting well as I don't use it too often as I favour coloured nails. It is perfectly suitable for use on finger and toes nails and would be perfect for using for a manicure or pedicure. Recommended!
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I'm not generally a 'girly girl', my nails are not normally all decorated and certainly never have false nails *shudder*; however, I went out last night and decided that my nails needed doing so that they went with my dress. I dug out a Boots Natural Collection deep purple that I'd had a while, but not really used. Natural Collection is a Boots brand with a massive range of make up, skin care and nail care stuff. All of it is reasonably priced, the nail varnish is £1.89 per bottle, for 8ml. I normally tend to go for Rimmel nail varnish, as I like the fast drying varnishes because I tend to get a bit impatient!
I opened the bottle and was quite surprised how thin the applicator brush was. I can see that the thin brush would be good for precision. Unfortunately, I was in a hurry to apply as I had about 10 mins before my friend was coming to my house to get the taxi! I quickly did one coat over my nails, which took longer than I expected with a thin brush! It was definitely thin and I could see my nails underneath. This is the only natural collection varnish I have, so my others, I tend to just do one coat, which is normally sufficient. However this time I needed to do another! It took quite a long time to dry, but maybe it's because I'm used to purchasing fast drying varnishes! I applied again, and the colour became much deeper and started to look really quite nice. Although, it still looked slightly patchy. In order to ensure even, deep colour (as it really is a gorgeous colour when enough coats are on), I would have done another coat but ran out of time! In order to make this varnish look as it should, you definitely need to dedicate a decent amount of time to getting it evenly applied and enough coats.
This varnish really doesn't dry quickly. I had to take it off 3 of the nails on my left hand and to reapply because I'd managed to smudge it after it had been on for a few minutes. So off I trot, hoping that no-one would notice that the colour was still slightly patchy in places. I didn't have chance to put any top coat over the varnish, and by this morning, it had chipped around the edges. It hasn't lasted well which is a shame as it's a lovely colour and it will definitely have to come off before work tomorrow!
To sum up, it's a lovely colour when it is applied thickly enough, however it does take a long time to dry. I would carry on using it until the bottle is gone, however it would definitely require more advanced preparation as it takes so long to apply with a thin brush and about 3 coats to make the colour as deep as it should be! I wouldn't buy natural collection nail varnish again though, I think I'll stick with my tried and tested brands!
I'm constantly buying new nail varnishes most times when I'm out shopping, adding to my ever growing collection. I usually go for the well known Rimmel and Barry M brands for nail varnish as they aren't too overpriced and generally do the job well. However, when I was in Boots the other day, I spotted the Natural Collection range, and thought I'd give them a go instead!
The nail varnishes in the Natural Collection range are cheap and cheerful at £1.89 each for and 8ml bottle. There wasn't really much to lose trying one out, was there? I ended up buying two, a baby pink and a bright coral colour while thinking how good they would look with a tan in the summer. The range has quite a big selection of colours to chose from although they have more in store than they do online.
The packaging for the nail varnish is just like any other, a clear glass bottle to enable you to see the colour with the Natural Collection logo on the front. The handle is made of white plastic in a rounded shape making it easy to keep grip of while applying the nail polish. I found that application was quite easy and the brush was a decent size, however the liquid itself was quite runny and watery.
When the colour was on my nails it didn't seem to be the same as it looked in the bottle. As with any other nail varnish, I apply a base coat first before applying two coats of the colour, but with this I felt as though I needed to apply at least 3 coats if not 4! On the plus side, it did dry rather quickly - this was probably because of the very thin consistency of the liquid.
After spending so much time applying plenty of coats of the nail varnish, I found that it chipped very easily. It left me disappointed as it would chip within a day or two. I don't know about you, but I can't stand chipped nail varnish, so I had to take it all off and start again! For £1.89 I wouldn't expect it to last a week, but maybe longer than a day would have been nice. Once when I was in the shower, the nail varnish just peeled off of one of my nails like a sheet which shocked me a little. An advantage of this is that the nail varnish is easy to remove with nail varnish remover and doesn't leave any kind of stain to your nails.
So overall, I wouldn't recommend this or buy it again. I'll stick with the Rimmel and Barry M that I know next time - for not much extra they do a lot better job! Although, they're fine if you're looking for something cheap just to last a day or two.
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I am a big fan of the Boots Natural Collection! It is fantastic value, great for those on a budget and for those who enjoy a fresh and natural look, who achieve it with products with little or no chemicals which can irritate skin.
Personally, it is great for me as I do occasionally experience irritated or redness of the skin, usually when using products containing harsh chemicals with strong aromas. These products are
The collection includes a wide range of products, from lipgloss and bronzing pearls, to body spray and tweezers, all at cheap and affordable prices!
I especially recommend: Blushed cheeks (powder blush) £1.99
Mango and papaya lipgloss £2.75
Vanilla body spray £2.00
Tinted moisturiser, available in 3 colours: Natural, Fair & Beige £1.99
The collection is both affordable and good quality, making it more accessible to those on a budget. The body mists, scrubs and hair masks are all also extremely good products, and may I add-smell good enough to eat! I find the hair masks very effective as after use leave hair feeling silky soft, nourished and smelling delicious. I am a big fan of the: 'Blushed cheeks' powder blush. It is available in 4 colours: 'Peach Melba', 'Rosey glow','Pink Cloud' and 'Dusky Pink', 'Pink Cloud' being a personal favourite of mine! These products are great for bargain hunters and budget buffs, and I strongly approve!
Natural Collection Nail Colour
I was wanting some new nail colours but because Little Miss and myself seem to be constantly changing colours right now, I didn't want to spend a lot on different colours. I have had products from the Natural Collection before and found them to be good value, so thought to buy some of the colours.
There are several colours in the range, and one of the things I like about the polishes immediately is the fact that it is quite a small bottle, only 8ml, as opposed to some bigger bottles of 15ml, which I find we get bored of.
The nail polish is advertised as being a two coat polish so obviously two coats are needed for optimum results which is fine for me as I always apply two coats of colour.
The first colour I tried looks like a metallic red when looked at through the bottle, so I was surprised when I looked at the base of the bottle and saw that the colour is called Burgundy, as I would have expected that to be a much darker colour.
When I unscrew the bottle, the brush applicator is quite short and the brush itself is a small one. Again this is fine by me as I find these brushes easier to use.
When I apply the polish I find that because of the smallish brush, I can apply it as nail polish should be applied, with three brush strokes, and again because of the size of the brush, I am less likely to get the polish too close to my skin, and make mistakes; I am painting my nails and not my skin! The polish itself is a nice consistency, not too thick or too runny, which makes it easy to apply, and means it doesn't overload on the brush. It does need two coats of polish to get the true colour as the first coat just looks thin and a bit streaky. However, after two coats the colour does look true to the colour which I saw in the bottle, a nice shiny metallic dark red.
The nail polish is dermatologically tested so wont irritate skin if it gets there by accident. What did make me chuckle though is the fact that the blurb tells me it's fragrance free. Definitely not- it has a very strong nail varnish smell.
The nail polish costs £1.89 and is available from Boots stores and also online at www.boots.com
For the price, this is a very good polish. It is easy to apply and although it does chip at the tips after a day or two, I am fine with this as it means I can try out another colour. The colour is nice and even and there is a good shine to the colour, which looks more glossy when a top coat is applied. It is easy to remove with normal nail polish remover, but because of the ark colour, its best to wear an under coat so that nails are not stained.
I would recommend this to anyone wanting to buy some good quality nail colours and who likes to change their nail colour often.
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I tend to favour more expensive brands like Loreal and Maxfactor as I really like their products, but when using them every day they don't last very long at all! The same applies to my nail polishes, I only wear it for about two days before it's being replaced by another colour so I thought I'd try a cheaper brand of nail varnish for a change. I have used the Natural collection cosmetics before so I had an idea of what to expect.
The packaging is very basic on all of the Natural collection cosmetics and nail varnishes, a plain clear bottle with a white lid and a basic logo. You can easily spot the brand though as the Natural collection make up stand is bold with a big green banner ontop stating the brand.
I bought a light, shimmery pink colour as it's quite neutral and not too bold. Natural collection do offer a small variety of colours from black, purple, pink shades, blue shades and nude. Their variety isn't bad but isn't as extensive as other brands like Barry M.
I applied one coat of the nailvarnish, quite thin over all of my nails and saw that it isn't very colourful at all and is quite plain. You could still see my natural nail colour through it. It does look nice giving your nails a pink tinge but I wanted a little more colour so once it was dry I applied a second coat which made it much more bold and the finish was really nice. The nailvarnish has a good consistency, it isn't too thick and gloopy or runny and goes onto the nail nice and evenly. It dries within about 90 seconds which is great as I can't stand to sit around waiting for my nails to dry.
Overall, this is a really good nailvarnish for the money. They're only £1.99, as are all of the Natural collection cosmetics. Natural collection is a Boots brand so can only be found on the Boots website or in Boots stores. It is often on offer 3 for £5 which saves you a pound and is well worth it. I thought this was a pretty good quality nail varnish for the money, it looks really nice after two coats and it did last the whole two days until I got around to biting it off. I would definitely recommend this nail varnish as it's so cheap and does exactly what you want a nail varnish to do.
Both my mum and I like this collection of nail varnishes. They're only £1.89 for an 8ml bottle, which means that they're affordable and small enough for it not to matter if you decide you don't like the colour
I'm currently wearing the red robin colour at the moment- it's a bright red with subtle flecks of glitter. I applied this colour three days ago, and it hasn't chipped yet, which is pretty impressive considering I work as a cleaner.
Although the bottle tells you that two coats is sufficient, I usually use three. This isn't because the colour wasn't strong enough- it is bright enough with two coats, although if I only use one it's quite streaky, but because I find that if I use less varnish and more coats, I have a stronger varnish that chips less easily.
It's not the best nail varnish I've ever used, but it works well for the price. Because it's such a small bottle, I find that the applicator brush is too small when my nails are longer, and it's more suited to shorter nails.
I've used other colours in this range too- favourites include Sugar Mouse, which is pearlised white and semi-transparent, and topaz, which is also pearlised. I find that these chip a lot quicker than the red colour, but they are still good for a day or two. Also, I feel that the range isn't a very big one, and some of the colours available seem very similar.
I'd recommend these products for someone who wants a nail colour for a night out, or for a day or two. It's not long lasting, but it's good while it does last
I'm not a great user of nail polish and I never use it on my finger nails. The only time I apply nail polish to my toes is in the summer if I am wearing sandals. I have a very limited collection, just two in total! Both are Boot's Natural Collection, one is "Praline" the other is clear.
Not much to say about the clear, other than it is clear and I use it mores for stopping ladders in tights than I do on my nails! I love the "Praline" colour, however it really isn't praline, praline to me for suggest a creamy chocolately brown, like the inside of a Ferrero Rocher, it's more a coral colour, pearlescent, a bit like a light shade of cinnamon.
I find it's really easy to apply. I can usually do all nails on one foot with one brush full of nail polish - always starting big toe first. It's quick, two mins and it's on, evenly and neatly and then another two mins and it's completely dry. I only use one coat, I have tried a second coat on various occasions, however it looks more unnatural somehow, which I don't like. One coat and it's there's, but it seems quite subtle, and I think it enhances my toe nails for sandal-wearing, after all feet aren't the most attractive things!
Wear and Tear
I usually wear toe nail polish for about a week before removing it, as it starts to grow out at this point. However this polish must be pretty strong as it rarely chips, even on the ends of the nails when I wear shoes. Some polishes I have had in the past chip badly on the toe nail ends if I wore shoes rather than sandals, which I found rather annoying. Because its not too dark it's easy to remove with nail polish remover and it doesn't stain my nails.
I had to check as one jar lasts me years, but it's currently £1.89. It's quite a small bottle, 8ml, however I think it's good value, and for me large bottles are no good, they go off before I can use them up! This polish is available in an array of colours in Boots, however I looked online and they only have the French polish colours available at Boots.com. In stores there are a collection of pinks, purply colours, reds and think they possibly have light blue and green too.
All in All
This is the only brand of polish I have used for quite a number of years. I am satisfied I have found a colour I really like, which blends nicely with all my summer clothes and for a good price.
Whilst looking through my cosmetics drawer recently, I came across a couple of these nail colours from the Natural Collection range. I was looking for a nail colour to wear which would go with an outfit I had planned for a wedding, and as the ones I wear most regularly are quite bright I thought I'd give these a try as I have them in more subtle colours.
Natural Collection is exclusive to Boots, and is what I would describe as a budget range. On the Boots website, they only display three of the colours available, but I own this in Praline and Twinkleberry which aren't listed on the website and I know there are more colours available in store.
The nail varnish is priced at £1.89, and there is a 3 for £5 promotion on Natural Collection cosmetics at the moment.
The product information informs us that this is a two coat nail varnish, which leaves us in no doubt that one coat will not be enough. It also claims to give a long lasting, and glossy finish.
So, does the reality live up to these claims?
Firstly, the nail varnish does take AT LEAST two coats. I know it doesn't claim to cover in one coat, but with one of the colours I own, it takes three coats before it begins to resemble the colour I am looking for. Although this is annoying, it actually doesn't take too long to apply because the nail varnish dries pretty quickly so by the time you've applied it once, it's dry enough for the second coat.
Secondly, I find the colours a bit hit and miss. One of the colours is exactly the kind of colour I like, making my nails a lovely pink and giving a good shine. The colour Twinkleberry, however, is really insipid, and even after three coats is a bit lacklustre. It also has some kind of tacky looking glittery shine to it, which isn't obvious from looking at the pot.
Applying the varnish is easy enough, the brush is round rather than flat so this means it doesn't cover too much of the nail. This takes a bit longer, but allows you to have greater control over the application. It does, however, mean that you have to wipe the excess off the brush before applying, because otherwise you'll end up with more on your nail than you intended.
The nail varnish claims to be long lasting, but I find it chips really easily and I wouldn't apply this expecting it to last more than a day or two. I tend to only use these when looking for a particular colour to go with an outfit, because then I can apply it for the day and remove it the following day, before it starts to chip and look tacky.
Overall, I would say this isn't the best nail varnish in the world, but if you spot it in a colour you like, it's not bad for the price. Just don't expect it to last more than a day or two.
(This review is also posted on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
When it comes to nail varnishes I seem to have quite a large and varied selection ranging from the more expensive such as O.P.I to ones that have a price tag of under £2. I tend to keep the more expensive ones for certain events such as weddings, birthdays etc and then for everyday wear I tend to use the cheaper ones as I do tend to change the colour regularly so I don't mind using a cheap bottle of nail varnish up quickly rather than one that costs nearly £20!
One nail varnish that I have had in my collection for quite some time is one by Natural Collection - the make up brand by Boots. Natural Collection is known for its simple style packaging as well as their prices for their collection of make up being incredibly low. However, with their cheap prices does come with a limited selection of products compared to other brands who tend to vary their ranges but if on a budget Natural Collection may well be your best best.
According to Boots' website their Nail Colour comes in three colours: crystal clear, topaz and pink manicure. Now in store there are many more colours to choose from and no doubt there will be a shade for everyone. I have Pink Manicure simply because I wanted something pale and natural rather than a bright colour and something just a little more interesting than just going for the Crystal Clear. However, for the mere price of £1.99 having a variety of shades won't break the bank!
The nail varnish comes in a very simple bottle. The base is made out of clear, transparent glass which is round in shape and the applicator is a simple black bristled brush attached to a slim white handle which screws into place. On the front of the bottle there is the very simple flower logo of Natural Collection together with the brand name underneath and on the other side there is the usual information such as ingredients, contact information for Boots etc. The chosen shade name is on the base of the bottle.
Application is incredibly easy as you simply unscrew the applicator and then start applying. Now I always use a base coat whether or my nails or on my toe nails. There really is no need to skimp on using a base coat as this helps to protect your nails. The nail varnish has quite a good consistency for the price although I would prefer it just a little thicker but that is my own personal taste as I do find that even though it looks thick to start off with as soon as it touches the nail it seems to be come quite thin and runny.
I do find that you need at least two coats for the colour to become the colour it is in the bottle but on the plus side this nail varnish does actually dry incredibly quickly so by the time you come to put on the second coat the first is completely dry so the second dries quite quickly. Now, normally I hate applying two coats but as this one takes such a short time to dry that I don't mind and the end result is actually quite nice as you get a lovely sheen to the nail.
Despite its good points the nail varnish does chip and peel quite easily which is a real shame. Now I didn't expect for the price that this nail varnish would last for the week so I wasn't too disappointed although it is of course a bit of a faff to keep re-applying a coat of nail varnish. However, given that it dries quickly it is hardly a huge issue about re-applying and fortunately for the colour that I bought having it slightly chipped doesn't really show up on my nails too much.
Removing the nail varnish is incredibly easy and I have found that a quick wipe with a cotton wool pad and a few drops of nail varnish remover and the colour comes away easily - it is of course helped by the base coat. No trace of colour is left whatsoever on my nails which is great although with darker colours you may find that you will have to give your cuticles a good scrub if you don't take care when applying the nail varnish.
Overall, the total effect that the nail varnish gives is a lovely sheen and a really natural finish with a lovely subtle colour. However, it does start to chip and peel within two days which is a real shame but is isn't the end of the world due to the nail varnish being so easy to apply and remove. I'd recommend this nail varnish if you are wanting something cheap and cheerful but don't expect it to last for days without showing any signs of wear. I give it 4 stars simply because it does what it is supposed to and you can't really expect much for £1.99!
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Brand: Natural Collection
Availability: Boots stores or website only