I got my hands on this mini marvel courtesy of a good friend (thanks deborah!) as a birthday present, how nice was that! I haven't been able to find any near me so she snagged me one and sent me it. When it arrived I admit, I may have drooled a little bit, it is such a pretty little jewel. I have been reading a lot about this polish being a fairly good dupe for Clarins legendary 230 polish. Since I don't have the wonderful 230 to compare it with (unless someone wants to send me a bottle, no, really?! Shocker!) I will just post my pics and thoughts about the Max Factor polish in its own right.
It is a lovely blue based violet purple base, with amazing micro shimmer which changes colour with the light. It flashes predominantly from fiery red, to orange, to green. Turquoise and blue flashes are visible in the bottle but didn't show up on the nail for me, but I don't care, it is one gorgeous little pot of polish! I didn't want to waste any as it is quite sheer so I went for layering it. I searched through my stash and plucked W7 Purple Paradise out, it seemed to be the best match for a base, and I think it worked pretty well. It is a nice polish on its own, but I will visit it again another day for its own post.
The pics are two thin coats of Purple Paradise, then 2 coats of Fantasy Fire, with a shiny top coat. I kept this mani on for a whole week, I loved it that much! OK I did add a flakie top coat for the last couple of days, but still, a week! Thats a long time for me. So, given that info, yes it wore very well too, went on without issue, and dry time was good. Nothing left to do but bring on the pics.