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Review: Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Polishes

Sunday, 7 September 2014

These have been out for about a month now but I wanted to wait until I had given them a good test run before I posted a review. I'm very happy to report now that these have really impressed me. I am a huge devotee of Essie polishes for their quality formulas and lovely colours (which cater more for my feminine style) but I have always had trouble with staying power, especially on the days where I work in retail with my hands in a till all day. When I first used these polishes and it actually survived a whole work-day without any chipping I was hooked. Also the wide shaped brush is a total winner and I am really fussy about my nail polish brushes. Seriously though, a crappy brush just makes a neat, smooth mani totally impossible. As you can tell, I immediately ran out and bought 8 more after my original purchase of All or Nothing and the top coat (excessive I know but oh well).

The first thing you need to know is that you should not use a base coat with these. According to Revlon they have a built in base coat which I was a little skeptical about because I usually always use a base coat to prevent staining. I did try it out with a base coat and unfortunately I noticed chipping much earlier on. While I did experience a little staining with the darker colours, a quick scrub with toothpaste and a nail brush got rid of that easily so it isn't too much of a problem and it only happens with the darker shades. At the end of the day, if you are buying these puppies for their staying power, do not use a base coat and a good buff and prep really helps too, but that goes for any nail polish formula. Then of course you need to finish it off with the Colourstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat which completes staying-power.

Of course, now it is necessary to talk about the gel element. Revlon is one of the latest to jump on the "kinda-gel" nail polish bandwagon. I will be the first to stay that they certainly will not last as long as proper gel polish which are much more expensive and require UV lamp to set. Plus, they are seriously difficult and damaging to the nail to remove. That being said, these Revlon Gel Envy polishes certainly last a lot longer that even the best quality regular polish, with application and dry time being much the same, if not better than a lot of other formulas. I was also a bit worried when it came time to take it off but my regular Cutex with acetone removed it just as as easily as any other. So basically you get some of the the extra staying-power of gel without all the annoying hassle. Win-win!

Now I will take you through the colours I have which is only a small sampling of the really quite lovely range of shades, all of which are based on a casino theme. Please ignore the rough edges of my cheap eBay swatch wheels.
Left to right: All or Nothing, Beginner's Luck, Cardshark, Hot Hand, Royal Flush, Roulette Rush, Winning Streak, Full House, Dealer's Choice.
All or Nothing 020
I love a nice nude pink nail for everyday and although I adore Essie Ballet Slippers, the formula is quite frankly a b*%^h to work with. This one is much better and only takes two coats, both of which go on far easier and dry quicker than Ballet Slippers. Because of this, and the fact that the colour is just lovely, this has become my new nude nail staple.

Beginner's Luck 030
This is a really nice pearl pink that I imagine wouldn't be to everyone's tastes. That being said though, it is still a lovely polish. It is the only one out of all the colours I have that isn't opaque in two coats but it isn't really meant to be. It's more of a sheer pearly pink colour.

Cardshark 100
This is a brighter medium pink with a peachy undertone. It is still subtle enough if you don't want a nude nail, but either because of work or choice you also don't want a really bold colour. 

Hot Hand 120
This is definitely one of my favourites (I can't choose between it and Full House) and is a really bright cooler toned neon pink. It is much brighter and lighter than a lot of the fuchsia nail polishes I have which is why I really love it.

Royal Flush 400
This is another slightly shimmery one, though it is much more subtle and you really need to look to see it. This shade is more of a true fuchsia, and is a much deeper pink than Hot Hand.

Roulette Rush 620
This is a lovely true red, jelly-like formula with blink-and-you'll-miss-it shimmer. Basically if you are constantly going for the bright vixen red nails, this one is for you.

Winning Streak 420
I have a few lighter lilac polishes but nothing in a richer medium purple like this one so I simply couldn't resist. This one particularly looks nice on my paler skin though I imagine it would be a little less wearable.

Full House 320
My other favourite, this one is a aqua blue/teal colour and I simply love it. It makes for a great bright nail and I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this one coming into spring and summer.

Dealer's Choice 240
This is the slightly deeper and truer teal with lots of shimmer, still without being too glittery.

You simply cannot go wrong with these and I have been wearing them continuously for the last couple of weeks. Without any really hands on wear and tear, these should last you through the work week without any worries. If I had to pick my top three they would be All or Nothing, Hot Hand and Full House, all of which wore fantastically and were really easy to apply smoothly. In a nail polish world of total BS "10-day no chip" promises these are certainly a refreshing and pleasant surprise. 

Will you be picking up some of these awesome colours? Have you already jumped on the gel-like polish bandwagon? Let me know in the comments.

Stay Rosy.

2 comments on "Review: Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Polishes"
  1. I must say that they look gorgeous! And after reading a review I knew I have to buy them!

  2. Let me know which colours you get. Thanks for your comment lovely 😊


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