Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy (longwear nail enamel)

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This revlon nail polish has been knocking around in my nail polish drawer for yonks! I was given it as a PR sample and as much as I appreciated it, it wasn’t my normal choice of colour as it’s a strong teal with a slight shimmer of silver gliter. I forgot about it until today…

It’s mani monday and it’s freezing cold outside, while I take off my berry coloured polish I delve around in my drawer for a colour I’ve not worn in a while when I spot this again.

It’s a longwear polish (will report back on that later in the week) which mimic’s the coverage and pigmentation of a gel polish. It’s quite thick however really easy to apply. The brush is wide and flat which I thought would be tricky to get my polish to the sides but it was actually easier. The two coats of polish went on evenly, I would even go as far to say the applicaion almost looks professional.

I’m really impressed with the results and will have a look at other shades in the range. I haven’t bought a revlon polish since the early 1990’s if I’m honest, the last one I got was Revlon Nail Enamel in Pink Nude (still available) which was the Essie Sugar Daddy of it’s time.

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It states that you do not need a base coat however I still used one because the colour of the polish is so dark. I finished with a top coat (not pictured) and massaged cuticle oil on my cuticles.

I’m surprised how much I like this colour, it suits my skin tone and is really fresh after all the christmay red shades. The subtle metallic glitter in it is also quite nice giving it added sparkle if you look really closely. I hate shimmery polishes and love glitter but find glitter polishes are a bummer to remove so this is a perfect compromise.

Have you used any of Revlon’s Colorstay Gel Envy nail polishes? I would love to hear about them and your experiences.

Secondblonde x

Nailing it with Jessica “Sexy Siren”

So this is the first time I’m trying a Jessica polish…I know right! I was given a mini sized bottle in a good bag last winter and it’s been knocking around at the back of my nail polish drawer. Time to give it a whirl…jessica nail polish 1

(excuse the paint job, i’m no pro! just enjoy painting my nails and sharing with you)

The brush size is perfect for applying even strokes, the colour glided on effortlessly. Two coats gave a lovely colour appearing slightly lighter than the liquid in the bottle. It’s got a raspberry hue to it which I quite like for a change. (normally I go for a darker shade)

jessica nail polish 2I prepared my nails with one coat of Essie’s Fill the Gap, to fill in a few fine lines I have on some of my nails. Followed by two coats of Jessica Sexy Siren, I do one stroke down the centre of my nail and two strokes either side.

*Top Tip* get as close to the sides as possible for a professional looking paint job!

I brushed on a generous lick of Intensae Crystalline Top Coat. To finish I sweep Barielle Advanced Pro Cuticle Oil over my dry cuticles giving the appearance of healthy nourished nails.

Secondblonde x