Monday, 4 September 2017

Beauty Review: Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Polish

Last week, I posted all about my love of Barry M's nail polishes (here)  and their ability to withstand my awful working conditions (chemicals, mechanics, not good!) whilst maintaining beautiful bright colours. I of course referenced throughout that they were wonderful but were only my second favourite polish range - and I'm happy to today introduce you to the range that managed to stand up to the tests the best and with a beautiful range of colours for you to choose from; Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy.

These colours are a little more expensive than the super cheap Barry M ones - but only £7.99, which I'd still consider perfectly reasonable!

As with all the other tests I've been doing on the various polishes I've been trying out, I've always used the base/top coat directly linked to the brand. In the case of this range, there is no base coat - it's included in the polish itself. However, there is still a diamond topcoat to work with, and that's what I've used in all of these cases.

I got very excited when picking out the colours to try, as Revlon do some lovely looking glittery and shimmery colours. I always have quite low expectations when using glittery colours as I've found they're never as good as you expect them to be, however I was very pleasantly surprised with these ones.

The colour pictured above is Showtime. This colour comes out a little darker than I expected it to, but is a very deep purple with some hints of blue shimmer.

However, the colour that I really want to tell you all about is this one, Gambling Heart. I LOVE this colour, it is 100% my favourite nail polish colour. It's just so beautiful, and so interesting as well. I found myself spending way too much time looking at it from all sorts of different angles and in different lighting as it's just so vibrant and pretty. It's a light red shade but with a lovely shimmery underlayer of different red/pink tones. Photos really don't do it justice - if you were to buy just one colour from this range, I would definitely recommend this one as I absolutely love it.

The one thing I would say about this colour though is that it really sucks to take off - there's a lot of glitter so this shouldn't be too surprising, but of all the colours I tried across a variety of brands, this is the one that took absolutely forever to remove. I would also consider it fully worth it - but don't try removing it when you're short on time!

So, I ended up liking these colours so much that I broke the rules of my own personal challenge a little bit and went back and bought another one. Well, I did need to try the non shimmery ones too! This is Hold 'Em, which I bought as I wanted a colour that didn't stand out quite so much as the others but still had something about it that stopped it from being boring to me. This colour completely ticked those boxes as it blends in very nicely but has a lovely purple tint to it which looks particularly great when you're in sunlight.

As well as being pretty, the longetivity is of course there or these polishes would not be my top rated! All of the above colours easily got through six days without a single chip forming - and even then, they were only taken off as I wanted to try a different colour and not because they were showing any signs of damage.

Out of all the brands I tried, Revlon's Gel Envy range is number one of my list, followed closely by the Barry M polishes. The reason they managed to pull themselves to the front is largely because of the colour options available. I just feel like Revlon offer a bigger range of colours leading to me spending much more time staring at the range trying to pick out exactly which ones I wanted to try - with Barry M, I knew exactly which ones I wanted and struggled to pick a third. Revlon's range is beautiful and varied, including the lovely shimmers, plenty of vibrant options, and some lovely neutral tones at all which aren't as dull as other naturals can be. Particularly if you like purple tones, there's plenty of choice available there.

Revlon's Colorstay Gel Envy range is available for £7.99 from Boots - buy them here!
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