Saturday, 8 September 2012

Revlon Colorstay Long Wear Nail Enamel in Spanish Moss: Review

"Colorstay nail colour formula is fortified with unique ingredients that provide high impact colour and gel-like shine in fashion forward range of shades and finishes. This technology is based on a unique combination of resin and high molecular weight polymers designed to provide flexible, shatterproof colour with excellent colour retention and gloss"

When I received this in the post I was excited to try the new Revlon formula but I wasn't crazy about the colour. I prefer brighter colours or pastels as I wear a lot of darker and more natural coloured clothes and muddy colours don't cheer me up as much as a sparkly, bright nail.


The colour Spanish Moss is a khaki green colour, similar to the tones in the Chanel Khaki collection from 2010, with no glitter or shimmer and a cream finish.
Although the instructions said that the thicker formula would make the polish dry slower, I thought that it would be okay to paint over after over 30 minutes of drying - wrong. Even though it didn't feel wet or not fully dried, after I took the picture with the leopard print detail above, the polish on that nail just all slid off. 

Luckily I had the Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish Remover on hand so I could quickly just dip the two detailed nails in without ruining the rest of the polish. As I had to leave for work that second, I quickly painted my two index fingers with Rimmel 60 Second polish in Instyle Coral, which is such a different formula as it's thinner, dries quicker but wears easier.

apologies for a blurry photo but it shows the tip wear accurately

At first I thought that the formula of the polish meant that it wouldn't react well to other polishes painted on top but it's fine as long as the polish has had an extended time to fully dry and set. I did enjoy the overall formula and application as the brush was easy to use and the polish applied great and true to colour from the bottle. When compared to the coral nails, the nails painted with the Revlon Colorstay had more of an opaque colour and looked like a better quality of polish. I used two coats and the polish was very opaque and even, which was great as some polishes take some time and layers to properly cover.

4 Days Wear

The wear I got was a little better than average but unfortunately I don't know how it compares to gel nail polish, as I have yet to try it. However I wouldn't expect so much tip wear from a polish advertised as long lasting.

I would definitely consider buying another colour from this range, as the product is great quality for a decent price. Larger Boots stores have a separate Revlon Nail stand which has a range of lovely colours. At the moment I'm eyeing up the pastels but as usual I've got too many nail polishes as it is so I'm trying not to buy any more.

Revlon Colorstay Long Wear Nail Enamel in Spanish Moss* - Boots - £7.99


At the moment at Boots, selected Revlon polishes are buy 1 get the 2nd half price.

Love Georgia xxx

 *DISCLAIMER*: I received this product/these products as I am part of the Boots product testing panel. Some products are sent for me to try as they fit the profile I have given and others I can apply to try. Boots receive these products from brands that are available or about to be available in Boots stores so that the panel will try them out and review them on Panel members don't receive financial compensation or incentives for reviewing the products online.

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