Happy Sunday everyone!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far. I spent most of my weekend relaxing, as I have been sick with the flu for the past seven days. Still I managed to be productive, because I rearranged my stash (I was running out of room in my indie and OPI drawer), updated my spreadsheet (now I only need to upload it) and made a carrot-cheesecake swirl cake for a colleague's birthday tomorrow. Not too bad for a sick day :D
Today I want to share with you my impression of the Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy polish in the shade Ace Of Spades. Is someone else thinking of Motörhead right now?!
Gel effect nail polish became popular in 2014 and every renowned nail polish brand came out with their own line. Sally Hansen released their Miracle Gel, Models Own introduced their HyperGel range, OPI has their Infinite Shine line. These polishes are supposed to be as glossy and shiny as a real gel manicure from the salon. You can paint them on like you would regular nail polish, they do not need to be cured with UV light and they are supposed to wear for up to 2 weeks. In the end, you just take them off with regular nail polish remover.
I still need to find a gel-like polish that really lives up to its claims. I have tried a shade both from the Models Own line and the Sally Hansen line and because I still owe you a review of these two, I do not want to give away too much. Just know that both did not really sweep me off my feet. On my last trip to the States I came across the Revlon gel effect line called Colorstay Gel Envy. I thought why not give it a try. The worst that could happen was it behaving like ordinary nail polish, right?!
The Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy line features 30 pretty but not terribly unique shades. I went with the deep blue-ish grey called Ace Of Spades. It has a shimmery finish, that is more obvious in the bottle than on the nail. The polish is base coat and color in one, so I skipped the base coat this time.
The texture of this polish was on the thick side, but completely manageable. It covered perfectly with two coats. I was impressed with how shiny this was on its own. In the photos I am not wearing any top coat! There is a Diamond Top Coat that you're supposed to wear with it, but since I have quite a few top coats in my stash, I did not buy it. So I wore Ace Of Spades all by itself and it did a great job! After the second day it looked a bit dull and not as shiny anymore, but other than that it held up fairly well. I took it off on day 5 and there was only tipwear, no chips or cracks. I guess if you also applied the top coat from the line it might even stay shinier and last longer.
So far, Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy has been the best gel-effect nail polish I have tried. I have not worn it for 11 days, though, so I cannot tell if it lives up to its claim of lasting that long. I simply cannot live with the same color of nail polish on my nails for that long, hehe.
If you're interested in trying the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy polishes, they are out now and available in most drugstores. I got mine from Ulta, where a bottle retails for $7.99. The matching Diamond Top Coat also costs $7.99.
Have you tried any of the gel-effect nail polish lines? Tell me about your experiences!