Revlon Gel Envy: 430 Showtime
Revlon Gel Envy: 010 Top Coat
(if you look closely you can see the dent)
- I purchased these from Walmart for $4.96 each, which is a fair price point in my opinion. The product can be found at any drugstore, but be aware that the price will be closer to the $7.99 range. This price is consistent with the original Colorstay line that is being discontinued.
- From the Revlon website: "Create salon-quality color in 30 vibrant shades with our revolutionary 2 step system. Brush on the base + color in one and then finish with the protective Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat for superior strength. Together, they will create vivid color, brilliant shine, and gorgeous life resistant wear."
- I followed the directions on the back of the bottle. This is 2 coats of the base + color & 1 coat of the diamond top coat.
- In my most honest assessment, I'm fairly certain this is just the original Revlon Colorstay polish that's been around for ages (that's being discontinued) just repackaged with the word gel slapped on it to fit into this new trend.
- The topcoat formula is eerily similar to the original Colorstay topcoat that everyone loves so much. While it's a good topcoat, it's not a gel.
- I have to say it irritates me a little that it's something that is being marketed a "set" type product (meaning you need both the color and that particular topcoat). This, in my opinion, is not the case. The slogan: 2 steps to gel envy.
- They color selection is great. They have some unique, beautiful shades to select from.
- I get a nicer shine and better wear out of any polish (this included) topped with my beloved Seche Vite. I was very disappointed with the lack of shine from this product.
- I am not particularly hard on my nails. That last chip (the big one on my pinky) happened while I was washing my hair (which was the first time I washed my hair with this polish on since I don't wash my hair every day).
- There was some wear on the tips after the first day, but that's pretty typical even with a gel polish. The tiny chips, however, are not standard.
- I used my standard Sally Hansen base coat because I am generally wary of any color polish that claims to have a base coat built in.
- DRY TIME: The first coat of the color dried in approx. 2 minutes. The second coat, which I found needed to be a thicker coat to attain opacity, dried in approx. 10 minutes. The diamond top coat dried in approx. 15 minutes. HOWEVER: Despite the long dry times, several hours after application, I dented my thumbnail and my left index finger and I don't even know how.
- The color was gorgeous and unique. I definitely don't have anything like it in my collection. This is not a gel or gel like product. It is a standard "long wearing" polish. It is not particularly thick on your nails, nor does it shine quite like a gel. I would purchase other colors from the line, but I wouldn't recommend nor would I repurchase the top coat. You're better off with your favorite long wearing or quick dry top coat. My recommendation is always Seche Vite.
Have you tried this line? If so, what are your thoughts?
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