Today’s post is all about the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy nail polishes. I’ve actually got 4 different shades now which I will swatch in other posts. But this post is about my first experience using Queen of Hearts (600) and the Diamond Top Coat.
More and more brands now are coming up with their versions of lasting gel nail polishes without the UV curing. Even though I am a nail tech, I do think its a great idea. Not everyone can afford to pop to a salon or get a professional do it. I’ve tried many of these types of polishes now and will say NONE of them will last the 2 weeks a salon uv curing polish/top coat can. However, some will last a good amount of time and that’s why I wanted to share my thoughts on the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy version.
Here is a little information about Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy…
Create salon-quality color in 38 vibrant colors 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 create vivid color, diamond-like shine and gorgeous life-resistant wear.
I’m not going to review the ‘formula’ as such in my other posts, so this post will be longer as it is a review of the Diamond Top Coat you apply over the Gel Envy polish to prolong the wear.
Firstly the Gel Envy nail colour I first tried was Queen of Hearts, its shade number 600 and it is a true red. Its absolutely stunning! If you like hot red nails for Winter I thoroughly recommend this shade to you. As with the whole idea of Gel Envy, these nail polishes are HIGH GLOSS professional finish ones, so if you prefer a matte finish – look elsewhere.
You start by applying 2 coats of your chosen Gel Envy shade (Allow to dry between coats obviously) and then apply 1 coat of the Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat to finish. So, it doesn’t really take any longer than applying your usual polish and top coat if you wear one.
I have taken photos with and without the top coat on, but in honesty the finish is EXACTLY the same, beautifully glossy nails.
I think the big thing with these is lasting power and that’s where I became a little surprised. I got 4-5+ days without chipping which isn’t bad. What did surprise me though was the rest of my nail varnish was perfect. In fact, if I had filed the chipped bits of polish away, my nails would once again have looked amazing. As you do not need to soak these polishes off, you just use your standard nail polish remover (I use an acetone based one if I don’t have nail attachments on), I then found it was a bit of a bugger to get off! So, it really does adhere to the nails well. I probably had to leave the cotton pad on my nail about 15 seconds to get it to budge. So, its pretty resilient for a shop bought polish. Obviously these figures are just guides based on my nails, but I felt they were impressive (So much so, it encouraged me to buy 4 other colours in the range!).
So, over all I do recommend these ones. I’m yet to try them out on someone else, but will say I was impressed with how they lasted on my nails. The formula is nice and thick, but not gloopy. It dried in a good amount of time, was ultra glossy and it didn’t feel/look too thick on my nails either like some of these polishes can. I really am impressed with this by Revlon and will definitely be getting more shades as I come across colours I like.