Revlon Expressionists Collection (swatches & review)
Happy Wednesday Everyone!
I am super excited to show you three out of the four new polishes from Revlon’s Fall/Winter 2011 Expressionists Collection today! As soon as Jen tweeted about finding them I knew I had to search for myself. I was actually able to find them rather easily where I live and I snatched them up immediately. The only one I didn’t grab right away was a nude/taupe creme called Smokey Canvas. I may go back for it though, we’ll see.
All swatches are done with Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat.
Starry Pink is a soft, pale pink polish that’s filled with small silver glitter and hex glitter pieces. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this one, it has a more grey-ish pink hue when it’s in the bottle and I was worried it’d give me zombie hands. However, once Starry Pink dried I was content with the color.
I really liked the formula for this one. The brush held just the right amount of polish and the color built up pretty nicely after three coats. I still had just a trace of VNL (visible nail line) but I could cope with it.
Blue Mosaic has a clear base that is swimming in small blue glitter with larger blue, silver, and green hex glitter spaced throughout. The formula for this one was a bit goopy and I had some difficulties getting full coverage with it. You can see that even after four coats my tips are a little bald in some spots.
Here’s a close up. Despite the application issues, Blue Mosaic is still rather lovely. I just don’t have the patience to layer glitter to get full coverage on a regular basis, so I think that for me personally this one is better suited for layering over a creme or jelly based polish.
Facets of Fuchsia
I saved the best for last.. You are now looking a Facets of Fuchsia, a GORGEOUS black jelly base that’s filled with purple hex glitter and smaller glitter particles. I really love this one, and guess what folks? This one is practically a dead on dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s Bad Romance! I don’t have a bottle of Lippmann’s polish, but Maribeth from Obsessive Compulsive Hoarders has a comparison post on her blog. And I really can’t spot any major differences between the two except for the fact that the Revlon polish is more than $14 cheaper!
Here’s a macro shot. I am in love you guys. I know, I know.. I say that about once a week, but really this time it’s for real! This is three shiny, squishy, juicy coats of jelly perfection.
For three polishes that are packed with glitter (especially Blue Mosaic) all of them had rather smooth finishes, a little bumpy but nothing a thin layer of top coat wouldn’t fix. I also enjoyed how dense the hex glitter was in these. In most polishes like this you have to fight with the brush and “place” the hex glitter where you want it on your nail (I’m looking at you, Servin’ Up Sparkle…). With these three, I really didn’t have that issue at all.
Facets of Fuchsia had the longest dry time, but I think my living room was playing tricks on me. I sat on my couch for 45 minutes and it was still tacky, but as soon as I went to my bedroom this polish was completely dry within 5 minutes. *shrugs* I don’t even care because my Bad Romance lemming has been 100% cured. Honestly all three of these are great and they’re super cheap, so if you can find them I suggest you snatch ‘em up asap!
Revlon polishes usually retail for anywhere between $4.49 – $5.99/each for a .5 fl oz bottle. You can purchase them at any local drugstore or major retailer (Walgreens, CVS, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) nationwide. I personally got mine from Target, they were on sale for $3.49/each.
Here’s a quick pic of my little one Clarence. Well, not-so-little anymore. He just turned one a few months ago, but he’s about 20lbs of orange tabby kitten energy! This is my youngest fur child that was ill the weekend before last, but he’s back home now and just as spunky as ever. He hopped in my dresser drawer while I was picking out clothes for the day, and his fur is such a close match that he almost blends in. I had to snap a photo, hehe.