Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel and Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat Review
Revlon has recently launched their new ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few shades and the top coat to test out. It is no secret that Revlon has always done awesome nail polishes but when I heard that they recently acquired CND and then released this new line, I was very interested to see how the new formula compares to the old one. I have no idea if CND had anything to do with the new formula but so far every single polish I tried from the line floored me. Ladies, Revlon is upping the drugstore game once again.
“This pioneering nail collection holds all the cards, providing brilliant colour, gel-shine and long lasting wear in an easy at-home 2-step system. We like to think of these nail enamels as life-compatible.Not enough time on your hands? Revlon ColorStay Gel EnvyLongwear Nail Enamel combines base coat and colour in one convenient formula for time-saving application. The finishing touch in the 2-step system is our revolutionary ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat. The top coat was developed to complement the ColorStay Gel Envy shades, providing protective coating for long lasting strength and shine. ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat provides life resistance; allowing you to go about your daily activities knowing your nail enamel is a safe bet.”
When I saw the line up of the shades I had one of those moments when everything else around me blurrs, voices and noises faded and that bright bottle of yellow polishes just stood there, calling my name. I have been on the hunt for a decent yellow polish for YEARS and I had no idea that rainy spring evening my search was about to come to an end.
Meet Neon Lights, the most vibrant cream yellow one can ask for. The formula is lovely. Not too thin, nor too thick with great pigmentation. I got a fully saturated opaque coat in one pass. Once again, this is a yellow polish, and as any beauty fanatic is able to tell you they are notorious for being watery and sheer. I applied two coats for good measure and the result was fantastic. Perfectly covered nails, with no streaks or funny patches. I just grinned there for a few minutes.
I then decided to test the Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat and see how it holds up against my Seche Vite, which has been my go to top coat since for years, also a product I have a love hate relationship with due to the heavy chemicals it contains, shrinking on the nail and in the bottle and huge waste of money I get when I have to toss half full bottles with gloopy dried out product.
I applied the Gel Envy Diamond Top coat on one hand and used Seche Vite on the other. The biggest downside is that unlike Seche, the Revlon top coat has to be applied on dry nails. I allowed the polish to settle for about 20 minutes.
A few days into the mani, my Seche hand shows significant signs of shrinkage and tip wear. I got a few bubbles here and there but nothing major. My Nail Envy hand has no shrinkage, less shine and little bubbles popped up everywhere. Nothing crazy but if I look closely I can definitely see them. I have no chipping whatsoever. Nothing! I biked, worked out, did laundry, dishes and typing. No tip wear. Aside from the pesky bubbles which I have experienced when I layered this top coat on top of other polishes I am seriously impressed. I just wish it bubbled less.
*Disclaimer: These products have been provided to me for consideration. This does not influence my opinions or review