|Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel|
Following on from my review of the Barry M Sunset polish, I wanted to try a few more of these gel like nail polishes to decide whether these are actually worth the hype. Next up, the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel and Diamond Top Coat. This version claims to deliver longevity and a gel finish, so here's my thoughts.
Both the colour and top coat retail for £6.99 each for 11.7ml, which is a little bit more expensive than your regular drugstore nail polish. The collection consists of 30 stunning, wearable shades, as well as the diamond top coat.
The packaging is the same as the rest of the colourstay family. I do like this packaging as it looks sleek and sophisticated, I also like the handle as it's long and lean, so it's easy to grip. The brush consists of two small brushes put together to create one long, thin brush for easy application.
ApplicationI decided on the colour 440 Wild Card, which was the most stunning bright cobalt blue. The colour is supposed to also act as the base coat as well. This was easy to apply and was opaque in two coats, but if you where in a rush you could get away with one. The only thing I didn't like was the overpowering, toxic smell, of course nail polish isn't the nicest smelling, but this was pretty overwhelming. The top coat went on lovely and shiny, but this really didn't dry all that quickly and I ended up with in-prints on my nails from my bed sheets, as I usually paint my nail right before bedtime.
I had this on from Wednesday to Sunday, so five days in total. I only really got three good days of wear, before I started to get chipping on the tips and because of the top coat not drying well, it really didn't help in keeping my manicure long-wearing and nice looking.
Overall this for me doesn't come near to the longevity and durability of a salon gel manicure. The colour I choose is stunning and the shade selection overall is great, but the strong smell, longevity and poor top coat let this system down overall. With so many exceptional fast drying, high gloss top coats on the market this gel envy version really doesn't compare. I would use this colour again in the future, but I defiantly would use a base coat and also my good old Seche Vite Dry Fast Top coat instead, to hopefully provide a more long-wearing manicure.
I award the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel 2.7 out of 5