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Revlon Chroma Chameleon Duochrome Polishes Swatches, Comparisons, Review

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Revlon Chroma Chameleon Polishes - Pink Quartz Amethyst Tanzanite Aquamarine

Pink Quartz // Amethyst // Tanzanite // Aquamarine

Today at CVS, I found an untouched display of Revlon’s new Chroma Chameleon polishes.  I think they’re very overpriced at $8.29 (prices may vary by store) for only .29 oz, but luckily CVS has a great deal on Revlon polish this week – $4.99 with $2 back in Extra Bucks.  I had four $1 off coupons for Revlon polishes, so my total (per polish) was $1.99 – a much better price!

Since these are duochromes, I swatched them both alone and over black. I only have nail wheel swatches at the moment, since I wanted to get this post up quickly, but if I have time to swatch these on my nails, I’ll do that and add those swatches to this post.

All four of the polishes were thin, fluid, and easy to apply. They have small brushes which were easy to work with.  Dry time was average.  Note that some of the colors require three coats to be opaque when worn.

Below, each polish is swatched is two coats alone (left swatch), and one coat over black (right swatch) with no top coat.

Revlon Chroma Chameleon Swatches - Pink Quartz Amethyst Tanzanite Aquamarine

Bright light, straight on: Pink Quartz // Amethyst // Tanzanite // Aquamarine

Revlon Chroma Chameleon Swatches - Bright direct light: Pink Quartz // Amethyst // Tanzanite // Aquamarine

Shade, angled: Pink Quartz // Amethyst // Tanzanite // Aquamarine

Revlon Chroma Chameleon Swatches

Underwater: Pink Quartz // Amethyst // Tanzanite // Aquamarine

As you can see, Pink Quartz is a peachy-pink that shifts to gold.  It is identical to China Glaze Swanky Silk, and very similar to Maybelline Pink Cosmo, but the Maybelline is very sheer. (My comparison photographs didn’t come out; I’ll retake them and add them to this post by tomorrow).

Amethyst is a purple with a strong green shift. When both are swatched over black, it looks very similar to TKB’s pigment Travel to Venus as nail polish, which I swatched yesterday.  The Revlon has more brushstrokes.

Tanzanite is purple with a slight gold shift; I have a lot of duochrome polish, but I don’t seem to have anything similar.

Aquamarine is light blue alone and vivid blue over black.  Either way, it has a slight purple shift. I don’t have anything similar to it swatched alone, but when each polish is swatched over black, it’s quite similar to Model’s Own Aqua Violet Beetle Juice (which I never would have thought of – this is why having all my polish on swatch sticks is so useful!).

For completeness, here are the remaining four polishes that I didn’t purchase:

revlon chroma chameleon rose gold gold topaz cobalt

Rose Gold // Gold // Topaz // Cobalt

Overall, I really like these polishes, especially Amethyst.  I would absolutely recommend buying them at CVS this week for $3, but I am hesitant to recommend spending $8 on them when for only $7, you can get the gorgeous HITS multichrome polishes.

Do you have your eye on any of these?

revlon chroma chameleons

Revlon Chroma Chameleon Duochrome Collection With Display Photos

revlon chroma chameleon collection display

It looks like Revlon is joining in the duochrome polish trend with eight new polishes – good news for me, since I love duochrome nails!

EDIT: Swatches are here.

A friend from a nail forum, who goes by the name Mephitine, spotted this new Revlon collection at a Bed, Bath & Beyond store today, and kindly allowed me to post these pictures! The polishes are .29 fl oz (small), and retailed for $5.99, though price may vary by region.  I don’t see any indication that this is a limited edition collection, but I’m not sure yet. These are limited edition; Mephitine just told me that the top of the display (which is cut off in the photo) states that this is a LE collection.

I also have bottle shots of each shade:

Revlon Chroma Chameleon - Rose Gold

Rose Gold

Revlon Chroma Chameleon - Pink Quartz

Pink Quartz

Revlon Chroma Chameleon - Gold

Gold

Revlon Chroma Chameleon - Topaz

Topaz

Revlon Chroma Chameleon - Amethyst

Amethyst

Revlon Chroma Chameleon - Tanzanite

Tanzanite

Revlon Chroma Chameleon - Aquamarine

Aquamarine

Revlon Chroma Chameleon - Cobalt

Cobalt

And here are seven of them together, so you can see the shades in comparison – Gold is not in this photo.

Revlon Chroma Chameleons

I will be looking out for these – Amethyst looks especially gorgeous, but I’ll probably buy a couple shades when I find them. Let me know if you see these! And thanks again to Mephitine for the photos!

Revlon Brilliant Strength Swatches and Saran Wrap Marble Nails

Revlon Brilliant Strength Enthrall, Enrapture, Hypnotize, Tantalize

Revlon Brilliant Strength Enthrall, Enrapture, Hypnotize, Tantalize

This week, CVS has Revlon all Revlon nail polish on sale for $4.99 with $3 Extra Bucks back, bringing the effective price of the nail polish down to $1.99 each – so I thought it was a good time to try out Revlon’s new Brilliant Strength polishes! I bought four shades, and I’ve done some quick swatches for you on swatch sticks.

Revlon Enrapture

Revlon Enrapture
two coats, no top coat

Enrapture is a tricky color – in some lights it looks like a reddened plum, in other lights it looks more purple.  I was worried about brush strokes when I applied it, but they almost completely disappeared as it dried – and I’m sure that it would have an even smoother finish with top coat (I swatch without top coat in order to better show the polish’s finish). Enrapture is opaque in two coats.

Revlon Enthrall

Revlon Enthrall
two coats, no top coat

Enthrall is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it. It’s a very dark blackened green with flecks of gold shimmer. It applied beautifully and was almost, but not quite, opaque in one coat (so I did two).

Revlon Hypnotize

Revlon Hypnotize
two coats, no top coat

Revlon Hypnotize is an antique gold.  It reminds me of Urban Decay Honey eyeshadow.  Like Enthrall, Hynotize had very significant brushstrokes when applied, but they evened out as it dried.  Again, top coat would give it an even smoother finish. Hypnotize is opaque in two coats.

Revlon Tantalize

Revlon Tantalize
three coats, no topcoat

Tantalize is a very shimmery grass green. It is significantly more sheer than the other shades – it took three coats to be opaque, and if they had been thinner coats it might have required four. It’s a very pretty polish though, so you might find it worth the effort!

And finally, my NOTD is a saran wrap manicure using Enthrall as a base and Hypnotize on top.  Here’s a tutorial – it’s really very easy to do, and gives a very pretty marbled effect.

NOTD Spam!

Revlon Heavenly - jelly sandwich - swatch

Revlon Heavenly in a jelly sandwich

Today, my NOTD is a jelly sandwich using Revlon Heavenly and OPI Care To Danse.  The full mani is a coat of OPI, Revlon, 2nd OPI, 2nd Revlon, 3rd OPI, then topcoat. I did the thinnest coats I could manage, and I love how it turned out!

For some reason posts with just one photo of one NOTD feel incomplete to me, so here are some other recent manis I’ve done:

Two coats of Max Factor Fantasy Fire over one coat of OPI Dating a Royal – Fantasy Fire has a gorgeous color shift! Unfortunately, Fantasy Fire is not available in the US.

max factor fantasy fire

with flash

max factor fantasy fire

artificial light

Hits Phenomena Moonbow (buy at Llarowe) – this is two coats over black. Another color shifting polish, I just love duochromes & multichromes so much!

And good news on the kitten front: they came home from the animal hospital Sunday evening, spent all day yesterday sleeping, and are feeling much, much better and more playful today – they are currently chasing each other all over the house, and could not be any cuter if they tried!

Revlon Heavenly, Urban Nail Polish Review & Swatch

Revlon Heavenly, Revlon Urban

Revlon Heavenly, Revlon Urban

First, thank you all so much for the kitten well-wishes! I called the animal hospital as soon as I woke up, I am happy to report that as of this morning, kitten temperatures are back down to normal and both kittens ate around 4am this morning.  I’ll find out later this morning whether they get to come home this morning, or need to hang out, continue to get IV fluids, and be monitored.

Now that I’m not so anxious, I have the energy to blog! Yesterday, G over at Nouveau Cheap posted about a new Revlon nail polish collection called Bubblegum Days / Urban Nights.  Since I needed to go to the drugstore anyway, I went to the Rite Aid that always gets drugstore collections first, and found the display. I purchased two of the nail polishes – Heavenly, a clear base with iridescent squares and hexagons, and Urban, a deep indigo creme.

Note: If you haven’t been able to find this display, you can now buy the polishes online at Drugstore.com; they’re also starting to show up on the Revlon wall (they’re now part of the core Revlon line).

First, here’s a photo of the display:

Bubblegum Days / Urban Nights Display

Bubblegum Days / Urban Nights Display

One interesting thing about it is that in addition to polishes, it included a lot of nail care products – something called Treat & Boost, a nail brightener (not sure what that is either), and a cuticle softener.  I’m guessing that all the polishes in this display are going to eventually be part of the permanent Revlon line, since they have “New Shade” stickers, instead of “Limited Edition” stickers.  I also though you all might want to see a close-up bottle shot of the pink milky glitter polish Girly, which I did not purchase:

Revlon Girly

Revlon Girly

First, here are swatches of Heavenly (which I believe is a perfect dupe of Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven).  From left to right, I have one coat alone, a jelly sandwich with OPI Don’t Touch My Tutu, the thinnest coat I could manage over Revlon Urban, and a thick coat over Revlon Urban – no top coat over any of the swatches, though you can see it is needed!

Revlon Heavenly swatches

Revlon Heavenly swatches

Heavenly looks lovely over a dark color, but my favorite is the jelly sandwich. It is extremely subtle in the photo, but just gorgeous in person – ethereal but the iridescent glitter is definitely noticeable.  So pretty! And, as you can see, Heavenly is a very dense glitter – even the thinnest coat I could managage has good coverage.  The consistency is good for a glitter – a bit thicker than I’d want from a creme, but easy to use.

Here are the swatches of Urban – I didn’t realize how significantly it would change color from one coat to two coats, or I would have swatched one coat alone (no glitter).   The two left swatches are one coat of Urban plus Heavenly (which has a clear base), the swatch on the right is two relatively thick coats of Urban.

Revlon Urban Swatches

Revlon Urban Swatches

I have some other polishes that are similar to Urban’s color at one coat, but I am fairly sure that I have nothing like Urban at two coats, and I really love it.  It has a great consistency – smooth and thin.

I also have a very quick & messy swatch of Urban plus Heavenly on my hand – this is two coats of Urban plus one coat of Heavenly.  I actually did this in the car right after buying them (in the parking lot – not while driving!) just because I was so excited to try them out.  So, it’s a cell phone picture and messy application, but it gives you some idea of how Urban looks on my skintone.

For a full mani using Revlon Heavenly, please see this post.

Are you planning to buy any of the polishes from this new Revlon collection?

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Revlon Orbit and Milky Way Nail Art Moon Candy Review, Swatches, Photos

Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy – Orbit and Milky Way

Revlon recently released a collection of double sided nail polishes – one side is a creme, and the other is a shards of glass type flakie.  I happened upon a full display the other day, and since Revlon was on buy-one-get-one-half-off sale, I bought two: Orbit, a deep purple creme with purple flakies, and Milky Way, a deep grey creme with silver flakies.

The quality of the polish seems inconsistent.  The purple creme in Orbit applied flawlessly. It was smooth and thin, and although it took two coats for perfect opacity, each was even.  However, the flaky in Orbit – while absolutely gorgeous – was a total nightmare to apply. It was lumpy, thick, and jelly-like. Additionally, it WOULD. NOT. DRY. – even with a reliable quick-dry topcoat over it.

Revlon Orbit Moon Candy 

The gray creme in Milky Way applied decently, but not great – the first coat was streaky, but it evened out with a second coat. The flakies in Milky Way applied fairly well – good coverage, and the base was thin enough to apply easily.  I have not yet tried them on my nails, however.

Revlon Milky Way Moon Candy

As you can see, both colors of flakies dry with a bumpy surface.  This is a bit annoying, but not really a problem, as a couple coats of top coat will smooth it out.

I had hoped to wear the Orbit flakies over Illamasqua Collide – a gorgeous neon pink jelly that I have been wearing a lot lately – and I actually tried to make the layered polishes work twice.  However, both times, the flakies never dried, and I ended up destroying the manicure before I was able to take photos of it.   It is a lovely combination though, so I swatched it on a nail wheel in order to photograph it.  It’s even prettier in person, with the shifting colors! I’m disappointed I couldn’t make it work on my hands; maybe I’ll try it a third time when I have the patience to sit still for a very long time.

Revlon Orbit flakies over
Illamasqua Collide

Overall, I can’t recommend these polishes.  Milky Way has a slightly superior formula, but China Glaze Luxe and Lush (from the Hunger Games collection), is far superior for about the same price (or cheaper – it’s on clearance at sallybeauty.com and similarly inexpensive on Amazon.) Luxe and Lush is not identical – see it here at Vampy Varnish – but it is quite similar.   

I am not aware of any similar polishes to Orbit (though I’m sure they’re out there and I would love to hear about them if they have a better formula!), but the formula is just not worth it for me.  

Have you bought any of the Revlon Moon Candy polishes? Were your experiences similar to mine, or did you have better luck? And do you know of any polishes similar to the Orbit flakies, but with a good formula?

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