A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a few Revlon colorstay nail polishes from Walgreens during their buy one get one half off sale. The display said "long lasting, gel like finish", hmmmm. I'm skeptical about "long lasting..." and I'm not sure I can truly test that, because I rarely wear a color for more than three days; when I start to get bored. Plus I think chipping is partly dependant upon how well base and top coats are applied. If I can get a good water tight seal, my polishes will last me. If I miss a spot or the edge starts to wear off and I shower or wash my hands, water begins to seep in under the paint. Then the water lifts the paint and CHIP.
Anyways, below is my haul, something for work, something fun, something for spring, so respectively, I picked up bare bones, midnight and provence. I also pick up a base coat and a top coat because I didn't think I could do a fair review if the base and top coats are suppose to contribute to their gel like finishes.
|My haul. Left to right, top coat, Provence, Midnight, Bare Bones, base coat.|
Bare bones is a really nice neutral that reminds me of bathroom tile caulk, you know it comes in bright white, white or almond? Almond. The formula is kind of tacky and doesn't go on smoothly. The first coat had a lot of bald spots and did not have good cohesive properties. The second coat provided nice coverage. The top coat did add a nice shine and did smooth out some dents and unevenness of the second coat. However compared to other topcoats, the Colorstay top coat was SLOW to dry. Five minutes dry to touch, 30 minutes until you could go about your business. Three hours later, I acquired more dents, so I turned to Revlon's quick dry top coat, which did a great job of smoothing the new dents. Dried to touch in one minute, went about my business in five minutes. Lifesaver.
|Added a second top coat three hours later to eliminate new dents.|