Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cris Reviews | Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel

There seem to be several products out there right now that promise a gel manicure-like finish without the hassle of using a UV light. When I found the Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel at Target for just $5 each (which is about $3 less than other places) I knew I had to give it a try. 


I chose the color Wild Card, which is a bright, mid-toned blue. I've received several compliments on the color and I'm really happy with the one I chose. I applied two coats of the polish and one coat of the Diamond Top Coat to get the effect in the picture below. 



The brush on the enamel is both wide and semi-flat which makes an even application really easy. The formula is smooth and thick without being gloopy or too drippy (technical terms, of course). With two coats I had a streak-free, opaque finish.

The brush on my Diamond Top Coat unfortunately wasn't as nice. I don't know if it was just my bottle, but this brush seemed cheaper than the one on the enamel and not as wide. I feel like the bristles stuck together a bit while applying the product, which meant that the brush didn't hug the curves of my nail in the way it was meant to. It wasn't awful, it was just more like a typical nail polish brush, whereas the brush on the enamel was fantastic. 

In terms of the overall finish, I really like it! I was able to get 10 days of wear out of my manicure without chipping. Even after 10 days, the shine and brightness of the color are still intact. As to the claims that it's comparable to a gel manicure, I do think it gives you a nice shine and longer wear time than normal nail enamel, but don't expect it to be as thick or solid-looking as a professional gel manicure. This makes sense as normally a gel manicure requires many coats of polish and trips under the light to get that hard, shell-like coating. 

I would definitely recommend this product if you're looking for a long-wearing, affordable alternative to professional gel manicures. Apparently it's also much easier to remove than traditional gel enamel, which having had to remove a professional gel manicure by myself at home, I am definitely thankful for. I'll keep you updated on how the removal goes via twitter.

Have any of you tried this nail polish or any of the other gel finish products out there on the market? Did you like them?

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