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Revlon Nail Enamel

If you seek nail polish that goes on gloppy, has uneven coverage, and starts to chip before the damn stuff is even dry, then Revlon Nail Enamel is just for you!

CVS recently had Revlon nail enamel on sale as a buy-one-get-one-free deal. I was getting ready to start a new, more professional job, so I decided to pick up some more conservative colors. (My vast assortment of green, blue, black, and other off-the-wall colors isn’t going to serve me well in a business-suit job.)

I picked up Totally Toffee and Vixen, two colors I thought were more professional but still pretty. Hmmm.

I tried Totally Toffee first, a sort of brown color I wasn’t completely sold on. The shade wasn’t the only strike against this product. The brush is messy and makes for gloppy, uneven coverage, and it’s hard to control, so I ended up with more polish on my fingers than on my nails. Okay, that’s not entirely unusual, but it got even worse.

I always use a top coat, but it just doesn’t matter with this stuff. By the next morning, the polish had chipped along the tips of my nails, and pieces of polish started peeling off in little sheets. Real attractive! My manicure looked awful within 24 hours of applying the color.

Maybe it was a defect of that one bottle…

Nope. I tried Vixen next, with the same dismally wretched results. It started chipping almost immediately, and the color peeled right off, even with a healthy layer of top coat. Both bottles went straight into the trash.

I give Revlon Nail Enamel zero stars out of five, because there are no redeeming qualities of this cheaply made, horrible product. It has no staying power, chips so easily it’s crazy, and starts to peel off just in case the chips were not annoying enough.

Did I mention I hated it?

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NYC In a New York Color Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish

Overall, I am a fan of the NYC cosmetics line, since the quality is surprisinly good for such a low price. I’ve already reviewed their Color Wheel Mosaic Eye Powder and Ultra Moist Lipwear (both thumbs up).

I like non-traditional nail polish colors, so when I saw NYC’s In a New York Color Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish in 206B: East Village (below), I decided to try it out.

With the very first coat, I started to have doubts. The color is great in the bottle, but applied to the nails, it is very faint, transparent, and weak. With 2 coats, the color was still uneven and nowhere near as vibrant as in the bottle. Personally I don’t care to apply 4 coats of nail polish to get the color it is supposed to be, so this was a major strike against this product.

I painted my nails 2 days ago and applied a clear coat, but the color has already chipped on 4 fingers and started peeling off. To me, $1.99 is still too much to pay for a nail color that applies unevenly, that isn’t the same color as in the bottle, and doesn’t last anyway.

I’m disappointed to give this product 0 stars out of 5. Except for a low price, there is really no redeeming quality of this nail polish. I’ve tried this color twice and had miserable results both times, so it’s going in the trash now.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails

I have quite a stash of nail polish, but that didn’t stop me from picking up a bottle of Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails nail color in Peony. The color was just irresistable.

The product description, from the company website, is: “Nails are sealed with brilliant shine for added protection against chipping, cracking and splitting.”

I applied two coats, along with Sally Hansen No Chip Acrylic Top Coat, for this result:


Hmmm, not sure this photo does the color justice, since the picture is grainy and dulls the pink color of the nail polish. It’s a pretty, girly, happy pink with a bit of frost.

So far, so good, but I just did my nails yesterday! I will update this post with how well this polish wears throughout the week, especially with this topcoat. Application was a bit tricky; I really don’t like the brush or the texture of the polish, not sure which. Time will tell if the hassle of application is worth the results.

Savvy Nail Lacquer: Golden Honey

I haven’t been inside a Sally Beauty Supply store in a long time, but I wandered into one this weekend on a quest for a new, unique nail polish, something I don’t usually wear, something different from the row upon row of nail polish I already have (mostly reds and dark pinks).

I really like the Orly nail polish they sell there, but I spotted a bottle of Savvy Nail Lacquer in Golden Honey and was hooked. I like its gold sheen without an overt, futuristic metallic glint, and thank god, no glitter!

Since I have fair skin and dark hair, I have stayed away from gold tones, favoring silver. I did my nails last night and love how this color looks against my skin. It’s a luxurious gold color, very holiday-appropriate, pretty and classy.

I like the heavy, square glass bottle too. I thought the brush could have been fuller to make application easier and faster, but no real major complaints.

The nail polish was $3.99 at the store but is slightly cheaper if you have a Beauty Club Card.

What Nail Polish Color are You?

Your Nail Polish Color is Purple
How you’re unique: You are artistic and expressive

Why your style rocks: You pay special attention to color and fabrics

What this color says about you: “I’m creative and know how to take care of myself”

Just for fun today: find out what color nail polish best fits you! Purple is my favorite color, so I was happy with my quiz results. I suppose leopard-print wasn’t a nail polish color option!