Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, Swatch, Review & Dupe Info!

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Another post to continue documenting my ongoing passionate affection for purples and Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel, today’s nails of the day is Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry! This shade could easily be included in my theme posts of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid as well!

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry is a bright, intense, sparkle free purple leaning fuchsia. The formula is like a cross between a jelly and a cream and applies smoothly and beautifully. If you had steady hands you could get away with 1 coat, but I need 2 to make it even. The brush is the wider, flatter type which i find suits my nails well. The swatches shown on nail are in shade, then sun and are the just Rich Raspberry alone, no base or top coat. Sorry about the rough cuticles, I’m healing up from a hangnail issue and have been doing some rough work around the house this weekend.

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry

This shade is reputed to be a dupe for OPI Dim Sum Plum. I don’t own that one  so I can’t compare side by side, however I did study several pictures, and it appears to my eye that Dim Sum Plum is just the slightest bit dustier, which brings me to the picture below…

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, NYC MOMA

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, NYC MOMA

NYC Color in a Minute in MOMA is also, to my eye, just the slightest bit dustier. Technically this would make the NYC MOMA a better dupe for OPI Dim Sum Plum than the Revlon Rich Raspberry, but I still felt it was worth sharing. Another purple Revlon Colorstay/NYC nailpolish dupe I recently reviewed can be found here!

Other notable polishes this reminds me of include Our Fuchsia’s Looking Bright from Nicole for OPI (which is a bit pinker), OPI Florentine Fuchsia (which is a bit redder), OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries (unbelievably adorable name!) and OPI Kinky in Helsinki (same intensity, but with added beautiful shimmer).

And apparently because I can’t help myself, I ended up slapping a coat of Essie As Gold As It Gets on top!

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, Essie As Gold As It Gets

Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry, Essie As Gold As It Gets

 

Enjoy your week!

Revlon Coralberry Super Lustrous Lipstick Swatch & Review!

Revlon Coralberry

Revlon Coralberry

Apparently Spring Fashion Week 2014 had an orange lipstick trend, meanwhile I’ve been searching for a suitable for day wear coral toned lipstick that isn’t so orange that I can’t wear it! Warm orange tones just do not work with my cooler toned skin. I think I have found a good balance between a peachy orange and a pink in Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Coralberry 674.

 

Revlon Coralberry

Revlon Coralberry

Packaging is basic black with a brass ring with the Revlon logo. The top is see through, allowing you to see the shade right through the tube, which I appreciate. The label on the bottom is a reasonably close match to the colour of the product which is also handy.

Revlon Coralberry

Revlon Coralberry

I believe this shade has been around for years, Revlon is pretty good about not discontinuing their lipsticks (unlike their other products – I’m looking at you recently, secretly reformulated for the worse Revlon Colorstay foundation!). Coralberry is a creamy, smooth applying creme formula lipstick. The colour is a warm leaning pinky coral with barely perceptible tiny golden micro glitter which I don’t see in the end result on my lips. This shade remains just the slightest bit sheer, as shown in the swatch. It also tends to emphasize lip flakes so if you have drier lips I’d recommend an exfoliation and a balm on a day you want to wear this. Revlon Coralberry lasts a few hours on my lips and is fairly moisturizing.

Revlon Coralberry

Revlon Coralberry Swatch

Revlon Coralberry

Revlon Coralberry on lips

Well, even if someone thinks it’s still too orange for me, I can always tell them I’m just on trend for Spring! 🙂

Revlon ColorStay in Bold Sangria, Swatches & Dupe Info!

Revlon Bold Sangria

Revlon Bold Sangria

Far and away my favourite nail polish formula is Revlon’s ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel, in it’s current and even former incarnations. Been waiting for a sale (half price woohoo!) to finally grab the one I am reviewing today, Revlon Bold Sangria! I’ve gone on before about how I prefer my nail colours to be of the deeper, darker, moody and broody variety and this one manages to be all these things while remaining elegant and feminine.

 

Revlon Bold Sangria is a deep, dark purpley plum. I love this contrast against my pale skin (NC20/25 for reference). The formula is smooth, takes 2 coats for an even finish, and didn’t seem to take too long to dry to me. The brush is of the wider, flatter variety which I do prefer for my nails. The bottle is the standard simple, utilitarian and tidy round bottle and brush handle.

Here it is on my nails in shade from sun!

Revlon Bold Sangria Swatch

Revlon Bold Sangria Swatch

And in indoor lighting under flash!

Revlon Bold Sangria

Revlon Bold Sangria

 

Now when I looked up this product, I was made aware that Revlon Bold Sangria has been said to be a dupe for OPI Siberian Nights. I don’t have this one to compare, but online the pictures do look mighty close to me, so if you are looking for a less expensive or more available (in some areas) drugstore dupe, this one appears to make the cut. If you are looking for an even thriftier drugstore option, might I recommend NYC Color In A Minute in Battery Park Purple! I completely forgot I had this one, and want to show you how similar they are!

Revlon Bold Sangria, NYC Battery Park Purple

Revlon Bold Sangria, NYC Battery Park Purple

 

Bottles and swatches with flash below!

Revlon Bold Sangria and Battery Park Purple Swatch with Flash

Revlon Bold Sangria and NYC Battery Park Purple Swatch with Flash

 

Bottles and swatches without flash!

Revlon Bold Sangria and NYC Battery Park Purple without Flash

Revlon Bold Sangria and NYC Battery Park Purple without Flash

 

Close right? Those colours are pretty well dead on to my eye. Of course there will be a difference in formula, the NYC ones do in fact dry very quickly, which I love for a super speedy manicure that will last a day or two, but for longer lasting more reliable wear, the Colorstay is the way to go. NYC polishes retail for about $2-3 tops.

Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel retails for around $10 Canadian, contain 0.4Oz/11.7mLs, and are big 3 free.

Revlon Bold Sangria

Revlon Bold Sangria

I love this stuff! Have a favourite purple?

L’Oreal Greycian Goddess, Revlon Calla Lily, Feather Nail Manicure!

Revlon Greycian Goddess, Calla Lily

L’Oreal Greycian Goddess, Calla Lily

I was trapped in the house all day today as I had to be present for the landlord and his perpetual renovation attempts (it’s not going well). I needed something to busy myself that I wouldn’t mind being constantly interrupted from, so I took the opportunity to try out a manicure I’ve been meaning to for a while.

 

 

L'Oreal Greycian Goddess, Revlon Calla Lily

L’Oreal Greycian Goddess, Revlon Calla Lily

Products used:

L’Oreal Nail Color in Greycian Goddess 560 (not currently on their Canadian website, possibly discontinued). I received this polish with a lipstick free as some sort of promotion from a Well.ca ages ago. A medium intensity blue leaning grey shade. The creme formula is smooth, covers well in 2 coats and dries reasonably quickly. I love grey nail polishes.

Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Calla Lily. Definitely discontinued. Snatched it up for $1 at my local Dollarama! This shade is beautiful. It is a very sheer milky translucent glitter that is clear enough to use as a top coat. Has lovely gold and pink micro glitter.

Revlon ColorStay clear topcoat. Still available at mass retailers.

 

 

L'oreal Greycian Goddess, Feather

L’oreal Greycian Goddess, Feather

For the feather, I painted on 2 thin coats of L’Oreal Greycian Goddess and applied a feather previously cut to size and gently tapped it down while the polish was still tacky. Applied top coat. That’s it. Far easier than anticipated, I cant wait to try it again!

When I was done painting the rest of the nails grey, I decided it needed more (I didn’t have enough feathers for all nails) so I decided to slap on the Revlon Calla Lily. Overall I’m liking the effect!

L'oreal Greycian Goddess, Revlon Calla Lily, Feather

L’oreal Greycian Goddess, Revlon Calla Lily, Feather

Ever tried feather nails? I can’t believe I waited so long to try! Have a great weekend!

Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel in Enthrall 100 Swatch and Review!

Revlon Enthrall Brilliant Strength

Revlon Enthrall Brilliant Strength

I hadn’t yet tried this formula from Revlon, and when I saw this really unique shade at half price (probably discontinued) I happily snapped it up and I’m glad I did! I have nothing like it in my collection. I tend to favour non uber feminine nail polish shades. I like them dark, moody, broody, dramatic. It’s just nail polish, if you don’t like it you can just take it off. And if someone else doesn’t like it, who cares. It’s nail polish. If a person has their knickers in a twist over someone else’s nail polish they need to get their priorities sorted.

 

 

Which brings me to this gem! Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel in Enthrall (numbered as 100) is a gorgeous, super unique deep murky olive green/brown with matching golden green shimmer. It looks greener under the flash and browner in regular light. It makes me think of forests, lush flourishing marshlands and crocodiles. A fancy, sparkley, dapper crocodile but a crocodile nonetheless. I love this!

Revlon Enthrall

Revlon Enthrall

Revlon Enthrall

Revlon Enthrall

The formula is smooth, and went on smoothly with full coverage at 2 coats. The brush is the wider, flatter style which I love as it works wonderfully with my nail shape for easy application. This seemed to dry very quickly for me. It is formaldehyde, toluene and DBP free. Odd enough to be worth mentioning, this formula had a slight woody scent to it which may or may not have something to do with being big 3 free. I’ve had it on for a full day, have washed dishes, no chips yet. Mine usually chip pretty quickly so this is good news.

Glad to have tried this newer formula from Revlon, and will gladly pick up more if they are all this good!

Revlon Enthrall

Revlon Enthrall

While writing this, the colour description reminded me of how I described MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl! No wonder I loved it so much!