F is for French Tips: Revlon Nail Art French Mix Mani Duos

by Janine on 6 April 2012 · 21 comments

To put it mildly, I’m not a fan of traditional white-and-nude French manicures or French tips. I love what’s been happening in editorial images like the one above (found online, not Revlon), the more sophisticated version we’ve been seeing over the last few months.

But nails like these — and believe me, it hurt Staff and me to put this photo on Beautygeeks — “Porn star,” I think. “Star” might be overstating it, but whatever. I’m so scarred by manicures like this that I reacted with a measure of horror when Revlon nail expert Leeanne Colley of Tips Nail Bar mentioned she was working on some French Tip mani looks.

Then I saw these, Revlon Nail Art French Mix polish duos, and understood.

Eight shades of Revlon Nail Art French Mix polish duos ($8.95 each) will launch this June.

Duo names include Chance Encounter, Sneak Peek, Kiss & Tell, Sweet Revenge, Moonstruck, Miss Perfect, All the Rage, and Over the Moon.

Each duo features two complementary polish colours.

Of course you can mix and match at will if you have more than one duo. (Staff felt it was important to mention that.)

Some shades have a bit of shimmer.

Some shades are creamy.

Do you like these as alternatives to the standard French thing?

Noticed these are kind of Easter colours… have a great Easter weekend!

Revlon Nail Art duos will be available in drugstores and mass retailers. Revlon preview photos via Fujifilm FinePix F300 EXR digi-cam. I heart it.

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beachgal 6 April 2012 at 7:42 pm

Love this new line coming from Revlon for updated French tips – hope that we get them in my town – we only have a really badly supplied Rite Aide – I might have to take a ‘voyage’ ~60 miles to go looking.


Gaëlle 7 April 2012 at 1:47 am

I like the colored mani much better! The traditional French manicure often looks horrible, especially because it is mostly made on fake nails, which have this strange square shape, as you have here in the picture. I’m all for non-natural colors when it comes to nails, but not for strange shape.
I’ve wanted to try the colored mani trend, but I am nervous about putting tape on the first color in order to have a nice shape for the tip. I think i’d have to use tape, because otherwise the result wouldn’t be neat, especially on my right hand. I’m afraid that the tape, once I take it off, will mess up the first color. I know it has to be dry, but, when it comes to nail polish, it is even possible to have it completely thoroughly dry without waiting for the next day?
Has any of you tried it and has tips for recreating the look?


Janine 7 April 2012 at 6:18 am

I agree, Gaëlle — the shape is gah! as well.

For a precise French-tip finish, I think you need a tape that isn’t too sticky — you want it to lift easily once you’ve finished the application. And you want it just sticky enough to prevent the fresh polish from bleeding underneath it.

Let me ask some questions for you. And if anyone has any advice for Gaëlle, please comment below!


Lindsay 10 April 2012 at 8:57 am

Have you tried Konad plates? It’s a stamping system and you can create the perfect French tip. Check out this pic for an example of how it turns out. You can buy everything you need at wowsocool.com. It looks like kind of a sketchy website but I’ve ordered plenty of times and I can assure that it’s totally legit!


Katie 11 April 2012 at 11:03 pm

The key with the tape is having your base color dry, and then removing the strips while the top color is still wet. Otherwise, you’re straining and breaking a dry, solid sheet of polish. The less time the tape is on the nail, the better.

Also, is it just me or are these french duos just two bottles of polish glued end-to-end? I was expecting pen or marker tips for more control, but it looks like the applicator is just a brush… disapointing.


Janine 11 April 2012 at 11:14 pm

Hi Katie,
They’re not exactly two bottles glued end-to-end — the brushes extend from the centre connector. Rather like large versions of the m.a.r.k hook-up thingies. You’re right, though — no special applicators. Just creative pairings of polishes in different shades and finishes.


Gaëlle 7 April 2012 at 6:29 am

Thank you very much for the tip. I think one day I will make an experiment with different tapes, and I’ll see which one works best.


YouLookHotToday 8 April 2012 at 9:13 am

I wish the standard French manicure would just die already. It’s gross.

I’m really diggin’ the new alternatives up there – they’re stunners! I’d wear all of ‘em (‘cept for the white/nude combo) and I’d wear ‘em all at once!


Barbara 11 April 2012 at 4:20 pm

Yup, I?’m gonna be broke within a few months.
Or I already am. -sob- LOL


KE 13 April 2012 at 6:14 pm

I really like some of the colors but I wish they would release them separately. These duos always leak because there’s no way to store them so that both colors are upright. Badly designed.


sherrie 16 May 2012 at 1:03 am

Just got my Revlon Frenchmix in Over the Moon and wow!!! it’s soooo super sexy! My bf was all over me!!


patC 18 May 2013 at 1:01 pm

I use the colours with other Revlon polishes for different effects & I always finish with a quick dry gloss! I also buy most of my make-up & nail polishes on Amazon & eBay – I can get good choices & top brands & still save money! BTW – last count I had over 30 different nail polishes – do ya think I may be obsessed?


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