REVLON GEL ENVY SWATCHES SPRING 2017

When greatness could have been mega-greatness...
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When greatness could have been mega-greatness...

Good day, fellow nail nerdies! Look! New Revlon Gel Evny! And the best part? It’s on-shelf right now! There are a grand total of 8 new shades for Spring 2017, and you just know I played in all of ‘em. Wanna see?

revlon gel envy swatches spring 2017

Revlon To The Chapel Gel Envy Nail Polish

Revlon Gel Envy To the Chapel 350

Revlon Gel Envy To the Chapel 350 (above). Oooh… springy pastel blue! What’s not to love, right? Well, uh… the brush. I tell ya what, this formula is splendid. If not for the brush, this would have been doable for me in 2 coats. 2 coats for a pastel blue!! So why did it take me 3? Because I tend to do thin coats and put pressure on my brush as I push-&-pull the polish around on my nails.

Revlon Gel Envy Brush 2017

Brush in To The Chapel

When a brush is unevenly cut or looks like this one (above), I get drag marks and uneven level. If you’re not me, and just float your coats, you can do it in 2. Yes, even with a brush like this one, 2 coats – just because the formula is that good.

Revlon Lucky in Love Gel Envy Nail Polish

Revlon Gel Envy Lucky in Love 118

Revlon Gel Envy Lucky in Love 118 (above). And another beautiful Spring pastel! And another that’s do-able in 2 easy coats. The formulas are mind-blowingly good for shades that have this much white in them. I’m impressed, Revlon. I really am.

Revlon Cha Ching Gel Envy Nail Polish with Diamond Top Coat

Revlon Gel Envy Cha-Ching 225

Revlon Gel Envy Cha-Ching 225 (above). Yep, 2 coats + the Diamond Gel Envy Top Coat. 

Revlon Roll the Dice Gel Envy Nail Polish Swatches

Revlon Gel Envy Roll the Dice 335

Revlon Gel Envy Roll the Dice 335 (above). Hmm… I feel like I just saw this somewhere… Oh! Right! It reminds me of OPI’s I Can Never Hut Up! Grey with green shimmerz. Similar concept, but not the same shade. The Revlon is a much lighter shade of grey, but like the OPI, the shimmer doesn’t really come out to play unless you hit it with exactly the right light.

Revlon Roll the Dice Gel Envy Nail Polish

Revlon Gel Envy Roll the Dice 335

Revlon Gel Envy Roll the Dice 335 (above). See? Greeny-grey and so purdy in 2 easy coats!

Revlon Try Your Luck Gel Envy Nail Polish Swatches

Revlon Gel Envy Try Your Luck 445

Revlon Gel Envy Try Your Luck 445 (above). Man, I always get the #GrabbyHands for things that have under-shimmer. This thing looks like it’s layer upon layer of shimmer but really, it’s only 2 coats. I’m so deeply in love with these kinds of shades I can barely stand it.

Revlon Try Your Luck Gel Envy Nail Polish

Revlon Gel Envy Try Your Luck 445

Revlon Gel Envy Try Your Luck (above). With a little less light, she’s a tiny bit more subdued, but still… gorgeousness.

Revlon Win Big Gel Envy Nail Polish

Revlon Gel Envy Win Big 455

Revlon Gel Envy Win Big 455 (above). Whaaat? Amaze! When I looked at this bottle, I was kinda bored. It just looked like a foil-y sort of pink thing. Then I put it on and was pretty much gobsmacked. I mean look at it! It’s golden rosy flecktastical shimmery goodness! Now I look at this bottle and I think Win Big!! Win very Big!

Revlon Holographic Pearls over Win Big Gel Envy

Revlon Holographic Pearls over Win Big

Revlon Holographic Pearls over Win Big (above). And then, because I could, I slapped a coat of my Holographic Pearls over my 2 coats of Win Big. Yeah, I know you’re not seeing the holo. Hold on…

Revlon Holographic Pearls Top Coat over Win Big

Revlon Holographic Pearls over Win Big

Revlon Holographic Pearls over Win Big (above). Ta da!! Yes, shot all fuzzy to show you the holo. Do it. Just do it.

Revlon Smoke and Mirrors Gel Envy Nail Polish

Revlon Gel Envy Smoke and Mirrors 515

Revlon Gel Envy Smoke and Mirrors 515 (above). You’re lookin’ at 2 coats of Smoke and Mirrors, and I could really have done 3 just because it’s a tiny bit sheer. Alternatively, you could just slap on some black undies and do 1 coat of this. Either way, your results will be fairly similar. I like this one.

Revlon Smoke and Mirrors Gel Envy Nail Polish

Revlon Gel Envy Smoke and Mirrors 515

Revlon Gel Envy Smoke and Mirrors (above). In some light it shows like a smokey glimmering charcoal, and in brighter light it’s much more silver. She’s just pretty.

Revlon Holographic Pearls Top Coat over Smoke and Mirrors

Revlon Holographic Pearls over Smoke and Mirrors

Revlon Holographic Pearls over Smoke and Mirrors (above). And then, if you whip out your Holographic Pearls, even more pretty happens.

Revlon What Happens in Vegas Gel Envy Nail Polish

Revlon What Happens in Vegas 415

Revlon What Happens in Vegas 415 (above). And finally, this. You know I can’t help myself when it comes to shades like these, right? So vibrant. So saturated. So easy in 2 coats. I think I might already have close to a jillion bottles of things in this shade, but I don’t care – I’m adding this one to The Archives too.

Revlon What Happens in Vegas With matte TopCoat

Revlon What Happens in Vegas – mattified

Revlon What Happens in Vegas – mattified (above). And then she mattified. You know, because she likes to matte things that have shimmer or sparkle. She can’t help it.

Revlon What Happens in Vegas with Matte Pearl Glaze Top Coat

Revlon What Happens in Vegas with Matte Pearl Glaze

Revlon What Happens in Vegas with Matte Pearl Glaze (above). And then, she took it all off and did another 2 coats of that and added a coat of Matte Pearl Glaze. Why? Why the heck not! Look at it!! Yes!

And that’s pretty much it for the 8-shade Gel Envy Spring 2017 release and I gotta say I love all these formulas. Revlon has long been one of my favourite brands – we go waaaay back – like decades. It’s with heavy heart I say that my love affair with Revlon isn’t what it used to be and it’s simply because of the brushes.

Revlon Gel Envy Brushes

Could these brush ends BE more uneven? *shudder*

If I were Revlon and I paid someone to manufacture these for me, I’d be SO mad. To create such impressive formulas only to have the goodness destroyed with a crap brush would see me all up in someone’s grill making demands for better quality control. But hey, I’m not Revlon. I'm just the consumer who can't use her usual painting technique with these brushes.

Manigeek Better Brush Hack

Manigeek's solution to a crappy brush

So knowing what I know about the brushes, would I still buy the Gel Envy polishes? Yep! And just how do I solve this brush problem? Easy. I have a dumped out OPI bottle with pure acetone, a bunch of agitators, and an OPI brush in it. I simply switch brushes (letting the acetone evaporate off the OPI brush first), do my paint job, and stick the respective brushes back in their bottles when I’m done. That means I still get to enjoy these great formulas without the hassles of using an uneven brush. Smart me, right?

The Revlon Gel Envy Spring 2017 shades are available now in-store at your local major retailers, and online from places like amazon.com, and amazon.ca. For more information, head on over to Revlon.ca. Happy shopping & happy almost-Spring everybody!!
xoManigeek

Manicures & Photos Karen Falcon (she’s thinking pork picatta – that can be a thing, right?)
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