Maybe you’ve seen these cute little bottles pop up in your local nail polish haunt and wondered what they’re all about. They’re Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel. A fancier version of the special-edition scented nail polish the brand has done before, they're like wearing an accessory with fragrance that’s built right in. Kind of like a daily perfume.
For me, polish should simply be polish. Me ’n perfumes aren’t friends. We don’t play well together. The thing about this stuff though is that it’s good polish. The scent is a little bonus if you’re into that, so when you look at the pictures, keep in mind that all this pretty comes with a side of fragrance.
Revlon Parfumerie Wintermint($6.95 at drugstores) I did three nice, thin coats of this polish and it dried a little more slowly than I liked. So I’d say if you’re going to use this one, think about adding a quick-dry topcoat. The smell of this particular shade is one of my favourites – it’s minty fresh!
Revlon Parfumerie Fresh Linen ($6.95 at drugstores) Okay, now I smell nail polish and laundry soap. Hmm…. Anyway, this polish is a mite tricky. You’ll want to lay it down as opposed to brush it on – that’ll result in thicker coats with longer dry time and while I’ve managed to do a fairly good job getting the stuff on evenly, it’s still streaky. We all know how much streaky polish makes me nuts, right?
Revlon Parfumerie Fresh Linen with Matte Top Coat And hey! Just for fun, let’s play Matte Top Coat! Well, whaddaya think?
Revlon Parfumerie African Tea Rose($6.95 at drugstores) Oh. It’s a beautiful, bright, highly pigmented super crème polish. I could have done one good coat but I’m a skim-coater by nature so I did two coats. I do believe I’m in love with this awesome shade of vibrant pink.
Revlon Parfumerie Wild Violets ($6.95 at drugstores) You know I can’t resist a blackened purple, right? I adore this deep, dark indigo violet. You’re looking at two coats there – two easy coats before I went and played…
Revlon Parfumerie Wild Violetswith Matte Top Coat Ooooh. Aaaah. There’s something astronomically awesome about matte top coat over a dark shade of polish isn’t there?
Revlon Parfumerie Beachy ($6.95 at drugstores) Gah! Streaks! Gah!! This stuff smells like hand cream and suntan lotion together in one place. In a word, it smells “beachy.” If they could have got the scent in there without the streaks, I might have considered this shade a winner. As it stands, nope. Streaks killed it dead for me.
Revlon Parfumerie Italian Leather($6.95 at drugstores) Leather? Marshmallows? Wha? I can’t really figure out the fragrance in this shade but I don’t care – it goes on spectacularly well in two beautifully smooth coats. Winner. Yes.
Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice($6.95 at drugstores) In two easy coats, your fingers will smell like pumpkin pie and the candle department at your local home store. Tasty! Enough about the fragrance – lookit that colour! It’s packed with magical holographic micro-glitter that makes it shimmer and shine and awesome.
Revlon Parfumerie Bordeaux($6.95 at drugstores) Oh boy. The consistency of this polish is way too thin for my liking – it likes to migrate so you’ll want to start high and work down towards the cuticle for your first coat. You can’t rush the polish job and for the first coat, you’ll want to use a little less on your brush than you think. If you can manage a proper application, you’ll get this perfect Bordeaux rouge.
dry-time, brushes, knobby handle thingy, fragrance
Revlon Parfumerie Dry Time I think maybe the addition of the fragrance and/or scented oils delays the dry time. Maybe it was just me but I found I needed an extra 20 minutes or so to get to the level of dry where I felt comfortable using my hands for things like typing and making coffee.
Revlon Parfumerie Brushes Fantastic! Yep, fantastic! They go exactly where you want them to go, spread nicely, and give you excellent control over the polish.
Revlon Parfumerie The Knobby Handle Thingy I thought it would be uncomfortable to use seeing as I have rather long fingers and the knob is fairly short and squat. Turns out, it wasn’t so bad after all. The knob still allows for great control over the brush and really, that’s a massive component of what makes a good polish – it ain’t just about the polish, it’s about the whole package.
Revlon Parfumerie The Fragrance Smells are not for me. I’ll take an unscented polish over a scented one (except for Anna Sui) any day. But Revlon always makes solid polish so regardless of the scent, I’d buy (some of) ’em simply for the colour and the goodness of a Revlon polish. Yep. I would.
This limited-edition collection is available at select drug and mass retailers nationwide until March 2014, at which point it'll be replaced by a limited-edition Spring Revlon Parfumerie Collection.
Manicures ’n photos by Karen Falcon (she just got $20 offa $3 scratch ticket and in her mind, she’s hollering “Winner! Gagnant!”) ©2013 BEAUTYGEEKS/imabeautygeek.com.