Gel Copycats: Revlon’s Colorstay Gel Envy

I’m definitely late to the party on this one, but I figured I’d still see how it compares to the other gel copycats.  I must confess that I have worn this twice already because I’m in love with the colour, but have yet to test its limits.  So let’s get to it.

Revlon’s Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel (a serious mouthful of a name) comes in an impressive 38 shades (they recently added 8, hence the awkward number).  Much like other polishes of its kind, this one boasts a simple two-step process that gives high shine and long-lasting effects.  I picked up the two-in-one base coat + colour in Perfect Pair, and the standard diamond top coat.

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My first impressions of this polish were far from great.  Firstly, the packaging is horrendous.  Honestly, it looks like something a novel Publisher-user created in the span of 5 minutes.  Perhaps Revlon was aiming for sophistication with simplicity and minimalism, but let’s just leave it at they missed that mark…by a long shot.

Next, the application.  Here’s something that I haven’t experienced in a long time: a dry formula.  With the exception of quick-dry polishes from which I half expect dryness, most polishes tend to glide on quite nicely with little to no fuss.  Oddly enough, this guy acted more like cold butter as you try to spread it on a slice of untoasted bread; it resisted, it tugged, it pulled, and boy did it ever drag.  Hence, to get the following look, it took 3 coats of the base+colour, as opposed to the advertised 2.  Making everything even and smooth took work.

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And can we just take a second to talk about the brush on this thing. In my experience, brushes tend to be relatively flat for even, smooth distribution.  The only brand coming to mind that does differently is Sally Hansen, and they seem to have mastered the perfect tapered brush for pesky nail beds and edges.  It seems like Revlon tried to mimic Sally’s design, but to no avail; the jaggedness of this brush just perpetuated the uneven application.

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With that being said, it did deliver in the shellac-like shine department.  I know I’ve said that the other gel copycats (e.g. Nails Inc. Gel Effect, L’Oreal Infallible) were shiny, and they were, but this one is really shiny.  Really. (So much so that it took twice as long to get the half-decent photos you see…the glare coming off these guys was a…)

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As for drying time, I wouldn’t say it was any faster than usual, or slower.

So, with it’s promised diamond-esque top coat, I’m willing to overlook how big of a pain in the behind it is to apply if it does last as long as advertised.  Although it doesn’t specify just how long, my interpretation is somewhere around a week, but I guess we’ll see…

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The quick take:

  • dry formula (took 3 coats of colour for even application)
  • jagged brush
  • super super mega shiny
  • normal drying time

Check back for an update within the week if we hit Chipsville sooner than expected, or a week and a bit if all goes well!

’til next time,

Meg ❤

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