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Gel Copycats: Revlon’s Colorstay Gel Envy Update

As promised, I’m back with an update on how the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy manicure held up!

First things first: my general routine for a frame of reference.  As per usual, I do shower every day, so my nails are exposed to a fair amount of water.  Mind you I’ve refrained from any rigorous scrubbing (unless you count exfoliation, which I don’t), sticker-removing, or other hands-on activities of the sort.  And as a city-dweller, hobbies like gardening aren’t really in the picture (plus, I’m more or less allergic to half the plants on the planet…so, no).

That aside, on to the day-by-day update!

Day 1: Shiny and new.  Check out the original post for an in-depth first impressions spiel.


Day 2: We’re still going strong on the shine front.  Honestly, there isn’t any noticeable difference from the first day.


Day 3: The edges have worn down very slightly, but other than that, we’re all good.

Revlon Day 1

Day 4: Now we’re starting to see a little more wear-down.  But really, it’s barely noticeable.


Day 5: So far so good…we haven’t reached the chipping stage yet, which is more than I could say for Nails Inc.’s Gel Effect.


Day 6:  Still going strong.  I’m mildly impressed at this point.


Day 7: And so the chipping begins….here we go, folks.  On top of that, that diamond-esque shine has become more of a muted sheen.


Day 8: Yupp, that’s it.  This is my chippage limit, which I know might be much lower than most, but I’m a fan of redoing my nails, hence the low tolerance.


And here’s a less than pleasant close-up of an 8-day-old manicure:


The Final Verdict:

This is definitely a long-wear polish.  It was going strong for a good 6 days, which is much longer than your average 3-day varnish.  It seems the high shine held up just as well as the polish itself, also giving out just shy of a week.  Overall, Revlon certainly delivered on its promises, and did a heck of a lot better than Nails Inc. in the gel copycat department.  Really, I’m quite impressed with this guy.  And although some might argue that you’d get a similar result with a base coat + colour + top coat, that’s a whole extra step you’d have to throw in there, and ain’t nobody got time for that, right?  Having said that, I can’t forget that the application process was a bit of a pain itself.  From a dry formula to an uneven brush, it took that much more effort to get a clean, smooth manicure.  Hence, if I had to choose, I’d stick with L’Oréal’s Infallible Nail Polish, which was quite a bit easier to work with.


The Quick Take:

  • fussy application
  • very shiny
  • shine and polish lasted about 6 days
  • better than Nails Inc.’s Gel Effect
  • just short of L’Oréal’s Infallible Nail Polish (because of application)

And there you have it, a lengthy, photo-filled, day-by-day log of Revlon’s Gel Envy nail polish!  If I haven’t lost you already, thanks for sticking around and reading!

’til next time,

Meg ❤

P.S. Next up is Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel line!  Have you tried it yet?  Think it’ll hold its own against L’Oreal’s Infallible?


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