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.
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,
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?