Revlon Expressionist Nail Art Duos

This year, nail art seems to be hotter than ever – and Revlon, never ones to miss a trick – have just released a collection of 7 nail polish duos featuring a wide, flat brush at one end to paint your base colour, and at the other end, a thin, nail art brush for you to apply a feature colour over the top.

The amount of designs you could do with these is endless! They are really to use and the nail art colour is thinner than normal polish, making it easy to get nice fluid strokes with the brush.

Using Pinkasso – I painted the base colour of a slightly pearlescent coral over my nails, then used the fuchsia nail art colour to paint the tips of my nails going from one side to the next and meeting in the middle. 

For Vincent Van Gold I decided to go down the zebra route – drawing lines from one side of the nail to the middle, alternating between the sides. I love love love the base colour of this – it is almost glass-like in finish – a gorgeous blue varies from being ultra-dark to a gorgeous royal blue.

For Ulterior Motif I used the charcoal colour all over my nails then using the pink glitter I applied a blob to the base of my nail, dried off the brush then pulled it up towards the end of my nails. I found this the hardest to work with as it didn’t show much when using it for linear designs as the glitter is sporadic – but I like it as an accent.

The Expressionist Nail Art Pens are available now in Boots and Superdrug priced at £7.99 each.

Revlon Colorstay Lip Butters

You’ve probably heard the hype – Revlon released their Colorstay Lip Butters a while ago in USA, and bloggers went mad for them. They are a cross between a lip stick and a lip balm – containing mango, shea and coconut butters to apparently increase lip moisture by 156%, while providing the gorgeous colours of a lipstick.

Us in England have been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for their arrival onto British soil, and at last, I found them in my local Boots. I had to see what all the fuss was about.

They are available in 16 shades, although my Boots only stocked 8 (I think… it definitely wasn’t 16), although all the colours are up on their website. Each Lip Butter is £7.99, but Boots are doing 3 for 2 across make up at the moment, which these qualify… so it’d have been rude not to.

I really like the packaging – it’s bright and fresh and feels summery, which is when I imagine the Lip Butters will be mostly worn. The coloured plastic casing has a quilted effect on it, and the very top of it is see through so you can see which colour the Lip Butter is, without having to remove the lid.

The three colours I got were Cotton Candy (045), Strawberry Shortcake (080) and Sweet Tart (090). They are all pink shades, but different from each other.

Cotton Candy is a really gorgeous, subtle colour – it is a cool pinky purple which has a gold shimmer to it, which stops it from being quite so cool. There isn’t much colour payoff, but I like that about it – it’s as versatile as a lip balm, while adding prettiness to your lips.

Strawberry Shortcake definitely has more colour to it – again it is a cool toned pink, but with more qualities of a lipstick – the wash of colour is more opaque, and reminds me of a balmy MAC Viva Glam Gaga… a soft baby pink. If you look extremely closely there is a little bit of shimmer, but the particles are tiny.

Sweet Tart surprised me with just how bright it was when I swatched it on my hand. For something of a balm consistency it really packs a lot of punch. This is a fuchsia pink which is a lot more wearable for summer days than a standard fuchsia lipstick.

Because of the moisturising qualities of the Lip Butters, they have that feeling of a lip balm – you know when you push your lips together, and they slide around…? That. They do feel really moisurising, which is great, but on the same hand, because of this, it means that the colour doesn’t last for a great length of time – I needed to top up after a couple of hours. That doesn’t bother me though – because of their sheerness they are really easy to apply without a brush, and I know I’m being kind to my lips at the same time. I think they are a great way to add colour to your lips without being too heavy for brighter days.

What do you think of the Lip Butters? Have you had a chance to get your hands on any yet?

Nails of the Day – Revlon Cherries In The Snow

Revlon’s Cherries In The Snow is a polish I have meant to have owned for ages – I have always heard such positive things about it and I decided it would have to be part of my collection for a couple of years! Seeing as Boots are doing a 3 for 2 across make up promotion, I managed to remind myself that I needed this, and I’m so glad that I did!

It is somewhere between a pink and red… I can’t quite decide if it’s pink with a hint of red, or the other way round – either way it is a very pretty shade. It’s feminine, glossy and a perfect autumn winter colour.

I own a lot of red polishes, and a lot of pinks – but this is my first ‘re-nk'(?!) polish – unique to my collection and one I would recommend as a staple polish in anyone’s stash.

Revlon Scents of Summer Nail Polishes

I heard about Revlon’s scented nail polishes via Twitter and immediately decided I neeeeeeeeeeeeded the Bubblegum one – I love the smell of bubblegum, and I, personally, can’t have enough pink polishes in my collection. I kept going to Boots in the hopes of finding it but all I kept seeing were the purple (Passion Fruit) and frosty green (Beach).  I was told to try in larger stores, which I was all set to do, until the lovely Revlon sent me a package with 5 of the 8 scented polishes in it.

I love the idea of scented polish – it’s something I’ve never seen before and it leaves me wondering what will be next in the nail polish world. You would think that the fact the polishes are fragranced highly enough for you to smell them, they would be laden with chemicals which can’t be any good to sniff. Revlon have actually been free of DBP, Toulene and Formaldehyde since 1992. Sniff away.

I have tested these out over the past couple of weeks and really enjoyed them. The scents are meant to be reminiscent of summer, and while they are summery smells, I can’t help think that some of them have been named wrongly! Bubblegum smells of watermelon, Passion Fruit smells of raspberries, and Peach Smoothie of refreshers! Whatever their names, they are all yummy smells.

I noticed that Mad About Mango, and Ocean Breeze seemed to be the strongest smelling – I could smell them every time my hands went near my face – including while eating which was a little weird. Peach Smoothie’s smell seemed to fade the fastest.

I used two coats of each polish, without a base coat. I was advised that the smell would be more present without it. The nail polish has lasted well, with tipwear after a couple of days but no major chips. I love the formula of Revlon polishes and Passion Fruit is a prime example of how a formula should be – it glides on so effortlessly which really helps to get that perfect manicured look.

I’m really pleased I got to try these out – thank you very much Revlon!

These polishes are limited edition, after August 2011 you won’t find them on your shelves. They are priced at £6.49 but are on special offer of 2 for £8 at Boots at the moment. I highly recommend them!

Revlon CustomEyes Mascara

Revlon ran a competition on their Facebook page to win one of 1000 of their new CustomEyes Mascaras – and I was one of the lucky ones that won, and I really do feel lucky because I love it!

The idea is that you can create two different looks, using the one mascara. The lid has a twist-cap, you put it in position 1 to add length and drama, and position 2 for length and definition. The difference that I see in the brush is that in position 1, the tip of the wand is more flexible, and in position 2 is more firm. I have heard on the grapevine that the bristles change, but as they are now mascara-coated I can’t tell whether there’s any truth in that.

The brush is made of plastic, which I’m not normally a great lover of, but in this instance I find it fab – it separates lashes and gives definition as well as thickness and drama.

Here are some pics of before and after applying CustomEyes Mascara. The shade I have is Blackest Black. I used it in position 1 and position 2 straight after, because I love thick, fake looking lashes!

Before:

After:

It coats amazingly well; from the very first coat you can see a difference in your lashes. The black definitely is the blackest form of black, and it stays put all day – no panda eyes, hurrah! There is also a waterproof version available if you prefer that kind of thing!

This mascara is priced at £9.99, and is currently part of the 3 for 2 across various make-up brands at Boots. I for one, will definitely be repurchasing, it has all the star quality of a high-end mascara, at a high street price. Win!

Nails of the Day – Revlon Tropical Temptation

This colour just screams “HELLO THE WEATHER IS WARM” to me. It’s a perfect bright peach with great coverage, great staying power and always receives compliments. Someone said to me that it works really well with my skintone and hair colour, but they can imagine it being trashy on someone that was blonde. I’ve seen it on blondes before and I think it looks just as lovely – I guess it depends if the rest of you is dressed like a tramp, regardless of hair colour, it might look trashy.