In my ongoing quest to be ever more fabulous – the closest I’ll ever truly get to a New Year’s resolution, for the record – not too long ago, I succumbed to what I euphemistically refer to as an emergency nail polish run. This sounds far more glamorous than it truly was; a panicked dash across Boots roughly fifteen minutes away from an appointment in five minutes. In the hysteria, the debit card sustained this casualty…amongst others.
In my defence, this is a staple and running out of bright red nail polish is like running out of bread and milk, which means it doesn’t even count as an impulse purchase. What’s more, it was totally worth it.
Revlon Nail Enamel in 680 Revlon Red
Good luck reading the ingredients label – the list is as follows:
Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Tribenzoin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Propyl Acetate, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Serica ((Silk Powder) Poudre De Soie), Dimethicone, PPG-2 Dimethicone, Triacetin, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Tetrabutyl Phenyl Hydroxybenzoate, Benzophenone-1, Silica Stearalkonium Hectorite, Alumina, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, May Contain [+/-: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 6 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 34 Lake (Ci 15880), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Carmine (Ci 75470)] 21896
It’s packaged in a very standard bottle in a fairly identifiable Revlon shape. Fair enough, but I dread to think what getting the last drops out will be like, if I don’t give up after a few coats as I usually do.
Applying this was…fun. Nail polish is something of a Sunday night ritual for me, and this weekend was no exception. My trash TV accompaniment of choice was The Dictator (like the vast majority of Sacha Baron Cohen films, amusing for the first half hour, before the cringing wins out). Combining this with my attention span was an excellent idea…but perhaps not my attention to detail. Hello, red nail polish on the carpet.
I choose to blame the formula, which is, well, gloopy, for lack of a more eloquent word. It definitely pooled on one nail (the left thumb, if anybody is really interested or can even tell…), and spreading it across the nail without painting my finger in the process definitely enlivened proceedings.
With that said – these photos are of my nails with one coat. They’re not super, super glossy, but the polish dried unbelievably quickly and in my experience so far, doesn’t chip for much. What that bodes for the carpet, I’m not sure, but definitely a good thing for my nails.
This costs £6.49 and Boots are forever running promotions; they’re currently offering 3 for 2 on selected Revlon cosmetics. You need no more excuse to pick up three of these – just protect all surfaces. 9/10