DUPE ALERT: Maybelline Color Tattoos in Just Beige and Nude Pink vs. MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots in Soft Orche and Painterly

So I finally got my hands on two of the three new matte Color Tattoos from Maybelline in their Gilded in Gold Holiday 2013 Collection: Just Beige and Nude Pink. I have to be honest, as a total MAC junkie and not a huge fan of the shimmery formula of the previous Color Tattoos, I am SUPER impressed with these new matte versions which ended up being very close dupes to the Paint Pots. Because I go through my Paint Pots so often and buy them every couple of months (I use them as my under eyeshadow primers everyday), I know I’m going to have to stock up on these Color Tattoos now because unfortunately they are limited edition and who knows whether or not Maybelline will re-release them again down the road. I don’t want to take the chance and wait! They are THAT good!

Maybelline Color Tattoos in Just Beige and Nude Pink vs. MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots in Soft Ochre and Painterly

Maybelline Color Tattoos in Just Beige and Nude Pink vs. MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots in Soft Ochre and Painterly

First item of business: Color payoff. These two Color Tattoos have it! In fact, dare I say they are actually more opaque and less streaky when applied compared to my Paint Pots? True, Nude Pink is a tad darker and cooler than Painterly, however I feel that once applied to your eyelid, the difference is not noticeable at all. And Just Beige is soooooo close to Soft Ochre, maybe just a little on the warmer side whereas Soft Ochre is cooler.

Talk about creamy! They glide on so smooth which is another reason I am loving these at the moment. I’ve had issues with previous shimmery Color Tattoos coming off clumpy or streaky on my lids. Even though you can’t beat their lasting power, I still hate when the application is too messy and there are chunks of product that won’t blend in as easily. Rest assured you will not have this problem with the matte formula. And one swipe seems to cover all of my lids too- something that requires a few swipes of my Paint Pots to achieve.

Here are side-by-side comparisons of MAC’s Paint Pots and the new Maybelline Color Tattoos:

MAC’s Painterly compared to Maybelline’s Nude Pink

MAC’s Painterly compared to Maybelline’s Nude Pink

MAC’s Soft Ochre compared to Maybelline’s Just Beige

MAC’s Soft Ochre compared to Maybelline’s Just Beige

And so you can see how they compare when swatched on my skin in direct sunlight:

MAC’s Painterly (left) vs. Maybelline’s Nude Pink (right)

MAC’s Painterly (left) vs. Maybelline’s Nude Pink (right)

MAC’s Soft Ochre (left) vs. Maybelline’s Just Beige (right)

MAC’s Soft Ochre (left) vs. Maybelline’s Just Beige (right)


Now let’s talk lasting power. I have been using the new Color Tattoos all week and I have not noticed any creasing with my eyeshadows throughout the day and I have oily skin and eyelids so that’s always a concern of mine. Every once in a while I will get creasing with my Paint Pots but it’s an issue easily corrected by applying an eyelid primer under the Paint Pot. Yes, I know… basically I am using TWO primers but hey, it works when I need it to. I like to think of my Paint Pots as not just primers though. They have worked as correctors for me to even out my skin tone on my eyelids and hid any redness or veins that I have there. But now I’ve actually found that the new Color Tattoos are even better at covering and priming my eyelids than the Paint Pots. MAC’s Paint Pots seem to have a tad drier of a formula compared to Maybelline’s Color Tattoos so maybe that’s why I can swipe once and coat my entire lid without streaks or a second coat.

Finally, price: For $4.99, Maybelline’s Color Tattoos give you .14oz (4g) of product compared to MAC’s Paint Pots with .17oz (5g) at $20.00. If you love Painterly or Soft Ochre, it’s a no-brainer to try Nude Pink or Just Beige, especially when the drugstores have coupons or offer Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off which happens every other week! So stock up while you can and let’s hope Maybelline continues to add more matte Color Tattoos to their permanent line!

NEW Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection: Review & Swatches

Please check out Round Two of the Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection Review & Swatches with my second blog post about the remaining eight shades here.

Last week I stopped by my local Bed, Bath & Beyond (which has an extended beauty department) and found the new Revlon Parfumerie scented nail polish display. I picked out eight of the sixteen colors that appealed to me the most but when I went home and swatched them, I was so impressed by the formula as well as their incredibly accurate scents that lasted for much longer than I expected, I had to go back the next morning and pick up the remaining eight colors. They retail for about $5 each at Bed, Bath & Beyond but I expect the prices to be higher at the drugstores once they become available. The collection is broken down into three categories: Sweets & Spices, Freshes and Fruits & Florals.

Revlon Parfumerie Sweets Spices

Sweets & Spices: Moonlit Woods, Spun Sugar, Autumn Spice, Bordeaux and Italian Leather

Revlon Parfumerie Freshes

Freshes: Lavender Soap, Sunlit Grass, Beachy, Fresh Linen, Surf Spray and Wintermint

Revlon Parfumerie Fruits Florals

Fruits & Florals: Wild Violets, China Flower, Pink Pineapple, African Tea Rose and Apricot Nectar

First off, the bottles are adorable and remind me of little perfumes my grandmother had on her vanity when I was a child. And surprisingly, the knob at the top of the brush does not make the polish difficult to apply at all. The formula of these polishes is perfection: they glide on as smooth as butter and most of them cover pretty well with just one or two coats. Obviously the color selection is fantastic- there’s something for everyone. There’s even some dupes in the collection! And the scents? Revlon did a great job matching up the colors, names and the smell of each of these polishes. These are NOTHING like the old Revlon scented nail polishes! What I love most is that almost immediately as you begin to paint your nails, you can smell the scent around you but it’s not overwhelming at all. Once your nails dry (I chose not to use a base or top coat with these) the scents linger on your hands in the most pleasant way. Drying time was not too bad even with the added perfume oils in these and I found that the scents lasted about three days on my nails. Revlon claims these nail polishes have a “fragrance revealed when dry” are “vibrant, shiny shades” and their “light fragrances last all day” and I have to agree! As for wear, after three days I noticed the usual chipping around the tips of my nails. I think if you use a base coat, you might get even better results. With a top coat, they would probably last even longer but then you might lose the perfume scent. Below are my mini reviews on each shade in this collection:

Revlon Parfumerie Moonlit Woods

Moonlit Woods

Moonlit Woods is a metallic silver-ish purple. The color glides on nicely but this polish needed two coats to achieve an opaque effect. The scent reminds me of Bath & Body Works’ Moonlight Path but with a sweetness to it. This was one of the more milder of the scents.

Revlon Parfumerie Spun Sugar

Spun Sugar

Spun Sugar is a really cool color because it’s not quite silver, but it’s not a gold either. I’d say it’s a warm-toned antiqued platinum and I don’t have anything like it in my collection. This applied just like Moonlit Woods and the scent is definitely sweet too, with a spicy musk undertone in it. I’m going to compare it to another Bath & Body Works fragrance, Warm Vanilla Sugar without a ton of vanilla however. This is one of my favorite scents in the collection and again, not overpowering.

Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice

Autumn Spice

Ah, Autumn Spice… my most favorite color and scent in the collection! And it’s perfect for the Fall season. Surprisingly, Autumn Spice is a very complex color for a drugstore polish! It has a brown base with a duo chrome tint between gold-ish green and red. There are fine micro glitters of rose gold and burnt orange throughout. This color is a must-have for your collection, in my opinion! The scent is so yummy: definitely pumpkin and nutmeg (not so much cinnamon like I first thought) with a hint of chocolate.

Revlon Parfumerie Bordeaux


Bordeaux is rich, sultry and seductive. My photos are pretty color-accurate, however this deep red can look almost like a darker, warm purple in the right light. This shade applied the smoothest out of all and covered perfectly with one coat! I’d say it’s a jelly-creme polish. The scent is a mix between deliciousness and intoxicating: like a juicy candied apple dipped in sweet red wine!

Revlon Parfumerie Italian Leather

Italian Leather

Italian Leather is also a complex color: At first I thought it was a deep, khaki green but once dry, it becomes more of a warm, khaki gray with fine gold micro glitters. I LOVE this color for the Fall as well! This polish scent is the hardest to describe: it’s definitely not what I would call a “leather” because it’s a sweet scent and almost has the smell of fresh tabacco leaves to it. Perhaps a hint of chocolate as well?

Revlon Parfumerie Lavender Soap

Lavender Soap

Lavender Soap definitely smells like a fresh bar of soap! It’s not too strong, more of a subtle hint of lavender in there but I think the soapy smell is what you notice more. Unfortunately this scent doesn’t seem to last as well as the others but will still make it a full 24 hours on your nails. The formula is nice to apply but you will need at least two coats to cover your nails well for this frosty light purple.

Revlon Parfumerie Sunlit Grass

Sunlit Grass

Sunlit Grass reminds me of Coach’s Poppy perfume with a more citrus tone: it’s sunny, warm and happy all at the same time! The color is a perfect warm, medium yellow creme which you will need two coats to achieve an opaque effect. It’s an exact dupe for Circus by Andrea’s Choice in the shade Somersault.

Revlon Parfumerie Beachy


Revlon hit the nail on the head with this scent! Beachy is exactly as it sounds: salty sea air, suntan lotion and a hint of coconut! It’s not one of my favorite shades because I personally don’t think I look good in copper/bronze nail polishes, but this metallic is still very pretty and would look amazing on deeper skin tones! Two coats should do the trick.

Revlon Parfumerie Fresh Linen

Fresh Linen

Again, a very accurate name for this ivory frost polish! Crisp and musky at the same time, Fresh Linen reminds me of my dryer sheets for the laundry but more perfume-y. Fresh Linen needed three coats to cover my nails completely  so expect to spend some time polishing if you choose this one.

Revlon Parfumerie Surf Spray

Surf Spray

I love the way Surf Spray looks on my nails! It’s an aqua jelly base with cyan blue micro glitters and each coat can give you a different effect. Shown here with three coats, I like the boldness but it looked pretty awesome with just one coat as well, even though you can see the nail base. But that’s why jellies are so neat, right? The scent reminds me of my husband’s shaving cream- refreshing with notes of juniper in it.

Revlon Parfumerie Wintermint


How could this polish not be a favorite for everyone? Not only is it an exact dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s Mermaid’s Dream, but the scent is so cool, you just have to try it! A mint green metallic base with gold micro glitters and small aqua glitters throughout, this complex color is so fun! The smell to me is spearmint gum in a nutshell!

Revlon Parfumerie Wild Violets

Wild Violets

The violet scent in general is not one I happen to be very fond of. It can sometimes smell like old lady perfume with a very powdery finish to it. Not this polish though! It’s an exotic violet scent- warm and sweet and not too strong, which is why I like it. And the color? GORGEOUS! Another must-have here! It’s a rich, deep purple with fuchsia and navy blue micro glitters. I plan on wearing this a lot in the winter months!

Revlon Parfumerie China Flower

China Flower

China Flower is a stunning warm, bright red. Again, almost a jelly-creme that covers with just one coat! I plan on wearing this to my brother’s wedding next weekend with my black dress, it’s that beautiful! It’s a fun, yet elegant color and a red that just about anyone could wear. The scent has a rich plum to it, definitely floral but sweet as well. This was the first shade I picked up from the display and I never put it down.

Revlon Parfumerie Pink Pineapple

Pink Pineapple

Pink Pineapple is another favorite of mine, not for it’s color, but rather it’s scent. I am a cotton candy-loving freak and this smells JUST like cotton candy with a hint of pineapple! This polish scent was the most bold right out of the bottle as I was painting my nails. The color is pretty too- a french manicure pink but you’ll need three coats to achieve the opaqueness in this photo above so be patient.

Revlon Parfumerie African Tea Rose

African Tea Rose

Attention rose perfume lovers: here is your new favorite polish! I happen to own a tea rose oil that I wear as perfume because I love the smell so much but those who are not fans of rose, this one might not be for you. This is a true “tea rose” scent and the color is just stunning! It’s a medium pink base that applies like a creme but actually has purple micro glitters to it if you look very closely, technically making it a metallic polish.

Revlon Parfumerie Apricot Nectar

Apricot Nectar

Finally we have Apricot Nectar, a creme peachy-coral that is bright, applies smooth and covers perfectly with two coats. The scent is tangy and sweet- more orange than apricot and I smell a hint of honey in there as well. This will be a great summer shade for next year!

And there you have it! All of the shades and scents that make up the new Revlon Parfumerie scented nail polish collection! I really hope that these are not limited edition and it would be awesome if Revlon continued to add more polishes to this collection in the future. So tell me, have you tried any of these polishes yet and what’s your take on them?

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection