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.
Sweets & Spices: Moonlit Woods, Spun Sugar, Autumn Spice, Bordeaux and Italian Leather
Freshes: Lavender Soap, Sunlit Grass, Beachy, Fresh Linen, Surf Spray and Wintermint
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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