Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains – First Impression and Swatches

Have you guys heard the news that Revlon is jumping on the “gloss/gel/stain” bandwagon and just released a new collection called Colorstay Moisture Stain to their permanent line? I found these at my local Harmon/Face Values today in Central NJ and just had to pick some up to test out. I’m already a BIG FAN of YSL’s Glossy Stains and Maybelline’s Color Elixirs and I had a feeling these ones from Revlon would be similar.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains in LA Exclusive, India Intrigue, Miami Fever and Rio Rush

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains in LA Exclusive, India Intrigue, Miami Fever and Rio Rush

I’ll keep this short since it’s only a first impressions post, but I wanted to show you swatches on my lips for four out of the twelve colors I bought:

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains in LA Exclusive, India Intrigue, Miami Fever and Rio Rush

From top: Rio Rush, Miami Fever, India Intrigue, and LA Exclusive

If I were to compare these to the Maybelline Color Elixirs, I would say they are similar, with even more of a “gel-like” feel to them. The Elixirs are more “gloss-like” in my opinion. The four colors I bought are definitely pigmented and go on fairly easy with the wide doe foot applicator and only needed about two swipes to become opaque and build up nicely. I’ve been wearing Rio Rush for about three hours now and it STILL has a beautiful shine and feels very comfortable. Not drying one bit!

There is a subtle scent when first applying these: reminds me of craft paint but luckily it fades very quickly and then there is no scent or taste at all. They also glide on with almost a cooling sensation but not tingly or minty- just cool. I am assuming that’s the “gel” properties in them?

As for stain power, since, well “stain” is in their name, I can tell you this: The darker, more vibrant shades like Rio Rush and India Intrigue definitely leave behind a slight stain but it’s nothing compared to say, the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. I think because these are meant to pack a color punch, last longer than a typical gloss AND be moisturizing, that’s most likely the reason they do not leave a darker stain, which for me, I’m happy about!

Stop over to my Instagram @kskybeauty and see more pics along with a photo I took of the display and all twelve shades in this collection! My Instagram feed is ALWAYS packed with the latest makeup/beauty finds, FOTDs, swatches for high-end and drugstore makeup and lots of beauty tips and pictorials! PLUS it’s updated multiple times a day, so make sure you follow me!

So have you found these babies in your local drugstore yet and which colors are you most interested in? Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Round Two: Remaining Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection: Review & Swatches

Ok, I’m back with the remaining eight shades in the Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection for a review and swatches to show you all. It only took me FOUR MONTHS to hunt the rest of them down, LOL! I know most drugstores by me still only carry the original sixteen shades (you can see a review and swatches of those here if you missed my first post) so I had to purchase the rest from Ulta.com. Luckily they had a BOGO 50% off sale for all Revlon cosmetics PLUS I had a 20% off your total purchase coupon… you know I love a bargain! Take a peek at the remaining eight below:

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection – New Shades and Scents

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polishes

The Lineup

I’ll start off by saying that most of these shades are a cream formula and opaque with one to two coats which is nice. And like the original batch I reviewed, these all have pleasant scents as well (to me anyway… I know we all have different preferences). I’ve had these new polishes for a few weeks now so I’ve been able to play around with them and one thing I really wanted to try was the Top Coat Test to see if the scents would still be present under a layer of top coat. I am pleased to say that with the shades I tried: Lime Basil and Chocolate Truffle, the scents sure lasted! At first it dulled down the perfume oils in these and muted the smell. But after the top coat dried and a few hours went by, I could smell the scents coming back! Here’s the kicker: without a top coat, the perfume oils seem to dry up or fade after a few days like I wrote in my last review. However, with a top coat- I was able to get a FULL WEEK of scent coming off my nails. Weird, right? I did not expect that at all. I used one of my favorite top coats, Seche Vite too! And for anyone who’s familiar with Seche Vite, you know what a thick top coat that is! Going forward, I will definitely be using a top coat with these polishes because it helps the color last longer without chipping and keeps them shiny without losing their scent! Good to know!

Now, let’s get into each color and scent, shall we?

Revlon Parfumerie Chocolate Truffle

Chocolate Truffle

First up, Chocolate Truffle: Ok, I’m not going to lie… this scent was my LEAST favorite of the group and the one I found to be the most disappointing especially after Revlon did such a great job with Autumn Spice which had a true chocolate note to it! Chocolate Truffle smells like fake chocolate syrup if that makes any sense? It doesn’t have the richness and deep cocoa notes you’d expect, but rather a too-sugary, too-commercial fragrance that reminds me of those chocolate scented markers from Mr. Sketch we all had growing up. As for the color? That’s entirely a different story! I LOVE this shade and this cream formula and it was one of my top three favorites from this bunch! Chocolate Truffle is a dark mocha that glides on so evenly and smooth. You could get away with just one coat if you’re in a hurry but with two, OMG! Perfection! I love the way this one looked on my nails and I’ve worn it twice so far!

Revlon Parfumerie Ginger Melon

Ginger Melon

Next we have Ginger Melon, a bright pinky-coral with a cream finish as well. Funny thing about Ginger Melon: this formula with one coat could almost pass for a jelly nail polish because you could still see my nail beds underneath. I might have to try a jelly-sandwhich with this one. 🙂 Ginger Melon applied nicely, smoothed out after a second or two and was opaque with the second coat. The scent? Light and sweet, less ginger and more melon as in watermelon. It reminds me of Bubblicious Watermelon gum but not as strong. In fact, if you’re not into scented nail polishes but love this hot coral color, give Ginger Melon a try anyway. The perfume oil in this one isn’t overwhelming at all.

Revlon Parfumerie Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom looks soooooo close to the shade of Ginger Melon in the bottle so if you don’t want to pick up every shade in this collection (What? You’re not a crazy makeup hoarder like me?!?) but like hot coral colors, I’d say go with one or the other. It’s true that Orange Blossom is of course… orange. But orange with more of a reddish tint. This cream formula went on very nicely as well and again, this scent is not overwhelming in any way. I get more floral than citrus with this polish, hence the “Blossom” in it’s name.

Revlon Parfumerie Powder Puff

Powder Puff

Ah… Powder Puff… such a GORGEOUS color- and so multifaceted too! This shade is NOT a cream formula, but instead has tiny shards of glitter (I say shards because there are no easily recognizable shapes to the glitters- they’re more like chopped up bits and pieces) throughout it’s light, baby pink base. The glitters remind me of mica particles and there are some blues, coppers and silvers mixed in which really go nicely with the soft pink! Please forgive my swatch above. I could not- for the life of me- take a decent photo of this polish to show you what I mean! But, I have seen some other great swatch photos online from other bloggers so do a search and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Powder Puff does not smell like baby powder as you’d expect. At least not to me! I get a powdery note in there, but it’s more floral, feminine and clean smelling. There was this perfume by Avon back in the 80s that had a similar smell… Sweet Honesty, maybe? I can’t remember exactly but this polish scent reminds me of that soft, light fragrance.

Revlon Parfumerie Lime Basil

Lime Basil

Lime Basil is next and I’ve already read so many reviews saying how gross this polish smells. I tend to disagree. It’s different! I’ll say that! Lime Basil is one of the stronger scented polishes in this batch alongside Chocolate Truffle, Balsam Fir and Espresso. I don’t get a ton of basil from it but you can definitely pick out the citrus notes. This polish is almost candy-scented, like something you would eat. But fresh smelling at the same time. I also get a bit of a pine scent in here. Maybe that’s the basil herb coming through? The color? FABULOUS! I own a lot of greens in my nail polish collection but nothing like this! It’s not a teal but could look that way in certain lights. It’s not a Kelly green either. I’d say Lime Basil is a blue-toned bold green and the cream formula is opaque with only one coat. However, this particular polish did not go on as smooth as some of the other creams so keep that in mind.

Revlon Parfumerie Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir: MY FAVORITE!!! How stunning is this color?! To die for! A true “Army” green in my opinion. Not hunter- not jungle. Army green but nice and bright! Also one of the best cream formulas and a dream to apply. The scent? Amazing if you love winter/Christmas scents. There’s nothing negative I can say about this perfect little bottle of polish! Total dupe for Bath & Body Works/White Barn Candle Company’s Fresh Balsam and I don’t care if I light that candle religiously from November through January, I am wearing this polish all year long! Definitely smells like a Christmas tree or fresh wreath and this polish was one of the more bold scents that lasted longer than the others. You need this in your collection. Period.

Revlon Parfumerie Tropical Rain

Tropical Rain

Disappointed that Powder Puff didn’t smell exactly like baby powder? Well don’t fret! Tropical Rain does! Yeah, I know… “Tropical Rain”. But no, this polish, although a BEAUTIFUL shade of blue and also a shimmery finish to boot- smells nothing like it’s name suggests. I even asked my husband to take a whiff when I finished painting my nails with it the other night and his first response: “Baby powder.” Strange! I do not smell anything fruity, tropical or island-like and this was one of the shades I was excited about for it’s fragrance based on it’s name. The color is very pretty: a bright, bold sky blue with cobalt iridescent shimmer throughout. Be warned though: aside from it’s mismatched scent, this polish was one of the hardest to apply! I think the issue is, the surface dries sooo quickly that when you go back to do the other side of your nail, you pull away the first swipe a little bit. Work quickly with this polish and you might fare better than I did. Because of what I’ve mentioned, this polish was my least favorite of the bunch and it’s a shame because it is a lovely color.

Revlon Parfumerie Espresso

Espresso

Lastly, Espresso. Deep, rich, dark and mysterious black polish with a blue undertone- the first coat almost goes on with a jelly-like finish. I LOVED the formula to this one and it was opaque with two coats. On my nails, it’s definitely black but as you’re painting with it, you can see the blueish-gray base throughout. The scent is a strong bold coffee fragrance but with a touch of musk and sandalwood. It reminds me of after dinner dessert and drinks at a fancy Italian restaurant! My husband always orders an espresso with a lemon peal. The good news is, this polish doesn’t have that bitter, burnt tire smell to it. Just a rich, pleasant coffee tone. Also one of the polish scents that lingered the longest on my nails- about four days.

So that’s it! All twenty-four nail polish shades and scents in Revlon’s newest Parfumerie collection within two of these blog posts. Like I said last time, I really do love this line of nail polishes and I am super impressed that Revlon came out with gorgeous shades and fragrances that were more mature and pleasing compared to their older line of scented polishes. For the most part, these are a dream to apply and two coats is all you need. You can get about four to six days of no chipping or peeling without a top coat and with a top coat- I went a week and a half!

If you’ve been wondering what each bottle smells like, what finishes and formulas are offered in this line, how they perform or what the colors truly look like once painted on the nails, I hope I was able to answer some of those questions and maybe aid in your decision on which ones you should pick up for your own collection next time you’re at the drugstore. Please leave a comment below telling me if you’ve tried any yet, which ones are you favorites and which ones were a disappointment or which shades you’re dying to get your hands on! And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

NEW Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish Collection: Review & Swatches

***UPDATE***
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

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

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

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