When it comes to nail polish I head like a moth to a flame toward enamels that are glittery, shiny, happy, bold, vampy…and now, scented!
I picked these up on a whim during my last trip to Hong Kong.
I don’t know about the rest of you but my novelty radar is turned on extra-sensitive when I travel and I’m forever picking up things that I wouldn’t normally care for back home ( vaccuum-packed chicken feet, anyone?).
I found these polishes at SASA and purchased them on impulse because they were novel and I don’t believe they’re available in our stores here. Unfortunately, these will always be the two factors that make me want to drop some serious dough in a purchasing panic.
Another symptom of the travel bug is that I tend to mislead myself into thinking that it’s okay to spend all the money in pocket as if there was no tomorrow so here I am with a new set of nail polishes that I didn’t need but wanted to have.
Anyway, these are the Revlon Parfumeries Scented Nail Enamels that were released worldwide (but not here! Are we not of this world?!) late last year.
They were around RM30 each (HKD60) which makes them somewhat expensive as I do realise now that I can get polishes (albeit scentless ones) that are equal to or better to the quality of these for less.
The little french apothecary-style bottles these scented enamels come in are adorable though and if you want to have them around just for show on the vanity then they will do that job very well.
Out of the bottle, the lacquer smells just like any regular nail polish and that means chemical & noxious. It’s only after the enamel dries on the fingernail that the specifically featured scent molecules are released.
So, do these scents smell anything like they are named? Yes and No.
Yes, because I am getting a whiff of the lavender, mint, and violets but no, because they just smell heavy chemical esters rather than natural perfumed extracts. I was none too impressed by this.
Below are some sample swatches on my nails of these three colours.
Pardon the poor polish job (and my bad nails) but this was done outdoors at a local park and I had to get it right from ‘go‘ because I didn’t have any polish remover with me to save me from a varnish fail so I made an effort to stay as clear away from the cuticle area as possible.
Yes, I know, regular people go to parks for walks and jogs and to feed the ducks but a beauty blogger will go to a park to paint her nails 🙂
Such is my obsession/ devotion/ commitment to my craft lol
Now, while the idea of these were fun, I can’t say that I would bother buying any more.
Why? Well, because the colour comes on unevenly on a first coat and hence streaky so that it takes at least a double coat to achieve a level of opaqueness to eliminate the streaky effect and even then, I was not very satisfied with the final texture.
As for the scent factor, *scoffs* no one is going to smell them unless they press their noses against your nails and to be honest, that’s not something I really want any one to do to me! It’s weird.
Similarly, sniffing your own finger nails all day is another weird habit I don’t really want to see myself getting into. That’s also weird.
So, aside from the initial novelty factor, these aren’t really impressing me enough to grow the Revlon Scented Nail Enamels into a full blown collection in my stash. I would rather just buy the regular unscented polishes that are made by Revlon because they are already excellent in quality despite the lack of a gimmicky scent feature.
So, my conclusion is that these Revlon Parfumeries Scented Nail Enamels are nice to try but I don’t think I’ll continue to buy.
I’d rather spend more money on something that Revlon hit completely out of the ballpark last year – the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms for lips.
Now, the Matte Balms are what I would truly call collectible. They’re indeed one of the best things to come from Revlon – ever. Go get ’em!
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