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Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Swatches


Hi there everyone. I have something new from Revlon to show you today.

Introducing Revlon’s new ColorStay Gel Envy™ collection:

From the press release:

We like to think of these nail enamels as life-compatible. Not enough time on your hands? Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel combines base coat and colour in one convenient formula for time-saving application.

Colour commitment issues? That’s the beauty of an at-home solution – flexibility, The Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ comes in 30 easy-to-remove shades, allowing you to change your nail enamel as often as you want.

Time-saving application, easy-to-remove shades and a formula containing optical brighteners to provide superior, vivid colour in 30 shades of possibility – and that’s just step 1.

The finishing touch in the 2-step system is our revolutionary ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat. The top coat was developed to compliment the ColorStay Gel Envy™ Shades, providing protective coating for long lasting strength and shine. The finishing touch to be life-resistant; allowing you to go about your daily activities betting on your nail enamel’s staying power.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel will be available in 30 vibrant shades. Recommended Retail Price: R110.00.


So, the question is…do these polishes live up to the hype? I have 3 shades to show you today. There are 16 limited edition and 14 basic colours in the collection. Let’s get to the pretty pictures!


Let’s start with the brushes in these bottles. The lids are light and made it easy to control the brush. It might seem like a strange thing to take note of, but it was something that I noticed, so I thought I would mention it. These brushes are nice and wide, which is something I prefer. I took a picture of the top coat brush as you can clearly see how this was achieved:


Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy brush


The first polish I have to show you is a limited edition in this collection. It is called Showtime and I simply had to try it out first because it is a gorgeous purple beauty. I did not use any base coat with this polish because of the 2 in 1 aspect and I wanted to test out the wear time using it as advertised. I was terrified of having to use a different top coat. I adore my Seche Vite and the super fast drying time and did not know if I would be able to keep from knocking my nails while I waited for them to dry. I have two small children. Ain’t nobody got time to wait for their nails to dry! I wanted to use the top coat with the polish though and decided to use both for a comparison. I painted two coats of Showtime on all of my nails. On my index and pinky I used Seche Vite top coat and on my middle and ring nails I used the Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat. Can you see the difference?


Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Showtime

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Showtime

I could not see a difference between the two top coats at all, even with the naked eye. That says a lot about this top coat since Seche Vite is renowned for how shiny it is. Just look at that gorgeous purple glitter! This dark purple polish is packed with a little blue and at least 2 shades of purple glitter that I could pick up. It is so pretty! I even noticed a blue shift in certain lighting which reminds me of a duochrome effect. To be honest I am not usually a fan of Revlon’s polish formulas. Mostly for me they are on the thin side which make it really easy for me to flood my cuticles with polish, which I am prone to do. I had no problems with the application of this polish at all. I was pleasantly surprised. I had very little clean up to do once I had finished painting my nails. The drying time on this polish and top coat was really not bad at all. I was expecting the worst but can honestly say my nails were dry in no time, even the ones I didn’t top coat with Seche Vite. I am suitably impressed. This was a really quick and easy mani for me to do. Two coats, top coat and done! This is what these nails looked like after 5 days of wear:


Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Showtime


As you can see there is visible tip wear, but it isn’t bad at all. My index nail suffered some peeling, but that is because my nail had split underneath, so not the polish at all. I also noticed that the Diamond Top Coat had dulled considerably by day 5, whereas the Seche Vite was still shiny. Most top coats dull over time, so this is no surprise. I think this lasted pretty well! I know a lot of ladies would wear this kind of tip wear, but it was driving *me* nuts and I was getting bored of wearing the same colour and no art, so decided to move on when I got to day 5. As promised in the press release, this polish was easy to remove, despite the glitter particles.


The next colour I have to show you is called All In and it is not a limited edition shade. I did not use a base coat for this mani and painted 3 thin coats and sealed it in with the Diamond Top Coat. I only used the Diamond Top Coat for this swatches. All In is a gorgeous blue polish that leans a touch towards green. It is packed with shimmer and has a purple colour shift in certain light. The shift is not easily visible. I spotted it pretty quickly, but my husband could not see it for love or money! About 25 minutes after I painted my nails they felt dry to the touch and I took a shower. They survived the shower, I was quite surprised. I went to bed about an hour later and put on my gloves with my hand treatments like I do every night. The next morning I woke up with linen print all over my nails. I was mortified. Clearly only the top layer of my polish had dried properly and while I slept my bedding made impressions on my nails. There was no saving it and I had to redo my nails to take the pictures below.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy All In

Please ignore the dent on my middle nail. This happened several hours after I had repainted my nails.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy All In


See the shift? Nice! I re-painted my nails around 10 AM and went about my day. The next morning I again had light imprints on my nails from my bedding, despite my nails having had the whole day to dry. It wasn’t as bad as it had been the previous day, but it was there. It was light enough for me to live with it. For me this polish just didn’t want to dry properly. If I had to wear this polish again I would definitely use my Seche Vite top coat which penetrates all the layers of polish and dries them. Perhaps if you left the polish to dry a little more between coats it would help, but that isn’t something I personally have time for. This is a great colour though (this coming from someone who wasn’t a fan of blue polish!) and maybe Revlon can tweak the formula to get it to dry better.

I wore this mani for a full 7 days! I did do something a little different with this one. I wiped my nails down with surgical spirits before I painted to remove any oils or dirt that may have been on my nail beds. This definitely helps extend the life of your mani. This is what they looked like 7 days later:

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy All In

Yes, yes…I added a sticker around day 4. As you can see the tip wear is there and it is minimal for 7 days of wear. This mani was practically growing out! There is one chip on my index nail against the side of my cuticle. This is where my nails bend and I do get chips here if I push my luck wearing a polish for too long. It has held up very well and I’ve pictured my hand that gets the most wear and is usually the one that has the worst tip wear and chips first.  I did not notice the dulling of the top coat this time, but that is possibly because there was nothing right next to it to compare it to. I must say that on day 7 I noticed that the polish had fine cracks – this is also from my nails bending as they are very flexible and when wearing a polish for this long I almost expect it to buckle under the pressure.


The last shade I have to show you is called Royal Flush. Royal Flush is a dark pink creme. I used two coats and the Diamond Top Coat for the photos below. I decided to add a little something extra from the get go this time.


Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Royal Flush


Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Royal Flush

I am a bit bummed about this one. The formula was a bit on the thick side. Not completely unworkable, but thicker than normal. As the polish dried it bubbled terribly. I assumed that I must have done something to cause this. I considered swatching it again, but decided to rule out environmental factors and personal application error by asking two friends to paint a few of their own nails to see what happened. Both friends had the same results. Bubbles. I kept this polish on for 3 days anyway, but could not wait to take it off. It just looked horrible. I must say I really grew to love the colour of the polish more and more, but I can’t look past the formula. I can safely say I won’t wear this colour painted onto my nails solidly again. I have seen perfect swatches of this online, so it is quite possible that I got a dud bottle. Please let me know if you have this colour and can use it without problems. There is, however, hope for this polish! I decided to test all 3 polishes for stamping capabilities and Royal Flush came out tops! Of course with the stamping there are no bubbles. For the picture below I used 2 coats of Catrice The Effect Maker as a base and stamped with Royal Flush and the right hand image of PUEEN 34. I used Seche Vite as a top coat. I thought the image was fitting because of the casino themed names of the polishes. There are diamonds, hearts, clubs and spades in the image 🙂 The stamping didn’t come out so well on my pinkie, but I’m pretty sure that was me!


Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Royal Flush Stamped



In conclusion, these polishes do seem to wear well. Not in the same league as gel polish, but they wear better than the average polish. I really liked all of these colours and the brushes in the bottle are awesome. My favourite out of this bunch is definitely Showtime. Not only is it ga-ga-ga-gorgeous, but it was completely problem free and the formula was great.


Clicks released these polishes a bit early and I’ve spotted them on the shelves already. What do you think of Revlon polishes in general? Would you buy these?


Thanks for reading!