I am a deeply materialistic person. It's not a great thing, but I have no problem admitting it.
I like new things, pretty things, things that I can buy for $6 at CVS after a bad day at work to cheer myself up. The immediate high is temporary and fades quickly, but I still get a satisfying jolt of happiness whenever I see my new leopard print heels in the closet or my adorable nail polish bottles sitting on my desk weeks later.
What I'm trying to say is that Revlon Parfumerie Nail Enamel is new, pretty, and (you guessed it) only $6 at CVS. I couldn't help myself and bought not one but three of them.
There was the initial high--The packaging is so adorable! Look at those round tops! The colors look so pretty!--and then the anticipation to try out not only the colors, but the scents. (This isn't the first time Revlon has come out with a scented nail polish line, but this packaging is new.) I had the hardest time picking just three colors/scents out of the entire line, which includes enticing scents like Linen (white), Autumn Spice (a glittering bronze), and Surf Spray (a vibrant blue).
Unfortunately, my CVS didn't stock the entire line so my choices were somewhat limited. Also, the line is apparently divided into three sections--Freshes, Fruits and Florals, and Sweets and Spices--but I couldn't for the life of me figure out any such kind of organization at my CVS.
Upon cross-checking online once I got home, I determined that I bought two from the Freshes category (Bordeaux and Wintermint) and one from the Fruits and Florals (Apricot Nectar). Gaze upon them:
I told you the packaging was the best. Luckily, the stuff inside was pretty cool, too.
I'll show you each shade, but first, a word about the scents: I was rather disappointed, BUT ONLY because I am dumb. For some reason I thought they would be scented straight out of the bottle, and I was really excited about that. I hate the smell of nail polish, and I know a lot of other people who feel the same way (basically, everyone in my house, all yelling at me to put the nail polish away).
But as it says RIGHT on the display case, you moron, the scents are only detectable once the nail polish dries. This means you still have to deal with that strong nail polish smell while applying--sorry.
The good news is that these polishes dry really fast, and the typical nail polish smell evolves into a pleasant scent almost immediately, while it's drying. None of the scents were so strong that your coworkers will be overpowered as you pass by; you have to bring your nails at least a few inches away from your nose. If your finger is IN your nose, then you might find the scent too strong. Not that I would know. (IT WAS AN ITCH, OK?)
Let's talk about the three polishes that I tried. This is Apricot Nectar:
The color is very pretty, and I don't think I have one similar to it already. It's definitely more of a spring/summer color than fall, but whatever. For some reason, I found this one difficult to apply perfectly; it was a bit streaky.
As for the scent, it wasn't my favorite. I'm not sure I would even say it smells like apricots. My boyfriend liked it, though, proving that scents really are totally subjective.
This is Wintermint:
This is a gorgeous color that made me feel like a Christmas mermaid. It's very sparkly, but not in the sheer way that glitter polishes often can be. You still need two coats to build up an entirely opaque layer, though.
This one was my favorite scent out of the three: it smells fresh and minty in a sweet way, and made me crave Junior Mints.
This is Bordeaux:
This one was my favorite shade, if only because I'm really into this dark wine color right now, just like every other cliched fall-obsessed girl out there. I should have had a pumpkin spice latte in my hand for this photo.
I thought it smelled more like grape juice than wine, but I didn't dislike it as much as the apricot scent.
All in all, I'm very pleased with the Revlon Parfumerie Nail Enamels. I'm having a hard time trying not to buy every single one in the collection. The best part is that not only have they proved to be very chip-resistant, and by day two (sometimes day three) I can still detect a faint scent every time I bring my hand near my face. It's all about prolonging that satisfied feeling of money well-spent. Yay, materialism!