Because why not?

Revlon - Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish.

12 May 2014
Scented nail polish isn't a new thing, it's been around since around the 9th century except they used highly pigmented oils that were scented, they would be buffed in to the nail to tint it and stop their hands from stinking to high heaven.

When Revlon released their Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel range I was quite confident that it would be a product that I would be racing to get my hands on but some shit happened that pissed me off and led to me not throwing my money at them. This shit is as follows:

  • The bottles are cute but not $15.95 worth of cute.
  • The stores don't offer testers - More on this in a moment.
  • The SA's are useless with helping to describe the scents - Also more on this in a moment.
  • I own more than 100 bottles of nail polish, if your product doesn't win me instantly it's not coming home with me.
The story of why there are no testers or swatched polishes - When these were first released Priceline was offering a 2 for $20 deal and I was more than willing to try them, I was chatting with one of the resident MUA's at one of my local stores and she explained that they didn't swatch the polishes because the scent eventually diminished, she named some of the most popular scents, most of which were sold out and I accepted that my heart wasn't really super duper set on owning these at that time.

The story of useless SA's - I was in Myer the other day and they had a Revlon GWP going on, when I saw that they had the Parfumerie polishes in twin packs for just under $20 I decided it was definitely worth my while purchasing them since for a little under $40 I was going to be getting around $170 worth of makeup. I was having trouble choosing between the three polish twin packs they had on offer, since they were scented it doesn't come down to choosing based on the colour alone so I asked the SA if she would recommend or at least give her opinion on the polishes in each set. I got a reply that was completely unhelpful and ended with "the scents are written on the bottle". I tried really hard to keep my 'you're a dumbass' face from showing until she left, I then turned to mum and said: "well that's great because I know exactly what a fucking Bordeaux and Pink Pineapple smells like".

So anyway I chose my two twin packs based on colour and did the same with the polish that came in the GWP and I guess you can bet what the first thing I did when I got home was.


Surf Spray - The colour you see swatched here is 3 coats, it's very translucent but otherwise a pretty shimmery blue. This doesn't smell like surf spray, it smells like 20 people wearing sunscreen were shoved in to a small room and sprayed with random floral perfumes to mask the scent.


Beachy - Two Coats. I'm not sure which beach in the world smells like this but if you happen to know you may want to avoid going there, it smells like musky flowers and baby powder. The finish is a pretty gold metallic but has some serious potential for being streaky.


Spun Sugar - One Coat. If your spun sugar decoration on your desert smells like sweet flowers I'd suggest not eating it. If this smells like spun sugar then I need to get my sense of smell checked out because it's fucked up and I have a serious problem. Another Metallic finish, this one silver, also streaky.


Bordeaux - One Coat. Now I do know Bordeaux is a city in France, I also know it's a type of wine, other things are related to Bordeaux as well (did you know it's a breed of dog?). The scent is fruity and sweet which I like and I'm guessing relates directly to a Bordeaux wine, wild guess because I'm not a wine drinker (but in all seriousness it smells like sweet grapes). It's close to being an Ox blood red and probably my favourite colour of the lot.


Moonlit Woods - Two Coats. Moonlit Woods smell just like woods during the day, I would know, I've been camping. What I've never experienced is woods that smell like sweet candy, they mostly smell like dirt, trees, plants, the wet dog that just went bounding in to the river and the person you're sharing a tent with who hasn't showered properly in a week. The scent is good but it ain't no Moonlit Woods. This one has a metallic lavender colour and also looks a little streaky.

The scent of these is only apparent when the polish is dry and it doesn't last long, I painted my nails around 5 pm and the next morning I couldn't smell much of anything other than a very subtle hint of a nondescript something. I don't find them to be particularly strong, occasional I'll get a whiff of them but I mostly need to shove my hands in my face if I actually want to smell them.

I think the finishes of the polish are really meh, most need a gloss topcoat to smooth out the streaky finish which then masks the scent, those that aren't streaky aren't glossy enough for me, they kind of look a little dull and unfinished in my opinion. The longevity of the polish is pretty decent, I can't complain about that, usually I have chipping within the first 24 hours of wear but experienced none with these (and that's without a base or top coat).

Pros:
  • The bottles are really pretty.
  • They have novelty value.
  • Longevity is decent.

Cons:
  • They aren't exactly budget friendly.
  • Some of the scents are just plain stupid. Beach Spray. Really?
  • They need a top coat or they need to have a high shine finish,
  • The scents aren't long lasting.

Conclusion:
There is one particular colour that I want, it's a pretty shimmery pink, I have no clue what its called but I'll likely grab in when Priceline has another sale, otherwise these are nothing special and while I'm glad that I purchased them and happy to have them in my collection I don't have the urge to own the whole lot. I reckon they are worth a go if you're really curious but only when they are on sale or if a good deal is available.

Have you tried any of the Revlon Parfumerie Polishes?


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1 comment on "Revlon - Parfumerie Scented Nail Polish."
  1. I think I need these, I can't paint my nails inside the house without everyone complaining about suffocation. I'm imagine myself or other people sniffing my finger nails lol... and beach spray!?!?! haha. wtf.

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