Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel launched last year, with 30 shades in the collection. Revlon created Gel Envy nail polish as a base coat and color in one. Gel Envy nail polish is intended to emulate gel nail polish, but it’s NOT gel polish by any means; therefore, UV and LED lamps are not required. In addition to that, Gel Envy is easily removable with regular nail polish.
In order to create the ultimate strength and protection, Revlon recommends to use the ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat, and its website claims, “Together, they create vivid color, brilliant shine and gorgeous life-resistant wear.” Although I didn’t purchase the Diamond Top Coat, I did purchase six colors because the shades were so beautiful. To my surprise, with just one application, I found that the nail polishes are extremely opaque, but since I’m so used to applying two coats, I did just that. The finish is so glossy and shiny, and as the name suggests, the nail enamel is very gel-like. The wand is thick, making it easy to apply the polish.
What I’m most impressed with is the staying power. Actually, I’m more than impressed; I’m shocked. One shade lasted eight days, and the other lasted a week! I’m certain that both manicures would’ve lasted even longer, but I get bored quickly with the same color after a week.
Whether I use high-end brands such as Essie, OPI, Chinaglaze, Formula X, etc. or drugstore brands, the manicure doesn’t even come close to lasting a week. It never fails, but after three days, if that, I always end up with chipped nail polish. Salon manicures are just as bad. Even my sister Jenny had the same experience with the Gel Envy formula. She had the color “Cardshark” on for about nine days and not a single chip. I only saw regular tear and wear after a week of use, but no actual chip.
There are two downsides to this product; it’s more expensive than other drugstore brands, and it takes longer to dry. I would say about 20 minutes. I know many women don’t have 20 minutes to spare, but the overall result is worth it. At Walmart, the polishes retail at $4.97, and $7.99 at Ulta, Walgreens and CVS. You can also find them on Amazon for as low as $4.50.
My admiration for the Gel Envy nail polishes is so grand that I feel as though I should throw away my collection of Essie, OPI and Formula X nail polishes right in the dump, but I won’t do that because I’ve obviously invested in them, and there isn’t a large selection of colors in the Gel Envy line. I will, however, keep picking up more colors because they’re just that amazing.
Many say that the Sally Hansen miracle gel nail polishes are just as great, so I’ll definitely be picking one of those up and will give you my thoughts. With long-lasting power, gel-like finishes, and low prices, I don’t see how anyone could go wrong with Revlon Gel Envy nail polishes!
P.S. Have you tried the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy nail polishes? Is so, how do you like it?