Revlon ColorStay's Light Nail Polish Shade Problems

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I know this is unofficially NOTW day, but since I'm wearing a color I've already blogged about--Sephora by OPI Wardrobe Change (post)--I decided to do a twist on my usual polish post. In case you haven't been able to tell through some recent NOTW posts, I'm really enjoying the new Revlon ColorStay formula. Every color I've tried so far has been solid in terms of pigment, application ease, and even topped off with a glossy shine. 

Until I bought two new ones this week.

Pale Cashmere is on the left, with Bare Bones on the right. They're both gorgeous colors, the former being a pale, pale pink--along the lines of Essie Mademoiselle/Ballet Slippers---and the latter being a light browny nude. These two are some of the lightest colors the new Revlon ColorStay formula has to offer, and it's here where I'm seeing some problems.

Of the ColorStay polishes I've tried so far--Marmalade (post), Stormy Night (post), and Provence (post)--these have the runniest, sheerest formulation. Pale Cashmere in particular is streaky and entirely too watery, no matter how much I shook up the bottle first. Bare Bones is a little better, but it's still not up to the typical Revlon ColorStay standard I've come to expect. 

Both colors are buildable, like with any nail polish, but this is the issue: ColorStay polishes are thicker in consistency, so adding on layers is much more noticeable and results in that hideous bubbled-up effect. 

Was in a rush and didn't do the acetone-soaked Q-tip cleanup

The first two fingers are what opaque nails look like--three coats of each. The ring and pinky fingers are each one slightly thicker coat. The crappy lighting (sorry!) doesn't allow you to see the streak marks in Bare Bones properly, but you can definitely notice the problem with Pale Cashmere.

This picture is one of two coats on the last two nails (but still three on the first two), and while Bare Bones could almost be passable, Pale Cashmere couldn't. I've dealt with my fair share of streaky, runny nail polish before and the simple solution is to do more coats--usually three. 

But the thicker qualities of ColorStay create gooped-up nails if you do more than two coats. You know what I'm talking about: that nasty buildup around the cuticle and edges, and those gross raised bumps. I know it's hard to tell in the picture, because the camera wouldn't focus on the hilly texture, but it's there.

This is all assuming you don't use a base or top coat. Those two extra layers (or even one) would add even more thickness and create even more of a mess. 

I'll probably have to chuck Pale Cashmere as it's just too sheer (rhyme!) but I could make Bare Bones work, though it would mean being less anal about perfectly opaque nails. I doubt I'll get too much use out of it, though, since I have so many other polishes that are a lot easier to work with. 

Again, this is all not to say that ColorStay polishes are bad. They're quickly becoming one of my favorite drugstore polish brands. But like a lot of companies, they seem to be having trouble with their lightest colors--only these aren't quite so pretty to build up.

It is NOTW day, after all, so I'll throw in some quick updates:
  • Absolutely furious at Fresh for raising the price on their perfumes. The small bottle used to be $32 and the big one was $72. Sometime last week, they were changed to $38 and $80, respectively. That's quite a jump, and just as I was about to finally purchase Sugar Lychee! Wasn't their stuff overpriced enough?!
  • Eagerly waiting for the Chanel Fall 2012 makeup collection to be released. I've got my eye on a nail polish (of course), but I'll wait to see it in person since I'm still on the fence about it.
  • Finished off a sample of Shu Uemura Red:juvenus Revitalizing Retexturizing Emulsion (moisturizer) and fell in love with it all over again. I had a decent-sized bottle a while back and cleaned out every last drop. It's gorgeous and light but still hydrating and leaves your face so plumped and fresh. Shame it's $75!
  • Maybelline BB cream is way more mattifying than the Garnier one. Still not ready for review, but that's a promising sign for summer!
  • Tried out my cousin's MAC Powerpoint pencil (the one that's supposed to be longer-wearing than Pearglide) and am on the fence about it. Definitely stays put more and I had almost no transfer in my crease, but my lash curler pulled quite a bit of it off. I love how I don't wind up with liner beneath my brows, but I still prefer how my Pearlglide keeps the pigment after I curl.
  • Really liking the Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 55 as a reasonably mattifying suncream. I still like to have a primer over it before putting on foundation, but it's definitely less greasy than your typical sunscreen.
  • God, this haircut is short. I'm practically taking Biotin like it's candy. (Kidding. Kind of).
  • Finally saw The Intouchables this week and loved it. For those who haven't heard of it, it's a French film about a wealthy quadriplegic who hires a young badly-off man to be his caretaker. Perfect mix of comedy and drama, and the soundtrack is incredible (not to mention the acting!). Go see it!

This weekend is flying by and I'm not looking forward to Monday. Though I don't think anyone ever does!

Hope you're well!


  1. Awesome post. I've seen the bubbling and know what you're talking about. Very helpful and I was 'musing' over these two colours so this helps a ton. Thank you!

  2. Bought the pale cashmere before I saw your post. ugh! Its awful!! Will search your site from now on beforehand!