Saturday, June 16, 2012

Revlon Mint Gelato

There's a new trend in nail polishes — scented polish! I remember back when dishwashing liquids first added a lemon scent and it seemed unusual but now it's hard to find one that doesn't smell like watermelon or lemon or grapefruit. Chemists have become so good at duplicating fragrances that it was only a matter of time before they ran out of things to add them to. Let's just hope it never gets to the polish equivalent of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans and we start getting polishes like Suzi Cuts The Cheese! Thank goodness Revlon decided that a polish named Mint Gelato should have a minty fragrance.
Revlon's mint-scented Mint Gelato.
I don't know if adding a fragrance to it made a difference but this formula was terrible to work with — not something I usually run into with Revlon polishes. It was very, very thin and watery and so sheer that even the three coats shown here left a very visible nail line, but it might make an interesting jelly sandwich. Also, I noticed in my photos that there were a lot of bubbles in it along with the bald spots. If all that wasn't bad enough, the minty scent, which was mild at first, rapidly became pervasive even under a top coat of Seche Vite. I had to take it off after a few hours because I kept craving chocolate!
Label shot.

Before I took it off, I decided to do some comparisons to other blue-green polishes I have. Zoya Wednesday was an obvious choice but I had a couple of SinfulColors that were a close match, too. Greek Isles was from their Cast Away collection earlier this past spring and Open Seas was from last summer's Adventure Island collection. I don't think they've become part of their core line but they're both recent enough that you might be able to still find them on some dusty shelf somewhere. Please forgive the lack of clean-up — I knew they'd all be coming off right after the photo was taken.
Makes a pretty nice ombré!

Open Seas was noticeably greener than the others but in person Greek Isles and Wednesday were virtually indistinguishable, although Greek Isles appears to be a touch bluer in the photo. Compared to the others, Mint Gelato has an almost yellowish cast to it. Other than Mint Gelato, which has three coats, they were all two coaters, with Wednesday still showing a slight VNL.

Of the four polishes, Greek Isles was the hands-down winner! I could have done with a single coat if I'd been more careful and the application was a dream, plus it's 1/4 the cost of the others! Wednesday loses because of the terrible staining (it took me longer to get the blue stain off that one nail and cuticle than it took to do my entire manicure!) and needing two to three coats for coverage, and Mint Gelato had the awful formula and the rapidly nauseating scent. Open Seas was also nice, but not close enough in color. Expect to see a full mani with Greek Isles sometime in the future...

So what do you think? Are scented nail polishes a fad or are they here to stay?

1 comment :

  1. I've noticed with some Revlon shades that no matter how careful you are with application, you get bubbles. It's so weird.

    I do love the scented trend; I have Revlon Orange Fizz, and it cheers me up every time I smell it :)