Saturday, June 11, 2011

Swatch: Revlon 'Royal'

Good morning! First off, I just want to say that I am STILL rocking my 'Who The Shrek Are You?' mani from Tuesday night. This is UNREAL. More than 80 hours of wear, I'm shocked and still in love with it. It will come off tonight but I will love every remaining minute of it's existence. Haha. (So dramatic.)

Today I bring you the famous Revlon jelly polish: Royal. I have to be completely honest - I'm not sure what the hype was about this polish. Maybe I apply polish really bad (somehow I don't think that's quite it) or maybe I picked up a bad bottle. I found that it didn't level itself well, so some areas have thicker pigmentation while some spots appear to be sheer/translucent. 

Now the colour is gorgeous but it wasn't just the application that had me confused about all the hype, it was also the wear. I had this polish on for about 5 hours before my middle finger polish popped off. Yeah, that's right, 50% of my polish popped right off. I was at work and couldn't fix it - I wasn't pleased. By the end of work 3 nails were wrecked. I'm not normally that bad on my nails and wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary so I know it wasn't related to anything I was doing. *sigh* I really wanted to love this polish.

Excuse the messy cuticles please & thank you.

This polish dried with a strange, almost semi-matte/suede finish.
CORRECTION: It dried plastic. (Thanks Ulmiel!)
I added a coat of Seche Vite for shine.

It looks so dark here. Lighting really affects the way this polish looks.
I have been finding that Revlon is a brand where it is 'hit-or-miss' almost every time. I purchased Emerald City, Fire Fox and Powder Puff, their new polishes with the matte-suede finish, and they all seem like winners. (I only swatched them so I don't know what their durability is like but they apply like a dream for me.) However, Royal and Beach (from their scented polish line) have been giving me issues. Oh well, you can't win them all I guess.

Have you tried Royal? What is a royal pleasure or a royal pain in the butt? 
(I know, I know ... lame humour, I'll stop. Heh.)

Thanks for reading. :)


  1. I really liked this one, but I did seem to be messier than usual with application. Not sure if it was the polish or just me though, lol. But I'm totally in LOVE with the color!

  2. I love the colour, but appication was a bit of a PITA. The brush is just ... you know, what the hell, and the formula was quite runny. Plus, it dried plastic on me, not jelly, I needed to put a TC on top to make it jelly. So mixed feelings about this one, but I still love the colour.

  3. spill! where did u get this polish in Canada?

    I only want it because it's so hyped up by everyone..i feel like I need it. I dont know if I would actually wear it a lot. same as revlon purplex..i want it cus it's so hyped up

  4. That is a beautiful color! I hate it when I get a polish and it doesn't live up to my expectations. I don't own any of the Revlon colors..but willing to give them a try.

  5. Thanks for the feedback and nice comments!

    shortwidenails - I purchased this at Wal-Mart. Initially it was sitting in a Revlon floorstand but then a week later it had a home in the Revlon permanent collection. Hope you can find one!

  6. No7 Do a really similar and long-lasting varnish like this called 'Violetta' X

  7. Love the colour but it's disappointing to hear the polish wasn't all that good. I hate having chipped polish in public, I'm a bit of a perfectionist!



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