Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Share the Love Giveaway Prize 2: Revlon Girly

I'm sure you guys are getting tired of hearing it, and I'm getting really tired of saying it, but I'm sick again.  Low grade fever, sore throat, general yucky feeling.  This is seriously getting very old very quickly.  That being said, this will be a quickie tonight.  Let's take a look at Revlon Girly, which is prize number two of my prize pack for the Share the Love Giveaway.

Bottle Shot

Blurry to see the holo

Color: Dusty pink jelly with purple, fuchsia, and peachy pink glitters that have some holo.

Finish: Glitter Jelly – glitter in a colored jelly base.

Bottle / Brush: Revlon brush – standard length wand and brush for average application.

Opacity: Medium – achieves opacity at three to four coats, but looks much better as one coat over undies.

Glitter Application: Hard – glitters come out of the bottle easily, spreads well with the dab method, but is so thick it's hard to spread evenly, and bubbles when dry.

Consistency: Thick – thick and clumpy, but should be easily remedied with some polish thinner.  I haven't thinned mine yet, but as you can see from the brush shot, it's pretty clumpy.  I ended up using Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food and a thick coat of Seche Vite to get it smooth.

Overall Ease of Application: Hard – clumps, and streaks on first and second coat.  Does not spread well without massive manipulation.  Requires quick work to get a smooth result.

Stampability: Not designed for stamping.

Dry Time: Long – dry to the touch with minimal smudging in over 15 minutes. I don't know if it was all of the coats of Girly itself or the addition of two top coats that made this guy take so long to dry, but it was impossible.  It smudged and got sheet marks well after application.

Overall Thoughts: I'm not really decided on this polish.  On the one hand, it's really pretty.  On the other hand, I had some serious problems with the formula.  It was extremely clumpy!  I like how the mainstream brands are attempting glitter bombs, but they simply don't understand how to formulate a polish with nice consistency and enough glitter.  Here, they tossed in so much glitter that it was hard to get enough base on the brush to spread it all around.  You can tell how clumpy it is from the brush shot alone.  Using more than one coat definitely made it much worse.  The solution?  Use it as a top coat on top of colored undies.  The photos below are one coat of Girly over Elevation Colline du Charf.  Then, I matteified it.  Not only was application much easier since I wasn't going for full opacity, but it also looked a lot nicer.

One coat over Elevation Colline du Charf with Seche Vite Topper

Now, mattified.

You can purchase Revlons at drug stores and other beauty supply shops.  I managed to grab the last two Girly's from my Ulta.  Or, you know, you could win it in the Share the Love Giveaway...  Just sayin'.

Which of your glitter polishes has the best formula?


  1. Sorry to hear that you are feeling unwell again. These darn viruses and colds can go away any time now, right? :) I hope you feel better soon!

    Good question about glitter polishes. I've used a few of mine but didn't really pay as much attention to how they went on as I do now so I can't really answer which of mine is best yet as I need to use them again first. But the indies I have seem to go on better for the most part, of the ones I have paid attention to.

    1. Yeah, most of my indie glitter bombs go on muuuuuch better than my mainstreams. I haven't tried CG Trap-ez-e, but I've heard it's a mess like Girly. We'll see, though!

  2. Boo on air bubbles! Was it maybe because the bottle was mixed too aggressively? Sometimes I have that problem with thicker glitters. Still a pain. It looks awesome in a single layer though!

    1. No, it was impatience, lol. I layered them quickly without letting them dry enough. =/ I do like the single layer much better, though. Bonus of no air bubbles! ;)