Friday, December 30, 2011

Revlon - Perplex... or is it Naughty?

Wayyy back, before I started hoarding polish Revlon put out Perplex - a dead on dupe of Chanel Paradoxal. I didn't have a clue, even when I started getting in to polish earlier this year my knowledge of brands, "limited editions," and HTF/VHTF's was practically non-existent. So I didn't really care that I missed out. I haven't got to the point where I am willing to spend the money on designer label polishes yet. Hell, I still have a hard time shelling out the cash for Butter Londons. Moving on...

Recently, as we all know, Revlon did a re-release of Perplex but under the name Naughty. Personally, I don't care about the name change because this is a beautiful color and I'm glad that I had the chance to pick it up when I saw the display. Revlon polishes and I go way back and if you look at my polish collection from high school (I keep them separate, and yes apparently I had a mini-obsession even back then) it is mostly comprised of Revlon colors. They're not really my style now, but I keep them around out of nostalgia.

I have to say, I love this color and I can totally understand why there is such a fuss over it in the polish community. But nobody that I talk to about it has a clue that it is a famous dupe, and all of the displays I keep coming across are still loaded down with this beauty. The color is a bit difficult for me to describe, I don't want to just look at other reviews and say, "oh yeah, that's it... that's what it looks like." At first I thought it was a dusty plum/raisin with a bright violet shimmer, but now that I'm thinking hard about it I'd say  it is closer to a greyed out aubergine/eggplant.

These photos are with the usual bc combo (Retain & Gelous), two coats of color, and one coat quick-dry tc. Application was altogether painless, the first coat was very pigmented but a little streaky and left a few thin spots. I added a second coat to fill in the blanks and for added nail strength and color durability. The formula was a little thick and it gave me a little bubbling, but nothing a little quick-dry didn't fix right up. I only got to wear this mani for two days before I did a quick cover/change-up mani for my work Holiday Luncheon, no chipping whatsoever and very minimal tipwear.   
   
Revlon - Naughty
Revlon - Naughty


Revlon - Naughty
Revlon - Naughty

For my accent nail I used Sally Hansen's Gem Crush in Big Money, an Oh-so-Purdy champagne colored glitter with lavender glitter mixed in for good measure and dimension. I used two coats and had no issues with chipping or wear. I can't remember if I used top coat or not, and for this reason(and many others) I have started taking notes on my NOTD's/manicures. I just can't remember all the details and it has become painfully obvious while trying to write up all of the photos I have back-logged. My glitter nail got quite a few compliments by the girls at work.  :)

SH Gem Crush - Big Money
SH Gem Crush - Big Money

SH Gem Crush - Big Money
SH Gem Crush - Big Money

These photos are under my kitchen lights, very white in color, but I wanted to show the glow of the shimmer. Here the shimmer doesn't just look violet/purple, you can see a mix of blue and fuschia. AMAZING! Oh, and ignore my crooked pinkie. I broke it snowboarding a few years ago.





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