Sunday, November 21, 2010

A nice bloody red for the holidays!

I have been looking for a nice red to fit my skin tone for the holiday's.  CVS was having a nice sale on both L'Oreal and Revlon products so I scooped up Revlon's Valentine (730) and Perplex (826) and L'Oreal's Lady Luck (450) and Caught Red-Handed (470).  Perplex is obviously not red, but I had to see what all the hoopla was about from the MUA nail boards.  Today I am going to show Revlon's Valentine.

Revlon Valentine

Base: Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer in clear (x1)
Color: Revlon Valentine (730) x3
Top: None

What a sweet jelly like polish.  I love the darkness of this red.  It feels really rich.

Three coats was just about opaque.

When I first put this color on I felt slightly like an old lady, a la the two fat ladies (especially Jennifer), but I like it a lot!

Here is a picture with flash

Its hard to catch the true color with camera, but these are pretty close.

 Here is a picture with only two coats.  This is still a very nice color but there is some obvious nail line.

Here are a few more:

With flash.

Without flash.
My skin looks a bit washed out, but the color is more accurate.

In terms of application, it went on fairly streak free.  My only problem (with Revlon in general) is that sometimes if the coat is too thick or applied too soon over a previous coat, I get tiny bubbles.  Thin coats are key with ample dry time in between since I don't favor fast dry topcoats.  Top coat was completely unnecessary because the formula was soooo shiny/glossy.  I will however put on a topcoat every day (or other day) to make the mani last.

I hope everyone has a bloody good holiday!
What's your favorite red?

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  1. This red is gorgeous on you! Wow! What a perfect holiday color! The way you painted them looks absolutely perfect! No paint on the cuticles or the skin around the nails. Love it!

  2. Love your nails. This red is beautiful on you.