I tend to stick to brands I know. I know when something works for me and will automatically gravitate towards that. I also know that expensive doesn’t mean quality just like cheap does not mean bad quality. I will give something a try but I will still have my favourite brands.
I recently walked through Clicks and this one particular blue shade of polish caught my eye. It was a brand that I had not seen or tried before. It was Revolution. I noticed they had their polishes in ‘ranges’ such as ‘Nudes’, ‘Pastels’ and ‘Mirror’. The nudes are rather self explanatory except they are not just ‘nude’ shades. In fact I would’ve named them the ‘pastels’ as they are all very light shades. The ‘Pastels’ are in my opinion not pastel. They are bright and vibrant colours. The ‘Mirror” range is metallic. It was the blue in the ‘Mirror’ range that caught my eye and I thought I would give a few of them a try. They do have other ‘ranges’ or ‘trends’ which in my opinion is just different effects or finishes. So if you do see them have a look through ALL the colours. I picked up 4 colours so I will show you all 4.
First up is the yellow. This is from the ‘pastel’ range and is called Salsa.
This is a bright-ish yellow. Yellow’s are known for being difficult. This polish dries quite quickly which is a plus but it does mean that it will dry quicker when you apply it to your nail. This also can make it streaky, especially in yellow. This wasn’t too bad but it wasn’t great. It definitely was streaky on the first coat but on the second coat it evened out quite well. This is with 2 coats and no top coat. It is also opaque in 2 coats.
Next in the ‘pastel’ range is Boogie
Boogie is a bright blue. I loved this colour. This actually turned out to be one of my favourites (and not the one that caught my eye). It also dries fast but had much less of the streakiness in the first coat. Opaque in 2 coats. This is 2 coats, no top coat.
Next up is the ‘mirror’ range and Bentley
Bentley is a bright metallic blue. This is the one that caught my eye on the shelf. It turned out to not be my favourite even though I liked it just fine. I think I might’ve preferred it if it was a bit of a deeper blue. There was also almost no streakiness on this even though it dries just as fast as the others. Definitely opaque – even in 1 coat – but I preferred it in 2 coats. I have no idea what is going on near my cuticles in the second photo. It was definitely not visible in reality.
Next up in the ‘mirror’ range is Chevrolet (yes, I see the pattern too)
This was my other favourite along with Boogie. Chevrolet is a bright purple metallic. It actually has less of the silver side to it. You can even see this in the bottle compared to Bentley. No streaks on this one either and also opaque in 1 coat even though I have 2 coats on. It definitely looks better with 2 coats. I really loved this colour. I actually tried it much later with a matte top coat and I loved it just as much. This is 2 coats with no top coat. I don’t think the photos do it any justice by the way but I do find purples so hard to capture.
So, my opinion on these? Not the best formula I have ever used but they are fine. I do think they have some interesting colours and finishes and if I couldn’t find something in my normal go-to brands I would probably look for it on the Revolution stand. The first time I wore these I did it in bed one night late and I didn’t put a top coat on. During the next day it seemed to almost rub off. It wasn’t chipping or anything just almost….fading. The second time I wore it I did have a top coat and it didm’t happen. Now I never NOT wear a top coat so it might be that all polishes do that without a top coat. I don’t know. It isn’t really a problem for me though because as I say, I never go without top coat.
Will I buy these again? Yes, if I couldn’t find something similar in my normal brands. The ONLY thing that puts me off is that it is not free of all those nasty chemicals most others are. I did see Formaldehyde on the back of the bottle. I don’t know yet how big of an impact this has on health etc but it isn’t exactly something I want to use often. Considering this isn’t my usual brand I guess I can live with it occasionally. They do have really nice colours and some interesting shimmers and glitters. For now I will stick to the 4 I do have. I also found them to stain a bit, especially the blues. Easy enough to clean but not ideal.
Revolution is available at Clicks. I have not seen them anywhere else yet. Their polishes are between R25 and R35 (I think the different ranges differ in price). I did recently see the ‘Rainbow’ range and it was very shimmery and glittery. Who knows, I might give one or two a try and let you know 😉
PS: I tried finding a website but didn’t have any luck. Also, the only branding I could see was on the product itself. I like the name and what they did with it but who knows if it is just revolution. Maybe Love Revolution?