A couple of years ago, Revlon released a line of scented nail enamels packaged in cute, vintage-inspired bottles. I never saw them around my area, but when I made a rare trip to Wal-Mart in June, I spotted two Parfumeries on a random shelf, looking quite lost. There was no price tag anywhere to be seen, so I just picked up one color to give the product a try.
The shade I chose, Beachy (110), is actually somewhat similar to the new fall Essie I just reviewed on Saturday.
Compared with Essie Leggy Legend, Beachy is lighter and less blingy. It’s not a bad color at all (in fact, I liked it reasonably well when I swatched it last month), but compared with the Essie, it’s a little blah. I also paid around the same price for the Essie (CA$6.99 for the Parfumerie, CA$6.95 for the Essie), so given the choice I’d have just stuck with Essie.
Application was fine, and two coats was opaque. I have no real complaints about the formula, though Beachy’s metallic finish does hide any streaks quite well.
Each of the Parfumerie shades has a different scent, and I didn’t find Beachy to smell especially…beachy. It just smells like cheap suntan lotion, with a heavy dose of nail polish remover (though this note fades once the polish is dry!). I guess it was too much to hope that a nail polish could smell like Dune.
But to tell you the truth, I learned that fragrance is not something I like in my nail polish. I don’t even think I’d like it if the scent was one I really loved. I found it to be terribly distracting, as every time my hand came close to my face, I’d get a whiff of fragrance. That’s not how I like to smell my perfume! It’s a nay for me. I do wish that Revlon would package all of their regular nail polishes in this bottle, though. It’s super cute, and a bit smaller than the classic Revlon bottles.
Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel retails for around US$4–5 (I paid CA$6.99) and is 0.4 US fl oz / 11.7 mL. They are free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and are made in the USA.
Revlon was founded in 1932 by the Revson brothers and Charles Lachman—hence, RevLon! It is a public company based in New York, NY, USA.