Revlon Dark Pleasures Blacker Lacquer in Scarlet Letter, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Revlon — Scarlet Letter (Dark Pleasures Blacker Lacquer)

Collection: Revlon 2006, Dark Pleasures

Today’s Throwback Thursday polish is from a 2006 limited edition line of Revlon polishes called Dark Pleasures Blacker Lacquer. As the name implies, the polishes are all (with perhaps one exception) vampies. They also all have some amount of shimmer.

Scarlet Letter (790) is a deep, shimmery burgundy red with a slightly blackened undertone.

The formula is a little thin, but it applies quite well and two coats gives just about full opacity. I used a third coat in my swatch to boost the depth of the color. I’d recommend a glossy top coat to boost the oomph factor, as well.

The brush is pretty much the same as the classic Revlon brush: a little longer, slimmer, and slightly flattened.

I think it’s a little disappointing that Revlon chose to discontinue this line (I suppose it was limited edition, to begin with!), since I love a good vampy and they don’t have that many vampy shimmers in their core lineup.

Revlon Dark Pleasures Blacker Lacquer in Scarlet Letter, swatch

I wouldn’t say anyone should go out of their way to seek these polishes out, but they are prettily packaged and perfectly nice. The sleek bottles contain less than the classic Revlon bottles (9.44 mL vs 14.7 mL), but they look and feel so much better, in my opinion—it’s kind of a shame Revlon hasn’t updated their classic bottle shape to something less unnecessarily enormous and awkward-looking.

Revlon Dark Pleasures Blacker Lacquer in Scarlet Letter, label

Revlon Dark Pleasures Blacker Lacquer retailed for around US$5–6 and contained 0.32 US fl oz / 9.44 mL. They were 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.

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8 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! Revlon — Scarlet Letter (Dark Pleasures Blacker Lacquer)

  1. Oooh “Dark Pleasures”… lol that makes me snicker for some reason. I honestly think some companies’ LE collections are superior to their regular lines – why don’t they use the same effort into creating their regular line as the LE ones? I don’t get it! I LOVE the bottle design of these – makes their current core ones look so dated.

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