Beauty Icon: Revlon Red Nail Varnish

Revlon Red is about as iconic as a nail varnish can get, it is the perfect bright, pillar-box red, a beauty classic and rumoured to be the colour that inspired Louboutin’s red soles…

I was very lucky to receive this in a goody bag from the Handpicked Media event I went to earlier this week. Prior to this, it was actually top of my current shopping list as Superdrug (and possibly Boots too) have a 3 for 2 on Revlon so I was going to pick this up, along with Cherries in the Snow (either the lipstick or Nail Varnish, still cant decide) plus a Revlon Superstay Foundation.

Anyway, to cut a long story short – I love this colour. It is quite a departure from the norm for me as I tend to gravitate towards the typical pinky neutrals or dark berry shades, with the occasional ‘dirty purple’ type of shade thrown in for good measure. Pillar-box red is a little random for me. Before painting my nails with this I made sure my nails were cut really short, personally I prefer short nails with dark or dramatic colours. Especially this bright a red, as I did feel it had a bit of a tendency to look a little ‘lady of the night’ on longer talons…

The texture and pigmentation of this nail varnish is second to none. Thin in texture, one coat applied smoothly, dried really quickly and was so highly pigmented that I didn’t need a second. Although, having more time I would probably have added another, just to make it last a little longer, but colour wise – it wasn’t essential. I haven’t got a top coat on it at the moment, although normally I would do so there has been some tip-wear since I painted them on Friday. Nothing overly noticeable though and I’m sure that this would have been prevented had I not been so lazy with the finishing steps.

So to summarise, Revlon Red is a beauty icon and a classic. Well worth adding to your collection.


  1. talluluhbella
    November 29, 2009 / 11:59 am

    I keep looking at this nail polish after hearing the Louboutin rumour but keep pondering whether I need ‘another’ red polish… but I think I definitely do after this review 🙂 x

  2. Lina
    December 3, 2009 / 7:36 pm

    I’ve just joined Handpicked! Hopefully see you at the next event, Lxx

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