Beauty Review: Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in China Flower

Regular readers will know I'm not the best at reviewing the latest products - mainly because I have loads of stuff to use up already and am trying to save some cash ahead of the wedding and putting down a deposit. But a couple of weeks ago I felt in the mood for some new make-up, so I decided to take advantage of Boots 3 for 2. One of the things I picked up was this Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel in China Flower, as I hadn't bought a new nail varnish for a while but had thrown quite a few out in my massive make-up clear-out and I was drawn in by the prospect of a grown-up scented nail polish. There are 20 polishes in the range, but I chose this one for no reason other than that I liked the colour - a bright red that would be great for summer but OK to wear at work too.

The packaging has the look of a vintage perfume bottle, with squared-off corners and a round black lid. I like the slightly retro look to it and the solid, weighty feel of the bottle in my hand - it's pretty, but it's not something I wouldn't carry around with me for fear of it breaking. In the packaging, it looks like a bright coral-red - a great tone for summer that would work well on fingers or toes (although the latter might defeat the object of a scented nail polish. Unless you find people smelling your toes attractive for some reason) - and looks fairly similar on my hands as it does in the bottle.

The brush is quite thin, but I liked that as I felt like it gave me more control over applying the polish. I also found the spherical lid really easy to grip, which made application a lot smoother. The consistency of this polish is quite thick but not gloopy - one coat was opaque, apart from a slight mark on one of my nails where it might have needed two to cover it. This is definitely a polish for days when I need to save time but still want a pop of colour on my nails.

So far, so standard coral-red polish. But then we move onto this product's USP - the scent. China Flower is one of the floral scents in the Revlon Parfumerie range, and when the polish dries it has a lovely subtle soft flowery scent. I have no idea what a China flower is or what it's supposed to smell like, but this was a nice fragrance in a very girly, spring-like sort of way. You can't smell it unless you're fairly close to your nails but it was quite nice to catch little whiffs of it when I was putting my lipstick on or fiddling with my hair. I also found that applying a top coat every day helped to revive the scent for a little longer, so this would definitely be worth doing if you wanted to 'top up' the scent.

Finally, the durability. I applied this on a Friday night and, although there was a bit of tip wear after a heavy weekend of typing for the blog, it didn't chip until Wednesday. Normally nail polishes chip incredibly easily on me - I'm lucky if I can get some to last two days - so I'm very impressed with that, especially from one coat!

Overall, I really like this nail polish - lovely colour, gorgeous bottle, very durable, good coverage and actually lives up to its claim in terms of the scent. Whilst it is a little bit more expensive than other drugstore nail polishes at £6.49, it's also a slightly bigger bottle at 11.7ml so I'm quite happy to pay that bit extra. I'm definitely going to be adding some more of these to my collection - Lavender Soap, Surf Spray and Autumn Spice all looked lovely in the bottles so I'm hoping they smell just as good!

Have you tried any of the Revlon Parfumerie nail polishes?

1 comment:

  1. Hmm... scented nailpolish seems like an interesting idea, may have to check these out! x