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I often get asked what is the best brand of nail polish. Because of that, I have been working all summer on comparing different brands of nail polish. I compared over 28 brands of nail polish, all available in the US. Meaning this comparison of brands does not include any Barry M or other brands only available in the UK. I scored the different brands using these 5 items of criteria: brush/bottle, formula, price, dry time, and wear. These are the items that are important to me in a nail polish. When I was finished there were 3 brands that had all 5/5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Number 4 on my top ten list of nail polishes by brand is Revlon. This is one of my favorite Revlon polish called Cherries in the Snow. CITS was released by Revlon right after WWII and to this day it is one of their top sellers. I loved this ad used for CITS

And this more current ad:

All these years later it is still a very current color and I believe it will always be a part of the Revlon line. Of course there is a lipstick that matches. I love wearing the lipstick to match my lips to my tips when I’m in a classic mode. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Smoldering, is a silver gray duo-chrome that is kind of a fussy polish to wear. I had a hard time with this polish until I learned the secret to applying and now it goes on and wears like a dream. The. Trick is to apply this polish in thin coats. Sometimes it might take 3 coats, but when done you have a beautiful manicure. Every time I wear this polish people comment on it and want to know what it is.

Revlon Golden Charms.

Revlon Winter Mist, mini. I think this has been added to the permanent line with the name Chic.




These are some of my Revlon pictures, the last one is called Ruby and is a mini. I found a set of 3 mini’s at K-Mart early this summer but have not seen them since. I have a mini Rock Star which is a purple, a mini Gold Coin and a mini CITS. The light blue one is called Dreamer and is a beautiful cream finish. I also love the dark cream finish from Revlon:

This is After Party with Infamous as an accent nail from the Gucci Westman collection for Revlon which is a limited edition collection.

This is Copper Penny from Revlon a gorgeous rose gold.

Revlon Infamous also from the Gucci Westman collection. This one does not have a number along with the name which means it is not a part of their regular line and it is a limited edition. I love this color, go figure, it’s orange! I never thought I could wear orange nail polish but this one is different, not to mention gorgeous!

Revlon Fashionista, one of my favorites!

Plum Seduction by Revlon is very much like Zoya Audrina.

Midnight Affair by Revlon is a stunning, classic color.

Gray Suede from Revlon is a new favorite of mine. I just found this one late this summer and wore it a lot. It is very close to CHANEL Frenzy but it is one of those polishes that at first glance looks like a beige in color. But the more you look at it, and as the light changes you see there is so much dimension and interest in this polish. A boring beige polish, never. This is one of the most interesting polishes I own and I love it.
πŸ’…πŸ’…back to the “study” and Revlon coming in at #4 in the study. Revlon got 4/5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
A half a star was deducted for formula. For the most part Revlon formulas are consistent and you always know what you’ll get with Revlon, except in some of the newer formulations with micro glitters, such as Carbonite, they can be a little gloppy. I took off half a star for this because it was not a problem with all those types of formulas. I also took off half a star because of the brush. I do not care for a thin brush. Some of the lines have thinner brushes than other lines. The Top Speed fast dry nail polish has what I would call a normal Revlon brush, but the gel formula polish has a thin brush. So, they lost a half a star. Which put Revlon at Number 4 on my list of Top Ten Nail Polish by Brand. πŸ’…
Revlon is a great American company and if you are looking for some interesting reading about the history of the company there are many articles about Charles Revson, the founder of Revlon. One of the interesting things I found was his desire to map out his cosmetic company using the same guidelines used by General Motors. At the time, it seemed crazy, but looking back it was nothing short of genius. Revson held each department accountable for their bottom line which was un-heard of in the cosmetic industry at the time. Also, at the same time Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden were having an out and out war both private and publicly. This also contributed to Revlon’s success.
One of my favorite genre of books to read are historical biographys and there are some great articles and books about the life of Charles Revson which makes for some interesting reading, if you enjoy those types of books.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by! The top 3 are next, these next 3 brands all got 5/5 stars, the only ones of the 28 plus brands I looked at.

Today is Tuesday. I’ve had Cherries in the Snow (CITS) on since Sunday morning. Today I noticed chipping and wear.



As you can see, especially in the bottom picture, I have chips on pointer finger and wear on all the others. Ashley helped me with pictures and it is worse than I could see. I’d seen the chip on my thumb but I had not noticed the chipping on the pointer finger. I don’t look at my fingers from that angle! I’m sorry to see the chipping so soon, I was actually liking this polish. And, if I was in a normal time I would just paint a quick coat on to patch things up. But, because I am doing a comparison run on this polish I am taking it off.

For all the polishes in my comparison I will remove at the first sign of chipping. All polish will be applied over 2 coats of Nail Envy by OPI with a base coat from Julep. Each one will be topped with a topcoat by Seche Vite.

So what’s next on my comparison list? OPI Wooden Shoes Like to Know. This quickly became one of my favorite polishes of all time when it was released earlier this year. The weather here has turned dark and gloomy so this beautiful brown with flecks of gold will be perfect!

Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

Update, day #2, Cherries in the Snow


In my effort to do a proper review of this polish I did some research into it. Cherries in the Snow, referred hereafter as CITS, was released in 1953 by Revlon. I found a copy of the original ad that ran for this color. How cool is that? I love it! I wanted to know when this was released because I thought I had this lipstick back in the 70’s. But I thought I must have been mistaken, but sure enough it has been around long enough that this probably is the red lipstick I used then. I’ve always known I needed blue based reds, so it makes perfect sense. Fire and Ice is another color from Revlon that has been around since the 50’s. It too is a blue based red, is a cool red, but it is more on the orange side.

(This photo is from a Glamour Magazine article))

After 2 full days of wearing this polish there is not a chip in sight. I did start with 2 good coats of Nail Envy by OPI the night before and I used a base coat prior to applying. I applied 2 coats of the CITS, a topcoat of Seche Vite.
(All the polish I am testing for my comparison will be applied in the exact same fashion as listed above)


I will keep you posted.

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