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CND Vinylux Weekly Polish, Sally Hansen Miracle GelL'Oreal Extraodinaire Gel-Lacque and now Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy.

The marketing spiel: "Description - Get 2 steps to total Gel Envy, now with new and improved ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™. Our toughest top coat yet, with exclusive Diamond Flex Technology™, is specifically designed to work with ColorStay Gel Envy Nail Enamel. Brush one of our 38 brilliant shades, with built in base coat, and then finish Diamond Top Coat for a salon-quality manicure that delivers shatter-proof strength, ding-resistant wear and diamond-like shine.

Features - New ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™ is the only top coat with Diamond Flex Technology™ and is our toughest top coat yet!

• Flawless, salon-quality color with life-resistant wear
• 38 vibrant, easy-to-remove shades
"

I've seen these in Cave Shepherd, iMart and Paradise Beauty Supply. Cave Shepherd has the widest shade range while iMart is the only place where I've seen a combo pack of a polish with the top coat.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base display - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base new shades - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base display - www.modenmakeup.com
As seen in Cave Shepherd

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base display - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base display - www.modenmakeup.com
As seen in Paradise Beauty Supply

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 2 pack display - www.modenmakeup.com
As seen in iMart, The Walk

Of the 38 shades I have six. They're available in cream and shimmer finishes. 

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base polishes - www.modenmakeup.com
L - R: '030 Beginner's Luck', '300 All In', '410 Up The Ante', '465 2 Of A Kind', '510 Sure Thing' and '630 Long Shot'

Prepare for photo overload. Of all the at home "gel systems" that I've tried thus far, this one I tried with the longest - even wearing some shades as manicures and pedicures before I brought my thoughts to you.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 'Beginner's Luck' - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 'Beginner's Luck' - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 'Beginner's Luck'

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 'All In' - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 'All In'

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 'Up The Ante' - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 'Up The Ante' - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 'Up The Ante'

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base '2 Of A Kind' - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base '2 Of A Kind'

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 'Sure Thing' - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 'Sure Thing'

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 'Long Shot' - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 'Long Shot'

The reason why I bought so many of them and tried them a few different ways was because I couldn't believe how poorly 'Up The Ante' and '2 Of A Kind' looked without a base coat. Light shimmer shades like 'Beginner's Luck' I could see why it would need three coats to look proper but not a vibrant orchid purple man! Do. Not. Mind. Revlon. These need a base coat. The best performing of the bunch were the two I purchased last: 'Long Shot' - I told you as much here - and 'Sure Thing'. I mean how can Revlon get a cream white right but not cream taupe? Stupse. 

Opacity is a notable issue for me since two other Revlon formulas I've tried in this same packaging, Brilliant Strength and the original ColorStay, have one coater cream and shimmer polishes in their range. And in Cave Shepherd they all retail for practically the same price.

Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel display - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel display - www.modenmakeup.com
As seen in Cave Shepherd

Next issue: I don't know if it's only my bottle or if this is reason Revlon had to release a "new and improved" formula, but my top coat has bubbles in it. Since the bottle is opaque black I couldn't tell prior to purchasing but I can definitely see them when the manicure is dried. The top coat I have came in the 2 pack from iMart with 'Beginner's Luck'.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat - www.modenmakeup.com

Revlon doesn't claim specifically how long these liard "built in base coat" polishes will last; instead saying they're ding and life resistant. That much I agree with. 'Beginner's Luck' wore the best over six days since it's a light shade and showed minimal tip wear. I also agree that they're easy to remove.

Revlon 'Up The Ante' wear test - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon 'Up The Ante' wear test - www.modenmakeup.com
'Up The Ante' (no base coat) after five days 

Revlon 'All In' wear test - www.modenmakeup.com
'All In' (with base coat) after four days

Revlon 'Beginner's Luck' wear test - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon 'Beginner's Luck' wear test - www.modenmakeup.com
'Beginner's Luck' (with base coat) after six days

'2 Of A Kind' looked terrible without a base coat so I didn't wear that for long. Speaking of base coat...

Revlon ColorStay Gel-Smooth Base Coat and Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat - www.modenmakeup.com

Seems like Revlon discontinued their Gel-Smooth Base Coat but I've heard Beauty YouTubers and my buddy Sharalee rave about it so when I saw this lone bottle in iMart, Sheraton a while ago I grabbed it. I would recommend using a base coat with some colour to it though lest you have to apply three coats to certain shades. With the exception of the last two polishes I purchased, this is the thinnest "gel" polish formula I have ever come across.

Something else that was new to me was the brush. Ulta says it has a "wide angle brush [that] wraps nails and coat tips for smooth bubble free application." It looks like two thin brushes put into one stem. This type of applicator isn't featured in the other two aforementioned Revlon product lines.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base 'Beginner's Luck' brush - www.modenmakeup.com
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat brush - www.modenmakeup.com

I think that covers it. If you like Revlon polishes I'd stick to the Brilliant Strength or the regular ColorStay lines, especially if you're paying Cave Shepherd price. As I say in all these system reviews, if it doesn't have to be cured under a UV light it's not a gel polish so use whatever top coat yuh feel like.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anyhdride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Polyurethane-11, Polyurethane-33, Benzophenone-1, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Sodium Aluminum Silicate, Alumina, Dipentaerythrityl Hexaacrylate, Polyacrylate-35, Bornanedione.
May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Black 2 (CI 77266) [nano], Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 34 Lake (CI 15880), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47500), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Tin Oxide (CI 77861).

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