Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamels- review and swatches

The Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel’s are new to Australia and well worth checking out. You might be sceptical the way I was but these are not the scented polishes of your youth which came in tacky shades and bubblegum sweet smells. These Revlon polishes come in 24 sophisticated and fun shades which match perfectly with their complimentary scent. The scents aren’t discernible until the polish dries but once they do they reveal subtle and complex scents which last for about 3 days even under a top coat.

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The scents are divided into fruits & florals, sweets & spices and the freshes. It didn’t surprise me that the fruits and florals range were the colours and scents that I was drawn to the most. My next favourite were the sweets and spices range because the shades in this range were so lovely and I liked the scents more than I expected. The freshes range was full of scents that sounded lovely but the shades didn’t draw me in as much so I didn’t really try out this range.

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Before I begin with swatches, I feel like I need to add my disclaimed. I am not a nail blogger so I apologise for the messy polish application!

Pink Pineapple (fruit and floral)- This scent smells the way you’d hope it would but the formula is not ideal. As a white based shade, this does tend to go on streaky and even after 4 coats (yes I said 4!) the colour still isn’t even as you can see below. The shade itself isn’t unique and I really only bought it because the scent drew me in.

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Apricot Nectar- (fruit and floral). Another shade and scent which are perfectly named! The shade is a lovely peachy shade which is perfect for spring. The formula had similar issues as Pink Pineapple but, as it’s more pigmented, the streakiness wasn’t as noticeable.

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Ginger Melon- (fruit and floral). Loved this scent and the shade is perfect for summer! It’s a lovely bright coral shade but it took me 3-4 coats to get the colour to sit evenly.

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African Tea Rose- (fruit and floral). This is a straight up rose scent but it smells of fresh roses instead of potpourri roses which I liked. The shade is a mid tone pink with a blue iridescence through it. I usually don’t like pinks which have this frostiness to them but I really liked the way this looked in person. The formula was a little watery but applied smoothly.

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China Flower- (fruit and floral). I have no idea what a China flower is or what it’s meant to smell like but this had an almost musk like/incense scent to me. I liked it and it was a nice change to the sweeter scents. The colour is what really drew me in though and this gorgeous orangey-red shade is so sophisticated. The formula was a but thin but it reached full opacity in 2 to 3 coats.

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Bordeaux- (sweets and spices)- This shade looks and smells like Sangria! It’s a really lovely rich burgundy shade. The formula was more on the watery side but was easy to apply. The first coat seemed almost red but the plum tones started to come through as I added each coat.

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Autumn Spice- (sweets and spices). This has to be the perfect fall shade! The scent smells like pumpkin pie and has discernable scents of nutmeg and cinnamon.  Those are usually smells I stay away from but this was not overpowering and I actually found it quite comforting! The star here though is the shade which is a gorgeous rich warm chocolatey base which has a shimmer through it which shifts from bronze to copper to burgundy depending on the light. This is my recommendation if you only buy one shade because it’s actually unique!

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Lime Basil- (fruit and floral). Love this shade of green and the scent is also lovely and sweet yet refreshing. The formula though is a bit thick and uneven.

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Balsam Fir- (sweets and spices). This is another great fall shade with a scent that I was surprised I liked. The scent had an almost pine scent to it and reminded me of the outdoors. The shade is a slightly greyed out forest green and is very chic.

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Italian Leather- (sweets and spices). Yet another perfect for fall shade which seems to be the trend with the sweets & spices range! This is another complex shade that changes depending on the light. It’s a slightly green toned grey which has a gold shimmer running through it which shifts from icy gold to a warmer gold. I don’t love this shade on my skin tone but the colour itself is lovely. The scent is meant to be leather but it just smells sort of sweet to me but from time to time I can pick up a whiff of the leather tones in this.

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Beachy- (freshes). This shade is a bright metallic coppery bronze. As is the issue with  most metallics, the brush strokes are visible when this dries. The formula was watery but easy to work with. The scent on this disappointed me but that’s probably because I was expecting it to smell more like the ocean instead of like the sand.

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I loved the bottles these come in and think they’re lovely to display but, apart from the novelty of the scents, most of these shades can probably be found in much better formulas from other brands. There are some gems in here though so they’re definitely worth checking out.

These sell for $16AUD or $6USD each. If you live in Australia and have been wanting to try these out, this is the perfect time to try them out since Chemist Warehouse is selling them for 50% off (until 29 May 2014) and Priceline is having a ‘two for $16’ (which is the same as 50% off and runs until 28 May 2014) sale.

Have you tried any of these perfumed polishes yet? What do you think of them?

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4 Comments on “Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamels- review and swatches”

  1. May 27, 2014 at 11:46 AM #

    Oh! the bottles are cute and loving it!!

    • July 22, 2014 at 9:05 AM #

      Aren’t they so cute? Definitely display worthy!

  2. June 14, 2014 at 6:28 PM #

    My vote goes to Balsam Fir and Autumn Spice. Although I think the reds and corals also look great on you.
    I did try Chocolate Truffle once but wasn’t too impressed with the viscosity and wear. Not to mention, it smelt like medicinal chocolate if such a thing existed . . . .

    • July 22, 2014 at 9:01 AM #

      They’re my picks too. Lol love your description and can’t think of anything worse than medicinal chocolate! I found that quite a few shade had the issues you mentioned which I assume is down to the addition of the perfumed oil in the colour.

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