Hello Loves! Revel Nail has released 20 new colors in their gel polish line for spring. This collection is unlike the other two Revel Nail releases. How? Well, the previous collections are creams and shimmers, many of which are opaque in two easy coats. This collection consists mostly of jellies, crellies and glitters! The 10 I chose to swatch for you today are the jellies and crellies. Yes, that means Part 2 will be loaded with glitters. ;) The collection is also named after famous cities, which I think is kind of adorable. Ready to go on a color packed journey?
The first stop on our little tour is Berlin. Berlin is a gorgeous blue jelly base with scattering of silver glitter. As is typical with a true jelly base, she starts out weak and builds to a rich color with additional coats. I personally am not a fan of VNL (visible nail line), so I swatched three coats to minimize the visible line, though it is still there. I have some wicked strong VNL anyway, so it might be opaque for you in three coats. But look! Isn't she incredible? Like a night sky with twinkling stars.
The next stop on our little journey through the colors is Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is a beautiful hot pink jelly base that is so loaded with shimmer it becomes completely opaque in three coats. This one positively glows!
I should probably mention now that I'm directionally challenged and the last person you would ever want to plan a multi-city trip around the world. Yep, I admit it...I didn't break out a map or anything. Nope, these babies are in alphabetical order.
So, where are we headed next? How about Dubai? I have to admit, I'm not in love with this one on its own (remember, I hate VNL), but it has huge potential for nail art. Say it with me now..."Leadlight Stamping Technique". Dubai is what I would call a highlighter yellow jelly. I don't believe it would be opaque in any number of coats. I have swatched three below.
Let's hop on over to London. London is what I would call a crelly with shimmer. For those who are not familiar with the term, crelly is a cream/jelly combo. It is sheer but builds to opacity and the result is amazing depth. London is a medium, blue leaning purple crelly base with a subtle shimmer. This is my kind of color! Like the others, this is three coats.
Moscow is my personal favorite of this half of the Spring Collection. This pink toned red jelly base is loaded with sparkle. In one coat, it appears pink. In two coats, it is a darker pink, but in three coats it becomes a nice shade of red. I also love that it builds to almost opaque in three coats. If you look closely, you can still see VNL, but it offers enough coverage that my heart is happy. :) And that depth! Oh my goodness...it looks wet!
Moving on to Oslo. Oslo is a frosty metallic pastel purple. Got all that? Like the others, Oslo is quite sheer and needs three coats for opacity. Please excuse the brush strokes. Careful application would help avoid those, but it's a swatch, so yeah...
Ready for the city of love? Paris is a mostly sheer, milky white with a super soft pink tint. In all honesty, this is one of those barely there colors that helps disguise imperfections in the nail while still allowing a very natural look. I kind of love this one. It also shows why I hate VNL so much...my natural smile lines are drunk. It also shows off the staining under my nails from removing a black polish for a client last week. Whoops. lol I swatched three coats below, but there was no difference between two and three.
Truth be told, Paris makes a great base for a french manicure. I threw a few quick swipes of white over the tips on my previous swatch of Paris. I then added another coat of Paris over the entire nail to soften the bright white just a tad. Despite the thickness of the white tips (not my personal preference), I'm really happy with the resulting color. This might be my new "go to" color for a french manicure base. :)
Rio de Jenairo is a coral leaning pink crelly with no shimmer or glitter. This is a bright and fun color that will easily transition into the summer months. I found I needed three coats for full opacity, but you might be able to get away with two.
Stockholm is a neon green jelly. Like Dubai, Stockholm is a true jelly but offers slightly more coverage in three coats. I don't even have to tell you that I'm not a huge fan of this one on it's own, but I do love it over a white base.
We'll end our crazy journey in kangaroo country. Sydney is an incredibly pretty, pastel mint green crelly. Sydney is a true crelly finish in that it is slightly sheer and has that amazing wet look, but it does offer full coverage in three coats. Oh, and you totally can't see it in my swatch, but Sydney has a very subtle shimmer as well. If you look closely around the light reflection on the middle nail in the top picture, you can sorta see it. It pops more in natural sunlight.
Since there are so many true jelly finishes in this collection, I decided to try a few of them over a white base to see if I would love them without the VNL. The answer is yes. I certainly do love them layered over white! Of course, a little stamping makes this skittle even more lovable. :)
The colors used are (starting with the thumb): Buenos Aires, Dubai, Stockholm, Berlin and Moscow. I layered two coats of each over a white base. You can see the pink tone of Moscow much better in this picture.
What do you think of this first half of the Revel Nail Spring 2015 Collection? Are you a fan of jelly finishes? They really do have amazing potential. Try layering glitter between coats for an amazing look (I'll show examples in a future post). If any of these shades captured your heart, you can pick up your own individual bottles here or the whole set of 20 new shades plus top and base for just $148 here. That's a steal!
Stay tuned for the other half of the Revel Nail Spring 2015 Collection next week. Trust me, you don't want to miss it! :)
*The polishes featured in this post were provided by Revel Nail for my honest review. All links are courtesy links and do not benefit ManicTalons.com.