The past couple of years have brought us hot nail art trends ranging from something as simple as a glittery accent nail to more complex patterns of geometric shapes and symbols. 2014, however, has so far been all about something a little bit different as cosmetic brands big and small have started experimenting in the world of scented nail polish.
No one has yet to master the art of fragrant mani-pedis better than Revlon who, although they first introduced a line of aromatic nail enamel in 2010, revolutionized the world of scented polish with their 2014 Parfumerie collection.
While there have been many attempts at the scented polish fad, Revlon’s Parfumerie is far from what you might have found at your local Claire’s during your teenage years. The newest update to the line is modern and sophisticated, featuring packaging shaped like – you guessed it – miniature perfume bottles and high-class names such as “Italian Leather” and “Bordeaux.” Despite the luxurious marketing of the polishes, the line has colors and scents for all seasons and occasions.
It being the start of summer, I decided to try “Sunlit Grass” and “Lavender Soap,” some of the brighter shades in the collection. Although I have used Revlon’s scented polishes in the past, this was my first time trying out their latest collection.
Parfumerie contains twenty-four colors in total, each boasting their own unique scent. The one main downside to the line is that the scent is only activated once the polish has dried, so it’s kind of a guessing game at the store. “Sunlit Grass” (which I expected to smell like freshly cut grass, for some reason) had an indescribable but pleasant summery scent, while “Lavender Soap” smelled just like my favorite dryer sheets fresh out of the box.
To my surprise, using a topcoat does not cover up the scent of the polish underneath. Overall, the scents were strong enough to be noticeable when my hands were near my face, but they weren’t so overwhelming that they clashed poorly with any lotion or body spray I used throughout the day.
As advertised, the scent was really only detectable during the first 24 hours of use, but it did last through a good night’s sleep, multiple hand washes, and a hot shower. The color did not dull or chip for about a week, which is a big plus even though it wasn’t exactly the intended “focus” of the polish.
Personally, although I think the fragrance aspect of this polish is a little over-hyped, the overall quality is fairly decent – especially coming from a drug store brand – and, at just $5.99 a bottle, it definitely won’t break the bank, either.
So, what’s your take on scented nail polish? Do you think it’s worth it? Do you have a different favorite brand? Let us know in the comments below!