Review: Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy in Full House

Hello gentle readers.

Grab a cup of coffee. I'm about to talk your ear off. So to speak.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy in Full House. Oy to the vey. This polish. This polish. This polish. This polish. I am gong to begin with a positive comment about this polish because it is going to get ugly, really soon and I don't believe in trashing products but this one is going to get a thorough smack upside the head.

The colour. I love this beautiful turquoise colour.

Now, let's dance.

I shall start with the formula. The overall texture isn't bad, it isn't too thick or too runny but it is hard to work with. This polish is downright cantankerous. As it goes on, it streaks, it likes to drag, it will stack, as you add a second coat. This polish sits down where it is placed and it isn't too prone to flooding or running but I had a lot of cleanup trying to avoid the damned coat stacking issue at the edges. This polish doesn't self level worth a damn and if you don't work swiftly, smoothly and get a nice, even coat with the crappily trimmed brush, gentle reader, you are shit out of luck.

Bubbles. Ah, this polish is so talented at making bubbles. Lots and lots of little bubbles. I can hear Don Ho singing in the background as I type this. You know, I can deal with a lot of flaws in a formula but when a polish bubbles on me in this hardcore fashion, I lose my shit. After I saw the bubbled tar pit on my nails when I finished this manicure, I lost my shit.

Dry time. On the first coat it was very good. Second, not too bad. Add the special top coat that allegedly makes this in to some magical Gel polish of wonder and prepare to throw a fit. Many good top coats can melt, smooth, soothe a polish, tame little wavies, even clean up minor bubbling. The Revlon Gel Envy top coat just bubbles, adding to the bubbly fun then it takes a long, oh so long time to dry. Seche Vite, this stuff isn't. Not only is it slow to dry, it is even slower to cure. I applied this manicure at 4:30 in the afternoon and didn't go to bed until midnight. I woke with some "sheet marks" on my nails.

Really? Really?

Wear time for me was abysmal. This stuff claims up to fourteen days wear. My nails were chipping the next morning.

This is two coats of Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy polish in Full House in all it's streaky, bubbly glory topped with a coat of the "oh-so-special" Gel Envy top coat. And more delightful bubbles.


Just look at these photographs. Just look. What a freaking mess.


And closer...

Now let's talk about removal. This polish is supposed to have a built in base coat. The instructions tell us to apply it to bare nails. Do you know what happens to nails when you apply blue polish without base coat? Fast train to Smurf Town. Blue nails. Nails that look as if they were painted with a coat of sheer blue jelly. My nails were so stained and the blue so deeply embedded that even rigorous buffing couldn't get rid of the stain. My nails are still pale blue. And my nail plates are buffed. Doubly screwed.

Want to see the gross? Bear in mind, the lights under which I shot this photograph washed out a lot of the blue. My nails looked as if they had been washed in a sheer blue tint.


Did I mention that my frakking nails are still frakking blue?

TL/DR: This polish and it's corresponding top coat suck big green ones and you should steer well clear.

If you like Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy polish and it's Top Coat of Doom system, I am happy for you. I don't like it and I can't. Won't recommend it. I'd return these and get my money back but wouldn't you know? The first time in months I dislike something so deeply that I want my money back, I lost my frakking receipt. I never lose receipts. The Universe hates me. And my nails. And my wallet.

Lured in by a pretty blue. I never learn.

Okay. Time to wrap this up. I just can't any longer.

52 comments

  1. Yikes, the blue staining is so bad!! At least I know that I should steer clear of this thanks to your review.

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  2. Wow! That is truly craptastic! I was wondering how these work with regular top coat. Probably no better

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  3. The best thing about this polish was your awesome review. I can't even. lol. If I had just looked at the pictures, I would have thought it was a textured polish!! That is bubbling like I have *never* seen before. Tiny bubbles, my a$$. I would be sad at the staining, too. I've been experimenting with doing a UV-gel topcoat on my bare nails, and then doing all my polish painting over it. So far, it's really helped my thin nails keep polish on longer, look smoother, and no staining! Removal isn't fun or easy, but it's worth it... and might make a polish like this work better? If it's not already in the trash can!!

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  4. Awww no. I was hoping these would be amazing. Could it perhaps just be a dodgy one? I mean, blues are a terrible colour for staining so I'm kind of used to it but maybe there is hope for other colours? Sheesh, I'm so optimistic lately.

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  5. Oh Erika, how rotten!! Why on earth would polish take SO damn long to dry?! I always have trouble with Revlon polishes (formula wise), so I steer clear. I was pondering giving the new gel top coat a go. Guess not!!

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  6. That color is gorgeous, but definitely NOT worth all the bubbling and staining hassle!

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  7. Ahh I hate when polish stains my nails. I experienced that with Zoya's Darcy... it's yellow.

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  8. Wow, a total fail! Thanks for the honest review. I'll pass on this, and I generally like Revlon. Their base is my HG.

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  9. I have a few of these and they aren't so bad. But they definitely aren't GEL nail polishes. And I would have never thought that a blue that light would stain the nails.

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  10. Such a shame. The shade is beautiful.

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  11. What a shame, the shade is so pretty

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  12. This is such a pretty shade, but I guess this is the only good thing about this polish. I hate bubbly long drying polishes.

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  13. The colour is the only pretty thing about this awful polish and top coat.

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  14. Crying shame. I wanted this to be so good and it just isn't.

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  15. It is sad, isn't it? I love the colour, it's that perfect turquoise.

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  16. Yeah, gel? Ha! And I have a couple of standard ColorStay polishes that I really like but this Gel Envy formula just doesn't work for me.


    I almost fell over when I removed this polish and my poor nails were so badly stained. Even after new manis, acetone and buffing, my nails are STILL blue! No bueno!

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  17. It is a fail and that makes me sad, as I normally like Revlon polish. Ah well, it was worth trying, anyway.

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  18. I almost always have light yellow staining from always wearing polish but this blue... It's bad! :P Thanks for the head's up on Zoya Darcy. I'll bypass that baby.

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  19. This stuff took forever to cure. I wasn't happy! Skip the top coat. It is slow and it was so bubbly for me.

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  20. YMMV. :) Just because this formula didn't work for me doesn't mean that it won't, for you. The polish and top coat are affordable enough that they are worth taking out for a test drive. Who knows, you may ending up loving them.

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  21. Hmmm... UV gel top coat as a base. I may give that a try. My nails are so frakking delicate and they chip, peel and break so easily.

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  22. Oh wow, that sure did stain your nails! What a shame as the shade is so pretty!

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  23. I would try it but I am not putting that polish back on my nails. Nope. No way. I don't need cobalt blue nails for weeks, again. ;) LOL

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  24. It was pretty heinous. I can accept a little staining and my nails are a little yellow from always wearing polish but that was out of line! :P

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  25. It is pretty! It is that perfect, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise blue. The formula and the staining are just unacceptable, to me. So sad.

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  26. The color is so beautiful. Too bad the formula isn't any food.

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  27. I love this color and I use a trick for staining so that wouldn't bother me at all :)

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  28. Stunning and wow those swatches. I'll come do your makeup if you help me with my nails :-P

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  29. Too bad that color is pretty, but wow it sure does stain!

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  30. Ugh! How disappointing and frustrating! And it's such a pretty color. I'm sending "find your receipt" vibes your way.

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  31. ugh.. i hate when polishes stain my nails!

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  32. So do I. It happens but not usually this bad. :P

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  33. Thank you. Unfortunately, I think that receipt is long gone. Oh well.

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  34. It is pretty and it sucks that it stains so badly.

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  35. Even with the bubbles? Some gal on G+ accused me of doing a bad polish job. LOL

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  36. I'm glad that this works for you. :D

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  37. I hate when polishes stain. I steer clear of so many deep dark green shades for that reason... and I have a beautiful one from zoya that does that so I don't use it. I do like how pretty the color is though.

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  38. OH my goodness, those are some stains!

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  39. Dude. I am annoyed. My frakking nails are STILL blue! *grumble*

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  40. Yeah. And even after buffing and more acetone, they are still there. :P

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  41. For me, most stains are pretty temporary but this one really bit in and made a pain on the ass of it's self. It is pretty but not worth the horror show.

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  42. Haha! Cobalt blue nails can be pretty, but only if you WANT them that way >.<

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  43. I had the bubbling problem with this line too but with the color double down..I contacted Revlon through their website and they sent me out $10 in coupons..I have other colors from this line that dont bubble on me..Its not the wearer its the formula..

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