Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel is Revlon’s latest nail formula which is an all-in-one polish with a built-in base and top coat. It comes in 24 unique and beautiful shades, and I have two shades to share with you today: 070 Enrapture and 010 Dazzle.
Revlon Brilliant Strength in Enrapture (top) and Dazzle (bottom)
Enrapture is a metallic plum shade with bronze and golden flecks.
In the close-up you can see the glint of warm bronze and gold in it.
Dazzle is a warm pink shade with noticeable golden micro flakies in it. It is seriously dazzling!
Dazzle is a little more on the sheer side, and I applied two heavy coats to achieve this,
although next time I would opt to go in with three light coats.
In the close-up you can see the golden flecks look like they are suspended in the polish – just gorgeous!
Revlon’s Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel is designed to be a nail polish, base and top coat all in one. Revlon says it has a strengthening formula that combats breaking and brittleness, and it’s wide angle brush is designed to wrap the nail and tips for a smooth and bubble-free application.
Application & Formula. The brush tip on the Brilliant Strength has a brush the same size and shape as the ColorStay Nail enamel I am a fan of (if you missed my review of the Revlon ColorStay Nail Enamel Naked Tips Collection you can view it here, which shows the size and shape of the brush). I find this brush easy to work with. The formula of the two polishes I chose were slightly different because of the finishes, but for the most part the consistency was very nice – not as thick and “gooey” as the ColorStay polishes can get at times, and it was easier to go back and correct with the brush when I made a mistake. The polish still required more dry-time than other polishes I am used to (Zoya, regular Revlon polishes, essie), but less time than the ColorStay polishes. I did attempt to do a second coat too soon, and I did experience some bubbling, but it was definitely better than what I have experienced with ColorStay polishes. Enrapture because it is a metallic polish does a pretty good job not getting too streaky with application, although I did have to take care with each stroke. There are still visible brush strokes, but I think it is pretty acceptable especially for a metallic polish. Dazzle is easy to work with and distribute evenly on the nail. The golden flecks in this polish are very even and do not clump at all, so getting an even coat is not a problem.
Opacity & Shade Range. The opacity of Enrapture is fully opaque with two coats. Dazzle is more of a jelly-like shade that is transparent with the first coat, and requires two to three coats to reach full opacity. In looking at the entire collection at my local CVS, I found the Brilliant Strength polishes to be very vibrant and eye-catching, with a good mix of finishes, as well as dark to light shades. There were also a few very unique shades that I think would be hard to duplicate elsewhere.
Base & Top Coat. Since working at taking better care of my nails, I have been diligent about putting a base coat on before I paint my nails any shade, and popping on a topcoat at the end, not only to speed up the drying process, but for the shine! The Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel is designed to eliminate those steps, and while I would do it in a pinch, I feel much better using a base coat to seal my nails before application. As far as a topcoat, you can see Dazzle is quite shiny on her own, so I was okay without topping that one off. Enrapture, because of the metallic finish did require that top coat for me to like it, so for me, I would most likely always use a top coat with this one.
Strength & Longevity. I have not experienced the claims of more strength and less brittle nails during the time I have been using these polishes, but I have been using other products in my regular nail care routine, so I cannot attest to Revlon’s claims. This polish lasts on my nails very similarly to the ColorStay nail polishes, anywhere between 5-6 days without chipping, and I mostly experience nail tip wear and a slight dulling of the polish, which can be avoided if a top coat is added after wearing it for a few days.
Overall I think Revlon did a great job with the Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel, and even though I will be using a base and (most likely) a top coat when I use these polishes, the formula is worth it, especially if you find a unique shade that catches your eye.
Where To Buy: Currently available in drugstores like CVS for approximately $8.00 each. Fortunately CVS has frequent buy one get one half off sales to reduce the cost, since the price rivals brands like essie and OPI. I have not yet found a link to where these are sold online.
What do you think of Revlon’s Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel? Have you picked up any yet? What was your experience? I’d love for you to share!
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