Monday, February 12, 2018

Revlon Color Charge Jelly Collection

I took a day off from playing in the snow to spend some time in my studio playing with polish. Of the many things queued up for swatching, I picked out the four Revlons I'd gotten most recently: Silver Base Coat, Hibiscus Jelly, Crimson Jelly, and Violet Jelly.

Of course the silver had to go on first. Silver Base Coat is a chrome-type metallic finish (as opposed to a foil-like metallic) that goes on smoothly.

I couldn't wait to see how the jellies would look, so I did them all at once over the silver. Top to bottom: stripes (Hibiscus Jelly over whole nail, Crimson from 1/3 down to tip, Violet from 2/3 down to tip), Hibiscus Jelly, Crimson Jelly, Violet Jelly. These jellies are decently pigmented and nicely self-leveling; one coat over the silver was plenty of color. Hibscus is a pink-y orange. Crimson is a slightly pink-y red. Violet is a warm-leaning purple.

In direct light, these glow very nicely. They're also nicely smooth even though I didn't put any top coat on.

As pigmented as these are, I wondered how they would do for jelly sandwich manis, so I grabbed Revlon Sequins, which has gold glitter in a clear base. I put down one coat of Hibiscus Jelly, one coat of Sequins, then one coat of Crimson Jelly on my index finger and one more coat of Hibiscus Jelly on my remaining digits. Looks like these work just find for jelly sandwiches.

You know I was just itching to do some comparisons, and I'm happy to say my stash is organized enough now that I could actually find some other jellies easily. My first thought when I saw these Revlons is that they reminded me of the Wet 'n' Wild Candy Gloss Nail Tints (minus the blue one), so I grabbed those, plus some of the Essie Silk Watercolor colors and OPI Color Paints, which I figure a lot of you might have in your stashes.

For the purple comparison, the lineup was Essie No Shrinking Violet, Revlon Violet Jelly, Wet 'n' Wild One Grape or Another, and OPI Purple Perspective.

Top to bottom below, all over Revlon Silver Base Coat: two coats of Essie No Shrinking Violet, one coat of Revlon Violet Jelly, two coats of Wet 'n' Wild One Grape or Another, two coats of OPI Purple Perspective. The Essie is more cool-toned and sheerer than the Revlon; the Wet 'n' Wild is more warm-toned and sheerer. The OPI comes closest to matching the Revlon, but it takes two coats to build up to what one coat of the Revlon provides.

For the red-ish pink comparison, I chose Essie Blush Stroke, Revlon Crimson Jelly, Wet 'n' Wild Edie in Pink, and OPI Magenta Muse. I was bummed to see that my Magenta Muse had dried up while in storage; I'm not sure why, as the cap seemed both closed properly and not cracked. I added a ton of thinner and waited as patiently as I could (between session of shaking the bottle) for it to get to the point where I could use it.

Below, top to bottom, over Revlon Silver Base Coat: two coats of Essie Blush Stroke, one coat of Revlon Crimson Jelly, two coats of Wet 'n' Wild Edie in Pink, two coats of OPI Magenta Muse (some uneveness here due to my not being quite patient enough to let the thinner do its whole job). The Essie and the Wet 'n' Wild are both noticeably more pink than the Revlon. The OPI is closer to a match but still more pink. I bet Wet Paint Jelly Rancher Red would have been even closer than the OPI; I may have to do that comparison some time even though sadly the Wet Paint brand is no more so I'm hoarding the ones I have.

For the pink-y orange comparison, I used Essie Blush Stroke (yes, again), Revlon Hibiscus Jelly, Wet 'n' Wild Floral Support, and OPI Chromatic Orange.

Top to bottom, again over Revlon Silver Base Coat: two coats of Essie Blush Stroke, one coat of Revlon Hibiscus Jelly, two coats of Wet 'n' Wild Floral Support, two coats of OPI Chromatic Orange. I knew Hibiscus was way more pink than the Essie orange jelly, which is why I used Blush Stroke here, but Hibiscus is clearly way less pink than Blush Stroke. The Wet 'n' Wild comes closest to the Revlon, but it's not pink-leaning enough to be a match. The OPI is way too yellow-leaning to come close to matching the Revlon. As with the Crimson Jelly, I'd like to see how Hibiscus compares to Wet Paint Jelly Rancher Red; I'm betting it's pinker but maybe not by too much.

Overall, I think these are good polishes. It's been a while since we saw jellies in the mainstream world, and I think every stash needs a few. These would be good ones. My favorite is Hibiscus Jelly, as it seems to be the most different compared to what's already in my stash. The Silver Base Coat is a nice silver, but I don't think it's necessarily nicer than ones I already have. Maybe I need to do a comparison of silvers, too, though those are less organized than my jellies right now so I would have trouble finding the best ones to compare. I really need to win the lottery so I can hire that polish stash assistant I've always dreamed of having.


  1. I love these posts. I have a couple of Morgan Taylor's jellies hanging around that I haven't tried yet. They look really pretty in the bottle though :)

    1. @Rainbowify Me Oooh, I didn't know Morgan Taylor had done jellies. I will have to see if I can find them online.

  2. Hi dear Karen, I'm not a fan of silvers at all!!! But I must admit that the silver + violet = super wonderful!

    1. @Zauberin Zebulon Jellies can definitely transform yuck colors to yum ones!

  3. "Polish stash assistant" would be a dream job.


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