I was starting to have serious doubts about whether Revlon Whimsical (430) would ever be released in Australia, so I was hopeful of coming across a bottle while in New York. As luck would have it, I found one in a random Rite Aid store. It was a glorious moment. Whimsical combines two of my favourite things in nail polish: pastels and glitter. I once attempted to make my own version, but it was a garish imposter. The real thing is much daintier, with nicely dispersed glitter, and a soft, muted and distinctly pastel tone. Composition-wise, it's a pale, slightly dusty blue with hints of seafoam, paired with pink and blue hex glitter, much smaller silver hex glitter and almost imperceptible silver and blue microglitter.
I managed to paint Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air on my nails at Bloomingdale's using the tester provided (which made me think, why don’t we have any nail polish testers in Australia?). As far as I could tell, Whimsical and Glitter in the Air were more or less identical, the only difference being the Revlon is a fraction of the price. Both are very sheer. I placed one coat of Revlon Blue Lagoon (092) as a base, but still needed 3-4 coats of Whimsical to even out the colour. Simply put, it’s a pain to apply and takes forever. But like all my favourites, the labour is worth it for all the pretty at the end.