Thursday, October 11, 2012

Calling Me Sugar

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.




41 comments:

  1. Your own version wasn't bad at all! But this is so pretty! Makes me think of pretty birthday cupcakes! Btw, I love your nails! haha, I'm sorry if that's creepy, but I just do! :p

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  2. i really hate how sheer this polish it and i'm on my mark to selling or gifting it away.

    now you have praised about it... i need to reconsider... oh decisions making...

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    1. Bummer! I read your comment and went back to read the whole post. Changed my mind about making a purchase. I'm not very patient with sheer polish. Looks gorgeous in your pictures but I have a feeling it would be a waste of money. :/

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  3. I am liking this... although name is so strange but i am liking on your nails

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  4. I don't get the title. But Whimsical is adorable! And it's momentous that you finally have it! I don't think I've ever heard of anyone as dogged as you were in wanting this shade! And I was wondering why your post was up so early in the evening (and why it says you posted this at 11:21pm) when I remembered you have daylight savings- we don't, here in QLD. The Gramercy Tavern card screams 'I'm trying to relive my holiday! I want to go back!' hahaha I imagine it must be pretty depressing having to return to work after such a glorious time. Chin up. Play with the new makeup. :)

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    1. Lol the title is quite esoteric. It's a pivotal line in the song "Glitter In the Air" by Pink - I'm assuming that's the song the Deborah Lippmann nail polish is named after, given I don't know many songs titled that. I could be completely wrong, but it's what comes to mind for me :) Though I guess I'm not really reviewing the Deborah Lippmann, but rather the Revlon dupe for it. And yes, you totally caught me out - I wish I were still on holidays :'( Work sucks harder than the toilets on an aeroplane toilet, to rehash a line from Community. But hey...could be worse I suppose. I'll try to abide by your recommendation ;)

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    2. Sigh...I meant the toilets on an aeroplane. The toilet doesn't have its own toilet LOL

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    3. I know just the feeling- although our camera was stolen while we were on the streets (on the LAST day of our trip no less... should have known better seeing as they warned us about Chinese pickpockets a thousand times), I went crazy printing out holiday photos 'borrowed' from friends for my photo wall so I could reminisce. NY sounds incredible- I'll have to move that a little higher on my to-go list. :D

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  5. It's so, so pretty but I just don't have the patience for it.

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  6. Damn, I was hoping that it was released in Aus. I'll keep waiting

    http://kitschsnitch.blogspot.com.au/

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  7. You know what? Your nails remind me of cupcakes! Love pastel colours and Revlon polishes are surprisingly good!

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  8. I have this too, it's one of my favorites! your nails look so perfect :3

    http://a-la-foliee.blogspot.com

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  9. I want this nail polish so bad! They don't sell it where I live and even if they did, it would cost an eye so I wouldn't be able to afford it. I need to start saving for a trip to Miami LOL and raid all beauty supplies stores *note to self haha

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  10. I have this nail polish!! I loveeee it! :)

    www.cutedumpling.blogspot.com

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  11. This colour is seriously amazing!!! I really love the way it looks~~ I really want one now but I am pretty sure this one is almost impossible to find. And wow, there's nail polish testers in the States?

    Liz
    chewylove.blogspot.com

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    1. YES!! The Deborah Lippmann stand at Bloomingdale's had testers for every single one! And there are testers are Sephora too. They'd never have anything like that in Australia, at least in the department stores. Though there are nail polish testers at Sportsgirl, kind of like the Topshop of Australia :p

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  12. This looks so good, so glad you finally got your hands on it!

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  13. I've really wanted to try this-I love how unique it looks! Great swatches! xoxo

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  14. This is so cute, the name suits it perfectly :) x

    http://wewereraisedbywolves.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. This really is gorgeous, soooo pretty :)

    xoxo

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  16. Oh wow! The colour really suits the name. It's gorgeous, I need to hunt it down.

    The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  17. This beauty has been on my wishlist for months and I havent been able to find it. I think I now may need to bite the bullet and order it from ebay. It looks lovely! xx

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  18. It's absolutely gorgeous. Every time I pop onto your blog I find another thing I need to put on my list of wants. I'm definitely going to go grab this!

    -Tara Joy

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  19. It looks lovely :)

    gl0ssi.blogspot.ca

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  20. So pretty and soft! I have resisted getting a bottle so far because I have heard how sheer it is, but maybe it is worth the labor. :-)

    ~ Yun

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  21. Oh I know the hype around this polish!! Do you know that Milky Way from Tony Moly is also an 'almost' identical to this one from Revlon and glitter in the air from Deborah Lippmann?
    I'm thinking to order the tony moly one since it'S under 10$..But I have problem with glitter polishes because I love them but I hate removing them T.T

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    1. I didn't know, but I just Googled it and it does look very similar! I haven't tried any Tony Moly polishes - I'm not sure where I can buy them in physical stores (since I am really resistant to online shopping unless absolutely necessary :p). I know what you mean about glitter polishes - they're so much hard work, but I'm such a huge sucker for them that I endure all it ;)

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  22. This is so cute! It reminds me of Easter and babies (haha). Glad you were able to snag it up in NY. :)

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  23. That is a gorgeous shade :) My favorite revlon one is Demure :)

    Love

    xx
    http://holaflo.blogspot.com.ar/

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  24. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous colour! Totally worth the hard work!
    S xx

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  25. Gahhh i love the combination you have here much better than mine. I like the milky white and blue tone with Whimsical but I have no polish that looks similar to this. So pretty!! haha.

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  26. this is the most gorgeous nail polish colour ever! i love it alot :)

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  27. It is always the pain in the ass polishes that look the best on the nail though right?! I love this, third blog today that I've read about it. I want it!

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  28. Thats so pretty!
    It reminds me of the ocean and mermaids lol.

    skatetheunicorn.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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  29. This is such a great name, it is very whimsical!
    x

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  30. i love your polish :0 it reminds me of eggs for somereason :p

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  31. I really like this nail polish!

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  32. So cute! I'll have to see if I can spot this when I go visit the States next. I'm not usually a big fan of glitter, but I really like this! :)

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