I have been going on & off with acrylic nails for a while now, & one of the most common questions nail technicians ask are “Why don’t you want gel nail polish too?”. The truth is, I like the look of gel nail varnish, but I don’t like the commitment. I get my acrylic done professionally, but I like to paint my own nails, & especially change the nail polish whenever I want. So, whenever I hear about nail polishes that offer a gel-like appearance, I’m likely to want to hear more. Two Steps to Gel Perfection? When I first read that I was unsure, but upon reading more on the formula I realised that Revlon has combined the base coat & colour into 1 formula which essentially saves you time  during the application process. Well, today I am going to tell you more about the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel, & the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel Diamond Top Coat; and how I use these products to get my nails looking all “fleeky”.

20160704_112118  Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat / Colorstay Gel Envy 345 LUCKY US (silver) / Colorstay Gel Envy 320 FULL HOUSE (turquoise)

20160704_111734 Colorstay Gel Envy 535 Perfect Pair (nude) / Colorstay Gel Envy 540 Checkmate (grey/taupe)

Personally, I have tried 3 shades from the 25 colour collection. I am in a nude phase so the nude & greyish colours above were most certainly included in the ones I have worn. I actually wore the nude colour, Perfect Pair in my Revlon #LoveSquadSA Seduction Tutorial. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it, see here.

Does this 2 step application actually give a gel-look?

Yes it really does. I was actually at Woolworths the other & the lady ringing up my purchase complimented my nails, & proceeded to ask if it was gel. The Gel Envy Diamond top coat really does give it a stunning gel finish.


Well, the Colorstay Gel Envy nail enamel goes on like most nail polishes. If you’re a messy painter like me, I suggest you keep an earbud & nail polish remover close by. I always have to clean up the edges when I am done, & those are the perfect tools to do that.

Does it chip easily?

No. As I type this post, I have had 540 Checkmate & the Diamond Top Coat on my nails for 1 week. Had my nail technician paint my nails with these after she did my acrylic fill. don’t laugh at me for taking my own nail polish lol. After a fresh paint, I normally end up changing my nails within 4 days or so because it starts to chip, & lose ‘that look’.  Do you want me to tell you how many chips I have? …ZERO. No lie. And I’m as clumsy as clumsy gets. Normally, I am happy for a polish that doesn’t chip after 3 days. Needless to say my standards are much higher now.

How easily is the nail enamel removed?

This is a case of looks can be deceiving. Just because this nail enamel looks like it’s gonna survive a nuclear war doesn’t mean you’re going to use up a whole bottle of nail polish remover taking it off. I found it to be very easily removed with any nail polish remover. No fuss at all.

IMG_4456 Overall, I really do like these Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamels & Diamond Top Coat. I feel like if you don’t want the commitment of gel nails then this could be for you.  They are both longer & don’t chip easily (which is my favourite part). Both the nail enamel & the top coat retail for R119 & you can find them at Revlon stockists including Click, Dischem, Red Square etc.

Have you tried these out? If so, I am keen to hear your thoughts below, so leave a comment!