Nov 28, 2016

NOTD - Revlon Nail Enamel Perplex (aka Naughty)

NOTD - Revlon Nail Enamel Perplex

The other day I was browsing the Revlon nail polish section downstairs. Revlon has more than a few nail formulations available, but the classic Nail Enamel is still my favorite. It is in fact the only drugstore nail polish I buy and there are some shades I would forever repurchase (Revlon Red, for instance). I would have bought a backup of Perplex (aka Naughty) because I love this transitional vampy shade with dusty purple undertones, but I could not find it. Revlon must have done it again. (sighs)

So here is the story - Revlon introduced Perplex years ago and many polish fanatics quickly recognized it as a "darn close dupe for Chanel Paradoxal". Personally I think it is difficult to dupe Chanel polishes in general (they excel in color complexity although their formula is somewhat questionable), but I myself concurred that they were nearly identical. The notorious Chanel sold out very quickly anyway. Soon after Revlon renamed Perplex to Naughty (eh). Maybe I should have bought a backup then. Now it seems Revlon has sorted this classic range again and Perplex (or Naughty) is gone. There is no equivalent shade. Dear Revlon, why?

Taken under soft natural lighting (shimma!) with iPhone

Now I do not wear shimmery nail polishes as often. However, the fine orchid shimmer in Perplex is special. It beautifully contrasts to the smoked purple base adding a sophisticated depth. It is not too dark so it still looks purple under dim lighting indoors. I find it applies and wears very well although I rarely experience chipping.

Luckily, it is still available through some online retailers. I notice a slight markup but it's not so bad. I  know I am being Grinch about it (why in November is the "Rudolph the red nosed reindeer" movie on TV, by the way?), but I am going to enjoy this non-holiday shade this week and probably order another bottle soon.

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  1. I miss the good old days when Revlon duped every single chanel limited shades...It's weird that I didn't buy this shade (consider I was a crazy coupon clipper and usually got my Revlon nail color for less than 3 bucks a piece)...But I have plenty of dirty purples that I wore during winter though.

    1. What are you other favorites? I like this one and Essie Merino Cool (which is a creme version of Perplex).
      At this point, I just hope that Revlon won't mess with the classic formula nor the brush shape.

  2. This is so pretty! Revlon makes me nervous with its abrupt discontinuing of products. I'm almost finished with my Lacquer Balm in Coy and don't want to repurchase it until I've used up a few more lipsticks, but what if it gets discontinued before that?

    1. We can't win this. When you're so sure that you buy a backup, you end up finding something better. Stuff you decided not to stock up gets discontinued. Good thing about drugstore makeup is they are so widely distributed that they are usually around for some time even after. That said, I think you should buy another Coy if you really like it. It's a beautiful color on you. :)


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