Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Troublesome Vamp: Revlon Elusive

Hey everybody!  I hope you are doing well in this the first week of 2014. :) 

People who complain all the time get on my nerves.  Nobody wants to hear that, you know?  LOLOL...so that's why I debated about the title of my post, because I don't want to sound like I'm complaining. :)  But don't you hate it when you have high hopes for something that looks SO pretty in the bottle, but something about worries you when you get it on?  *Sigh* - that would be today's story...meet Revlon Elusive.


Well, it looks really pretty, doesn't it?  It took me mucho many tries to capture something nice-looking for this one.  You see, Elusive is sort of jelly-ish, and you all know I love my jellies...but then, it's also sort of not jelly-ish.  That doesn't make much sense, but there it is.  The not jelly-ish side of it was most problematic for me.  It was this watery black stuff that stuck to everything.

Midget Pinky *just* squeezes in for the shot...

Elusive is a blackened teal base loaded with varying sizes of teal hex glitter.  It is from Revlon's Fall 2013 Evening Opulence collection, which I have only seen twice over these past 3 months.  This polish dries matte, and I am just not a matte fan.  I love to shine way too much for that nonsense. :P  I used 2 thick coats of top coat over 2 coats of Elusive.

In all fairness, I should add that my main problem with Elusive's formula was that when I said it stuck to everything, I meant it stuck to my cuticles, and I just about couldn't get it off after loads of cleanup.  ***More complaining coming up!***  You see, I have rather strange cuticles.  The cuticles sort of abruptly turn into my finger skin...it's bizarre.  The skin around my nails is very hard, and it has a tendency to lock in those thin, blackened colors like it's trying to fully embarrass you. :)  And embarrassed I am when I see macro shots of it.  Mission accomplished, Elusive.  Blast you!!!



BUT I like the idea of Elusive.  I like mattes on other people.  I love blackened teal.  I love teal glitter.  And I really like this polish on me when I'm not taking super close-up shots of it.  Ah, who cares?  All my poorly-sighted friends will never know the difference! :D

I have read some reviews about Elusive that indicate you either love it or hate it.  Do you all have this one?  Do you love it or hate it?  And most importantly, will you forgive my sour mood?  I'm post-Christmas dieting and starving. :D

Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day! <3

19 comments:

  1. That glitter polish looks beautiful! I hope you had a great New Year!

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  2. Looks like a cool glitter polish to me! It looks nice on you too :)

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    1. Why thank you Lisa...it is really pretty. I just wish it behaved a touch better on me. :P

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  3. The color is so up my alley it's not even funny, but the one other review I read on it panned it entirely so I've picked it up and put it down many a time with that review in the back of my head. Bummer that it was a jerk to you, too, but THANK YOU for saving me the trouble in a weak moment :D A troublesome vamp, eh? Like one who's just breezed into Sam Spade's office?

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    1. LOLOL!! I guess that means I should refer to it as "baby" or "dollface." :P I know...I had such high hopes for this one. But your cuticles look pretty normal, so you might not have the issues I did. So glad to be of service, dollface. :D

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  4. LOL - gorgeous rant - gorgeous post - gorgeous pictures. And as with any true vamp it is while troublesome a beauty to the eye!!! And yet another beauty that I haven't seen round here - though I certainly would not buy it after reading your ordeal with it. But then, some of those jellies just are difficult to work. What always strikes me odd though, is that those glitches are more often encountered with the big players than with the Indies - I think it might be due to the passion and virtue behind an Indie polish maker who doesn't tire to perfect a formula….

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    1. Your last comment. There's not an indie maker in the world who would distribute a formula like this, it's true.

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    2. That is such a good point...indie polishes are so often very easy to work with. I did get one once that I had the same kind of cleanup trouble with, and it was black. So I'm guessing the whole problem is the black pigment. Blast this hard skin! Blast working with paper!! :P Christine, thanks for the kind words about my photos...it's posts like these that make me super paranoid about all the junk that shows up in macro! I will debate on whether or not to post it, then I'll say to myself, "Wait a minute...I've been editing these pics for an hour! I'm posting!" :P

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  5. I have this polish! and when i first got it I thought it looked amazing in bottle, it shocked me when it turned out to be matte!

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    1. I know, right?? I was thinking, "What that all about??" :P Oh well...call me un-trendy. :P

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  6. Lol, they can't all be winners! I'd rather you complain than me make a terrible purchase because I wasn't informed. So overall, thank you dear friend. Thank you and your wonky cuticles ;^)

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    1. Ugh...these cuticles. I can't even tell you how hard I work on them too. *sigh* And I really love this polish in the bottle. WHY CAN'T IT LOOK THAT GOOD ON ME??

      Whew.

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  7. I love my Elusive, but I don't like it when it's matte! It looks pretty on you too, even if you complain about it! ;) haha Loved reading this!

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    1. Good news, my Sinful Colors-loving bud!! Elusive looks an awful lot like What's Your Name? as far as the color scheme...I haven't tried it yet. I was actually going to do a comparison but ended up with such a mess around my cuticles that I knew I would have to wait on that. I just got What's Your Name? during the big Rite Aid 75% off sale for 25 cents. :D

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  8. I have this one and while I really like it, it did give me some trouble doing clean-up too. Looks great on you though!

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    1. Thanks! :) I'm glad it wasn't just me...I was remembering that I have 2 blacks by you guys, and I had absolutely none of that pigment sticking trouble! :)

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  9. I think I know exactly what you're talking about, because I have the same problem with my cuticles and dark colour! But if you hadn't said it, I would never have noticed by the pictures, this colour looks really stunning on you!

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    1. Oh, thank you! <3 I don't usually have trouble with foils or creams or jellies...just these strange ones with the slightly watery formula. :/

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