Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New from Revlon's Evening Opulence Collection: "Elusive"


On a routine trip to Cosmetic Market, buried in a bin of boring Essie polishes I've seen a million times before, I came across this little gem. The name? Appropriately, "Elusive". For $1.99 I didn't think twice about taking it home with me. One of the gals on Facebook let me know that Elusive is from Revlon's new and limited edition Gucci Westman fall Evening Opulence collection (thanks, Florence!)

In the bottle, just look at it. It's amazing. The composition is like Bad Romance Facets of Fuchsia aka Scandalous but with deep aquamarine particles.


Here's the big surprise - Elusive dries completely matte. Even though I knew nothing about this polish, nothing on the bottle indicated that it would dry to a matte finish. A frosted glass bottle at least would have given me a hint. How does it apply? The black jelly base is somewhat opaque and not at all watery. After applying two coats, I regret to report that Elusive is actually a little gross. The black base is too opaque and covers up the glitter. The glitter dries lumpy and looks like the face of the moon. I'd rather the glitter be flat and the finish by shiny - I mean really, matte top coat is easy to find and inexpensive - you probably already have a bottle or two around ;)




Let's see if this polish can't redeem itself with top coat. OK yep, this is a million times better. Of course with all that lumpiness to cover over, this is the work of 2 coats of Gelous and 1 coat of Seche. That's a heck of a lot of work for a glossy finish. But, just look at it. It's stunning. It has a galaxy-esque look to it.


I applaud Revlon for thinking outside the box but really think they should have given Elusive a glossy finish. If you like the look of Elusive, I'd recommend checking out Sally Hansen Mermaid's Tale, Emily de Molly Black Forest, or Two Birds Shines By Night first.

Have fun tracking this one down! If you're in NYC, Cosmetic Market (15 East 37th St between Madison and 5th Ave) had a decent supply left. I also have had the best luck finding new collections at Duane Reade, Bed Bath & Beyond. Also, the new Harmon Face Values looks promising to get the latest polishes.

Will you be searching for the elusive Elusive?

20 comments:

  1. Wow!! This is gorgeous!!! Gotta love Cosmetic Market. I'll have to keep an eye out for this one.

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    1. Yea it's been too long since I've been there :) It rarely disappoints lol

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  2. Gah! We only have Rich in the UK collection, there had better be some knocking about when I get to the US in November!

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    1. Ooo I hope you find lots of pretty things on your trip!

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  3. Ooh love this! :)

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    1. It's certainly different :) I very much prefer it shiny!

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  4. Ugh it's so gorgeous!! I loooove teal/turquoise and jellies, and especially black jellies, so this is really up my alley! Shame I'll never find it! :((

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    1. Oh no! Maybe a few other brands will end up duping it ;)

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    2. Omg I can't believe it, I just found it!! I was in Target and they had the whole collection! Amazing, I never thought I'd come across it, as I never found last year's Gucci Westman collection around anywhere near me. Yay, it's so pretty!

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  5. Wow, I had no idea it dried matte! I kind of love it even more now! Thanks for the swatches :)

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    1. Right?! NOTHING about this polish led me to believe it would be matte lol :)

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  6. Too bad this doesn't really work out, in the pictures it looks good!

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    1. Yah I'm not a fan of the lumpy texture, but it does look neat if you don't feel it lol

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  7. I actually like it matte lol but pretty with top coat too :)

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    1. You know I actually saw the full collection in a store for the first time yesterday (it was a Walgreen's)! So it should be out now!

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  8. I´ve had the same ugly surprise with the matte finish... and I paid about US 6 in my country for it... snif... at the first glace it looked alike to Radiant, with black jelly base, and it would have been so much better that way!
    And I´ve also tried to improve it with top coat ;-), regards!

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    1. Hi Pau, lol at "ugly surprise" :) Yep, that's pretty accurate! Hope your week is off to a great start!

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