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
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?