Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer
Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer

A Rather Radiant Blue Mosaic Awaits

Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer ($4.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a blue-tinted clear base with blue glitter and larger green, silver, and blue hexagon-shaped glitter. It totally reminded me of the glitter in Deborah Lippmann–if you used Radiant (Blue Mosaic) over a blue-black base, you’d get pretty close to the overall shade. The major difference is Radiant has a mostly clear base, while Deborah Lippmann is a colored (opaque) base. That would, of course, make Radiant more versatile, since you could layer it over any number of polishes.

To clear up any confusion: the bottle I actually bought and own is called Blue Mosaic, which was around for a limited time before being re-released–but under the name Radiant, which is what is currently available at stores and retailers nationwide. How utterly confusing–It’s like when L’Oreal thought it would be a great idea to name things differently by region.

Worn alone, even with two coats, it’s fairly sparse. It really does just look like a layering polish, and I can’t imagine there was an intention for much more than sheer base the glitter is suspended in. Even in the bottle, the base color looks clear with tons of glitter particles floating in it. Alone, it makes my fingertips look frostbitten, LOL!

I tried layering it over SpaRitual’s Ebb & Flow, which was a slightly aqua-tinted blue color, and this made it look bluer with lots of glitter. In the swatches of Radiant alone, I used two coats, and with it layered, I used just one coat of Radiant over two coats of the base color polish.  I think if you really want it to stand out, you’re better off trying to do two coats for layering.

The formula is a little thick, especially if you’re doing two coats over two colored coats, but it’s manageable. The hexagon-shaped glitters you do have to fish around a little for, and they slide around easily if you don’t wait long enough between coats.  I typically get a week of wear with Revlon’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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I wish you could get more hexagonal glitter per coat--it's one thing to need two or three layers for opaque glitter coverage, but when you need two coats for layering over a base color, it can result in a rather thick sandwich of nail colors! The formula on this shade could be a little thinner to better accommodate using two coats for layering.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer
Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer

Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer
Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer

Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer
Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer over SpaRitual Ebb & Flow

Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer
Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer over SpaRitual Ebb & Flow

Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer
Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer

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It totally reminded me of the glitter in Deborah Lippmann--if you used Radiant (Blue Mosaic) over a blue-black base, you'd get pretty close to the overall shade. The major difference is Radiant has a mostly clear base, while Deborah Lippmann is a colored (opaque) base. That would, of course, make Radiant more versatile, since you could layer it over any number of polishes.

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16 thoughts on “Revlon Radiant (Blue Mosaic) Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Dinitchka

    I picked this up in an Ulta order over the weekend. At $4.99 and they had buy 2 get 1 free. They are still $4.99 but now it’s *buy 1 get 1 half off*. That sucks because I was hoping for more hexes :( I want to try it over Butter London’s Blagger. And then try a jelly sandwich with Spoiled Tattle Tell.

    • Avatar of Quinctia Quinctia

      Dinitchka Aw, wait a little while and they’ll have a deal again on it.  Or find a coupon.  I’m a pretty big fan of all the hexes that Revlon’s put out, though this one’s probably the least exciting.  My favorites have been Scandalous/Facets of Fuschia, Whimsical, and Popular/Starry Pink.I wish they’d stop changing the names, though.  >:|

      • Dinitchka

        Quinctia I picked up those colurs as well. And YES, I agree with you. Stop with the name changing as it’s quite annoying!

  2. Avatar of Lydia Lydia

    OPI’s “Gone Gonzo” from their Muppets Collection around holiday season last year would be more what you wanted this to be :)

  3. Avatar of Lydia Lydia

    OPI’s “Gone Gonzo” from their Muppets Collection is probably what you wanted this to be :)

  4. Dominique33

    I have the Nfu Oh 54 and frankly speaking I think it’s much better and prettier than the Revlon. It looks so great in the bottle, disappointed by the result. My Nfu Oh is becoming very sticky with time, I am currently wearing it on toes feet with Olé Caliente from Essie, it’s really ok !

  5. For some reason this made me think of Mariah Carrey :-S Glitter! Someone please slap me.Anyway, this looks like a cool glitter polish to experiment with! I like what you did with it in the first picture.

  6. Avatar of Kafka Kafka

    Those hexagon things are really cute!!! And I bet this would look really pretty over a pale, sheerish light blue, a white-ish colour, or a greyish silver. Oh yes, over a silver! But I’m far, far too OCD for a nail varnish like this. It would irritate me to no end to have not just a random number of the hexagon shapes from nail to nail, but also to have them unevenly dispersed on each nail. Knowing me, I’d probably start picking at the nails to try to even out the numbers or something. <sheepish blush>

  7. I’m going to pass on this one. I can only see myself wearing it over a grey shade, and even then I’m not a huge fan of what I’m imagining it to look like! 

  8. Uhm and NO!  although Christine can make anything attractive!

  9. This is actually a really pretty glitter–I haven’t gotten too much into the whole glitter or holo polishes, but I would so wear this one just because it looks amazing layered over that blue like you did. I’ve been totally digging blue on my nails lately so maybe I’ll check this out!

  10. Avatar of artemis artemis

    it’s very cute over the blue nail polish but yep, it;d be cooler to have more big glitter :D I like(and sometimes love glitter but don’t like and sometimes even hate shimmer on nails :/)

  11. Amy Pratz

    I like the idea of glitter polishes, but the reality is the application is sporadic at best & they are a P.I.T.A to remove

  12. Missahana

    I have this one and I used a metallic midnight blue shimmer underneath. I did base coat, one coat blue polish and then two coats of this and it was GORGEOUS! I got so many compliments. The hexagon pieces weren’t too hard to get, I was more worried that there would be too many after 2 coats! I think my concern was that the pieces were silver on one side and green on one and more often than not, the pieces were showing more silver.