This morning I sat in on a beauty brunch at Revlon’s New York headquarters, discussing new products for SS10. There were the Revlon mainstays of mascara, lip stain, and a special collection by Gucci Westman (which is gorgeous), but also a line of scented nail polishes.
I can’t help but think that there’s a lot wrong with this idea. Firstly, nail polish fumes are toxic, and while Revlon’s polish is marketed to be smelled when dry, inevitably people are going to sniff it in the bottle, as many women did this morning. Encouraging people to intently smell toxic fumes is a bad idea on every count.
But let’s get on to the actual smell. On one hand, the scent lasts for five days, making it a perma-perfume, which would save you a ton of money on Chanel No. 5. But it also comes in scents like Grape Icy, Ocean Breeze, and Beach, which we don’t think anyone has wanted to smell like since Kramer.
The colors range from shimmery acid green (very Shrek for OPI) to a feminine pink and a shocking red that are perfect for daily wear. So we ask, would you rock Revlon’s scented polish or are you sticking to regular scentless polishes this summer?
Update: While we still think that inhaling nail polish fumes isn’t such a good idea, Revlon would like us to make it clear that the company’s nail polishes are NOT toxic. Here’s the statement:
Revlon nail enamels have a long history of safe use. They have been marketed and sold for more than 70 years without issue. Since 1992 all Revlon nail enamels have been free of DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde. The solvents used in nail enamels are safe for their intended use. Although not directed to do so, an individual briefly sniffing a nail enamel would not be exposed to a solvent concentration that would cause any concern for human health. The exposure would be consistent with what one normally experiences when using these products. Additionally , the fragrances used in Revlon’s new scented nail enamels have been carefully reviewed for safety and comply with all global standards required for fragrance.