I finally picked up Revlon Parfumerie polish in Espresso the other day, something I've been curious about since seeing it on Be Happy and Buy Polish. Espresso played a little trick on my brain. The name says dark, dark brown and the photos say not quite black in a way I couldn't explain. Like reds, black polishes seem fairly straightforward but they are not anywhere close to being the same. Espresso is, oddly, a verrrrrry dark blue leaning black, in fact just this side of being confused for a deep midnight blue. Here's one swipe on paper, next to jet black WetnWild Wild Shine Black Creme.
On the nail, the blue is less apparent but it's still just not quite true black.
Regarding formula, blacks and almost-blacks are notoriously tricky because of how pigmented they are, but Espresso is not bad, perhaps because it's more crelly than creme. It's got a decent thickness and the Parfumerie brush is small, so it's easy to control; even so, take care and move a little more slowly in your application. I used two coats plus one layer of topcoat.
So what about the fragrance? I've read Espresso's scent described everywhere from coffee and toast to burnt rubber to pipe tobacco to coffee with hints of myrrh and sandalwood. It's an elusive scent and indeed, I got wild blackberries from it. Like the other Parfumerie polishes, the scent is subtle and surprisingly, pleasingly complex for such a product. Topcoat tames the fragrance but does not obscure it.
In summation, Espresso is another win for the Parfumerie line, which I'm growing more and more impressed with, and a welcome addition to my repertoire of black and black-ish polishes. The Parfumerie polishes are available at most major drugstores for $4.99 to $5.99 a bottle.
I hope you all get to enjoy a little spring break! C and I headed for the coast for my birthday, forgetting it was day one of spring break until we found ourselves in the middle of a long and slow moving line of cars entering our nearest beach town. It was all way more crowded than either of us really likes but we had a fun time, nonetheless, and the weather was beautiful but windy. In case you're wondering, matte lipstick is perfect for windy days-- no hair stringing lines all over your face, lol. :)
Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!! ♥♥