Ring in summer with Revlon Haute Tropics

Summer is here, summer is here! As a summer baby, I can’t help but get excited for my favourite season of the year – especially because it gives me extra license to wear my brightest brights. Hands, toes, lips, clothes…I can’t get enough of the season’s happiest, punchiest colours.

Revlon Haute Tropics 2013 Collection - Leopard is a Neutral

When the Revlon Limited Edition Summer 2013 Haute Tropics Collection arrived at my office, it was met with ooh and aahs from my coworkers. The shades are 8 beautiful jewels that are designed to punch up your pedi but still be gorgeously wearable on your hands. Polish that transports you to the tropics in 10 minutes? Yes please! I received four shades for review – (L-R) Coast is Clear, Lagoon Afternoon, Belize, Please!, Cabana Queen.

Revlon Haute Tropics 2013 Collection - swatches

Coast is Clear is the kind of ocean-in-the-Bahamas turquoise I always gravitate to. It has a slight shimmer and achieves opacity in 2-3 coats. It reminds me a bit of Essie’s Turquoise and Caicos, but the shimmer and brighter, closer-to-Tiffany-blue shade makes it unique (and my favourite). BONUS – it also matches my Banana Republic x Milly bib necklace!

Revlon Haute Tropics 2013 Collection - Coast is Clear Swatch Revlon Haute Tropics 2013 Collection - Coast is Clear BR Milly Bib Necklace

Lagoon Afternoon is the shade I was most surprised to fall in love with. I could have applied a single coat to achieve the deep, stunning, wearable blue, although I applied two for good measure/out of habit. It does stain (as many darker blue polishes do) but it’s completely worth the hassle. I love how it looked with the gold leaf from my Essence nail art design kit!

Revlon Haute Tropics 2013 Collection - Afternoon Lagoon Swatch

Belize, Please! will easily become a staple in my nail wardrobe. A true pink, it has a hint of purple-y shimmer that gives a high-gloss, multi-dimensional look. It’s the quintessential pink polish and just might convince me to have a matching mani/pedi – it’s that fun. This is the pink little girls’ dreams are made of.

Revlon Haute Tropics 2013 - Belize, Please swatch

Cabana Queen is a shimmery off-white/silver/grey shade. I’m not quite sure how to describe other than to say it’s lovely. It was the shade I was most skeptical of, but I can see myself wearing it pretty often – it’s a bit unusual and will look amazing with a bit of a summer glow. More than anything – and as the name suggests – it has that effortless rich-girl-on-vacation feel. It makes for a great accent shade for nail art, too.

Revlon Haute Tropics 2013 - Cabana Queen Swatch

Revlon Haute Tropics 2013 Collection - Belize Please and Cabana Queen - Leopard is a Neutral

Isn’t Cabana Queen lovely on top of Belize, Please!? This little dotted accent nail is one of my most favourite – and easiest – ways to sport nail art.

The Revlon Haute Tropics 2013 Summer collection is limited-edition and will only be in stores for the next few weeks. I recommend going to snap them up – they’re versatile with amazing colour pay-off and the formula can last up to 7 days without chips.

*** Disclosure: the products in this post were provided to me for editorial consideration and review. As always, reviews are unbiased – I share products I think you’ll love as much as I do!