Nail art made simple: Revlon Nail Art Expressionist + Moon Candy enamel [review]

Sometimes beauty products create immediate glee and curiosity. For impatient types like Rema from The Burgundy Book and me, leaving a press event generally means digging right into our goody bags the second we’re out the door. When we received these Revlon Nail Art polishes at a recent preview, Rema actually tested them on the streetcar home – they looked that cool.

Revlon Nail Art polishes - Moon Candy Expressionist - leopard is a neutral

The actual quality and thinking behind the products are amazing. Each Revlon Nail Art polish is double-ended. The Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy shades contain one opaque base shade and a flakie, transparent polish to go on top, meant to give nails a 3D, holographic look. The Revlon Nail Art Expressionist polishes contain two fully opaque shades, one meant for base and the other for accent. The cool part is that the accent shades are paired with a skinny brush, perfect for striping, dotting and overall design.


There are ten shades in the Revlon Nail Art Expressionist collection. I was given Vincent Van Gold and Night & Degas for review (and plan to add Pinkasso + Pastel Punk to my collection soon!).

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There are 10 shades in the Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy collection as well. I was provided with Meteor and Supernova for review.

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I was overly ambitious the first time I gave Revlon Nail Art Expressionist in Vincent Van Gold and Night and Degas a try. The base shade I chose was Essie’s Mint Candy Apple, a summer favourite. The skinny brush made a chevron pattern decidedly less daunting than when I gave it a try (#fail) with a toothpick. While the style was, in the end, a bit busy for me, I loved the ease of painting intricate little designs with the skinny brush.

Chevron Nail Art - Revlon Nail Art Expressionist Vincent Van Gold

Inspired by Rema’s polish look, I decided to give a simpler style a try on my next go. Paired with Deborah Lippmann Daytripper, my favourite coral, Vincent Van Gold pops. The stripes are also very straight considering they were freehand!

Striped Nails - Vincent Van Gold - Revlon Nail Art Expressionist

What I’m most impressed with in the Expressionist shades are how opaque the accent enamels are. I find white nail polish to be extremely finicky and was shocked at how great the formula and the payoff were with Night and Degas. The quality of the payoff makes sense, given that the shades were designed to show up on the first try on top of another polish. I wasn’t as big of a fan of the Moon Candy shades. I do love glitter, but I struggle with flakie polishes. For those who love the look, you won’t be disappointed with the quality of the polish.

The Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy and Expressionist nail enamel collections are available at most major drugstores and retail for about $8.99 each. Each shade pairs well with the colour it’s matched with, but you’ll definitely find yourself mixing and matching amongst the collections and within your existing polish collections! Yes, you could just buy yourself a striping brush…but the ease & convenience of these polishes combined with the colour payoff and opacity means that they’re worth every penny.

Disclosure: I was provided these polishes free of charge by the Revlon PR team. As always, opinions are unbiased – I love these products and think you’ll love them too!