Nail Polishes That Smell Good






If someone was to say the phrase ‘scented nail polish’ to me, it would conjure up images of me pre-teen, in the nineties, covered in body glitter, in a room full of Spice Girls posters and Glitter Babes toiletries and lacquering on some sweet smelling polish secretly as nail painting was banned in my house. But alas, scented nail polish was not a before millennium discovery and has recently just found its way into drugstores thanks to Revlon. They’d piloted the formula before, but this month saw the release of their Parfumerie range; 20 colours, housed in perfume-like bottles, each with their own fresh, fruity or classic whiff. Puzzled, but intrigued I brushed a few shades on…

Here’s the deal. Upon untwisting the lid you sure do get hit with the labelled scent – though the sweet and fruity smells come through better than the classic ones like Bordeaux, Italian Leather and Espresso (coffee nails? *shudders*). Pink Pineapple smelt incredible, but unfortunately the more pastel shades don’t apply too well, needing at least three coats to avoid looking patchy. The deeper colours on the other hand are kinda awesome; they last well without too much chipping and China Flower in particular could easily get away with just the one coat, plus Ginger Melon will look fab-u-lous on the toes this summer. Of course when the top coat comes out the scent disappears rendering the whole thing a bit pointless. However I found a use for them. Anyone else’s boyfriend moan when it’s manicure time? Whip these out and they’ll never know. I tested it and Mark thought I was baking in the other room. Poor guy – what a let down.

At £6.49 each from Boots, they’re not the priciest offering out there and will look particularly pretty amongst your polish posse, but if it’s the scent you’re after then you’re better off just sticking to more traditional ways to perfume-up your persons. *spritz, spritz* 


  • I am not a fan of Scented nail colors! I tried the other version of revlon’s perfumed colors and they were a bit too much!

  • that sounds so lovely 😮 thanks for the discovery Anna 🙂
    xx from France

  • Anna Blush

    Interesting review, it’s disappointing that the scent disappears after top coat but definitely good for the BF like you said! x

  • A shame that the scent disappears- almost £7 is quite pricey for a drugstore nail polish, especially if it’s as disappointing as that! 🙁

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  • I am not a fan of these, its the colour and quality that gets me rather than the scent, especially as it fades. Some gorgeous shades though, loving the darker ones.

  • I’m intrigued by these, but I think the fact that the label is not perfectly centred on all the bottles would drive me mad. At least should I want them for display purposes.


  • I’d buy them only for the packaging.

  • I have a couple of these, Lime Basil and Bordeaux and I love them! The bottles are just so cute, plus they have great scents to them!

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  • Sybil Mae

    Very informative post! 🙂 I was very curious about these when I spotted them in Boots the other day.

  • I have been intrigued by these for a while – think I will try the Ginger Melon!

    Have a lovey day xx

  • I’ve seen these around. The smell of nail polish sometimes makes me feel sick so be interesting to test these out and besides I need some new nail polish anyway 😉

    Ashley x

  • I saw these the other day in boots, but I didnt have time to stand there and smell them, so i will be interested more so now after reading your post. Who wouldnt want scented nail polishes.

    Jess x

  • Michelle Glassow Schroll

    They need to bring Revlon to Denmark 🙂

  • I don’t understand why anyone would want smelly nails?! Seems strange to me but the colours are pretty.

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  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    Personally I don’t think the range of colors is especially impressive, but it’s a wonderful concept and I adore Wintermint and Autumn Spice :o) Xx

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  • They look gorgeous but I’m not sure if this will be life-changing for me hahaha x Savannah

  • I just purchased my first one of these nail polishes last night! I love it, I was a little nervous about the smell, but it actually smelled nice!

  • Harrie

    I bought one of these a couple of weeks and ago and really enjoyed it even though the smell faded quite quickly 🙂 x

  • Ellie

    These bottles are absolutely adorable! So classic and gorgeous and I bet they look incredible on a nail polish rack. It’s a shame that the pastel colours take more coats, but it would probably be worth it for these bottles and maybe even the scents.
    Will definatly be checking them out soon. 🙂


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  • These sound really intriguing! I love love love the packaging, it has that whole retro vibe which makes me want to buy the whole range just for display (hum, maybe not a great idea).

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  • Parisian To Be

    I’ve seen these floating around the drugstore and was waiting for someone to review them. I’m not sure how I feel about them, though–perhaps a bit of a marketing bumpf. But the colors look gorgeous! x

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  • Lauren S
  • These look so cute, a bit gimmicky though! x

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  • Carla

    It’s a shame that the pastel shades don’t apply very well, the colours are gorgeous, love the packaging too x

  • Meg Bolderson

    I’ve wanted to try these for a while now, love the bottles too!x

  • Haha I love that you tested the scent out on your boyfriend! The Bordeaux shade might not smell good but it’s a stunning colour x

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  • Daisy Daniels

    I wanna try them!!

  • Hmmm….Are these a different formula in the UK?
    Because those polishes are scented when DRY, they’re even advertised that way. I have quite a few shades and none of them smell like anything other than regular nail polish straight out of the bottle – I get the scent once I apply them and they start drying. Also, I think the scent longevity after top coat depends entirely on which top coat you use. I use Butter London’s Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat and I can still smell the scent very well, even a day later.
    On that note, I think these look so adorable! I love the idea 🙂

  • mikaylaa.s

    I want to try these so bad! smelly nail polish seems like a dream to me, and I would even skip a topcoat for some pretty smells!


  • Great review, I’ve been looking at them for some time now, but never actually bought any.
    Just did a review on my blog on some nail polishes as well 🙂

  • Have you tried Apricot Nectar? I found it painted on really nicely and smelled pretty after it dried. Hate that these weren’t great for you. Link to my review is below.

  • Kate Wilson
  • would love to try these!

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  • Jessica Whitbread

    The bottles are to die for!

  • I was pretty excited when I heard these were coming out! I finally had a chance to try one, Apricot Nectar, last week. It did smell pretty good, but that totally disappeared once I put the top coat on. Also, I didn’t love the formula for that color. I might need to try some of the darker ones to see if they apply better!

  • Chrissabella

    Great review and the bottles look very chic!

  • These look amazing, love the concept!


  • lisa27

    god, my boyfriend moans every! time i do my nails. as polish remover bothered him the most he got me paul & joe’s polish remover which smells amazing and by far is the best remover i’ve ever used! thanks for your posts, i adore your page and also you’re such a beauty! lots of great advice have found their way into my everyday make up routine! xxx from germany

  • Dizzy Miss Lizzy

    I bought myself the Wintermint one the other day. Smells so minty and I love the bottles! x

  • I’ve got the Pink Pineapple and Apricot Nectar shades, and found that without topcoat, the fragrance only lasts about 24 hours anyway. Without any topcoat they actually do last pretty well, especially if you keep your nails on the short side.

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  • Prettysnoopy

    I love these photos Anna!! Your witty style is such a pleasure to read too, I was wondering what these scented polishes would be like, so thanks for the review! xx