Revlon No Shrinking Violet Review & Swatches

** This post was written by Fiona. She no longer blogs for Swatch And Learn. However, Mary still continues to blog and will be happy to reply to your comment. **

The colors you wear not only affect how you look, but they can really transform how you feel, too. Take purple for example – it makes me feel strong, feminine and regal! That’s why when I saw Revlon No Shrinking Violet, I just had to have it in my nail-polish collection.

In the bottle, it looks like it has a soft pearlescent finish to it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite translate on the nail. But I still like the Revlon No Shrinking Violet Nail Enamel for days when I need a color pick-me-up.

Revlon No Shrinking Violet Swatches & Pictures

1 Coat - Artificial Light - No Top Coat

1 Coat - Natural Light - No Top Coat

2 Coats - Artificial Light - No Top Coat

2 Coats - Natural Light - No Top Coat

2 Coats - Artificial Light - Top Coat

2 Coats - Natural Light - Top Coat


    Goes on smooth

Key Notes

  • Name: Revlon No Shrinking Violet
  • Amount: 0.5 fl. oz. or 14.7 ml
  • What I Paid: $5.69 CAD
  • Price Per Unit: $11.38/fl. oz. or $0.39/ml
  • Other Revlon Nail Polish Colors Available: Metallic Gold Coin, Metallic Silver Dollar, Metallic Copper Penny, All Fired Up, Siren, Demure, Temptress, Revlon Red, Ruby Ribbon, Powder Puff, Emerald City, Minted, Peach Petal, Gray Suede, Lilac Pastelle, Scene Stealer, Devilish, Endless Possibilities, Oh My Magenta, Electric Pink, Plum Night, Sweet Tart, Midnight Affair, Pink Again, Make Mine Mango, Fuchsia Fever, Craving Coral, Hot for Chocolate, Sheer Nude, Cherry Berry, Teak Rose, Passion Punch, Opulent Pink, Steel-Her Heart, Amber Ablaze, Blushed, Sheer Pink, Sheer Blossom, Totally Toffee, Berry Delicious, Sheer Rose, Touch of Mauve, Really Rosy, Raven Red, Tuscan Sun, Valentine, Get Reddy, Frankly Scarlet, Plum Attraction, Cherries in the Snow, Raisin Rage, White on White, Vixen, Clear, Iced Mauve, Pure Pearl, Hushed Blush, Kiss Me Coral, Sandstorm, Plum Baby, Light, Cherry Crush, Sheer Petal, Barely Peach, Pink Chiffon, Posh Pink, Peach Nectar, Creme Brulee, Plum Seduction, Silver Screen, Black Lingerie
  • Where to Buy: Drugstores, big-box stores, some supermarkets, Revlon website

Revlon No Shrinking Violet Nail Color Review

I’m generally more attracted to saturated colors. I guess that’s why I like No Shrinking Violet! It’s a deep purple that doesn’t scream vampy. You get a dark shade, but not to the point where it just looks black no matter the light. It is quite opaque with just 1 coat, but I put two for good measure.

I would describe the Revlon No Shrinking Violet Nail Color to be like the shade you see on kids’ grape-juice boxes. It’s a pretty purple, but it’s quite one dimensional. There is a soft sheen to it and a bit of shimmer, but nothing really that makes you want to keep staring at your nails.

The formula itself goes on smoothly and isn’t tacky. But I do have one complaint about it: it seems to take longer to set compared to other nail polishes. Just need to be a little bit more patient before applying a 2nd coat or top coat and doing things with your hands.

But once dried, Revlon No Shrinking Violet does have decent staying power. It wears for about 4 days before I see any major chipping.

  • Easy to apply
  • Pretty color
  • Doesn’t wear away easily
  • Formaldehyde & toluene free
  • Color doesn’t have enough depth
  • Takes longer to dry

Final Verdict: 7.5/10

I like that the Revlon No Shrinking Violet Nail Enamel is easily available in stores, and you’re not forced to only buy it online. It’s a good color to have in your collection, but I don’t think it’s a must-have. It’s just a little on the plain side.

So what do you think of this shade?


2 thoughts on “Revlon No Shrinking Violet Review & Swatches

    1. Fiona Post author

      Hi Dee,

      I think it’s a pretty color, too! It’s a trusty purple shade that I go back to time and time again. 🙂

      Thanks for commenting!



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