Four years ago, I owned 2 lip products (yes, just 2) and kept more than a dozen nail polish bottles.  I loved the latter so much that when I celebrated my 28th birthday, my then workmates gifted me with a bouquet of nail polish bottles in fancy cellophane sheets.

2011 | Happy 28th Birthday to me!
2011 | The happy-I-got-new-nail-polish face.

Now, it’s the other way around — I own only 2 nail polish bottles and keep more than a dozen lipsticks (probably more).  I wonder if in the next few weeks, my birthday, someone would give me a bouquet of lipsticks, hah!

Anyway, one of the two nail polishes I have, excluding a bottle of top coat, is Revlon’s Gel Envy in Hold ’em (460).  I think I bought this in late February.

Swatch:  Revlon Color Stay Gel Envy - 460 Hold -em
Swatch: Revlon Color Stay Gel Envy – 460 Hold ’em

I was looking for a purplish nail polish to replace my discontinued staple, Max Factor Max Effect in #26 Cappuccino (see Iana’s swatch).  The closest match I could find was Chanel #641 Tenderly (see Alyssa Melanie’s swatch).  I still couldn’t bring myself to spend that much on nail polish just yet so I looked for other purple options.

Hold ’em is not in any way similar to Cappuccino and Tenderly but it satisfied my purple cravings.  I don’t know how to describe what shade of purple Hold ’em is.  All I know is that it’s a purple that flatters olive yellow skin tones.

It’s been more than 2 months since I last wore nail polish.  I wore this nail polish again today.  You’re generally not supposed to when you’re pregnant.  Unfortunately, I lost the baby 2 days ago. I feel kind of awkward to mention this now since I just casually ‘announced’ the pregnancy in my last post.  I’m really wishing I hadn’t.  But, yeah.  Shit happens.  I am sad.  And maybe purple is appropriate.

Hold ’em is opaque in one coat but it looks better and more gel nail polish~esque with 2 to 3 coats.  Maybe one coat would do if you have the Revlon Gel Envy Top Coat but I don’t have that yet.

The nail polish wears well.  I can wear it for 4 days with very minimal chipping, as far as I remember.  That is good enough for me because I wash the dishes and some of my clothes with my hands.

My favorite thing about this nail polish is the applicator.  I find it easier to apply nail polish when the brush is flat.  It is also somewhat rounded at the tip making it easier to apply close to the cuticle.

Revlon Color Stay Gel Envy 460 Hold em 3

I’d probably not repurchase this.  I might go back to a color like Max Factor Cappuccino.  If you know of a nail polish that’s similar to the latter, let me know.

Revlon Color Gel Envy seem to be available wherever Revlon is available.  I got mine from The SM Store for Php 325.


Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. Hi Rae, sorry to hear about what happened… I can’t even imagine how you must feel.

    I hope someone surprises you with a bouquet of lipsticks AND nail polish :) wish I had a similar polish to recommend. If I come across something, will let you know.

  2. Omg, it’s my first time on your blog and I really don’t know anything much yet about you, but I feel really sorry to hear about that :( hope you’re doing fine.
    I think Sally Hansen has something similar to Max Factor Cappuccino. It’s also at SM store, it’s a bit pricey for 495php.

  3. So sorry to hear about your loss, Rae. Hope you and E are coping well.

    I like the texture of the Revlon Gel, I wish you could find your perfect shade match in that line.

  4. Max Factor Max Effect in 4 Elegant Mauve?

  5. Hugs hugs hugs

    I like Up the Ante too but that’s a bright purple. Barry M nail polishes are nice too. You might like Almond.

    • Wow. This is the type of color I want. Wish Rimmel is easily accessible here.

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    I’m really sorry, Rae. :( I can only imagine how you must be feeling. Take care of yourself!

  7. Oh no! So sad about what happened, Rae. I hope that you’ll be alright soon.

  8. Oh no, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m not sure how I can support you so I’ll just say that I’m sad to hear that. The closest color that I’ve seen that looks similar is essie nail polish in St. Lucia Lilac or Lilacism.

What do you think?

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