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Revlon Chroma Chameleon - Amethyst

Sometimes I shrug off a collection, but keep checking it out until one finally wins me over.  Revlon Amethyst did that.  Don't get me wrong, the new LE Chroma Chameleon collection is gorgeous.  Trouble is, it's highly dupey...and for stuff I already have.  I've looked for comparison photos, but I can't find any.  I still made a list of likely dupes.  It's down below the photos.  Amethyst came home with me because I don't think I have anything *quite* like it.  It's reminiscent of things like OPI Not Like The Movies or Wet n Wild Gray's Anatomy, but seems like it has more oomph.  I almost compared them...but then I didn't.

Amethyst is a purple-to-green duochrome with a slightly metallic finish.

two coats over a nude base

They're not dupes, but Amethyst reminds me of a standalone version of Sinful Colors Bali Mist.  It suffers from the same photographic issue as Bali Mist, also being way more purple than my camera wants to admit.  The shift in Amethyst isn't as strong, but the pigment is denser.  These photos are over a nude base, but you don't need it...unless you have a patched nail like I do.  I'll be so happy when it's gone.  Amethyst applies really well, with minimal brushstroking and patchiness.  At one coat it's a bit too sheer, but you can see it's pretty smooth.

one coat over a nude base

If you've read our blog for a while, you know I love to sponge polishes like this.  So glad I did a third coat that way!

three coats, third coat sponged, over a nude base

Comes. To. LIFE!  Sponging!  I can't even make words about it.  It makes the shift stronger and adds a ton of shimmer.

three coats, third coat sponged, over a nude base

Keep in mind, it's *much* purpler in person. The pinkie almost gives you an idea of it.  The green flash is beautiful too, not as yellow as some.

three coats, third coat sponged, over a nude base

In very bright light, it does something odd but beautiful.  Most duochromes are a bit sun-shy, but Amethyst takes it to another level.  I think it's because of the dark-ish base.  It's less silver and more purple in bright light too, but the green pretty much vanishes.

three coats, third coat sponged, over a nude base

I wore Amethyst over Jungle too.  I think the effect would be about the same over black as over this blackened green.

two coats over Jungle
The dark base provides a different type of amplification, deepening both the green and the purple.

Amethyst already has a fair amount of oomph, but becomes a shifting, glowing chrome beauty.

You even get a suggestion of the blue hinted at by the bottle at extreme angles.

I mentioned above that the Chroma Chameleon collection has a lot of likely dupes.  Please note that I haven't actually done comparisons and these are all based on bottles, swatches, and suspicions.  Here's my list:

Likely Dupe List:

Pink Quartz:
Maybelline Pink Cosmo, 
China Glaze Swanky Silk, Deborah Lippmann Sugar Daddy

Rose Gold:
Chanel Peridot and its dupes (OPI Just Spotted The Lizard
China Glaze Rare & Radiant, etc)

Similar, but not dupes- Wet n Wild Gray's Anatomy, Deborah Lippmann Wicked Game, OPI Not Like The Movies, Sinful Colors Bali Mist

MO Aqua Violet

Chanel Peridot and its dupes (OPI Just Spotted The Lizard
China Glaze Rare & Radiant, etc)

China Glaze Want My Bawdy

China Glaze UnpredictableNicole by OPI Mer-made For Each Other

Nicole by OPI Iris My Case, China Glaze No Plain Jane

So...should you get the Revlon Chroma Chameleons?  Maybe.  They're small at 0.29oz/8.6mL and they're pricey at around $8-9, but they are pretty and the formula on Amethyst is really nice!  Many of their probable dupes are brushstroke-y.  If you were only going to get one from this collection, I'd say Amethyst or Aquamarine.  I think you could easily pass on Gold and Rose Gold as they look almost identical and have a dupe from almost every brand.

I've worn some outstanding polish over the past few days and I can't wait to show you!  In fact, I often don't wait and you can get sneak peeks on Twitter...if you're so inclined.


  1. That looks superb! From your pics, I think this is a much stronger and richer colour than Not Like The Movies. Maybe even a bit dupey for Rimmel Zeitgeist :D

    1. Thanks! :) And yeah, it feels like what Not Like The Movies and similar *wanted* to be, if that makes sense.

  2. So... I have OPI Into the Night, ChG Want My Bawdy, AND Color Club Personal Stylist, yet I feel compelled to go out of my way to hunt down Cobalt. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? :) I also want Amethyst, Aquamarine, and Pink Quartz (for which I don't own dupes).


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