See 109 colors of retro 1980s Revlon nail polish

109 colors of retro Revlon nail polish (1981)

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See 109 colors of retro Revlon nail polish from 1981

The professional nail enamel you can use at home

Dries fast. Looks wet. Stubbornly resists chipping. So all-around sensational, professional manicurists use it. On the job. And at home.

Colors of retro 1980s Revlon nail polish

Manicure and nail care tips for your retro Revlon nail polish

If you have hands and nails looking the way they should, here are suggestions on how to keep them that way:

  • Avoid using nails to open jars or to scrape lobster meat from claws. If it’s worth getting to, it’s worth using the proper utensil.
  • Open jewelry clasps or lockets with a metal nail file rather than fingernails.
  • Always use a pen or pencil to dial a phone and knuckles to press for an elevator.
  • Don’t keep hands in chemicals or hot water for long periods of time.
  • If you love to soak in a hot tub for hours, try to keep your hands out of the water as much as possible.
  • Moisturize hands every time you moisturize your face.
  • Avoid picking at nail polish. You may pull off a layer of the nail and weaken it.
  • Wash hair with the pads of your fingers rather than your nails. It’s better for circulation and manicure.

Take good care of your hands. You’ll notice less breakage and long-lasting manicures when you pay attention to what you do with those pretty fingers.

– Marcia Fine, Beauty Plus (Published in the Arizona Republic, January 20, 1981)

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Vintage ’80s nail polish: Metallics, beiges & browns

Super Platinum, Pure Pearl, Natural, Sea Ivory, Shell Platinum, Ipanema Gold

Bronzed Beige, Glossiest Brown, Vanilla Orchid, Mocha Mauve, Pink Crystal, Golden Ginger

Misty Taupe, Summertan (Frost), Misty Mocha, Sweet Clove, Summertan (Crystalline), Windsor

Le Mood Jazz, Smoked Topax, Copperglaze Wine, Copper Frost, Copperglaze Brown, Toffee Smoke

Sienna Silk, Misty Toffee, Raisin Brown, Love That Red, Misty Cinnamon, Sandalwood Beige

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’80s retro Revlon nail polish: Creams & browns

Frostiest Pink, Blush Platinum, Snow Lilac, Pink Spicing, China Almond

Cocoa Pearl, Sand Beige, Bronze Platinum, Gingerpeachy, Polished Amber

Almost Red, Cherry Blossom, Misty Lilac, Wild Rice, Earthy Cinnamon

Plum Silk, Daring Young Red (Crystalline), Rosewine, Earthcoral, Sunny Red

African Violet, Wine With Everything (Creme), Wine (Crystalline), Sable Silk, Foxy Brown

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Vintage ’80s nail polish colors: Pinks & reds

Colors: Spunsugar Pink, Chili Peach, Pebble Pink, Pink Cognac, Copperglaze Platinum

Powder Pink, Mandarin Coral, Copperglaze Bronize, Daring Young Red (Creme), Carioca Pink

Mocha Polka, Ming Rose, Misty Coral, Rio, Flowering Plum

Rose Rubies, Summertan (Creme), Mahogany Red, Blackrose, Sienna Brown

Red Your Way, Midnight Orchid, Brown Orchid, Little Red Russet, Cherry Red Your Way

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From the 1980s: 109 colors of retro Revlon nail polish (1981)

Vintage ’80s nail polish shades: Peaches and reds

Silvered Rose, Bronzeglow, Tiajuana Bronze, Naked Pink, Silver Lilac, Chilliest Rose

Cadillac Red (Crystalline), Fire Pearl, Misty Plum, Goldleaf Red, Copperglaze, Misty Mauve

Fire & Ice, Shanghai Scarlet, Cadillac Red (Creme), Heather Silk, Coppergold, Gingerpeachy (Crystalline)

Le Mood Jazz, Almost Red (Creme) Sly Red, Wild Cinnamon, Bamboo Wine, Dragon Red

Raven Red, Burgundy Pearl, Kola Nut, Indian Spice, Blackberry

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109 colors of retro Revlon nail polish from the '80s

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8 Responses

  1. Do you still produce the nail color “Wine with Everything”? I love that color and what I have is almost gone. I’d love to purchase more of it.

  2. there were 2 colors I wore all the time , misty lilac and misty mauve . I’d love to see those colors come back in style !

  3. I have half a bottle of Frostiest Pink left. I would dearly love to find a source for it, or have Revlon bring it back. I can’t find any current nail enamel that is even close.

  4. I have been looking for a discontinued Revlon matte nail color, circa 2013, in a white shade. I cannot remember the color name but I will recognize it when I see it in print. I do know that it had been available for several years prior to my purchasing it. It may have been intended as an undercoat. Any suggestions from readers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!.

  5. Every summer throughout high school and college I wore either Summertan or Copperglaze Bronze; loved how they looked with a tan. Now that I’m in my 60s I’m having fun going as bright and neon as possible, all summer long!

  6. i love revlon nail polish, i was a manicurist in the 80 , i lost my favorite color and i need 2 bottles
    the color is shanghai scarlett….. PLEASE HELP ME SO I CAN ORDER THE COLOR!!!!

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