Category Archives: nail polish in tv shows

Bless This Mess S01E04 (Predators)

Several beauty products in Rio’s bedroom (from left to right):

The green bottle is Tata Harper hydrating floral essence

The tube is Reverence Aromatique hand balm by Aesop

The white bottle is Kiehl’s ultra facial moisturizer

The metallic grey nail polish is by Essie

Thanks to Emily for the screencap and ids.

Pose S01E02 (Access)

pose_s01e02_bornunicorn (6)

When Elektra Abundance (Dominique Jackson) visits the nail salon where Blanca (MJ Rodriguez) works, it’s clear she’s not interested in getting a manicure. She asks for a top coat on her already done nails, and she soon points out her likes and dislikes.

revlonadvert1987_bornunicorn

maxfactoradvert1987_bornunicorn

She likes Revlon and Max Factor nail polishes. In the adverts above (both from 1987), you can see the design these brands had for their nail varnish bottles.

pose_s01e02_bornunicorn (1)

yardleyadvert1980s_bornunicorn.jpg

She totally dislikes Yardley, the British brand founded in 1770 which was incredibly successful in the 1960s and 1970s, but lost its appeal in the 1980s.

pose_s01e02_bornunicorn (3)

pose_s01e02_bornunicorn (4)

pondscoldcream1980s_bornunicorn

She’s not done with Blanca: her former daughter should take better care of herself and her “ashy complexion” by using Pond’s cold cream.

barbicidejar_bornunicorn

In the screencap above we can see a jar of Barbicide disinfectant on Blanca’s working station.

sechevitetopcoat_bornunicorn

In the meantime, Blanca is applying the top coat Elektra has asked for. It’s by Seche Vite, even if this product didn’t exist in 1987 (the brand was founded in 1991).

pose_s01e02_bornunicorn (5)

opi_pinkandred_bornunicornWhen Blanca puts away the top coat, we can see a display of OPI nail polishes. This is historically incorrect, since the American brand, founded in 1981, expanded its portfolio to nail lacquers in 1989, not in 1987.