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Valley of the Dolls (1967)

Recent graduate Anne Welles starts working at a theatrical agency but soon learns how cruel and ruthless the world of theatre is. She’s ready to quit but changes her mind after meeting her boss’s business partner, Lyon Burke (Paul Burke).

On their first meeting she drops her handbag on the floor and one of her make-up items is left on the office carpet.

Lyon picks it up: it’s a lipstick. Funny how he immediately checks the shade on the bottom of the tube.

The shade is Barely Pink, a real shade by Revlon! It was part of the Colors on the Naked Side 1963 collection, which included “barely-there pales with a ladylike lustre.”

If you are into nude pink shades or are a fan of the Mark Robson film, you’re lucky: Barely Pink is still produced by Revlon.

Thanks to Kristel Eliana for submitting this post.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel S01E05 (Doink)

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revlonvintagelipstick_bornunicornguerlainjicky_bornunicornThere are some Revlon lipsticks (with the ivory and gold case) on Midge’s counter. On a shelf nearby there’s a Guerlain flacon quadrilobe: impossible to say what scent it contains.

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revlon_vintagenailpolish_bornunicornThe other make-up products on the counter are by Revlon but I couldn’t identify any of them. Some are original (see the Paint the Town Pink box) but the others seem generic items with the label Revlon on them. I couldn’t find any evidence that Revlon nail polish had ever had those bottles, for example, and the same can be said for the black and red compacts. This leaves me a bit perplexed. If Revlon allowed the production of the tv show to use its name, why didn’t they provide original vintage items?

Postcards from the Edge (1990)



revlonvintagelipstick_bornunicornWhen Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine) has a car accident and is hospitalized, her daughter Suzanne (Meryl Streep) puts on her make-up. The peach lipstick she uses is by Revlon and matches her mother’s nail polish.




revlontouchandglowmoisturizingpowderreviewandswatches3The compact Doris uses while putting on some black eye pencil is by Revlon again. It’s made of black plastic with square edges; originally used for the Love Pat pressed powder, it’s now used for the Touch and Glow moisturizing powder. Judging from the three gold lines on the eye pencil, I think it’s another Revlon product.

Picture source.

How to Get Away with Murder S03E01 (We’re Good People Now)

howtogetawaywithmurder_s03e01_bornunicorn-2There are a face cream jar and two lip colours on Annalise Keating’s dressing table.

521272_xlarge_1The face cream is Rosehip moisture restorative night crème by Essano, a brand from New Zealand.


The lip colour with the golden case is L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire liquid lipstick in #502 Plum Adagio; the other one is a lipstick by Revlon.

Frida Kahlo’s Hidden Closet

wpid-screenshot_2015-05-05-20-07-08.jpgThere’s something creepy and fascinating in the earthly possessions of great artists. We often tend to fantasize about their creations and to put them on a pedestal, but we mustn’t forget they were humans like us, breathing and living in flesh and blood. A strong voyeuristic drive sometimes takes us to visit their homes or their studios, still inhabited with the ghost of them and filled with personal objects. I had a similar feeling when I found out about a project by the Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako. In 2004 he had the honour to photograph personal belongings of Frida Kahlo, which had been hidden in a bathroom of the Blue House in Mexico City. Frida’s husband, Diego Rivera, started placing Frida’s personal effects and clothing there in 1954; he gave instructions that that bathroom should remain closed until 15 years after his death. It remained unopened until 2004, when the Museo Frida Kahlo decided to catalogue the contents of the room. The pictures taken by Miyako are an extraordinary record of an extraordinary life, where pain, illness, desperation, art, love and passion merge.

Two pictures have impressed me the most, because they’re beauty-related. In the first one, two Revlon nail polishes are portrayed.

revlon_vintagenailpolish_orchidstoyou_bornunicornSeal-Fast was a top coat: according to an ad appearing on the Pittsburg Press in September 1941, it halved drying time, made the enamel more resistant, protected the nails and encouraged longer growth. The second nail polish was part of the Lastron line: Orchids to You was a shade released in 1948, along with matching lipstick and a face powder. I’m not surprised of this find: Frida’s nails were often painted and Revlon was one of the most popular make-up brands at the time.

The second picture filled me with joy! Finally the evidence that Frida actually wore one of the perfumes always quoted in forums and websites – Emir by Dana.


dana_emir_vintageads_bornunicornThese beautiful ads emphasize the exotic quality of this perfume. Created by the master perfumer Jean Carles and launched in 1936, it was an oriental leather scent with an incense base. According to the Basenotes user Meliscents, it was a mix of Opium and Ivory soap, “that touch of clean keeps it from being too dark & heavy”. The description perfectly matches Frida’s taste.