One of the most confusing things about being a Streetwear collector is that there are so many variations. Packaging, labeling, and even colours. It can make things very frustrating for a collector (and completist) like myself. Since the Reference Guide is now back up and running, I thought it might be a fun idea to put together a companion post to show all the variations I have found with the Streetwear brand since I began collecting seven years ago.
Firstly, we’ll talk cap stickers. These are the (usually) black labels on the top with the code and shade name. I’ve found a lot of variations (a lot more than expected!) so here’s what you can expect to find amongst the line.
This is your stock standard Streetwear cap label. Note the typewriter font and curly numbers. The majority of my Streetwear polishes have this label on top.
|2. Type Text
Very similar to the standard Streetwear label, but lacks a little fanciness. A good amount of my bottles have this label as well, most notably Midas, Illusion, Psychadelic and Groovy glitters and core line variants such as Mmoody, Ggrass Sstain, Ggold Mmine and Sstain. (more on those later)
These stickers are on the caps of Streetwear shades sold throughout UK/Europe. They don’t have the ####-## code format, note the London Revlon postal code and are also made in EEC (European Economic Community). Funnily enough, they still say Streetwear Nailcolor though and not Colour.
|4. UK/Europe (Silver)
A variation on the standard UK/Europe cap label, these silver labels have only been found on top of one collection – the one that changes colour under blacklight (Boogie, Carefree, Flashy, Funky, Sexy, Spotlight.) They also have this sticker on the brush handle.
|5. Small Dot On Cap
These are odd. I have no idea what that dot means, but they are all on shades which have different coloured shades with the same name. There are two versions of Schmutz and Toad and my bottle of Whip Cream has dot on the cap as well, which leads me to believe there may be two of those as well.
|6. Large Dot On Cap
I have two polishes with a large silver dot on the cap, and they are both FX Flash, and they both have the code 1182-01. And they are both completely different colours. Revlon, you are so damn confusing. Does anyone know the deal with these? Comment and let me know.
|7. Plain Text
I’ve got no idea what the significance of this one is but 3974-01 to 3974-06 (Silver Lining, Tux, Fling, Sweetheart, Glass Slipper, Dreamy) all have this odd, mismatched label text. From 3974-07 (Jazzy) onward the labels switch back to the regular standard label text.
|8. Plain Text (Bold)
Much like the last label, I’ve only found this on one collection (which I only have two of). Both 6704-01 Secret Admirer and 6704-03 Furball have this bold text on the cap label. I have no idea what any of the others are from this collection apart from 6704-4 Sexxy Thang which I don’t own. I assume the label looks like these as well.
|9. Promotional Material
I don’t know if this is the only Streetwear promo item or if there are others, but this shade marked Britney Spears is just relabeled green FX Flash. In fact, it even came in a FX Flash carton.
Next up is labels. The Streetwear line were not in the usual pad printed Revlon bottle, they had printed stickers on the front and back and these varied based on release time and location of origin.
|1. Standard Silver Label
Found on most of my Streetwear shades. Sticker also contains the Revlon logo. I originally thought they would use this on darker shades, but I have found no consistency between this colour being used, and the black label. Both appear on light and dark shades.
|2. Standard Black Label
Same as above, this and the silver make up the majority of my labels. As this label is found on some of the easier to find shades, I would assume this was the original label. Higher production rates in the early days of the line result in easier to find polishes (core lines & 6134 shades) which makes me conclude that they were first. Yikes, does that even make sense?
|3. White Label
The plainer white label appears on some of my rarer shades (smaller production runs? Later releases?) and has a larger Streetwear logo. The ™ (trademark) next to the Streetwear logo also changes to ® (Registered Trademark) adding further weight to my belief that this is a later bottle. The Revlon logo is also omitted from this design.
As per EU regulations, this label on UK and European Streetwear shades also has the product description in French. The colour codes are also different, being three numbers instead of six.
This Japanese Streetwear bottle has Japanese characters on the front that read Street Wear (thanks Shanee!) and also an seven digit product code in the ####-### format. Rusty is the only Japanese Streetwear shade that I own or have seen, and I also haven’t seen this shade in a bottle from any other country of origin. It is also slightly larger in volume at 15ml compared to the usual 14.7ml bottle.
I don’t own any Canadian Streetwears personally, but my lovely Streetwear collector friend Carey does. The photos she has provided me with show more distinct differences between the Canadian labeling and the normal US labels. The product description is also in French (like the UK/Europe bottle) but the label uses the non-US spelling of colour, rather than color. Funnily enough, the UK/Europe label still uses the US spelling. These bottles are also 15ml, like the Japan version.
|7. $1.97 Special Value
Likely from a discount promotion, the $1.97 Special Value label is probably from later in the Streetwear line’s lifetime, given the registered trademark logo on the bottle. I would also speculate that discount promotions would be less common on a cosmetics line while it is new, thus making this bottle older. This bottle also appears to be American, from the volume of 14.7ml.
|8. Badly Printed Label
Less a variant and more an annoyance, a good handful of my UK Streetwears have a chalky matte black print substance used that is starting to wear off. I don’t know if that is age deterioration, or if it was a crappy job from the start. I have only noticed this on some (not all) UK/EU bottles.
For some reason, this metallic collection made up of shades 3974-07 to 3974-12 were all given their own Streetwear Foil label. Colours include Jazzy, Fever, Steelo, Liquid Foil, Metro and Chrome. Bottle also has the later registered trademark logo, and no Revlon logo.
Next up is bottle size, which is pretty straight forward.
1. Standard is the regular Streetwear bottle used throughout the US and Europe. It is 14.7ml in volume with a rectangular shape and long, grooved brush handle.
2. Canada/Japan is identical to the US bottle apart from a 0.3ml volume difference. They are also a tiny bit more narrow and a smidge taller.
3. Second Edition is from the very end of the Streetwear line. These bottles are only 10ml in volume and very hard to find. Some favourites made it to the new, smaller versions (Confetti) but new colours were also added. The cap is also smooth and much shorter.
I was going to cover colour variations in this post, but it’s already super long so I will have to split it in two for next Streetwear Sunday. So to the six people in the world that actually care about this stuff, I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed compiling it!