vintage revlon


 I’ve waxed poetic many times on this blog about how much I appreciate beautiful packaging, and I’ll keep the tradition alive by giving some love for this vintage revlon compact. let me start off by saying that I’m a fan of revlon for offering some really great makeup at reasonable prices since the 1930s. but as much as I love their products – especially the lip stuff – I don’t particularly think of ‘glamour’ when I think of the brand. I like their packaging, but it’s fairly utilitarian. this isn’t necessarily a bad thing (beautiful packaging can get expensive, after all) since the actual products are great, but I would see their ads from the past and just get blown away from the glamour of it all. those ads are works of art!

seeing this compact in real life is like having one of those ads in real life. james’ mom gave me a box of her mother’s costume jewelry, and nestled in the middle of the necklaces was this compact. I don’t actually know what year it’s from, but if I had to hazard a guess, I’d say the 1950s-1960s. it feels heavy and solidly made in the hand. the little instruction paper on the inside is darling, and I can just imagine james’ grandmother elegantly pulling this out of her pocketbook (a regional term for handbag I’ve always found charmingly vintage).

I love makeup, so seeing this little piece of makeup from the past was really cool. it’s even more special that it was james’ grandmother’s. though I never met her, I did see a black and white picture of her from the 1960s. she had this presence about her that came through in the photograph, and it doesn’t surprise me in the least that this compact was hers. I keep it in pride of place on my vanity table. every time I see it, I’m reminded of her and a glamorous time.



p.s. apologies for the photos not loading earlier! oh, technology…

note: this is not a sponsored post.

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