No, it’s not a recipe. It’s the shade of red Revlon nail polish and matching lipstick that my mom wore without fail through the ’50s while I was growing up. That polish, lipstick, and Chanel No. 5 cologne will forever remind me of her. They were her trademarks. And I grew up thinking Revlon made the only worthwhile cosmetics.
Cherries in the Snow is a classic red, slightly on the blue side, guaranteed to flatter pale, cool skin tones. The color, Revlon’s first red polish, was introduced in 1932. Previously the only colors available during the Depression were pales and translucents.
Brothers Charles and Joseph Revson paired up with a chemist named Charles Lachman (the ‘L’ in Revlon) to create their new formula and began selling it door-to-door. It was a huge hit and remains popular today. That would undoubtedly please my mom if she were still here.
For the record, I rarely wear polish. It needs retouching too often to keep it looking good. And inevitably, no matter how careful I am, I get sheet marks on it. I did wear it some when I was working, but I always bought mauve tones, never bright red. Same with the lipstick. But here’s a flash: I’ve never had a professional manicure. Weird, huh.