Category Archives: Orly

No Correlation

The swatches I do would make a lot more sense if I posted them on time, as a “nails of the day” sort of thing. Unfortunately, I am incredibly lazy. This series of unrelated swatches will have to do for now!


This first color is Revlon Charming, a gorgeous cool lavender color. I’m consistently impressed with Revlon’s formulas—this one was easy to apply and opaque in two coats. 😀


Next is a returning color, Orly Smoked Out. Look how stubby my nails were back then!! (And how bad I was at cleanup!) I wanted to show how this dries un-topcoated, as this color has the potential to be a “throw-this-on-before-running-out-the-door” polish, depending on how you like your finishes. It’s opaque in one coat, and dries fairly fast due to its matte finish.


I then threw a coat of Pretty Serious Terrible Lizard on top of that badboy. I think they’re a pretty cool combo! Opaque multichrome flakies were all the rage last year, and we saw plenty of mixes of different colors of those flakies in single polishes. What we didn’t see much of at all was mixes of different shades of iridescent, color-shifting flakies like these. I think they make your nails look like opals. 🙂


And finally, I have Formula X Hera, a stunning rose gold holo flakie. The holographic effect on this is hands-down the most intense I’ve ever seen. As for the finish, it looks like it’s hard to tell; at first glance, I thought this was a dense glitter. When it’s on the nail, this looks more like those holographic silver flakies that Zoya has in their polishes (Storm, Dream, Aurora, Alicia, etc.), except in copper, and these lay completely flat on the nail much like those flakies. I don’t know what exactly is going on here, but it’s beautiful. And it was opaque in just two coats!

What do you guys think? Which of these finishes is your favorite?


No real rhyme or reason

Hello again! I have a few swatches for you today, and not much to say beyond that. Let’s get right into it!


This is two coats of Milani Ultra Violet. It’s a medium purple with a light purple to gold shifting shimmer. It’s got a good formula, but I wasn’t wild about this color on me. For whatever reason, I like purple, but I don’t like how it looks on the nail. Weird!


This is two coats of Zoya Bevin, a gorgeous muted blue-green creme. It’s really opaque, and could possibly be a one-coater if you put on a thick coat. The formula on this was amazing, it was like painting on butter… only less weird.


I layered two coats of Orly Fifty Four over Bevin. Fifty Four is a pink to gold shifting shimmer. I wish the shimmer was more concentrated in this, but thankfully it dries down “thin” and it dries fast, so I didn’t have a gross blobby mess from putting on too many coats of polish (though I did have some bubbling). This looks better over cool colors rather than warm ones.

That’s it for now! Thanks for swingin’ by. ❤


Positively Fowl

Hello again! It’s finally Friday! Everybody do a happy dance. 🙂


I have for you two magical coats of Orly Fowl Play! It’s a blackened plum jelly base with tiny silver microglitter and red-gold-green shifting, Essie-Shine-Of-The-Times-style flakies. The shift is apparent on the nails at certain angles, and though I couldn’t catch it on camera, you can see it in the bottle.


I don’t like how almost-black shades look on me, but the flakies and glitter made this look a little more dainty on my nails. It’s apparently also very similar to a very hard to find OPI called Merry Midnight, so it’s good to have around. 😉

Just a short and sweet post for today. Enjoy your weekend! ❤


Let’s get it right this time

Hi, my dearies! I have a swatch for you that I’ve been dying to revisit, since this is one of my favorite colors in my collection and my previous photos for it didn’t do it justice. But first: a color that I’ve mentioned before but never photographed.


This is Ciate Burlesque, which I also wore under the following color last time I photographed it. It’s a deep eggplant purple, opaque in two coats—I have one thick coat here since I was layering it, thus the semi-see through patches. My bad!


And this is Orly Fantasea, which I took way better photos of this time around (see for yourself!). This is a chameleon, looking coppery red or gold or purple depending on the angle and lighting. I gasped when I looked at this through the viewfinder and saw all that gold! It’s so shy in person, haha.


This is two coats of Fantasea over Burlesque. I’m just… so in love with this color. I know I say that a lot, but Fantasea is one of the few polishes I’ve worn multiple times already, haha. It’s definitely got a special place in my heart.

Thanks for reading!

-Aley ❤

These will do for now.

Why don’t I have more Orly polishes? They’re great. I think they often go overlooked because they’re not considered high-end like OPI, but they’re good quality.


This is Orly Fantasea. I hesitated to post these because Fantasea is an absolutely beautiful polish, and is a bit of a chameleon, and I couldn’t get picture of all the different colors it has! However… I do want to get all my old photos posted, because… it’s a surprise. 😉

I do intend to reswatch this in the future, when I’m not sporting nubs.



Fantasea can get mostly opaque in three coats, or you can layer it—I have it layered over Ciaté Burlesque, a dark blue-toned eggplant purple.


Orly Ingenue, however, you can get opaque in two. It’s a pinky-purple base with gallons of gold shimmer, in that same sort of chameleon-y vein as Fantasea. I think this could totally work as a fall color, come to think of it.



I might make a point to seek out more Orly polish after this. 😮

Thanks for reading!


I’ve got something magical for you all today.

This sparkly goodness is Orly Smoked Out. Her application wasn’t perfect, I’ll admit. Something about the brush gave me some trouble…

And she’s a little thick, much like yours truly. ;D

But that’s just because of the glitter mixed into the base… and because she’s a one coater!!

Yup. Unless you paint really thin coats, Smoked Out is opaque in one coat because of how pigmented she is, and because of the thickness of the formula. The glitter doesn’t effect application, either. And she’s one of those pretty, vampy, almost-totally-black-indoors colors, but she really sparkles in direct light.

What do you guys think? Got any one coaters to recommend?

Mediocre Royalty

I’ve got some swatches and some simple nail art for you today!

This is two coats of Orly Royal Velvet, an almost- black purple packed with blue shifting shimmer. The flash did wonders for this; it looks totally black in most lighting. It’s gorgeous in these photos, but in person, it fell pretty flat and I was kind of disappointed with it. 😦

I wanted to liven it up a little bit, so I did some dotting nail art on it. I’m not crazy about any of this!! Oh well. There’s always next time!

Thanks for swingin’ by today~