Posts Tagged Orly
It’s a rare event when a product disappoints me enough to warrant a review. Typically, you’ll find mostly positive reviews on this blog, as I generally only get inspired to write about things that excite me. Every so often I’ll come across a ‘meh’ product, but they tend to not get discussed, because how boring would it be to read about something that is just ‘OK’. Unless it’s a well-known product that failed to WOW me, I won’t bother to bring it up.
However. There are times when you run into an item that really just pisses you off, plain and simple. Incidentally, it’s not always the product itself that fails, but some mechanism involved in using the product, or a side effect, or something of the like. I’ve fortunately not come across too many ‘defects’ we’ll say, but there is ONE particular item in my stash that gives me grief every time I use it. Let me present to you Orly’s In A Snap quick-drying top coat.
Since I tend to do things fast and I like to multi-task, quick-drying top coats are a must for me. There are drawbacks of course – such as polish chipping quicker – but as I change my polish probably every few days, it’s never really a problem (except for the major shrinkage of Seche Vite – just could NOT deal with that). I’ve been trying a new version every time I finish a bottle; so far I’ve tried Seche, Revlon’s Quick Dry, and now Orly’s.
Let’s discuss the product itself before I get to the heart of the matter. The brush is typical of other Orly brushes – which is to say that it long, flexible but with some firmness, and of a medium density. Using it is fairly easy and only requires a few strokes, and the rubber cap makes it comfortable to wield.
In A Snap doesn’t dry in a snap by any means – it’s not like Seche (though to be honest, what else does dry that fast?) – but it seems comparable to Revlon’s version, which means it dries fairly quickly but still requires caution for about 5 minutes. At that point, it’s dry to the touch, but nicks and dings could still happen if you go off galavanting around without care (<– I have never written the word galavanting before…me likey!). Overall, it works well but not off the charts if you’re looking for something to dry and set in minutes. For me this isn’t a big problem, as I don’t tend to do much galavanting anyway. =)
Alas, despite it’s fair marks so far, there is one big drawback my friends, and it is this: THE FREAKIN’ PRODUCT GETS CRUMBLY AROUND THE EDGES AND GETS ON THE BRUSH WHICH THEN GETS ON YOUR MANI.
Let me explain. When you wipe off a bit of excess product, as you do, along the sides of the bottle, a little accumulates on the rim, as is typical with a lot of polishes. Generally I do a bit of a clean up every so often so this doesn’t become problematic. However, with this product, it gets bits around the mouth of the bottle so consistently, and they’re so tiny, and they get in the cap itself, that you’re pretty much screwed. So there you are, about to perfect your mani with a nice glossy topcoat, and then BAM! These flaky bits are on your brush, and you can’t get them off unless you wipe them with a remover-soaked wipe, and then you try again only for it to happen to you the NEXT TIME. I can’t tell you how many nails I’ve ruined from this happening, so that little bits get stuck in my mani. THE AGONY. There’s nothing better than a flawless manicure…and there’s nothing worse that having it get fucked up despite all your careful and precise polishing.
I have never had a top coat do this before to this extent. I dread using this product now, and have actually skipped doing a top coat altogether just for that reason. I’m sure you’re thinking ‘Why the heck don’t you buy a new top coat then?‘ to which I would reply ‘Huzzah!!! I HAVE.’ ….I just have yet to receive it The even sadder (grammar!?) part is that this bottle of Orly top coat is not even quite half finished – I hate wasting things!! And it’s not gone thick or goopy yet, so there’s really not a true need to toss it – but I may just have to. I really, REALLY can’t stand all those little bits flying around everywhere :S
Just threw this photo in there since I was currently doing this mani with the Orly top coat (and also because my previous photos of Zoya Anja were TERRIBLE). With MUCH careful application, I managed to get it finished goober-free
And so it goes with Orly’s In A Snap top coat. Anyone else try this product and experience something similar, or is it just me and my wipe-y ways? If you haven’t tried it, may I suggest NOT and save yourself a lot of grief (and a lot of mani touch-ups)? There are so many other options, don’t waste your time on this failed one!
What is your favorite top coat? What is your ultimate pet peeve when it comes to cosmetics?
As the Summer winds down (noooooo!), so do my Summer polish combos. I almost feel like I should be moving on to the Fall shades since we’re being inundated with all the new colors, but (thankfully) we still have several weeks left of Summer weather – regardless if the nights are getting cooler! – so I’ve still got a few more combo’s to post.
Earlier this week, I mentioned that there was a bit of crappy business going on in my life. While it all ended up OK, thankfully, in typical Latoya behavior I mirrored my mood through cosmetics, and painted my nails black. LOL! Dramatic, I know, but that’s how I roll
During the whole black-nails-as-the-new-neutral phase, I never bought into it and totally eschewed the trend. However, I recently happened upon Orly’s glittery version ‘Goth’ and figured I’d try it out for a change – as I’ve mentioned before, I have been getting a bit bored lately with the same old shades. To avoid being too dark and dreary, I paired ‘Goth’ with Zoya’s pretty Spring offering ‘Marley,’ – a pale, pale lavender polish. I enjoy the sparkliness of ‘Goth’ and how it’s not as drab as plain ol’ black. However, I’m still not sure I’m into the goth look as a whole…or at least not during the warmer months. But, it suited its purpose for me this week And I do like the pairing with ‘Marley’ quite a bit.
One note about this polish – it chipped like crazy after one day!! I haven’t had that happen with a polish is ages, so I was really disappointed in the formula for being so chip-prone. So, something to keep in mind!
Details: Base coat of butter London Nail Foundation, two coats of Goth, one coat of Seche Vite top coat.
Size & Price: Orly polishes are 0.6 oz and Goth was $6.50CDN (specialty shades like the Cosmic FX line were $9.50).
Where to Buy: Sally Beauty salons.
What do you think of ‘Goth’? Were you a fan of the black nail polish trend? Are there any nail trends that just didn’t float your boat?
Happy Hump Day!
The first time I laid eyes on this polish was on Scrangie’s blog, and it was instant love. It seems blue polish dominates a large part of my stash – I just love the color! Like blue jeans, I find blue shades go with a lot of things as well, so I don’t have to worry so much about matching my clothes to my polish (am I the only one who does this??)
However, despite my lust, when I saw the bottle in person, for some reason I kept passing it up – I think I felt like I should deviate from my blue obsession, and was trying to ‘restrain’ myself (if that ever really works). Finally, over a year after it was released, I picked up Royal Navy last month on a whim, and just got around to trying it out now. Unfortunately, I must have gotten a faulty/old bottle of this polish, because it was fairly thick and had full coverage in two coats (contrary to ALU’s review. The first coat pulled quite a bit on me if I didn’t work super fast, but thankfully the second coat covered any thin spots right up without trouble.
This polish dries semi-matte – which is fine – but it’s somewhat interesting that on the back of the bottle it specifically states “A fast-drying, long lasting, high gloss nail laquer.” Err, yeah. Anyway, a coat of S.Vite shines it right up The semi-matte looks kind of neat but it really dulls the vibrancy of the polish, and the subtle teal shimmer seems a bit flat. Add a top coat and BAM! You’re in business.
While I find my photos do not look as vibrant as those of Scrangie and ALU, I think my shots are actually more accurate to what the polish looks like most of the time. It’s vibrant and gorgeous but not so neon as it appears on the other blogs. Although…when I tilt my nails as just the right angle, it is pretty intense. Cooool
Overall I’m pleased with the shade, and I think it’s wearable for every season – jewel-toned for Fall, cool-toned for Winter, bright for Spring, and with the teal shimmer it looks lovely for Summer. Add another blue to the pile, I guess!! When I walked under different lighting than is at my desk (confession – when I did this mani I was at work…but it was OK because it was Friday…right?? Right?!?), HOLY MOLEY, this nail polish looked AMAZING. It has by far the best shimmer I’ve seen in a polish in a long time, it adds so much depth! Wow. Can’t. Look.Away.
And so. As always, what do you think? After wearing the shade for a few days, I was ready to take it off. It’s REALLY vivid. But it’s still lovely – just have to take it in small doses. Can you see yourself wearing this shade?
Now – get back to watching the game!!
Just here multitasking as usual…now onto Season 2 of Dexter, and painting my nails – surprize. I finally received my delivery from SpaBoutique – Zoya Crystal and CND Copper Shimmer – yay!! The CND is going to be soooo kickass on just about everything, woohoo! It was backordered so it was the reason my package was delayed, but it was totally worth it. I did a quick test of it over my previous mani of Sea Spray (awesome), Revlon’s Plum Night (pretty) and then over American Apparel’s Peacock (fabulous!). I can see many fun days ahead with this one! When I do a full mani I’ll post the greatness.
Right now I’m polishing up with one of my favorite shades that I really haven’t given enough love: Orly Space Cadet. It seems forever ago that everyone was going crazy over the Cosmic FX collection, this shade in particular! I don’t know if it’s a great Winter shade, especially since it’s seriously cold out this week (-26C!!!!!), but I’m just feeling it today. I need a little strange this week The formula is thin (this is actually four coats), though you can get away with three - I just find the depth is optimal at four. Probably the only thing I’m not a huge fan of regarding this polish.
I did a re-do of my swatch for CG’s Ahoy! to show you – man, this is a beautiful shade. I actually don’t own many pinks, and they usually don’t entice me, but this is killer. It’s gotta be the rich shimmer that does it. And the deepness of color. Whatever it is, I’m sold! Check it out (three coats as this is essentially a jelly and apply somewhat sheer):
All of these swatch pics came out REALLY accurately for once…maybe I’m getting the hang of it?? That would be just peachy!
In other news, I went to the dermatologist today to get my skin checked out. He thinks I may have a form of Lupus which affects the skin! Yikes. At least its progress toward finding a solution to it all. I had to get a biopsy done – two actually – which was a little *ick* as he had to administer an anaesthetic, then take two pieces of skin from my back. Gross, eh!? I even had to get stitches, so like, how big are the chunks! Yuk. Oh well, hopefully it brings some answers once and for all!
And on that note…Happy Monday!!
I am compulsive about reading blogs and every day I think: “Why aren’t I getting on this action?” since clearly it’s my passion, my bread and water. So lets give this a go yet again!
Today I’m trying to list all of the upcoming Fall launches that I am lemming…and let me tell you, I am going to go HUNGRY for the next couple months! Dang, there is a lot of good stuff coming out this season!! Particularly I find myself more and more obsessed with nail polish – I’m easily buying two per week, which doesn’t sound so bad (yet) but it accumulates pretty quickly!
One of the things I spend time in particular doing is figuring out how to find these items here in Halifax, because we just don’t have access like many of the bigger cities, and especially in Canada vs. the US. So, for those of you living in Hali, here’s what I’ve discovered so far (nail polish only at this point):
1) butter London – this is being sold at Spirit Spa on Hollis Street. I haven’t yet bought one but I’m hoping they’ll get the new Fall line in, as I’m lemming Victoriana – so pretty!
2) Zoya – Originally I saw this first at Be Well Spa that was located on Robie Street – not sure if it’s there anymore, it was an old converted house. They also sell this at Cascades Spa in Bedford and Jay Wells Salon on Barrington Street. I’ve only had one of these polishes to date, a fabulous magenta matte, but plan on scooping up Kelly (part of the Fall 2010 Wonderful collection) when I’m in for my wax next week
3) OPI – Obviously OPI if found all over Halifax as it’s probably the most well-known ‘salon’ brand, but sometimes it’s only in limited shades/collections. Chatters Salon in Dartmouth Crossing and Bayers Lake have the largest stash I’ve seen of OPI anywhere around, and you get points for ever purchase!
4) China Glaze – Newcomer to Halifax – finally! I spotted a couple bottles of this affordable line (they retail for $6.49) at the Halifax Shopping Center nail salon back in June, but then when I went to Chatters, I discovered they also carry this line is spades! So exciting. I’ve bought several shades now – I can’t wait to sport Ingrid from the Vintage Vixen’s Fall 2010 line as soon as September hits.
5) Orly – I didn’t think we had this anywhere around until I finally made the trek out to Sally Beauty Supply on a day off last week. They carry a decent range – I’m hoping they’ll get the new Cosmic FX Fall lineup really soon because I’m dying to try the color Space Cadet – a fabulous duochrome
Some other cool lines that I’ve seen around are Borghese and Essie (both located at most Shoppers Drug Mart locations) and Milani and Sinful polishes, which are at Lawtons drugstores. They make some awesome shades, though I haven’t tried any Borghese yet. Milani and Sinful are really affordable too.