Painting my nails has to be one of my favourite things to do when it comes to the old past time of treating one’s self to a good old pamper. Settling down for a Sunday evening, preparing my nails with an at home manicure and selecting a nail polish from the abyss of my nail polish box is something that I confess I enjoy a little bit too much.
Recently I have had the pleasure of trying out a few shades from the Orly* which is a brand that I have only tried on one previous occasion. These shades are part of the Orly Blush Collection which was actually a release that came out last spring although how I missed that one I will never know. The shades I have here consist of Classic Contours, Flawless Flush and First Blush of which for reference there are three other shades which come with the collection.
Starting off with the formula of these polishes I have to say that like the very first one I ever tried from Orly, that being Rage* that the formula is once again rather lovely indeed. I have found that all three of these nail polishes have applied beautifully and have been opaque within two coats; in fact I’d even argue that if in a rush you could get away with one coat, especially in regards to Classic Contours and First Blush. The brush is relatively thin which I guess isn’t everyone’s cup of tea however if I’m honest with you I do have quite small nail beds anyway so wider brushes for me can sometimes be a little bit tricky, although generally speaking if the formula is good and the longevity to boot then this is something I can easily overlook. Speaking of longevity I have been pretty impressed with these overall, so much so that Classic Contours was featured in my March Favourites as despite being a huge fan of the colour I have also been impressed with how long they have lasted. Without a top coat (shameful I know) they lasted a good four or five days without any chipping and even then tip wear was to a minimum; I should imagine that had I used a top coat that they would have lasted even longer.
Classic Contours is a dusty mauve and is without a doubt my favourite of all three here. It has a creamy finish to it and applies beautifully; it was an instant hit with me as I absolutely love these types of shades at the moment. In contrast to this we have Flawless Flush which is more of a shimmer and is a light lilac in tone, there are little flecks of what I think looks like gold glitter although they could be silver. The glitter particles are extremely small and add just a really soft glittery finish to the nails, it’s worth noting that I couldn’t feel the glitter either as I don’t know about you but I hate my nails feeling rough when they are painted. Out of the three this is the one shade that I personally do think you need two coats of because it isn’t as opaque as the others upon first application. Nevertheless it is a really pretty shade and is one that I will be wearing throughout spring. Finally we have First Blush which I’ll go out on a limb here and say is my least favourite of the three, in fact to me it is the odd one out of the whole collection. I do think that the collection when you look at all six together is rather muted by which I mean that to me it follows along the lines of pastel shades to some degree therefore this being a rather bright coral toned pink is something that I find a little odd. Despite this it’s still very pretty but it is much brighter on the nails than it is in the bottle which is my reason for not liking it as much as the other two; personally I’m just finding it much harder to pull off bright nail polish.
On a whole I’m once again pretty impressed by Orly nail polishes. When I finally get around to sorting out my nail polish collection (I’ll get to it one day) I know I’ll be making some room to incorporate some more into my collection; not that I need any more mind you.