Product Type: Orly makeup
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Orly Nail Polish
Member Name: Machair1
Orly Nail Polish
Date: 10/02/11, updated on 01/03/11 (231 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to apply and long lasting.
Disadvantages: Longer drying time than some brands.
Orly was founded in 1975 by Jeff Pink in America. He had the aim to create a nail polish which was as natural as possible. Indeed he was the inventor of the French Manicure which became so popular in the years that followed.
The polishes are available widely over the internet, and although the recommended retail price is around £8.99, Ebay has some really good bargains, and I have collected quite a few this way. Often the polishes have been used once by a seller who decides they are not the colour for them, and so purchasing is affordable and allows variety without much cash outlay.
In line with the method my hairdresser uses I first apply a base coat. For simplicity I use an Orly product called Top2 Bottom, which is really versatile as it acts both as a base and a top coat. Then I apply two coats of the polish and finally the top coat.
So how does it perform? First of all I would say that the polish is not the quickest to dry on the market. If you are in a particular hurry then you can purchase products from Orly which speed this up; I have a product called Secndry, which does speed up this process. However if I am in a real hurry, and want to go out quickly after applying polish, I will opt for my favourite in this respect which is Rubie and Millie. These are absolutely my first choice for rapid drying, and these polishes also offer lasting results too.
Orly polish is supplied in sturdy bottles which are chunky and easy to hold. The lid also has indentations on it which facilitate a strong grip, and a rubber seal keeps the polish in good condition. The brush is a good size and allows the polish to glide over the nails easily, and I find it to be one of the easiest polishes to work with. It is also worth pointing out that these polishes store really well, and do not dry out or thicken as quickly as others when exposed to the air.
The colour choices are vast and there are some very pretty shades which have become my favourites. The shades are updated from time to time, so you may love one which becomes discontinued, but again this is where Ebay comes in because I will often find old favourites lurking there.
To see the colour choices have a look at their main website over at www.orlybeauty.com. Here you can see so many colours grouped into various collections. There are rich reds through to delicate pinks - some are vibrant and some understated, so that the collection has something for everyone. My personal favourite has to be a shade called Coco Beach - this is a lovely pink/brown which I wear most days. For those preferring the understated French look there are shades with exciting names which include - Toast the Couple, Buried Treasure, Sand Castle and Goin To The Chapel!
For more vibrant nights there are shades like Reel Him In, or Take Him To The Cleaners.
There are shades for those looking for something a bit different - including blue shades - Star Of Bombay or It's Up To Blue. There is also a rich bottle green shade called Green with Envy!
If you take the time to apply these polishes, and allow a good half an hour for the polish to really set then you can look forward to many days without chipping. For example I have been doing a lot of housework this week - my dishwasher is broken and awaiting hubby to look at it, and so I have been washing up a lot. Even with this I have still got a good solid polish layer on with minimal chipping. This is six days after I used the Orly two coat system with the top and bottom coats I mentioned. I think this is pretty good, and I get these sorts of results on a consistent basis. When I apply these for a holiday I will often get ten days from a couple of coats applied at the start of the trip.
I also use these polishes for pedicures, and I do these about every six weeks myself. In the same way I apply the Top2bottom coat, then two coats of polish and a final Top2bottom coat. This I then let harden for the entire evening, as shoes will obviously present extra challenges for newly applied varnish. I tend to go for more vibrant shades on my toes- I will often use a shade called Flagstone Rush for this which is a shimmering bronze. The polish stays chip free for six weeks which I am delighted with.
Orly has a commitment to reducing chemicals, so the polishes are now free from DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate), toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. There has been some adverse publicity about these chemicals over the years, so it is good to see the company acting responsibly over this.
In conclusion I would say that Orly nail polish is a superb product which offers a modern choice of shades. It has excellent lasting qualities after application, but you do need to have patience to allow the product to set really well in order to benefit from the longevity. If you are in a hurry but want an excellent result to be achieved more quickly I would opt for a Ruby and Millie polish, which gives similar results but has a faster setting time.
This review is also published on Ciao under my user name Violet1278.
Summary: A professional polish which is well worth trying.