Saturday, August 2, 2014

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Orly Smokey Collection

Hi everyone, how is your weekend going?  I've been sick for a few days, so it's been a pretty quiet time around here.  But quiet time means I was able to get some swatches done of one of the latest collections to land on my polish desk.

Orly has just come out with a new collection of six dusty shades in the Smokey Collection.  I have my three picks from the collection to show you today.  In addition to these shades there is:
  • Blend - warm taupe creme
  • Darkest Shadow - black with a red shimmer
  • Highlight - grey creme
Edgy - Antique bronze shimmer.  The colour of this one really appeals to me.  It has bronze and platinum coloured micro flakes and shimmer in a dusty greige base.  Very sparkly in the sunlight but also with a dusty, smokey finish.  The flecks and shimmer particles are really dense and coverage is perfect at two coats.  This is two coats with Seche Vite top coat.

Smoked Out - a dark green matte shimmer.  The base colour is a very dark blackened green, and the shimmer is a much lighter turquoise shade, which makes the over finish lighter and more blue leaning.  The polish dries down to a satin finish. I wouldn't say it's totally flat matte, but it's a nice smooth finish.  This one is very highly pigmented and you can nearly get away with a single coat, so make sure you wear base coat with this one to prevent your nails getting stained.  This is two coats with no top coat.

Of course I also added top coat to see what it would look like.  This macro shows the gorgeous depth of the micro fleck shimmer.

Brush it on - Rose Bronze Duo Chrome Shimmer.  This description of this one had me most intrigued.  Duo Chrome is always going to suck me in!.  I started with two thin coats over Smoked Out.

The polish is jam packed full of micro flakes that shift from pink to bronze to green.  The glass flecks in this really reminds me of the ones in the hugely popular Orly Space Cadet from the 2010 Cosmic FX collection. The colour shift is the same on the two polishes, the obvious difference is that this one is in a clear base. 

I also tried Brush it on, on it's own.  It actually built up pretty easily and was fully opaque at two thick or three thin coats.  Without a dark base you don't see the same dramatic colour shift, but I love that you get two completely different looks with the polish.  The glass micro flecks in this polish give it a very glassy reflective finish.  This is three coats with Seche Vite top coat.

The Orly Smokey collection will be available in Australia in July.  Check for stockists.

I really like the different finishes and mix of colours in this collection.  What about you guys? Which one do you like best?

Polishes provided for consideration.


  1. Oh wow I really like Brush It On and Smoked Out - not so keen on Edgy :-)

  2. Brush it on is amazing! I don't have anything like it.

  3. Oh my goodness these are ALL gorgeous! I'm so excited about this collection :)

  4. I love Brush it On! Beautiful!

  5. Oh wow, these are so gorgeous! Smokey is the perfect name for them! :)


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