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Orly Once Upon A Time Collection

By on August 14, 2009
in Berry, Brown, Fall 2009, Gray, Green, Orly, Red with 17 Comments
As a child I was very much enamored with the world of fairy tales. I used to collect Madame Alexander dolls in my favorite characters like Cinderella and Snow White.

And even though our beyond ancient Encyclopedia Britannica set didn’t know man had landed on the moon yet it did come with an amazing set of children’s books that included the works of the Brothers Grimm. Now I don’t know if any of you remember the Fractured Fairy Tales from The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show but I was SUCH a fan!

Knowing all this you can only imagine my delight in hearing that Orly was taking the fairy tale theme and running with it for Fall. Their chic, grown up version not only includes a gorgeous GREEN but a fantabulous grey. Take a look at Once Upon A Time after the jump!


For some reason the polishes in this collection all apply a little differently so I’m going to address them individually rather than as a group.

Enchanted Forest – Hello LUVAH! Words don’t even begin to describe this gem. This rich forest green creme is deep, dreamy and utterly perfect. I applied it in two flawless coats and fell head over hells in love. Need I say more?

Now I wish could proclaim that Prince Charming swept me off my feet but alas he left me feeling a little flat. This muddy brown is too yellow for my skin tone and just isn’t working for me. The pigmentation and application were decent, nothing newsworthy. It’s a bit jellyish in texture but with two coats you’re done!
Can you have a fairy tale themed collection without a luscious red? I think not. Poison Apple not only represents that evil fruit but it makes me think of the cherry red lips our fair maidens are described as having. I will say I was impressed with the pigmentation on this. It looks true to bottle in two even coats.
Pixie Dust is my other stand out, must have, don’t think about not buying shade. This blue tinged dove grey sparkler is the work of magic. Once it’s on your fingers you won’t be able to stop staring. It’s an uber pigmented two coater though a little tricky to apply. I actually used top coat here to even it out.
You know how I love a grey and Mirror Mirror’s light cement hue is right up my alley. Unfortunately the formula didn’t wow. It was streaky and lumpy and even after three coats it looked imperfect. I want to love you Mirror Mirror but your competitors did it better.
Finally Happily Ever After is quite a unique berry. It looks all simple and creamy but there’s this hidden undercurrent of sparkle peeking out. It’s not easy to detect but in sunlight it pops out to surprise you.

A little Fractured Fairy Tale for your enjoyment!

The Orly Once Upon A Time colleciton launches in September and will retail for $7.50/ea. You can buy Orly at OrlyBeauty.com in stores at Sally Beauty Supply and ULTA and online at our fave e-tailers (see sidebar).

What do you think Fanatics? Who’s feeling the mystical, magical love?

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  1. Cristina Vanessa says:

    I saw this in Sally's the other day!

  2. Mary says:

    I love this collection as a whole. I think Orly really stepped up with some trendy colors and I too love the theme and the names of the polishes. Congrats on the WWD article :)

  3. Taylor says:

    I like this collection I think it has a great combination of colors! I love your blog and was wondering if one of these days you can show us some application tips and tricks, how to get that perfect coverage!

  4. R CH says:

    Thanks to you I'm gonna end up with almost every shade even though I only wear dark colors. I don't think I can wait until starts shipping them. I need them now.

    Thanks again for beautiful swatches.

  5. carakitty says:

    I've been on a no/low buy for an eternity it seems. The last shades I bought were Orly Glam and Orly Sterling Silver Rose in Feb or March this year. Pixie Dust is really calling my name!

    What region are people already finding the "Once Upon A Time" polishes at?

  6. Christine says:

    Thanks for the swatches. You're right about "Pixie Dust", I must find it. And thanks for the trip down memory lane with "Fractured Fairy Tales".

  7. Miss Doorie says:

    if you love greys that much, get ready for the OPI Suede Suzi skis in the Pirenees (or whatever the spell of the mountain) because it's stunnnnnnnning.

  8. stubby says:

    Fractured Fairy Tales! OMG i swear i felt like I was a kid again!

  9. Tavia says:

    I love all the colors, but specially I'm in love with Prince Charming. I tried some of Orly's nail polishes but i didn't like them so much. They simply didn't last on my nails more than 2-3 and sometimes even after 1st day I had to retouch some parts.

  10. kimberly says:

    Tavia: I was about to post the same thing! Orly polishes seem to chip so easily for me. They don't even last a full day. I know I can be rough on my nails but Orly formula really disappoints.

  11. Annika says:

    I'm so excited that you reviewed these! I went looking all over for them, and finally found them in my local Sally's, but their display was a mini-display and had only four the colors. (just the berry, red, green, and light brown)
    I was miffed, but I bought the dark green and am happy with it! It does chip a little fast for me, but I've been a little too lazy to do any nail prep work, so it may be my fault haha.

  12. ashleydanielle says:

    I love anything to do with fairy tales as well and will be buying most of this collection.

    Last year for Halloween Horror Nights the theme was fairy tales and it was so cool seeing a kind of wicked spin on all the classic tales.

  13. Tuli says:

    This collection has some pretty colors ! I think Orly really upgraded themselves lately :-)

  14. Miss Yaya says:

    mirror mirror and pixie dust will be my happily ever after :)

  15. Tess says:

    I remember the Fractured Fairytales! Speaking of old cartoons, how about Mr. Peabody and the Way Back Machine? Also, thanks for the lovely swatches of the collection.

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