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Orly Foil FX Collection Swatches & Review

By on February 9, 2010
in Bronze, Gold, Metallic, Orly, Silver, Spring 2010
orly-foil-fx-collection-metallic-spring-2010 Thanks to the popularity of  the Minx chrome finish appliques, nail polish brands are jumping to give us a “Minx-like” effect.  Let’s face it, Minx are super cool but expensive.  They’re best for special occasions not everyday wear.  Enter Orly’s latest collection Foil FX, a line of three high shine metallic polishes.

While we know that no polish can truly achieve a mirror-like finish, the Foil FX make a valiant effort.  With a silver, gold and bronze-y rose tone, there’s a color to compliment all skin tones.  Check them out after the jump!

The Foil FX polish formula is 3-Free and applies extremely smooth if a little thin. With the exception of the gold (Luxe) they required three coats to become opaque. What made a believer out of me is the lack of brush strokes.  I’m just guessing here but I think what makes the difference is the particles. While the average metallic polish uses a metallic pigment, these seem to be packed with metallic micro-glitter.  The result maximum sparkle with a foil-like finish and no brush marks.

Luxe is definitely the most pigmented polish of the bunch.  It’s pretty much a true gold but the ribbons of silver micro-glitter running throughout the lacquer keep it from getting too yellow or warm.  While I can’t exactly apply mascara while looking into my nails, the finish is quite reflective.  You’ll definitely be noticed wearing these colors.


Rage is described as being a rose foil though to my eye it looks a bit more bronze than rose.  I suppose you could call it a rose gold even though it has the same silver foil glitter inside.  Of the three colors, this is the one I adore most though I can already hear my mom calling to claim it for herself.  She’s a sucker for these types of colors so I’ll probably end up sending it her way at some point.  Not before I get a mani/pedi with it though.  This baby is most likely going with me to NYFW!


Shine is even more electric in person.  Cameras just can’t capture the radiance of these polishes the way the eye sees them.  I’m telling you, if you like metallics these are worth a look.  I love that for a silver doesn’t lean green at all, so it never looks dirty or tarnished.  It’s just pure flashy goodness.  Even though I’m not normally a silver person, I typically wear gold, I love this polish!


The Orly Foil FX collection is slated to go on sale in March though I have a feeling we’ll see it pop up online before that. Keep your eyes on your fave e-tailers Fanatics. Orly is carried at Sally Beauty Supply and in salons like ULTA.

Metallics for spring, what do we think about that? Are you loving this foil look? Which would you choose… Minx or Foil FX?

Disclosure: A product sample was furnished to me by Orly. For further information view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Duffi says:

    Love these! Their mattes were to die for — Solid Golde is my go-to polish now — and now these. Shine and Luxe will be mine! When will they be released?

  2. These polishes are ones that I will be hunting down. I love Orly for some reason. Pretty neat collection.

  3. Isabelle says:

    Since I already have a silver and a gold I think I will be going for the ‘Rage’! It looks super fun!

  4. Lauren says:

    This collection reminds me of my wedding ring (the cartier trinity). :) I’m really loving rage! I can’t wait for March!

  5. gildedangel says:

    Those really look stunning, Tage is my favorite of all of these!

  6. Nail-design says:

    Looove them! Although I don’t think they are that foil and mirrorlike that I expected them to be, they feel more glittery. But they are still gorgeous, just the way they are :D

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      You’re right, they are more glittery. But because the glitter is so fine (almost pulverized) it looks like a foil, just not a mirror-like foil.

  7. neon6apocalypse says:

    Ooo! Can you tell me how Luxe compares to OPI’s I Get a Kick Out of Gold, if you have that one?


  8. Hannah says:

    I’m sooo excited for these! The gold and silver will be mine! I haven’t tried Orly yet, this looks like the perfect time!

  9. sara says:

    LOVE THOSE!!!!! i can’t wait to try them

  10. lilynail says:

    I LOVE all the collection !!!!can’t wait !!!!

  11. Medusa says:

    Did you ever see the Sally Hansen nail polish in Pure Chrome (silver-colored) that was released a several years ago? This was way before the MINX rage and I’m glad I snagged a bottle. It looks extremely mirror-like on the nails.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I think I missed that Sally Hansen, sounds pretty. I remember Maybelline had a two piece set Mirror Magic or something like that and it came pretty close to a mirror-like finish. I know people were finding them at Dollar Tree stores last year but I didn’t find any at mine. :(

    • Nicole says:

      I remember the Sally Hansen Chrome collection too. You’re right about it being truly mirror-like, it always looked like liquid metal to me. Sadly I lost my silver bottle in an international move, I keep hoping Sally Hansen will bring it out again. Hopefully this new minx phase will edge them into doing so *fingers crossed*

    • moeysullivan says:

      I wore that to my wedding with a navy dress. It’s pretty old, though, 1998.

      Sally Hansen has what looks like a silver foil in its Xtreme(?) line(the sort-of-tall bottles). Haven’t bought it yet.

  12. These are so pretty! I really like Shine!

  13. Olaola says:

    Rage is stunning. I feel another purchase coming up…

  14. Heather says:

    I’ll try all but Luxe. I’m not much for yellow. Well now that I thank about it, gold is a color of my favorite football team… :)

    Minx is not an option as it is not offered in any salon in my area. :(

  15. Khabeer says:

    I died when I saw these!! The foil like sparkly finish on these are perfection and I been wanting a collection like this for a long time….wouldn’t it be fantastic if they’re was a red one like these?

  16. Elysia says:

    I am not a gold person, but I would wear the hell out of this collection. It just looks too gorgeous to not buy.

  17. Tuxie says:

    I like this polish, I read that the Minx don’t last too long and are pretty expensive anyhow. I’d rather spend less money and be able to get a similar effect over and over.

  18. Danica says:

    Can you do some comparison shots? I have Orly ‘Dazzle’ and it looks very similar, so I don’t know if I need Shine.

  19. amy says:

    Gorgeous, I love Rage and I think Shine is interesting. Too bad I can’t find Orly in Vancouver.

  20. If I had the money I’d probably still go for Minx over these polishes. My impression about the foiled look of the Minx nails is that they’re not glittery but simply outstandingly shiny and chrome-like.
    But don’t get me wrong, I’ll be looking for these polishes online ASAP. I’ll probably get them all. I looked in my collection recently and found that I actually don’t own a single yellow gold polish. what?!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Oh yes, Minx is most definitely different. I really loved the Gold chrome ones I wore. The downside is the cost and that if your nail tech doesn’t know what she’s doing, they start to lift.

  21. TygerKitty says:

    OMG love love love these! I love that they are pale but super shiny! The gold is beautiful, because it’s not too yellow I may actually be able to wear it! I wish there were more!

  22. pinksoysauce says:

    I love these! How hard are they to remove though?

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      They do leave behind some small glitter particles if you aren’t precise in your removal but they aren’t anywhere near as bad as glitters.

  23. rachael says:

    can you do a comparison of luxe and lippmann nefertiti? i am wearing nefertiti right now and they look very similar…

  24. laquermanic says:

    I’m not exectly a foil lover, but Rage is definitely on my list to try, it’s very pretty. And with the non brush stroke application, it’s even more wanted.

  25. Chelle says:

    Other than application and price can someone tell me the difference between minx and foil nails. I’ve never seen minx upclose but, from the photos I’ve seen it’s looks like Minx just re-invented the wheel.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Well there are rolls of foil you can buy which is similar to Minx only they aren’t precut and you have to apply them with glue. Foil finish polish is completely different in that it doesn’t have smooth mirror-like look. Minx is unique in that it is a precut sticker made of a very thin material that, when heated, forms onto the nail. So there’s no dry time, no chipping, no base/top coat needed. Though I’ve heard that celebrity manicurists are adding a layer of clear gel over the top to help them last.

  26. Debbie says:

    Gorgeous! loving Rage – thinking it could look good with one coat on top of a dark polish, or the silver as tips on a blinging french mani! And as you say a green would be too good!

  27. Jen says:

    Love them. Is the Rage pic accurate? I’ve seen it lean pink on other blogs and not liked it. Your pic is more peachy which I prefer.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      It’s accurate to my eye in my monitor. It definitely looks more peachy rose than a true pink.

  28. AJ says:

    I still have a few older Sally Hansen chrome finish polishes in my stash and I recall them not going on well over a base coat. How are these ones? Regardless, I’ll probably still get them. I’m a sucker for a shiny polish.

  29. Katie says:

    I’m not much of a chrome person, I’m sure I’ll come around, but I would like to know if anyone has tried Sally Hansen Chrome Glue On Nails?

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Glue-on nails scare me so I haven’t tried them. They look cool but I won’t be testing them out anytime soon.

      • Ann says:

        Ooh, I bought a pack of those press on nails at the Dollar Tree. I think I’ll try them out this weekend! I’ll write in these comments how they work

  30. Olaola says:

    I forgot to ask – in the pictures, is it three coats and a top coat? Just wondering if a solid layer of Seche Vite would make those more mirror-like :)

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Nope, no top coat. I don’t typically waste top coat for swatching unless it’s a neon/glitter polish that benefits from being shown with a top coat and then I mention that in the post.

  31. I am really looking forward to buying one of these! All of them look great! I keep hearing China Glaze’s Chrome is a good alternative to minx as well, however, the application of their polishes is horrible because of the streaking. Thanks for the review!!

  32. Kristina says:

    These are so great. Orly polish is very slept on. I admit I take a nap on them too.

  33. I NEEEEEEEED all of them!! I love metallic silvers and golds. I was hoping we’d see some metallics like the one seen on the Chanel runway, so these are awesome!

  34. Mischa says:

    oh maaaan! wishing i could get my hands on them right now! *drooling* LOL

  35. Neeru Vanjani says:

    Love all three swatches!! The colors and formula looks fab..Hope they are available in India..I’ve a color similar to Luxe from Lakme which is going to finish soon :-(

  36. Denette says:

    I really like Luxe and Shine and I am excited to hear that they apply better than the ChG Khromes. I had high hopes for 2030 so hopefully Luxe will fulfill all my hopes and dreams!

  37. Echo7 says:

    Love them all. I think I’ll get all three ;)

  38. moeysullivan says:

    Polish over Minx–I’m pretty sure no one in Louisville is doing Minx yet and I want the freedom to do my nails at 11:30 pm on Thursday if I need to!

  39. Sandy says:

    Wow! Now these are different – me likey!

  40. smALty says:

    Maybe silver and gold are “too much” for my nails but I love Rage!!!

  41. Jammies says:

    Someone sit on me so I don’t make an impulse order from Head2Toe? Yes, they’re already up.

    Michelle, thanks for the swatches.

  42. Amanda says:

    can’t wait for these to come out. love them!

  43. Diana says:

    I actually found an Wet n’Wild nail polish in silver with that foil effect years ago. It’s still in good enough shape to use and it nails the foil look.

  44. y.d. says:

    these are indeed gorgeous. i just got shine and i think i’ll have to make another trip to sally’s and get rage too. i was so undecisive.

  45. Tina says:

    How does rage compare to ginger and liz swagger?

  46. Randi says:

    i love both the rage and the shine.. i’m a new follower, and i have NO IDEA how i have not happened upon you yet.. but i’ve been here plundering for about an hour and a half now.. i adore all things beauty.. but i LOVE ALL THINGS polish! can’t wait to see what else i can find here!!

  47. crlsweetie912 says:

    I have Luxe on now and I about fainted after I put it on….STUNNING. Dries quickly and I love the shimmer and pure shine!

  48. Laura says:

    My bottle of Rage just came in yesterday and it’s sooo gorgeous. I’m wearing it today, and I actually think that it’s fairly safe for work. Not too outlandish, rose-hued, but just enough shimmer to make you feel edgy. I love it!

  49. Tiffanie says:

    i just got all three colors. wow. thanks for the recommendation. these are my first orly polishes and i absolutely love them.

  50. vickie says:

    I luv the nail polish! Their extremely beautiful!
    Were are they sold???
    Walmart? target? Kmart? Sears? Walgreens?
    must have……them

    Thank YOU for the pics

  51. NailPolishFan says:

    You can find them at Sally Beauty Supply.

  52. Kathryn says:

    call me crazy, but my bottle of Rage is taking forever to dry on my nails and I only did two coats- thee was not required for me and its definitely opaque. Its a beautiful color though!
    I got mine at CVS for $6.99

  53. crystal says:

    I’m wondering… how do these compare in “foil-ness” to Chrome polishes, i.e.-China Glaze 2030, or anything from the Khrome collection?

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  55. Sonya says:

    Is orly dazzle the same/a dupe for orly shine?