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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Orly Royal Navy

By on April 28, 2011
in 365 of Untrieds, Blue, Orly
orly-royal-navy-nail-polish-bottle-365-untrieds 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

They say it takes 28 days to create a habit, or break one. Today is Day 28 of my untrieds challenge and one of the reasons I started this project was to get over what I’m calling a “blogpression.” It’s not that I didn’t love polish anymore or talking about it.  It’s just that after four years I was feeling very mixed about blogging.

As much as I love all of you for reading, commenting, emailing, etc I was putting so much pressure on myself.  Wanting to fulfill every request and please everyone all the time made me avoid blogging.  I wanted to swatch and compare every polish that came out to every other polish that ever existed.  It’s simply not possible.

So thank you for the endless support and encouragement.  I’m happy that you enjoy the 365 of Untrieds as much as I do.  It’s made me enjoy blogging more than I have in a long time.  Now let’s move on with Orly Royal Navy.

Formula & Application: Orly nail polish is 4-Free (including formaldehyde resin) and does not contain camphor, which can be an irritant. Orly polishes come with the fan fave rubberized cap. That signature easy-to-grip topper makes it easy to control the polish. The brush is long and thin with flexible bristles. I personally would like it if there were more bristles to get more coverage in each stroke.

Royal Navy was such a pleasure to apply I was actually a bit giddy as it glided on the nail. The formula has a semi-sheer jelly look to it but it flows on the nail like a smooth-as-butter creme rather than a squishy jelly.  Due to its semi-sheer nature I used three coats and even though the picture shows VNL (visible nail line) it’s MUCH less apparent in person.

Orly Royal Navy is a an electrified royal blue jelly packed with turquoise micro-glitter.  This color launched last summer as part of the patriotic themed In The Navy collection and this color clearly stole the show.  It’s so amazingly vibrant in person that I can’t stop staring at it.  Pictures can not do this one justice.  It’s rich and bold but not in-your-face bright.


Bottom Line: Without a doubt Royal Navy is going on my all-time favorite blues list. It’s stunning and a “must-have” for any blue polish lover. I’m smitten and don’t want to take it off. You will have serious nail polish regret if you let this one pass by.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: As if you couldn’t guess… STASH STASH STASH

Orly Royal Navy is available online at and Check your local Sally Beauty or UTLA for availability.  Orly nail polishes retail for $6/ea for a .6oz bottle.

How many of you have Royal Navy?  Are you as in love with it as I am?  Come on, back me up!  If you don’t own it, do you plan to hunt down a bottle?

Disclosure: I purchased this nail polish. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. I can see why you name this an all time favourite, it’s super pretty!

  2. Ashley says:

    you are without a doubt my favorite nail blogger, i’m so glad you got over your “blogpression”, i would be totally sad if you stopped! :)

  3. I’ve been pining over this for the longest time and have no idea why I keep passing it up. i have nothing else like it and I know I would love it. I guess now it the time!

  4. jenny says:

    Also, I’m really glad you are taking the time to share these colors and pictures w/ us.

    It must be very time consuming to do swatches and to photograph them just right for the site. The application and drying time alone must be insane.

    So, thank you, truly.

  5. Larie says:

    I think I need this! I will be hunting it down. Thanks for the beautiful photos!

  6. Elegant j says:

    YES. I was still working at Sally’s when this colour came out in the In the Navy collection, and being that blue is my favorite colour, had to try it.

    I think its one of the easiest-to-apply ORLY colours, and looks great on EVERYBODY~!
    any time i wear it, i get compliments all around.

  7. Pamela says:

    I do love this color! And yes I might go hunting it down. I tried to find one of the other colors you showed not long ago, but no luck :( They had the brand but not the color.

  8. Susie says:

    I love Orly polish! I have great experience with their durability (much longer lasting than OPI).

    I haven’t tried this one but I will now. I wish they would get with the program and put out more interesting colors. Although I did snag ‘Snowcone’-a great sky blue, at CVS (of all places) last year. It’s my favorite color for toes. I visit Sally often to look for new colors, but there’s rarely anything new.

  9. Paulina says:

    This is gorgeous. Adding to my wishlist STAT.

  10. I am definitely getting a bottle of this…it’s been such a long time lemming for me.

    And I’m glad that you’re feeling happier about blogging! It seems like there’s some burnout bug going around, and it’s sad.

  11. Cincly says:

    Wow, that’s beautiful!

  12. GerryART says:

    Royal Navy is going on this week’s list!

  13. Lekha says:

    Hmm – I have this one but it looks nowhere near as good as yours. All of the glitter had sunk to the bottom when I got it, and no amount of shaking/rolling has been able to re-disperse it. Without the glitter it looks a lot like some other blue polishes I have, so I am not a fan.

    • Katy says:

      Store it upside down, or roll it around on its side a day in advance. It takes a while, but after a few hours, the glitter will shift.

  14. kelly says:

    i truly love your blog, and i am loving this 365 untried series. i hope you blog when you WANT to, and not just to meet reader’s demands. do what you please/love :) thank you for all that you post!

  15. Anita says:

    I have and I love. It’s everything you say. :D

  16. Lesley says:

    I’m glad this project has helped bring some of the excitement back to blogging for you! Also, LOVE this polish!!

  17. Katy says:

    It really is a great blue. You have to store it upside down or on its side a day in advance so you can get the glitter all around.

    The 365 project was a great idea. I’m really enjoying it.

  18. Lauren says:

    So glad you’re enjoying yourself again! I pick this up every time I go buy polish (ever since another blogger said it was the best blue ever). Yet for some reason I always put it back and walk away. The truth is, I figured if you didn’t blog about it, it probably wasn’t worth it. Obviously I know you can’t swatch every polish that comes out, but I had come to expect you would review the collections of certain brands if there was something worthy in it. Now I feel bad for expecting that! :) Plus, I feel so fulfilled with my blues already. But next time I’m going to bite the bullet.

  19. Pamela says:

    FYI: I just went to the Orly site & they have this color for sale on the site for I think $7.50.

  20. aaminahs mom says:

    yes!!!! i love this blue its cool as H%*l any how i ended up with 2 when it was on sale at sally for like 2.50. before the price changed ~which really doesn’t bother me since the bottle is so large BTW VNS has orly for 3.75 all colors

  21. Monica says:

    Yep, I would definitely have to agree. It is totally my favourite blue and I always get comments every time I wear it – it is just gorgeous and bold!

  22. Chynna says:

    I LOVE Royal Navy. I wore it to a Blue Man Group show and did my thumbs in Nfu-Oh’s silver holo. I thought the holo would grab attention, but it was the blue color people loved and asked to get a better look at. Total win.

  23. Crystal says:

    So happy that you reviewed this color. I had ordered it by mistake a few weeks ago. Seeing the swatch, I am happy I made the mistake.

  24. Paula says:

    I support you in your project, because blogging about nail polish has to be fun. Some readers think the bloggers have some kind of obligation to post all releases quickly and live to show them all the polishes that ever existed. That’s not true. I believe you have to post about and review what you really wear, and if it pleases us, we will keep reading.

    By the way, Royal Navy is a beautiful polish, but not sure if I’ll put it in my wishlist.

  25. Hannah says:

    I just bought Royal Navy and it’s currently on my toes! I love the subtle turquoise shimmer.

    And thank you, truly, for swatching all of these. I adore them and I always go to your site before buying a polish to see if I’d like it. I love the 365 of untrieds and I check it every day! Thank you so much!!

  26. Winnie says:

    Have it, love it, wouldn’t give it up for anything, might need a backup…. ;-)

  27. Sarah says:

    I love this one too! I bought it recently at Sally’s. I just wanted to mention that I love that you mention formula information in your reviews. It’s really helpful!

  28. sb_sweetie says:

    I’ve never commented before, but I just have to say that I am LOVING the “365 of Untrieds.” I, too, have a huge (dare I say it, embarrassing) stash of untrieds. I am trying to work through the pile and you have inspired me. Plus, I think in these difficult economic times, it’s just not realistic for us to keep buying all the new polishes that come out (especially when some of us have so many untrieds). Ironically, many of your untrieds are mine as well! Keep up the good work, as long as it’s fun for you!

  29. Putturani says:

    Hi ALU! So glad you’re getting over your blog depression. I’ve been a reader for a couple of months and I LOVE your blog, whenever I buy new colours I always come here for reference. Problem is, my skin tone is wildly different from yours so I end up making some mistakes but I’m learning! :)

  30. Rabbit says:

    I love all shades of blue: ) Royal Navy is one of the most pretty: )

  31. DWJ says:

    I bought this one a couple of months ago and go so many compliments on it. I love it, it’s a favorite of mine.

  32. KB says:

    I love this color! It is definitely my favorite blue ever. I first tried it late last summer. I bought it from Head 2 Toe because I needed another item to get free shipping and it seemed pretty enough. I hadn’t seen an swatches of it but that doesn’t matter much to me– anything I don’t like my sister will take gladly. Imagine my shock when I tried it and it turned out to be absolutely gorgeous. The turquoise shimmer is so pretty. It makes this polish a stunner.

  33. Pamela says:

    Wow, I’ve passed this one by so many times because the bottle truly doesn’t show how GORGEOUS it is. I’ll have to grab it next time I see it. I’m so happy you are happy about blogging again–and I love, love, love the 365 days of Untrieds series! It’s amazing, informative, and fun, because I never know what’s coming next.

  34. Meeka says:

    I bought this one when it came out because I’d heard so many great things about it. Honestly, I didn’t really like it on me at all. I’ve hung on to it because everyone else seems to think it’s amazing. I did hear a while back about storing it upside down to get the glitter to disperse properly and I’m hoping that will make me love it. If not, it’s going to be a swapper.

  35. Carrie says:

    Lovely color!

    And I adore this series, it’s such great exposure to so many colors I wasn’t aware of before! I’m thrilled it’s giving you pleasure when you blog again :D

  36. Helena says:

    Ooh, sooo purdy. Gawjuss. (The better something is, the more I misspell adjectives to describe its awesomeness, I suppose.)

  37. Susan says:

    I’ve heard so much about this color, but I never cared about it or wanted it until NOW! Wow! It’s incredible! It would be perfect for summer, too.

  38. gemutlichkeit says:

    If it helps, I’m enjoying the 365 of untrieds as much, if not more, as the usual blog posts. To be honest swatches of every new collection, comparisons etc get a little dull to me because so many other nail blogs get the same collections to review and are out there comparing every single polish all the time. It’s kind of refreshing to just show up every day and get a picture of a random, pretty colour that I haven’t neccessarily heard of.

    So, keep up the good work, do whatever you want to do with your blog. We’ll still keep reading :)

  39. Maribeth says:

    SO pretty! I’m becoming more and more obsessed with jellies lately, and this one is hot!

  40. ena says:

    I own this and I *adore* it: it’s the perfect blue.

  41. PolishSis says:

    Ahhh thank you so much for reminding me how extremely beautiful this polish is. I should wear it again soon!

    Ps- love your daily posts!

  42. Steffi says:

    This is one of my all time fav polishes period. I LOVE this color.

  43. kelly says:

    I really like the Misbehaved or the Laced up.

  44. mara says:

    I really enjoy your blog, and I am loving this 365 untried series. I look forward to the e-mails every morning when I get into work! Now I have others hooked as well.

    I hope you continue to enjoy doing it!

  45. Mandy says:

    I love this blog! The 365 untried series has been awesome, I’m still pretty new to this nail polish hobby so it’s been introducing me to a LOT of stuff I never would have known about!

  46. Valerie says:

    have it and LOVE it! the turquoise shimmer makes it super unique!

  47. Liz says:

    Love this blue. Would be a great poolside pedicure.

    I love your blog and find it fun and inspiring. Thanks for writing!

  48. Jackie S. says:

    I have this and I love it, I can NOT believe this was in your untrieds?..LOL!!! Not any more..have fun wearing this , this summer :)

  49. Chris says:

    You know, you were the one who inspired me to start blogging. What would I do if my blogging hero stopped blogging? I have no idea.

    I love this color. I may forgo my ages-old lemming for Calypso Blue and get this one instead.

  50. Andrea says:

    I think I will buy this colour. Thanks for swatching it.

  51. Sarah says:

    That color is awesome! But what I really came in here to say is THANK YOU for running this blog! This is hands-down, the BEST nail polish blog I’ve found. (I think part of the reason I like it so much is because you shape and cut your nails like I do, so it’s easy for me to imagine the polishges on myself). I really appreciate all the swatching and comparisons you do. Thank you!!!

  52. Renee says:

    I LOVE Royal Navy. I picked it up last summer and it’s one of my all-time faves for sure.

  53. virginia says:

    This is in my untrieds too, sad to say. It’s so easy to rack up a collection of untried polishes, isn’t it?

  54. Pamela says:

    YAY! I went to Sally’s today & found Royal Navy & bought it plus Star Spangled & Fifty Four. Now if I ever get around to trying them…LOL. They were having a buy 2 get 1 free, so I couldn’t pass that up,-)

  55. Mary says:

    This is such a gorgeous blue by Orly. I love it so much that I even painted one of my male friends’ nails this color at a party! Hahaha…and he liked it, as long as he didn’t have to walk around in public with it. :P

    I need to wear this again soon. You’ve reminded me how much I loved this bright blue. :)

  56. lauren says:

    I love jelly colors… and I wouldn’t even know what a jelly is if it weren’t for your blog! Thanks!!!!

  57. R.Ang says:

    Its a lovely blue & you have lovely nails too! Wish I could carry off blue but I’m kinda tanned so it’ll be odd…

    Sorry to hear you’ve Blogpression – just wanted to let you know you’ve an Amazing site for us nail polish lovers & I’ve been following & always look forward to your reviews. (no pressure intended!)

    365 of Untrieds is great! Think I wouldn’t want it to end when you finally hit #365.

  58. I have to get Royal Navy! Love this! And I have to ask…how in the world do you keep the polish off of your cuticles. Have you just polished so much that you are perfect about the placement and don’t get it on your cuticles? Or do you have a trick or secret you can share!? :)

  59. Wanda says:

    First, thanks so much for hosting this blog. I found your blog about a year ago and I just love it! And it fired up my latent nail polish love earlier this year. Now I’m purchasing nail polish left and right!

    Second, love this color. I will have to check out Sally’s and/or Ulta to look for it. It’s absolutely spectacular!

  60. Sarah says:

    Just bought this a couple days ago and LOVE it! Perfect timing for the royal wedding too!

  61. Jenn says:

    I just picked this color up! I loveee in your face colors like this!

  62. Janna says:

    I love this on toes too!

  63. Elle says:

    I HATE blues… but I can’t help but LOVE Royal Navy. It’s so perfect in every way. I never wear it on my fingers but I adore it for toe-wear. And seriously… your blog is awesome. Don’t stop!

  64. NailPolishFan says:

    I love Royal Navy. It too is my favorite. The only problem I have with it is the shimmer sets to the bottom of the bottle and I have to keep shaking it (I know that bad)but it’s worth it. Do you have any solutions to getting the shimmer to spread evenly through out the polish without shaking it?

  65. Mandy Tay says:

    Love the blue jelly! But aww… I’m looking for 1 without shimmers. :(

  66. Barclay says:

    Thank you so much for all your blogging! It definitely keeps me (and obviously many others!) entertained at work, and I’m always rushing to get home after because ALU makes me want to do a manicure immediately.
    I really like the jellys, although I haven’t tried any in Orly yet. I was wondering if you’d tried Orly It’s Not Rocket Science – it got me a lot of compliments this past weekend.
    Thanks again for all you do!

  67. Nat says:

    I love this colour…I’m actually wearing it right now and it goes so well with my skin tone….def one of my fav nail polishes!

  68. Rachel says:

    Holy cow that’s gorgeous!

  69. maya says:

    I love it too. It’s ultra-gorgeous

  70. Kathleen says:

    Definitely agree that this is a must-have. It’s as close to Yves Klein blue as I’ve ever seen.