The Orly Surreal nail polish collection is on a different tack than most of the Fall 2013 color collections I’ve seen. They’re going for something more eclectic and unconventional in terms of fall color.
With a focus on blues, purples and pinks in a mixture of finishes, it’s cohesive yet diverse. With a range that varies in opacity, Orly Surreal is an ideal collection for the nail fanatic who likes to layer.
Formula & Application: Orly nail polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin and camphor). 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.
All of the nail polishes in this collection have different consistencies and finishes so I will address them individually below.
Orly Angel Rain is an ethereal sky blue duo-chrome that flashes a pinkish-purple. It has minor brush stroke issues in the finish and is pretty sheer, requiring three coats.
Orly Pink Waterfall is a bright bubble gum pink creme. It’s uber-pigmented which makes it a bit thick and hard to control when applying. I used two coats to get it opaque but noticed that it doesn’t self-level so a couple of my nails look a little lumpy.
Orly Pixie Powder is lavender glitter confection. The tinted base has a heavy metallic shimmer packed with lavender micro-glitter. This one is pretty sheer with a smooth flow though, even after three coats, it’s not opaque so I find it’s best for layering. I wore it over Teal Unreal, shown below, and I love the combo. It looks fab over Pink Waterfall as well.
Orly Purple Poodle is a magenta jelly-esque gloss filled with royal blue shimmer and raspberry micro-glitter particles. Due to its jelly-like consistency, it’s somewhat sheer but buildable and easy to apply. What you see here is three coats.
Orly Teal Unreal is a straight-up teal creme. It has a consistency and pigmentation similar to Essie. It flows on the nail with a squishy, easy-to-manipulate texture and gives great coverage in two coats.
Orly Digital Glitter is a deceptive color. Based on the bottle you’d expect it to be this murky, mysterious glitter bomb but its base is actually clear with a fuchsia shimmer. Floating in the base are hexagonal and square gold sequins with a smattering of red micro-glitter. I’m showing it over white (Orly Gogo) and Purple Poodle to give you an idea of what it actually looks like and how it looks layered. I used two coats of Digital Glitter in both shots.
You guys know that pink isn’t really my thing but something about the combination of Pink Waterfall and Unreal Teal feels very 50s, in a good way, compelling me to come up with some kind of nail art look incorporating them. Even though Chevron Manicures are more art deco, I thought it would make for a fun design. Adding a layer of Pixie Powder to Pink Waterfall added a necessary sparkly punch. I free-handed the Unreal Teal tips which is why the lines aren’t as crisp.
Bottom Line: I think I was more excited about this collection in theory than in reality. The promo images and descriptions drew me in but the actual shades didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Digital Glitter had so much promise but its sheer base let me down. Pixie Powder is gorgeous in the bottle and fab layered but, on its own, not so much. I love teal but I have a ton of teal cremes and you know my opinion on pink. Even Angel Rain didn’t grab me as much on the nail. I guess I’m just whelmed (to steal a phrase from 10 Things I Hate About You).
What do you guys think of Surreal? Do these colors feel fall-ish to you? Which ones do you plan to pick up? Do you like my Chevron nails?