During a recent #NailGlossip we discussed which upcoming collections we are excited for in 2016, and someone mentioned Orly Melrose and I was all, “O RLY?” A quick search for promo images had me looking forward to it as well. I mean, they had me at holo… glitter. What surprised me is that the colors are even more bold and saturated than the bottle shade implies. Check it!
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.
The three cremes and peach sparkle are not technically neons, but they apply like them. They’re all thick with pigment, do not self-level, and dry satin, so a bit of finesse is required during application. I suggest loading the brush and using as few strokes as possible. That being said, I needed three coats with each to avoid VNL (visible nail line). The peach also dries a bit lumpy and has a slightly textured consistency, though a coat of HK Girl easily smoothed out all the polishes. The glitter, Feel the Funk, is a thin and easy to work with, giving semi-opaque coverage with three coats. Finally, Beautifully Bizarre is thick with pigment, but applies smoothly, delivering full coverage with three coats.
Orly Spring 2016 “Melrose” Swatches
Orly Beautifully Bizarre is a shell pink with iridescent blue shimmer. The shimmer can make it look more white than pink in bright light. It’s very ethereal. China Glaze Wanderlust actually looks really similar in the bottle, but you can see below that it is decidedly darker, while essie Meet Me at the Altar is darker, but also more lavender.
Orly Feel the Funk is a lilac semi-sheer shimmer sprinkled with holographic glitter. The scattered holo effect reminds me of old-school Lite Brite. None of my purple glitters are quite as warm as Feel the Funk, certainly not the identically named shade by Color Club. Compared to Orly Pixie Powder, the base color is warmer and more refined due to the fine shimmer vs fine glitter.
Orly Hip & Outlandish is an electric, almost-neon teal. This color is a PITA to photograph, so know that it is much more eye-searing in person. My instant reaction was that it’s an oceanic, more blue take on China Glaze Four Leaf Clover, though H&O is way more intense. China Glaze Keepin’ It Teal looks like it could be a slightly greener cousin, but its major lack of opacity killed that thought. I needed like SIX coats to get it opaque on a swatch stick. Crazy!
Orly Trendy is a punchy peach packed with crystal flecks. The flecks aren’t as visible on the nail, but in direct light they add dimension and a hint of sparkle. Like Hip & Outlandish, Trendy treads on neon territory and has no twins in my peach neon wardrobe. China Glaze Feel the Breeze and Neon & On & On are both more pink, while More to Explore is more orange.
Orly Vintage is a pumped-up mint green, inching towards spring green. In the bottle it’s so unassuming, but really pops on the nail. I keep hearing, “It’s electrifying!” from “You’re the One That I Want,” in my head every time I look at it (so geeked for Grease: Live). Salon Perfect Mer-Made of Money is the only polish I own that looks anything like this and it’s not as green.
Orly Window Shopping is a hot magenta creme with berry undertones. It’s the last of the nearly-neon shades in this collection and while it dries a bit dark and satin, once you add top coat… BOOM! It really lights up. China Glaze Escaping Reality is very, very close in hue, but because it’s not at all neon, it lacks Window Shopping’s intensity.
Bottom Line: I’m really loving this color palette and the surprising way the colors pop on the nail. I also enjoy the diversity of finishes and intensity in this collection. That being said, you better work if you want those brights to look perfect. I suggest blocking out a bit of time on the first application so you can get used to the troublesome formula. Hip & Outlandish is my fave of the bunch, especially because… NO STAINING! Window Shopping is a close second with Vintage falling in just behind. Trendy’s chunky feel makes it too much of a pain for me to want to deal with, so it gets a pass.
The Orly Spring 2016 “Melrose” collection is available now at salons and mass retailers nationwide. For more info, visit OrlyBeauty.com. Orly nail polish retails for $8.50/ea. You can find the Melrose collection online at ebay.com, TransDesign.com, and Head2ToeBeauty.com.
Thoughts on the Melrose collection? Do you plan to pick up any of these shades? Which nail polish collections are you most looking forward to this spring?Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Orly. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.