Orly Velvet Dreams Collection
For the Velvet Dreams Collection Orly really stepped up their game. This 6 polish collection contains a variety of colors and finishes, just like the Autumnal season they were created for. Now over the last few years, I have strayed away from buying mainstream polishes with the exception of a few Sinful Colors Collections. So I'm not exactly sure how long Orly has been using the new genius brush but I have to say it's a big improvement for them. This brush is similar to the one found in the Sally Hansen Insta-dri line but with a shorter wand. I found it made the application of these polishes very easy to do.
Color: A pale champagne color with a silvery pink frosty finish.
Application: Very opaque with almost full coverage on the first coat! The polish flowed nicely off the brush and was very easy to control. Unfortunately, because of the frost finish, it does suffer heavily from brushstrokes. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat.
While I love the formula and application of this polish I'm not a huge fan of the color. It makes me feel like I have mannequin hands and the brushstrokes are just too much for my personal tastes.
Color: A ruby red jelly polish.
Application: Extremely pigmented polish with smooth even coverage. I almost expected this one to be on the sheer side and require 3 or 4 coats because of the jelly-like consistency. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat.
I really love this red polish. The overly glossy finish reminds me of red patent leather. I have a feeling I will be reaching for this one a lot. For me this is was a true red nail should look like.
Color: Dusty mauve pink creme nail polish.
Application: Very smooth application and an extremely opaque polish. This one was almost a 1 coater for me. Shown 2 coats plus top coat.
This is another favorite of mine from the collection. The dusty shade for me really screams fall season and is a great transition color for me before breaking out all the dark vampy shade for winter.
Color: Clear based polish with multichrome micro glitters that shift from gold to copper to magenta.
Application: Smooth even coverage but a little on the sheer side as most glitter packed polishes like this are. It does build up nicely reaching full opacity after 2 coats. Shown as 2 coats plus top coat.
This is the polish I was referring to when I said Orly has stepped up their game. It reminds me of an indie polish with the color shift and flakie appearance. It also reminds me of the changing leaves which just happens to be my favorite part of the fall season.
Color: Dusty dark blue creme nail polish reminiscent of a navy blue but not quite as dark.
Application: The formula on this one was the worst for me in the entire collection. I had some slight streaking and the first coat. Everything evens out with the application of a second coat for a smooth finish with a deep rich tone. Shown 2 coats plus top coat.
This color just isn't for me. I'm not a huge dark blue polish fan and this one is just too dark for my personal tastes. I can see myself using it as a base for a glitter topper or sparkly stamping so I'm not writing it off completely just yet. The application issues I did have were a bit frustrating considering how easily the rest of the collection applied but not to the point where I won't use this polish again.
Color: Grey creme nail polish with a lilac undertone.
Application: Smooth even application but the formula was a bit sheer on the first coat. Full opacity can be reached after 2 coats. Shown here as 2 coats plus top coat.
To me, this color feels a bit on the pastel side and doesn't really seem to fit with the rest of the collection. That being said I really like this color. It has just the right amount of that lilac undertone for me and even though it's very light I can see myself wearing it year round.
It's hard for me to pick a favorite from this collection as I liked the formula and color of most of them. Just Bitten and Black Cherry are at the top of my list though. Do you have a favorite? I currently have the Darlings of Defiance collection sitting here waiting to be swatched so be on the lookout for that one soon. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!