To be transparent I’m currently writing in January 2021 as I continue my little blog post catch up (I always adjust the dates to when I first posted them on Instagram, so they’re in “order” and don’t overwhelm the beginning of the page!) It’s currently snowing, after snowing the entire night before, and so it’s a perfect day to be all cozy indoors and do some blogging! And we’re finally having some winter weather so what better time to catch up on some winter collections, eh? I do enjoy winter a lot for these cozy winter days, watching the snow fall.
So let’s look at this next one from Orly!
This is the Orly Metropolis collection and it’s their release for Winter 2020! We have 3 cream and metallic shades, and then 3 more glittery shades. I received this as part of my Color Pass! I mention it every post, but in case someone new is reading, the Color Pass is where you pay up front and then over the course of the year you receive 4 boxes with new Orly collections as well as extra goodies. It’s great if you’re like me and already planning on buying all of the shades – but of course, there are places to buy the shades individually. And that’s my spiel, always feel free to ask any other questions about the Color Pass!
We have some beautiful shades here so let’s get right into the swatches!
Up first we’re doing the one straight up cream shade. This is ‘Opulent Obsession’ and it’s a super deep wine red shade – you can see the bright red base around the edges of the polish. Though it is technically a cream, the first shade really feels almost jelly-like and because of that and the super deep color, is pretty uneven. But a 2nd coat easily evens it out and makes the color completely smooth.
Definitely be a little more careful with application and cleanup, as again you can see around my cuticles that that bright red pigment can get all over. But who doesn’t love a good vampy shade.
‘Infinite Allure’ is a gorgeous, smoky silver metallic with a touch of brown and warmth to it. It’s a very interesting shade!
The first coat here was good, though it will need a 2nd. But overall an easy 2 coats!
There is the tiniest touch of brushstrokes to it because of the glitter all throughout, so you can just make sure to paint straight although they’re very subtle in normal daylight.
The fan favorite of the collection, and for a good reason, is ‘Nouveau Riche’. This is a STUNNING deeper green shimmery base with a bright green shift, and larger almost golden-yellow glitter. It’s so beautiful, and don’t mind me as I just stare at these swatches.
This also had a gorgeous formula and was almost opaque in just 1 thicker coat. I did 2 thinner coats and did notice the color brightened up even more with that 2nd coat.
It’s perfect for feeling glamorous and blinged out for the holidays, or just any time of the year really!
Now we’re into the 3 glitter shades!
Up first is ‘In the Moonlight’. This is a dark gray jelly base with tons of smaller black glitters and larger silver glitters. I found this one had the most base of the 3 shades, with a deeper black jelly that builds up in color. This can be a thinner, more sparse look or a fully opaque glitter look depending on your application. For each of these 3 shades, I used a couple swipes on each nail to really deposit the product down and build up each of the coats. The sparkle and the base built up easily with a 2nd coat, and it was pretty well opaque in just 2 – maybe 3 if you’re doing thinner coats each time.
There’s something about a glittery black shade that just automatically makes me think of the holidays, and I absolutely love it.
‘Inexhaustible Charm’ (how I like to describe myself, obviously) is a clear jelly base with tons of larger rose gold and golden glitter pieces. I found that one coat can be used as a topper and distributes a scattered glitter look. But it also builds up in 3 coats to an opaque glitter look. The glitters layer nicely onto each other, and create such a blinged out and sparkly look on the nails.
Another quintessential look for the holidays is just a ton of glitter, so this delivered.
Lastly we have ‘Untouchable Decadence’. This is a clear jelly base with tons of different sizes of gold metallic glitters. It had the same sort of formula as ‘Inexhaustible Charm’ above, where it can be used as a 1 coat topper over another shade, or builds up to opaque in 3 coats. This shade can look a little more “scattered” than the one above, with more spaces showing the nail through, but it’s still easily possible to wear it on its own.
I do recommend thinner coats and letting them fully dry in between, or else it can get a touch gloopy on the nails.
Overall, again a beautiful blingy look for the holidays!
And that’s the collection! It’s different from some more “traditional” holiday shades and I enjoyed the different finishes. It’s a lot of glitter and shimmer, so of course if that’s not your taste, this collection might not be for you and that’s okay! But of course, my absolute favorite was ‘Nouveau Riche’ for that incredible color and shiftiness. Are you interested in any of the shades?
Color Club Halo Jewels Collection • Zoya Intriguing Winter 2020 • Holo Taco Frosted Metals Collection • China Glaze Jollywood Winter 2020 • Essie Winter 2020 • Loud Lacquer Polishes of Xmas Past Collection