It’s officially fall (yeah I know it has been for a while now, but now it *really* feels like fall, it’s got that just smell in the air), and it’s my favorite season, both in weather and nail polish and makeup.
So Orly is up first for the fall posts (with lots more to follow)! As I always say, I have Orly Color Pass. That means, I paid up front at the beginning of the year, and then throughout the year, they automatically send out the 4 collections along with some other fun goodies in each box. I really like it, and it’s the cheaper price I’ve found for Orly (it worked out to $4-$5 per polish).
The box for Fall 2018 showed on my doorstep not too long ago. The collection for this season is ‘The New Neutral’, and as you can imagine it’s some lovely neutral shades. It’s a 6 piece collection just like normal, with 5 creams and 1 metallic. It’s not the most exciting to us collectors, I’ll admit. But I love a good Orly cream formula, and if you’re looking to build up a collection, these are great shades to have. Let’s get right into it!
Up first is the lightest and most neutral of the collection. This is ‘Snuggle Up’ (which I always want to do in these chillier fall months of course), and it’s my perfect “mannequin hands” shade for me and a lovely palette cleanser.
This had a sheer first coat, but it was a smooth formula, so at least it wasn’t uneven. I got it opaque in a 2nd thicker coat. The formula is beautiful so it’s so easy to control and won’t flood the cuticles.
When I get neutral this light, they can weirdly wash me out, or be sheer with a difficult formula. I surprisingly loved this nude, and it’s a perfect palette cleanser that still makes my hands look alive.
Up next is ‘Mauvelous’. (This is a little more peachy than mauve so who knows). This is a warm toned peachy neutral shade. Another that had a smooth 1st coat, but it will need at least 2 coats. This was another thicker formula, so it didn’t run the brush and I was easily able to paint all my nails. It was still easy to control. Another with 2 easy coats.
‘Cashmere Crisis’ (sounds like a crisis I want to have) is a lovely taupe shade. This is another lovely cream shade from Orly – 2 easy coats.
‘Olive You Kelly’ is an olive green cream shade. All of the cream shades in this collection are just stunning, and all 1-2 coats. This shade was almost 1 coat. I used 2 here to smooth out some of my ridges, but 1 thicker coat will do it.
The last cream shade of the collection is ‘Seize the Clay’. This is a nice deep raspberry shade, and it’s got a nice touch of warmth to it. Perfect for fall.
Just like the previous shade, this was almost 1 coat – I used 2 to smooth out any uneven spots and my ridges. Again, I can’t sing the praises of the cream shades enough.
Last but certainly not least, is the metallic shade of the bunch. This is ‘Fall Into Me’, and it’s a nice bronzey shade for fall. This was pretty well opaque on 1 coat. As you can see, there are brush strokes – really any metallic like this will get them, you can sponge on the last layer to get rid of them. Or just paint straight and carefully to help that. It can run down the brush a little and flood the cuticles if you get too much on the nail, so just make sure to wipe the brush off before applying.
Metallic shades like this aren’t my absolute favorite because of the brush strokes, but it is a nice standard shade for fall.
So of course I’ll be honest about this, and point out how they’re not the most original and unique colors and finishes. But that’s the collector in me. Considering I’m constantly getting in the new mainstream collections, and have a large amount of polish already – so a polish has really gotta step it up to wow me. So that’s always what I mean when I say that. I fully understand that when mainstream brands are making collections, they’re for, you know, sane normal people, unlike me LOL. These are still beautiful colors, and if you see some that you like, I recommend because there were beautiful formulas here! Random little sidebar over.
Overall, I think Orly is an underrated brand. They’ve been putting out great collections this past year, with beautiful formulas. They’re becoming one of my favorite brands. So I recommend the creams from this collection.
As I always say, lots of reviews are on their way! I’ve got fall AND halloween collections (which I love so much) coming up! Stay tuned!