February 10, 2014

Orly- Galaxy FX Polishes [Swatch] & [Review]




Today, I'm excited to share three of the Spring 2014 Galaxy FX polishes by Orly! The collection consists of six dense glitter mixes.  I have to say, even though glitter isn't always my jam, it's nice to see commercial brands embracing indie trends.

First, here is Orly- Star Trooper:


Star Trooper is dense, olivey mix.  There are larger silver hexes, tiny matte white hexes, and gorgeous coppery microshimmer that really catches the light. The base is sort of a dirty brown-army green.

Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:




Outside, shade:



Up close:


The bronzey-golden microshimmer absolutely makes this polish for me...

Formula: It's fairly sheer, but goes on easily, and is not streaky. Two thickish coats are almost opaque, but I just had sheerness at the tip of the nail.

The base is a bit on the sticky, gooey side, but works to your advantage, oddly, when painting...the viscosity somehow helps the glitter distribute evenly on the nail. So you can actually paint this on normally, and not dab.  With dense glitters like this, my biggest struggle is getting the wrapped tips smooth, but I think that just comes with practice?

I only needed one coat of NYC- In A New York Minute to smooth out this glitter, texture-wise, but I added a second for extra shine.
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Next, Orly- Gravity Bound:


Gravity Bound is a mix of medium blue microglitter, small bright purple hexes, and slightly larger matte white hexes. The base seems to be a bluish gray.

Artificial light, two coats:


Window-filtered daylight:




I think Gravity Bound is so pretty in the bottle, but I'm not sure I like the white hexes in this one after all.  They're a little busy...or distracting?

Outside, shade:



Up close:


Formula: It's also slightly sheer, but buildable. The glitter seems to clump up more within the base than Star Trooper, but that doesn't seem to affect application as much...at first.  Two medium coats were just about opaque.

By the time I went to paint my second hand, the formula had really glooped up, and it's not like the bottle was sitting open very long!  It made application for that hand a nightmare, so this one really needs thinner...just UGH.  By the time I was done, I was super frustrated with this one.
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Last up, here is Orly- Intergalactic Space :


Intergalactic Space is a mix of small fuchsia and orange hexes in a deep purple/gray? base.  There is also a matrix of shiny blue microglitter, as well as sparse large, white circle glitter.

Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:



Outside, shade:



Up close:


Formula: It's sheer too, and a little bit sticky/ gooey as well, but not as bad as Gravity Bound. I did have to fish for the circle glitters and then dab them on. Finicky.

I also should mention that I did allow the bottle to sit upside down for a few hours prior to application since I noticed that the large circle glitters do sink to the bottom. I'm not sure if it helped at all.

Overall, this one is slightly tricky, but it's not the nightmare that Gravity Bound is.
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What do you think? Did you pick up any from the Galaxy FX collection?

4 comments:

  1. I'm really big on glitter but these don't convince me. Maybe it's the color combinations.

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  2. Yea, I wasn't crazy about Gravity Bound. Did really enjoy Intergalactic Space, though!

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  3. Eieeee I love these, Gravity Bound included! I'm so glad you reviewed them, as all my stores have been out of stock and I need my glitter fix somewhere. I'm not huge on circle glitters, so I'm kind of glad those are sinkers ;) I understand why these might not be everyone's cup of tea, but they really do look like galaxy nails without the work :D

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  4. I loved your two swatches also! I was on the fence about Starburst, and didn't get it, but your swatches make me have regreeeeets.

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