Today I have three of Orly's Summer 2014 collection called Baked! I don't think Orly actually bills these as "neon," but the shades I selected are definitely some of the most neon polishes in my collection!
I was definitely intrigued by swatches I saw of this set online, but when I saw them in person at Sally Beauty, they were basically irresistible! Let's see!
Here's the orange, Orly- Ablaze:
Ablaze is a super bright red/ pink-leaning orange containing yellow-golden shimmer.
My camera had trouble with this one. The autofocus didn't want to latch onto it because the color is so bright, and there is a little bit of distortion. I've made it look as close to the real thing as possible- this is eye-searing and saturated!
Artificial light, two coats:
You'll notice the shimmer is always visible!
What an awesome color for Summer!
Formula: It has a medium-thick viscosity, and it paints on very nicely! This is seriously excellent for a neon formula; I experienced no dragging or pulling, and it self-levels! It also dries down quickly, and is opaque enough in two thicker coats!
It does dry darker than the liquid bottle color, but not by a whole lot- and to be honest, that is quite common with polishes containing neon pigments, I have found.
Next, the purple, Orly- Hot Tropics:
Hot Tropics is a purple-leaning hot fuchsia with prominent yellowy-gold flakie-type shimmer.
Artificial light, two coats:
The two photos directly above ^ (not the first) were taken with a new light source. It's this Tao Tronics lamp which has LED bulbs (birthday pressie, woop!). It does create some wacky, non-diffused keylights on the nail, but I feel like it helps me showcase the shimmer more, and on one particular setting it's very color accurate. I'd love to know what you think! Are the highlights on the nail too intrusive?
It looks slightly warmer-toned on the nail than in the bottle. This is so damn gorgeous that I kept helplessly rubbernecking my nails the entire day that I wore it! The shimmer is very present, and the base color is saturated- just glowy and wonderful!
Formula: It is sheerer than Ablaze, almost jellyish. But, it goes on very smoothly, and dries down with no issues. It's buildable, though, and something like 95% opaque after the second coat, which was good enough for me!
Last of the three, Orly- Lush:
Lush is a chartreuse jelly base filled with yellow microglitter and bright holographic green/yellow bar glitter. The bar glitter is of the very long and thin variety.
Artificial light, three coats:
Artificial light (Tao Tronics lamp):
You might notice that the color on the nail is a lot yellower, less chartreuse, than the color in the bottle. That was a bit disappointing for me, but I think it's just an opacity issue since the base is a jelly.
I'm not too into bar glitter, but there was something about the monochrome color scheme combined with texture that struck a chord with me. I don't have another polish like this one.
Formula: It is quite sheer in true jelly form, and the viscosity is a little syrupy/ sticky. The bar glitters are so long that they stick off the end of your nail, so you have to attend to those after every coat. I suggest keeping a pair of tweezers handy.
This had an acceptable opacity at two coats (still obvious VNL, but very squishy), but the more you build it up, the closer you get to the bottle chartreuse color, so I used three. Even so, on the nail it does look a lot more yellow than green- different from how it appears in the bottle.
To smooth this out I used one coat of Gelous + one coat of INM- Out The Door, which worked wonderfully.
Overall, I love these polishes- what can I say?! They all have nice formulas, the colors are super saturated, and none of them are boring! Bar glitter is tricky, sure, but Lush wasn't unmanageable. Now I'm curious about the other three colors in the set!
What do you think?