April 20, 2015

Orly Color Blast- LE Frozen/ Elsa Polishes [Swatch] & [Review]




Hey guys! It's already time for a new week. I'm in denial a little bit! How about you?

Today, I have swatches and a review of three of the new Limited Edition Orly Color Blast Elsa/ Frozen polishes, which can be found in drugstores.

There are twelve total in this set, and I pulled mine from an endcap display in Walgreens where they had singles, as well as many different duo packs:



I've never tried this new Color Blast line from Orly until now, but one thing to note is that the bottles are much smaller than the regular Orly bottles, holding just .37oz instead of .6oz:


Palm of hand for scale. The cap is still the same rubberized material we've all come to know and love. Inside, the brush is the same as the normal Orly brush: a thinner round brush with bristles that spread easily. The Color Blast brush has bristles that are ever so slightly shorter than normal, but I would never had known this if I didn't directly compare. If you like Orly's normal brush, you'll like this one.

Polishes:

L to R: Ice-Solated, Frozen, Free Spirit

Let's get started!

First up, how about one with a punny name? Orly Color Blast- Ice-Solated:


Ice-Solated is a pastel, green-leaning baby blue base filled with blue shimmer. Sometimes, the shimmer looks purple-blue shifting, but I'm not sure. This is your robin's egg type of greenish blue, I think.

Artificial light, two coats:



(The accent nail, by the way, is a color-blocking attempt using all three of these shades, but I clearly didn't think it through, because one is a jelly (you'll see), and it doesn't stay true to color layered over something else...)

Outside, shade:


Formula: It doesn't have my favorite texture ever. It's a little gooey and viscous, while at the same time having a jelly feel? It's hard to describe, but to go along with the thicker feeling formula is a sheerer pigmentation, which is not my favorite combination. However, it does apply decently and self-levels, although the first coat is streaky. The second coat was not opaque for me, but to give you an idea of the pigmentation, I left it there since the streaks were eliminated. Overall, just OK.
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Next, Orly Color Blast- Free Spirit:


Free Spirit is a purple-leaning (warm) magenta crelly that leans to the jelly side in terms of texture. I know I probably have something similar to this already, but I can never resist this color!

Artificial light, two coats:



This is bright, but still dries down slightly darker/ different than bottle color, as you can see.

Outside, shade:


Formula: It's thick, creamy, pigmented, and kind of great! It has a jellyish quality in the texture that makes it so easy to paint on. Self-levels so instantaneously that you don't even see it. This really has a super high-end feel to it. Really love everything about this formula other than that it dries down slightly darker than liquid bottle color! Two coats shown.
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Last, Orly Color Blast- Frozen:


Frozen is a sheer, pastel multichrome ultra-fine shimmer that shows shades of purple-blue-aqua.

Artificial light, two coats:



This is some bad swatching right here, and I'm sorry! I really couldn't see how sheer that was in person (especially on the middle nail), but at least now you guys will know to use three coats! (In the photo below, it looks less transparent due to a lower light intensity.)

Outside, shade:


Formula: It's a bit sheer, but the viscosity is fine, and it paints on the nail very smoothly. You do have to be aware of brushstrokes and try to paint in straighter lines. It dries down quickly, and the second coat was not opaque for me, but the polish was reflective enough that slight VNL didn't bug me in person....until I saw the photos.

This is very pretty on its own, but of course you could layer it over a blue, green, or even a black!
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Overall, I have to say that it's nice to be seeing more Orly products in the drugstore. But, while I don't mind smaller bottles per say, I do think that these are pretty overpriced for the amount that you get in each polish. The singles are going for $6.99ea, and the duopacks are $10.99. For nail polish this size, I would have felt better paying ~4 bucks each. That's just me.

Are these earth-shattering colors? No, but they're definitely feminine, pretty, and they do stick to the Frozen theme quite well! (Are you guys excited about Frozen 2 also? I'm just hoping they don't ruin a good thing!) Formula-wise, nothing majorly awful to report other than some sheerness with Frozen, and I did love Free Spirit's formula- it'll probably be a permanent addition to my stash for that reason.





What do you think?
Are you intrigued by this line?
Have you tried any other Color Blast polishes?

10 comments:

  1. Yeah, definitely way too pricy!! They all look so beautiful on you, though!

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  2. I bought Coronation Ball on its own because I plan on doing a comparison. I was hesitant about buying the rest because of how pricey these little guys are! I might pick up Frozen; I have a vintage Maybelline Express Finish color that looks similar. Dupe city for me at least.


    I will admit, I'm not a fan of Frozen (I feel alone in that statement), so this really didn't appeal to me in that sense. I do think the colors stick to the theme of the movie.

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  3. I definitely agree about the price point given the smaller bottles, however the colors are very pretty especially the duochrome.

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  4. Nice swatches of these! There pretty.

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  5. Actually, several of them are (or at least are very close to) existing Orly colors, just renamed and rebranded. Frozen is an extremely close dupe of Angel Rain, Coronation Ball is pretty much Pixie Powder, Kristoff He Goes is a rerelease of Teal Unreal and there are a few others. Unless you HAVE to have the Frozen brand slapped on it, you'd get a better value checking some place like Ulta or Sally and getting the full-size versions.

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  6. Wow, you're right! Thanks for the info! I don't have any of the Orlys you mentioned but I do have Pretty- Ugly, and it's almost a dead-on dupe for Ice-Solated! Yea, I probably won't buy more Color Blasts in the future, just thought I'd try them out for reviewing purposes. :)

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  7. Thanks! I was pretty happy about the colors!

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  8. Oooh, can't wait to see your comparison! Haha, I feel ya on Frozen. I like it...but I'm not ~crazy~ for the movie, ya know?

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  9. Thanks, Kirby! Def. agree about the price!

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