Thursday, October 1, 2009

orly matte couture

i bought two of the new orly matte couture polishes on sheer whim. because truth be told, i don't really like matte polish. they dry to darn fast and i like to take my time and be gentle and loving with my brush strokes. that's why i have my trusty essie matte about you topcoat, darn it! so i wouldn't be suckered into buying these matte polishes! but hey what can you do, when the polish-frenzy urge strikes, it strikes. these orlys really weren't that bad, as you will see below, if applied thickly and quickly *le sigh* they look pretty dope. the finish isn't chalky matte like the opi collection, but rather sort of vinyl and soft looking rather than stark.

purple velvet
this polish had a bit of shimmer in it which i liked a lot and was a more dark reddish purple than this picture shows. of course, my camera like most, doesn't play nice with purples and this is darker and more blue than it should be. :(

blue suede
the blue of this is also unique to my collection, but the finish didn't do it for me so much. it looks dusty, hence the "suede" name but i didn't really like it. so what do you do with a matte you don't love?? put seche on it! which i did--then promptly messed up all to hell. so no pics sorry i was fed up as it is taking pics of my right hand. please forgive.

ALSO, the finish on these is SOOOOOO fleeting! i think i've mentioned that i run my tips over my lips to check if they're dry or not and just that made my ring fingernail shiny and no matter how long i waited it didn't go back or dry or whatever made it change looks. the purple kept getting prints or smudgy looking marks on the top too, although it wasn't dents in the polish, it was just on the finish. like smudges on your windshield. NO BUENO!

so i decided to fix this crap up and put polka dots with my china glaze kaleidoscope visit me in prism on the purple velvet and use seche on top to salvage the wreck. it was fun, but i would definitely file this mani under a big fat FAIL. *humph* well they can't all be winners!
a big smooch to all you polished ladies!


  1. OMG, I almost bought these colors today! They look great!

  2. Lol i do that with the nail on the lip to :P thought i was alone with that weirdness :P

    But i really like those colors *sigh*

  3. I would love to buy the purple, but will hold myself :) It looks really very nice on your nails!

  4. I would love to buy the purple, but will hold myself :) It looks really very nice on your nails!

  5. I love this collection! The black is really cool too!

  6. I've decided not to spend my money on the mattes anymore since the awesome Essie matte top coat came to life. The last ones I bought was the Zoya Velvet collection!

  7. awww sorry it didnt work out.. but i just cant become a believer in matte polishes... i just dont know why

  8. See, Orly should really call these suedes instead of mattes (like OPI does). That slight shimmer in them makes them more suede-like than matte.

    Anyway, I LOVE seeing people salvage a bad mani and I love what you did with this! Looks so pretty. Great job! xo

  9. I like these colors with Seche on them. I bought mine on a whim too, the same two colors! I love the nail art in the last photo, very cute.

  10. The purple velvet it my favorite out of the 3 different ones! I personally LOVE the matte look, even though I've never tried it XD lol

  11. Thank you for your comment!! :D


  12. I don't think your manicure is a fail. I really like it. I also like these two mattes. They look really nice on you. I'm trying to resist buying them.

  13. I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.



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