Once Upon a Time with Orly

It’s totally awesome that my first foray into Orly nail polish is its upcoming Once Upon a Time fall 2009 collection.

At first look, I loved every color in this collection, from juicy Poison Apple orange-red to milk chocolate Prince Charming. It is one of the rare times I have ever looked at a nail polish collection and said, I have to have them ALL.

When you look at the bottles all together (and the names, the colors and the promo photos) you may see that this collection is not about the frou-frou fairytale, but about the sometimes dark side of these children’s tales. That’s kinda how I’ve interpreted it, and I think it’s awesome.  I mean, really. Giving Snow White a poisonous apple was a totally evil, dark thing to do!

I’m excited that I’m able to preview some of these colors for you! The collection will be available in September.

Prince Charming

Prince Charming

Prince Charming again

Prince Charming again

Prince Charming is “brownish grey creme” according to Orly. It’s a perfect fall color. The chocolatey creaminess makes me think of trick-or-treating on a crisp October evening. Prince Charming is delicious!

Pixie Dust

Pixie Dust

Pixie Dust indoors with flash

Pixie Dust indoors with flash

Pixie Dust is an “icy blue shimmer.” I see a fairy or the long swirling robes of an ice queen when I look at my nails wrapped in this color!

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After is “magenta shimmer,” and is probably the only bottle in the collection that disappoints me a bit. It reminds me of OPI’s Overexposed in South Beach (from this summer’s South Beach collection). Therefore, it kinda makes me think of summer. I tried to capture the pinky shimmer in this but my camera did not want to cooperate! It’s still a pretty color though.

Poison Apple

Poison Apple

Poison Apple indoors

Poison Apple indoors

Poison Apple is a “burnt red creme.” It’s got bite! It doesn’t remind me so much of the apple as it does the red accents on Snow White’s gown and her red lipstick. I absolutely love this!

The two colors that I’m most stoked about I didn’t get to review – Enchanted Forest (“dark green creme”) and Mirror Mirror (“grey creme”). But I believe most of the bloggers on the right hand side of my homepage have, so check their swatches out if you are interested (Scrangie has pics of the six-pack and Steph’s Closet has pics of Enchanted Forest and Mirror Mirror as well as the colors I showed here) ! Enchanted Forest is definitely a buzz color for fall! When I get it I’ll post a swatch.

The application of all these was easy, and most of the pics are two coats except Pixie Dust . I applied two coats with a heavy hand. I’m not wearing top coat and they all shine great. Next time I wear Pixie Dust I’ll probably do three coats.

Orly Nail Lacquers are free of DBP and all traces of toluene and formaldehyde. The six shades in the Once Upon a Time collection will retail for $7.50 each. The collection is available at Victoria Nail Supply, and I’ve seen Prince Charming in Sally Beauty already, tucked in their regular line with a band around the bottle that says “New.” I am sure Ulta will carry the collection as well since they have carried all the other collections. I also think you’ll be able to find it online at Head2toebeauty.com too.

What do you think? Is there a color that stands out to you?