Disclaimer: Purchased by me.
When I saw the Orly Smoky Collection for fall while covering Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas in July, I knew I wanted every single piece of that collection.
And as soon as I saw it, I picked it up. It’s packed with diversity in finish and formula, and I found almost all of them easy to work with.
At Cosmoprof, Orly told me this collection has the theme of a smoky eye palette. With names like “Blend,” and “Highlight,” that makes total sense.
How about some swatches?! I sometimes find it difficult to describe colors, and I haven’t received a press release for this one yet, so I’m going to do the best I can on describing these to you!
Highlight is a concrete gray creme. While it accentuates the rudiness of my complexion, this one feels like a good base for nail art. It’s shown here in two coats.
Blend is a muted purple, it’s got a dusty quality that I love. This is one of my favorite fall polishes so far. It’s shown here in two coats.
Brush It On:
Brush It On is a sheer yellow base packed with a shifting orange microglitter. I had to do a little pic spam there! It is gold, pink and orange and the shift is strong. Shown here in three coats, I had a little trouble on my middle finger; I don’t think the coats dried quick enough because I had some pulling and pooling. It was fine on the other nails!
I couldn’t help but wonder what this would look like as a topper. So I put it over Highlight and Blend:
Edgy is a beautiful grungy green and gold shimmer. It’s complex. Shown here in two coats. It is nice, but my least favorite of the bunch.
Darkest Shadow is a black base loaded with glass fleck micro shimmer that shifts from red to golden copper, and it has red glitter. It’s amazingly slick, and glows. The glitter and flecked shimmer seem suspended on the nail – it’s a stunning nail polish! Shown here in two coats!
Smoked Out is a blue-based green packed with lots of green shimmer and multi-colored microshimmer. This teal was super opaque in one coat! And it dried to what I can only describe as Orly’s Vinyl finish, caught somewhere between a gloss and a matte.
Overall, I loved the colors in this collection. I love the random satiny matte finish of Smoked Out, the unexpected topper that Brush It On was, the muted dusty look of Blend, and the depth and complexity of Darkest Shadow. While I’m happy to have this whole collection, I could easily pass on Highlight and Edgy. Edgy reminds me of polishes I already have.
The formulas were generally great, with the exception of Brush It On, which I talked a little about above. Just make sure each coat is dry first.
Orly’s Smoky fall collection is available online at a couple different outlets, and prices vary. I picked mine up on Transdesign. I’ll update this post with official collection information if/when I get a press release from Orly.
What do you think of this smoky eye palette-themed collection? Any must-haves for you?!