Orly Plastix Collection Fall 2010

I have been wavering on the matte trend.

Last night I realized why! Because matte was novel to me about a year ago. Now I want more of polish that can do tricks. Napoleon Perdis posted on Twitter about BYS in Australia making crackle polish…and then there were those L’Oreal Magnet polishes (that I did manage to snag a couple bottles of on eBay!). The thing is, I want more polish like this, unique stuff! Show me what you can do, polish!

So, is “Plastix” another word for “nail polish trick?”

Despite the fact that I waver on the matte trend, I picked up three of the four polishes in the Orly Plastix Collection. I like the mattes that have a bit more of a sheen to them (although I do love the OPI Suedes!). I find that the Orly Plastix Collection fits that bill – the finish looks soft and I couldn’t stop looking at my hands, especially while wearing Retro Red! It keeps me on the matte train, for now!

There are four colors in the Plastix Collection – Retro Red, Old School Orange, Purple Pleather and Viridian Vinyl. I left Purple Pleather behind.

Orly has this to say about the Plastix Collection:

“Complementing the Fall 2010 runway looks that featured bright neon colors amid shiny black plastic, latex, and rubber reinventions of vintage must-haves, Plastix evokes the vintage classic trend with four new lacquers and a unique new formula that coats the nails with a smooth glossy matte “plastic” finish. The exclusive finish and texture is a first in the nail category, delivering a monochromatic, shiny and rubbery look that takes experimentation to an entirely new level, with the focus being on both the distinctive nail surface, as well as the latest in color trends. The unique look can not be achieved with color alone as the finish is a must for recreating the true “plastic” statement.”

On to the swatches!

Old School Orange:

Old School Orange reminds me of the 80s. I don’t know why. I hated orange when I was a kid, so I don’t know why this would be a pleasant reminder of my childhood. I would shun orange-flavored ice pops and orange juice with pulp. Perhaps the “old school” in the title got me thinking about the days of not having bills and trying to con Mom into letting me stay out to play past dark. Orange, I love you so much more now than I did when I was 9!

I wore this polish the day I helped move my friends. It held up pretty well, although after one and a half hours of moving, I had tip wear and definitely some chippage on a couple fingers. Mattes are not known for super durability, though, so I was not disappointed.

Viridian Vinyl:

Viridian Vinyl is a gorgeous blue – I’d almost go as far to say a blue-based teal but I think it’s more of a Caribbean blue. I love this one, and it complements my (slightly) darker summer skin tone well!

Retro Red:

Ah, I love Retro Red. A gorgeous color, very bright. It was my favorite of the bunch!

I wore all these with a base coat – Nubar Ridge Filler. I did notice after hours of wear that if I itched my face, and the natural oils of my complexion got on my nail, it eventually shined-up the finish of the polish.

The finish did make me feel like my polish was doing tricks, because I haven’t worn matte or matte-ified polish in a month or so. It’s a couple textures shy of glossy, a little shinier than when your neon polish dries matte. I like that they went with bright back-to-school like colors for this collection. Perhaps I felt transported back to the ’80s because they reminded me of jelly bracelets, no?!

I purchased these at Ulta, and they retail for $7.50 each.

I saw promo pics of the Cosmic FX collection – I can’t wait to swatch and share that collection someday! I have a promo pic but I can’t get it to copy from the press release to the post.

What do you think of these? Pick any up? How are YOU feeling about the matte trend?