Monday, August 1, 2011

Orly Royal Navy

I've been working marathon weekends the past two weekends, which severely limits my capability to post. Because I can't wear nail polish to work, my nails stay naked for the weekend. So no posts.

As I was driving around with my partner at work yesterday, I saw a royal blue van that made me completely decide I'd wear Orly Royal Navy today. As we approached it (we were on the highway), I thought maybe I'd avoid blue because I wear it SO much. As we passed the van, he had a US Navy bumper sticker. That had me sold! Royal Navy it is.

Shade
Orly Royal Navy Swatch

Orly Royal Navy Swatch

Orly Royal Navy Swatch

Closeup in Shade
Orly Royal Navy Swatch

Direct Sunlight
Orly Royal Navy Swatch

Orly Royal Navy Swatch

Closeup in Sunlight
Orly Royal Navy Swatch

2 coats Royal Navy
1 coat Poshe

This polish is wicked gorgeous, very, very unique. It's a royal blue jelly packed with a green based turquoise shimmer/microglitter. I hate wearing darker colors in the summer, and not that this is NOT a summer color, but you can see how pale it makes my hands look especially in the not direct sunlight photos. If you compare it to my last post, you can see the HUGE difference. But it's still so pretty. I have a warm/neutral skintone, but I have olive/yellow undertones. This polish brings out some random pink-ness in my skintone, so I have no idea how those with a cool skintone/pink undertones would fair with this polish.

The formula is interesting is a good way. Because it's a jelly, it's a thin, almost watery consistency, however it is very pigmented. It goes on even, and if you don't mind VNL, you could probably get away with 1 generous coat. I went with 2 because I didn't want the color to be too rich, and even though you can see VNL in the photos, it's not nearly that noticeable in real life. But it's so easy to work with it's amazing. Reminds me of the old, non-B3F polishes.
My biggest annoyance with this polish is the microglitter settles at the bottom of the bottle and you haveta shake the crap out of it to get the particles to suspend in the polish. I'm assuming this is due to the jelly, thin consistency. But because it's a jelly, you can shake it for 10 minutes and put it on immediately, and you won't have any problems with bubbles.

4 comments:

  1. Super gorgeous polish! LOVE!!! <3 And...good to know about the bubbles - I'm always paranoid of shaking bottles too much right before painting. I'd like to get the pretty sparkles in this one up off the bottom and into the polish for sure! Great tip! :)

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  2. I hate VNL.. I wind up staring at it all day long and it drives me NUTS. Pretty blues seem hard to come by.. and by pretty I mean "WOW" factor blues - like this one. For me, they're usually too dark (appearing black) or too green, or too this, or too that. This is a stunning, perfect shade of blue!!

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  3. @idrinknailpolish
    I have problems with bubbles with really thick or opaque cremes. I almost always shake right before I apply just because when I sit down to do my nails, I usually don't think of the polish I'll be using ahead of time, and I'm too impatient to shake then wait 10 minutes!! But it's never that bad... except Revlon Gum Drop. That was VERY bad. Formula problem, I think. Not shaking. Lol.

    @WitchHazel
    I totally know what you mean about the too dark polishes that end up looking black. They can look goreous up close or in macro photos, but people in real life just assume I'm wearing black polish. Seems like a waste to me :(

    @Charlotte
    Thank you as always!!

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