Orly Holiday Soiree Collection – Au Champagne & Androgynie (swatches/review)
Better late than never, I finally have my picks from the Winter 2011 Orly Holiday Soiree collection to share with you today. ^_^ I only grabbed Au Champagne and Androgynie from this collection since I felt the other colors were rather blah or had too many dupes available for me to be interested.
I used Sally Hansen Nail Quencher Hydrating Base Coat and Seche Vite Top Coat for all my swatches today.
Au Champagne is an absolutely breathtaking white shimmer. It looks like that first fluffy delicate snowfall you get at the beginning of winter. If this isn’t a perfect example of a holiday white polish then I don’t know what is! It’s a little sheer so I needed 3 coats for full coverage, but it’s not a fussy white and it leveled out perfectly (no streakiness or bald spots). I just love this color, I can see myself turning to Au Champagne constantly in the next month or so. Who am I kidding? I’ll be reaching for this ALL year. ♥
Look at this macro and tell me that you aren’t in love! Enlarge this picture for the full effect. *swoons*
There’s a lot going on with Androgynie. It’s a black/brown jelly based polish filled with multicolored hex glitter, smaller holographic glitter pieces and gold flecks. What’s not to love, right?! Sadly it was a bit of a let down for me. It’s still rather pretty, but the multicolored iridescent hex glitter just doesn’t pop as much on the nail as it does in the bottle. You can see how bright the colors of the hex glitter are in the bottle, but once it’s applied to the nail the effect is dulled quite a bit (especially the blue hex pieces).
This is 2 coats of Androgynie over 1 coat of Wet n Wild Black Creme. This is still better than when I initially tried doing 3 coats of Androgynie by itself, the glitter just sank even worse into the blackish-brown jelly base.
In my sad macro shot you can see the hex-glitter pieces being obscured by the jelly base. They’re in there, I just can’t get them to rise to the surface! The hex-glitter pieces are also a pain in the arse to get onto the nail to begin with. I literally had to shake my bottle of polish for 5 solid minutes to get the glitter to stop clinging to the sides/bottom of the bottle!
I really love Au Champagne! It is such a beautiful white and I don’t have anything else like it in my collection. It’s also great for layering, I’ve used it previously with Lynnderella’s Snow Angel and again with my half-moon manicure. I really wish that Androgynie was as pretty on the nail as it is in the bottle. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a nice color! But it’s missing the bright colors of the hex glitter that tease you from inside the bottle. That and how hard you have to work to even get those hex glitter pieces out of the bottle leaves me a bit frustrated. Ultimately I’d say that Au Champagne is a must-have, and Androgynie is only needed if you don’t mind having to work at it a bit.