08 June 2012

Swatch & Review: Orly Oui

Given the problems I've been having with formulas and uncoordinated hands this week, I decided to go with an Orly polish because I've never once had a single problem with them. The colours and coverage have always been solidly strong for me too, so tonight I swatched Orly Oui, a purple/gold, metallic, flecked duochrome.


Orly Oui


That's a lot going on in just one polish! As such, the formula was obviously different from the Orlys I've used before, but "different" didn't necessarily mean "problem." I think I've gotten a little stingy with my first coats because it seemed surprisingly thin at first, especially for what's actually a thicker polish than most. Once I got a bit more generous it smoothed on like warm butter, covering easily and very well. Oui was totally opaque in 2 coats, no VNL remaining, but since I could still see a little bit of sunlight through some of my tips when I held them up to the light, I gave a couple of them a third pass (doesn't make a bit of difference to look at them, though). The result is a densely gorgeous, deep purple/gold that shifts beautifully in different lighting without losing either colour in the process.

Orly Oui


In sunlight, the colour was a rich, plum purple with golden sparks throughout. In direct lighting the purple turns nearly royal without losing its golden fire. And in lower light, the whole thing turns a deep, coppery bronze with just a hint of purple remaining.


(sorry for the blurry pic, but I had to show this awesome copper/bronze shift)

Metallic duos are usually a nightmare for brush strokes, but there's a bit of grit to Oui's gold flecks that keeps the finish rough enough to prevent them. I'm pretty sure they're also what make this polish much thicker than most, but again, that's not a problem--just something to be aware of during application.


Orly Oui

Even though I'm not usually the biggest fan of purple, I'm totally smitten with Orly Oui.

20 comments:

  1. I love purple,it's my favorite color but it's so hard to photograph..

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    1. It can be a tricky to capture the colour right, can't it? And the colour on this one was different every time I moved my hands the teeniest bit, too--but that actually made it easier somehow, since pretty much every shade of purple seems to be in there somewhere! ;)

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  2. Purple is my fave color. Oui is absolutely gorgeous!

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  3. Beautiful polish. It looks quite a bit like OPI's Rally Pretty Pink.

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    1. I don't think I've seen that one before--I'll definitely keep an eye out!

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  4. It seems so warm toned, but on the last one it has that cold glow, that I love - anyhow it looks great on you!

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    1. Thank you, Maria! You're right--with the colour shifting between the purple and gold, it was also warm and cool in different lights too. Every time I looked at my hands, it was different! ;)

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  5. Gorgeous! I had the same thing happen when I was using Lunar Eclipse - the first coat was crazy thin but the second coat made it completely opaque O.o

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I was amazed how well it filled in after that thin first coat, but this formula...somehow it managed to be thick yet easy to spread without getting gloopy at all.

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  6. Love it! So pretty and sparkly! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. The golden sparkle is just crazy--I love it too! Thanks, Yun! :)

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  7. Love colours like these! The gold shimmer really makes the polish (:

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    1. That gold is amazing--I couldn't take my eyes off it!

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  8. Oui is such a beautiful polish! I didn't love it as much on me and as I do on you! It's just perfect on your skintone.

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    1. Thank you very much, Amanda! I don't usually go for purples, but this one was just so cool. ;)

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