I was walking through my favorite beauty supply store when I stumbled upon Orly's new Hope and Freedom Fest collection. Some of the colors were already missing but I happened to find a real gem sitting at the very back of the display. After pulling the bottle out, I knew I had to have it. Orly came out with their collection around the time of Coachella (for those of you who don't know, it's a two week music festival noted for the demographic wearing hippie-like clothing.... almost like your modern day Woodstock). I grabbed the last bottle of "High on Hope" and brought it home.
I am a big fan of Orly's nail polish, especially since the formula always applies so evenly throughout the nail. I never have a problem with any of their glitters and shimmers, even when there is meant to be some form of texture in the polish. High on Hope contains little iridescent purple flecks of shimmer that fade to a warm orange hue depending on the lighting and the angles. The base color is almost a slate blue, comparable to their matte creme, Blue Suede. Of course, the formula glides through the nail with ease, and the brush is easy to hold due to the gel-like comfort grip.
If you look at the bottle itself, you would think the actual color of the polish would be more of a dull grayish-blue tone, but the dullness disappears once you paint your nails, leaving a cool slate (almost navy) blue. I used two coats to achieve the perfect shade. I simply adore the slight multichrome effect it brings onto the nails. This one's definitely a keeper. Here's one more swatch for you. :)
I think these photos do this polish its justice. Just for some added fun, I dressed up this particular polish with I Love Nail Polish's "Cheshire Blues" from their Valentine's Day collection. This glitter polish contains purple, freesia, and teal glitters with just the right amount of pink hearts to brighten your day. ILNP's polishes are $10 a bottle and are beautifully packaged in their own signature black box. Enclosed is their lacquer with a formula specific to their company alone, in a grip-friendly bottle. You can purchase any of their lacquers on ILNP's regular website or on etsy.
Of course, both ILNP's and Orly's lacquers are always 3-free (Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Formaldehyde) and is never tested on animals (yay for fluffy pets!). That's always a plus in my books. Orly's polish can be found for about $8.00 in most drug stores, or if you look hard enough, $5.99 at certain beauty supply stores. I plan on exploring the rest of their Hope and Freedom Festival collection because there a few others I have my eyes on. Anyway, have a great week everyone!!! It's 2AM again. I need my beauty rest!