I'm also happy that Mel and I did a swap so I can show you a couple of the Orchid colors, starting with Ain't No Sunshine, a purple-leaning taupe creme in the tradition of China Glaze Channelesque. I used three coats (it was very close to being a two-coater), and found it's nice and shiny without topcoat.
Next up is Slightly Jaded, a pale mint green creme. This one might have been meant to be sheer; at four coats, I still had a hint of visible nail line in some lights.
Around the same time that Mel spotted the Orchid polishes (note to whomever decided to name a brand after a color: this makes it harder to find you on Google), the Pixel brand showed up at Ulta; you may remember seeing this display here around the end of July:
To me, some of the colors in the Orchid display looked a lot like some of the ones in Pixel display, so of course I had to do some comparisons. Here's Orchid Ain't No Sunshine and Pixel Sizzel In (why sizzel and not sizzle, Pixel? typo, or do you just want to annoy me?):
At three coats each, I couldn't tell a difference on the nail.
The only difference I noticed between Orchid Slightly Jaded and Pixel Show Me the $ was the Pixel took five coats (seriously) to the Orchid's four.
Orchid is the winner for me of these two brands. I like the Orchid bottle; its footprint is rectangular, so it stores efficiently in a Helmer drawer, and the concave sides make it easy to pick up even with lotiony hands. It's also full size, .5 fl. oz./14.7 ml, compared to .17 fl. oz./5 ml for the Pixel. At their full retail prices, $4.97 for Orchid and $2.49 for Pixel, the Orchid is a better value, too: $9.94 per ounce versus $14.65. Too bad Orchid is not more widely available; here's hoping they expand to other regional chains.