Monday, February 13, 2017

Orly Color Blast La La Land

I picked up the Orly Color Blast La La Land set of three polishes at Kohls recently; gotta love their coupons. I haven't seen the movie, so don't know how well these colors tie in, but they do look nice and spring-like. Left to right: Anything Goes, Cool in California, Forget Me Not. I know from reading online that these same three shades are part of the six-piece regular Orly Spring 2017 collection, but I have yet to see that in any store near me. Ulta hasn't had any new Orly colors in ages, and Kohls only had this set.

Cool in California is a very warm-toned pink creme. It reminded me of the Bleached Neons that Maybelline came out with a few years back. I needed three coats for full opacity.

I decided to try Cool in California over a white base, too, since it did sort of have that pastel neon look to it. For comparison's sake, I wore it alone on my index finger (top in photo below) and on the other three fingers, laid down a white creme base which I topped with two coats of the Orly. The white base makes it look more like a pastel coral.

Anything Goes has sky blue star glitter and hot pink and purple round glitter (some holo) in a transluscent pink shimmer base.

I added two coats of Anything Goes plus clear topcoat to Cool in California. It took some fishing to get the glitter pieces out of the bottle.

The shimmer in this is very dense, and over the light base at some angles, it looked yellowed rather than the pink it shows in the bottle. It was good the glitter was there to distract from that.

In direct light so you can see the holo popping on some of the circle glitter:

Forget Me Not is a light blue creme. Based on my experience with Cool in California, I went right to the white base approach. Index finger is three coats of Forget Me Not alone, with other digits being two coats of Forget Me Not over a white creme base. It didn't make as dramatic a difference as it had with the pink.

I added two coats of Anything Goes plus clear topcoat, again having to fish for the glitter.

The shimmer in Anything Goes seemed better paired with the pale blue base rather than the pink, but I wanted to see it over a darker color, so pulled out Orly Be Daring, a warm bright purple creme. I put down two coats of that, then topped three of my fingers with Anything Goes plus clear topcoat. The darker base brought the shimmer out more, which meant the glitter seemed almost submerged in it. If I do a mani with a similar combination, I will probably do one coat of Anything Goes, making it thin and trying not to get any glitter, then place the glitter carefully on top once the underlayers are dry.

This set definitely has an air of spring about it, and that's refreshing to look at this time of year, but I don't think the cremes are anything special and Anything Goes seems like a polish I should love but it's kind of a pain to apply. Sorry, Orly.


  1. The glitter looks fun but ... I don't know... it doesn't sound as if it's something I'd enjoy :D


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