Hand in my heart, I swear I always forget ORLY is available in Australia. I don’t come across it in my daily circuit around the city and as a result I plum forget it exists. On the plus side it means that when I do run across it, it’s like a happy little nail surprise.
I had one of those happy nail surprises at the recent Spa Beauty Expo when I turned a corner and saw the ORLY stand. Nail polish! Nail polish that I forgot existed! What a delight. I picked a few bits and pieces to tide me over for a few months, including two shades from the Fired Up collection.
Ignite is a rich red jelly without any sparkles or shimmer. I used three thin coats to get the richest colour – one coat was a sheer bright cherry, two coats gave a colour virtually identical to OPI Vodka and Caviar. There’s a little extra colour pooled at the tips of my nails but in real life it’s not particularly noticeable.
Flare is described officially as being a ‘pale gold shimmer’, but to my eye it’s quite a rich golden shimmer with little golden holographic flecks. I used two coats for full coverage, and had no issues with brush marks or streaks.
Ignite and Flare maybe aren’t the most unique colours out there, but I nabbed these primarily because I’m feeling a bit of a hankering lately to start wearing vampy reds again, and also because I thought they’d make a nice festive manicure during the Christmas season. Picture it: a deep ruby nail with a gold French tip. I’m not normally a fan of funky French manicures, but I thought that combo would be super kawaii and not too over the top.
What: Flare and Ignite from the Fired Up collection.
How Much: AU$18.95 for 18ml
When: available now.
Where: selected pharmacies, spas and nail salons