First off, I had wanted to do a little test with the Zoya polishes that I have been loving for the last couple of months. I have always had soft, brittle nails that often broke and split like nobody's business. So I decided to put Zoya Valerie to the test (which I still less than three with all my might). After swatching it, I wore it as my mani...with no base or top coat to see if it would effect the chipping. Now, I've tried every freaking combo with base and top coat, but I'm super rough on my nails, so they chip. They chip a lot! So I just wanted to see how it would stand up to wear and tear without any help.
There was very little tip wear and only a couple of chips. And I've been wearing it for 4 days! That might not seem like a lot, but with me it is. I have to say this is the longest mani I've had in months, so many pretties to try...
Anyways, on to the swatching!
I decided to pullout some of my oldies that I haven't used in like forever. Or 14 years, if my research is correct. Quickly looking online, Orly came out with a matte collection around 1997ish, and I have three of them. I think Orly may have been one of the first to do so, and I remember thinking it was the coolest idea ever!
|Orly Satin Gala|
|Orly Satin Illusion|
Satin Illusion is a heart breaker! It is a nearly opaque periwinkle with a strong olive shimmer/matte. It rocks my socks off! Again this is 2 coats with topcoat on my index finger. It is so gorgeous! There is almost a golden undertone to the olive matteness of it and I need to wear this more often. It deserves to be taken out and shown a good time!
|Orly Satin Patina|
Well, my pics are slowly getting better. I have very few windows in my apartment and even fewer lamps, so lighting is a definite issue for me, and as you can tell, my camera does not like to focus up close. Sigh. I will keep practicing, but these colors were amazing. I totally forgot I had them, and now I want to take them out to play. I have more
Thanks and have a good one!