Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Orly Wants to be Your Valentine

Okay, normally, I hate Valentine's Day.  Well, I hate the sentiment behind Valentine's Day.  I suppose it was my years toiling around in bitter singledom that created such cynicism, but even now that I've been married almost 10 years, Valentine's Day isn't a concept I can get behind.  The concept just seems so cheesy.  However, I love going through the aisles of Valentine's Day-themed merchandise at big boxes.  I love big pink hearts filled with candy and hot pink stuffed teddy bears.  I suppose it's the little girl in me, but I can't get enough of that stuff.  I don't buy it because my house is a big as a tic-tac, but I do love looking at it.  :)

So when I received this press release from Orly announcing their re-promote of several reds and pinks for Valentine's Day, I was immediately intrigued...

Find an Eye Catching Polish from ORLY to Love this Valentine’s Day

Look fabulous and treat yourself without the calories this Valentine’s Day with ORLY nail polish. ORLY offers saucy and sexy lacquers to add polish to any date or girls’ night out in a flash. When the chocolates are eaten and the roses are wilted, these pretty pinks and seductive reds are here to stay, providing instant glam throughout the year.  

All ORLY Nail Lacquers retail for $7.50 each and are free of DBP and all traces of Toluene and Formaldehyde. ORLY Nail Lacquers and Treatment products are available at, Sally Beauty and Ulta. 

In addition to the press release, Orly's PR firm was nice enough to provide me with 2 of the colors from this release, Kiss the Bride and Red Flare...

Kiss the Bride - Soft baby pink creme.  Normally, I'm opposed to pastels.  I like them in theory, but most of the time, they are so sheer and streaky that I usually give up and give them to my mom.  You normally have to do 4+ coats and by that point, it's so gloopy, you'll never get it to set.  This one, on the other hand, is nicely pigmented and the formula is thick enough that this could be a 2-coater if you used a sticky base coat.  3 coats.

Red Flare - BRIGHT, pink-leaning red creme.  Okay, the problem with red cremes is that the nail polish market is so saturated with them that there may be a fantastic one out there that you'd never even think to try. This is one of those polishes.  Judging from the PR picture, I would have thought it to be a deep burgundy, but it was a total surprise, and it's awesome.  It's a bright almost-true red, but it leans a bit pink.  I think it's a perfect Valentine's Red.  The great thing about this one is that if you used a sticky base coat and were very careful in your strokes, it could be a 1-coater.  Formula was flawless.  2 coats.

I know sometimes re-promotes are a bit annoying.  You think it's going to be new stuff, but it's polishes already in the core line.  However, I think it's also a great way to try a new polish you may have never even thought about.  I know I wouldn't have picked up Kiss the Bride or Red Flare on my own.  They both seem pretty normal and commonplace, but in reality, they are both great polishes with Red Flare being one of the best reds in my collection.

You can find Orlys, including these polishes, at online e-tailers, including Orly's website, and at Sally Beauty.

These were sent to me for review

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