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Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Orly Matte Couture Collection: Swatches, Review

Orly Matte Couture Collection

Collection: Orly Matte Couture Collection, Nail Lacquer 0.6 oz
Price: $2.99/ea and up
Steph's Rating: Steph's 4.5 Kisses Rating
Buy it: Sally's, TransDesign, Head2Toe

"Always the trend-setters, ORLY introduces Matte Couture, a collection of matte lacquers created to keep you on the cusp of this fashion-forward craze".

Along with Once Upon a Time this Fall, Orly embraces the Matte trend with three edgy, yet fashionable shades to the Matte Couture collection. With the exception of Matte Vinyl, each shade has a satin texture that I'm absolutely thrilled about!

Before we get to the goodies, let's take a minute to discuss application. Unlike most matte polishes, these dry like regular nail polish - not at lightening speed. A huge plus in my case! If you need to re-coat 3, 4, or even 5 swipes - you have plenty of time. And the formula is most excellent - thick, pigmented and perfect!

Testing in progess: The only issue with mattes is the staying power. Sadly, it's just not there. But since were dealing with a different kind of breed, Orly recommends using a base coat, specifically Orly Bonder for extended use. While I'm still in the process of testing with and wiithout bonder, I should have results in a week or so. Make sure you check back.

Check em' out!

Orly Purple Velvet Nail Polish

Orly Fall Matte Couture Collection

Purple Velvet is a reddish purple, mulberry-tastic with subtle shimmer. It's more of a satin/velvet finish lightly sprinkled with a dose of shimmer. I love this, a great fall color too!

Orly Matte Vinyl Nail Polish

Orly Fall 09 Matte Couture Collection

Matte Vinyl is the only one with true matte qualities. A flat black that's a bit washed out compared to Knockout and Sephora's version.

Orle Blue Suede Nail Polish

Fall 09 Orly Matte Collection

Blue Suede is just marvelous! It's a gorgeous blue that has a satin/velvet texture.

All in All, fabulous! Fashionable colors for Fall that dry to a velvet like quality, excluding Matte Vinyl. Formula and application is right on. Big 3 Free. Priced right starting from $2.99. Great starter collection for mattes.

What's everyone think? Will Orly's collection break my non matte lovers out of their shell?  Have a wonderful Thursday guys!

(14) Comments

vanessa martinez said on Oct 8th, 2009 3:49 pm
omg i have to get sum matte!
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Steph said on Oct 11th, 2009 9:35 pm
You definitely do!!
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Leah said on Oct 8th, 2009 5:40 pm
I was NOT going to buy any matte polishes. I was just going to use my matte magic and nails for males, but the Blue Suede was just soo pretty looking. I bought, I love. So I guess I should never say never.
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Steph said on Oct 11th, 2009 9:37 pm
Hi Leah,
I'm glad you took a chance, Blue Suede is such a great color!!
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Lucy said on Oct 8th, 2009 9:59 pm
It's going to be hard to resist the Blue Suede Shoes. I haven't bought any mattes except the first 3 Zoyas. I have the Essie Matte About You. I would like to know if there is a dupe to this one. Then I just have to matte it.
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Steph said on Oct 11th, 2009 9:41 pm
Blue Suede is awesome and unfortunately I don't have a close comparison. You can always try Orly's Blue Calypso. It's much lighter than Blue Suede, but would look great mattified! :)
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Lani said on Oct 9th, 2009 1:13 am
How do you apply these mattes so well? Everyone else who has pics of mattes on their blogs, they all have streaky matte painted nails. How are yours so flawless???
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Steph said on Oct 11th, 2009 9:47 pm
Hi Lani,
The key to mattes is applying in thick layers, but not too thick. Orly's is much easier than most brands I've tried :)
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Stephanie said on Oct 9th, 2009 2:52 pm
I just got Purple Velvet last week and I'm a pretty big fan. It's nice that it has a little sparkle.
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Steph said on Oct 11th, 2009 9:48 pm
Great pick, Stephanie! :)
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Lindsey said on Oct 11th, 2009 5:50 pm
I wasnt gonna buy any matte nail polish, but the blue and purple one are absolutely GORGEOUS! do these look like creme nail polishes once a topcoat is applied?
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Steph said on Oct 11th, 2009 9:53 pm
Hi Lindsey,
They really are! Yes, with a glossy top coat they resemble creme textures. :)
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Lucy said on Oct 14th, 2009 6:23 am
I really like them but I'm not going to buy them. I have the Essie Matte About You so I'll play with that. They do look pretty on you.
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missmarisol said on Oct 16th, 2009 12:24 am
Flippin' gorgeous! I wish matte & suede finishes stayed on fora bit longer than 24 hours like I have experienced.
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