Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Orly Bloom 2010: Wild Wisteria, Pure Petunia & Ginger Lilly

Above & Below: L-R Wild Wisteria, Pure Petunia and Ginger Lilly.
Above & Below: The picture shown above is one coat of the cremes and 2 coats of the shimmer taken indoors, with flash. Below is taken outdoors in the rain, no flash.
I received 3 polishes yesterday which are part of Orly's Bloom Collection, due out in February. There are 6 polishes in this collection (you can read my original post about the collection here), and I know many of you were curious about the green shade, as was I. Unfortunately, that was not one of the shades I received, so we'll have to wait until they're available or someone else gets a hold of that one. The other one I really wanted to see was Ginger Lilly, which was included.
First, let me apologize for swatching them on wheels, but I'm trying to get ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow, cooking and cleaning, and you do not want to see my hands right now! I'm also in the midst of some German Shepherd Rescues (my other passion), and that can get very trying the day before a holiday when we're trying to save them and the shelters are trying to clear out what they can before a long weekend. Most of these dogs are in high-kill shelters, so there is always a sense of urgency before a holiday. You do the best you can, but it's difficult arranging and coordinating foster care, transport, and countless other things needed to save a life. It all becomes very political sometimes, which makes it difficult to stay focused on our purpose, but in the end, it's all worth it. Just as I see so many ignorant people mistreating and abusing animals, I thankfully see the opposite in the others I deal with who devote so much love and compassion, by volunteering countless hours of time and donating much-needed money in our German Shepherd community. I'll get off my soapbox now, but needless to say, my nails and hands don't look the greatest right now, and I don't have time to work on them!
Back to the polish...I've got to tell you, I'm not wowed by these. The purple creme, Wild Wisteria, looks like a deep grape purple shade in the bottle. Once I applied a coat to the nail wheel, it becomes quite dark, almost too dark in my opinion. I wanted the color in the bottle... a purple that looks purple. Pure Petunia, the deep lavender mauve creme is pretty, and it maintains the bottle color when transferred to the nail wheel, but surely I have a number of polishes that look very similar (Finger Paints Berry Shiny comes to mind). Ginger Lilly is the only one out of this collection that appears to be unique and different (keeping in mind I haven't seen the other 3 shades in person), other than possibly the green shade, Wandering Vines. Ginger Lilly is the lone shimmer in the collection and looks like a copper color in the bottle, almost. I would classify it as a burnt orange shade, but the shimmer adds a point of interest. If you move the bottle under a light, you can see the slightest element of red iridescence. Once on the nail wheel, it took on almost a deep pink iridescent look at various angles and you can clearly see a blackened base, although I see no trace of black or gray in the polish.
*Products furnished by LaForce-Stevens, for Orly Beauty.


  1. Ow, they're gorgeous, I love Wild Wisteria ♥
    Thanks for swatching and happy Thanksgiving, I'd love to have a day like this here !

  2. I really like how Pure Petunia looks, but I agree with you, I have shades that look like that already! Ahh well!

    AND! I have to say I really appreciate hearing what you do for animals - it is just specific to German Shepherds or all dogs? Either way, keep up the great work and have a great Thanksgiving.

  3. The work that you're doing for German Shepherds is awesome.

    Also, love the nail swatches ;)

  4. These are all lovely shades. I want the green. Shame they didn't send this one. God bless you for your mission rescuing German Shepherds. Have a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your dinner and bless your family.

  5. You are such a good person darling and I always love to read your stories.
    Have a happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your new polishes - they are all beautiful !

  6. Celine~thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes! I'm not terribly thrilled with these, although they are nice, basic colors.

    Delaynee~nothing really special, I wish I could have seen the green though! I do like Ginger Lilly. I mostly work with Shepherds, but that's not to say I wouldn't save any other type of breed, or animal, for that matter :)

    Phyrra~thank you, I get more out of it than they do, I think!

    Lucy~I know, the green might have changed my mind on this whole collection!

    Tuli~thank you for the nice comment. Glad you like the polishes!

  7. Ginger Lilly and Wild Wisteria are gorgeous!

  8. I was actually looking for petunia the flower. hahaha....I will be so out of place in this conversation. ;-)