Today I'm going to do a semi-review of Orly's new Fired Up collection for you. I say 'semi' because I will be swatching two colors for you from the collection, rather than the whole thing.
To start with, here are the publicity photos for the collection:
|From right to left: Flare, Flicker, Glow, Ignite, Rapture, Smolder|
When I first saw this, I have to admit I was underwhelmed. I mean, I love red and all, but it's sort of...red. Red-red, orange-red, purple red...and a couple of neutrals. And, Ignite seems like a red we've all seen before, maybe even a re-naming of another Orly, and Rapture also doesn't feel that unique. At first glance, neither did Smolder. To this day I haven't seen the collection in person since my Ulta and my Sally don't have it in yet, so I was going from what I could find on the internet.
Flicker looked different enough from anything I have that I figured I'd give it a try, and I'm always looking for good golds to stamp with, so I picked up Flare as well. I ordered them, and waited.
When I opened up the box and pulled out Flicker, I was very happily surprised. This is an orange red, yes, and there are lots of orange reds out there, but this one has gorgeous depth and complexity:
|Orly Flicker, indirect light|
|Orly Flicker, direct sunlight|
|Orly Flicker, direct sun: Look at that glow...|
|Orly Flicker, indirect light, focus on the shimmer|
This polish lives up to the name of the collection--it looks like it's on fire, like flames licking up out of a campfire. This is so much prettier than that typical metallic orange-red that I thought it was going to be. Simply breathtaking.
My second polish, Flare, also did not disappoint. This is a gold with a flecked finish--yes, that's right, it's a gold metallic with a flecked finish. It appears to be made up of flecks of three different colors of gold, one of which seems to throw a little bit of an orange glow. You can see this best in the last picture, I think:
|Orly Flare in indirect light|
|Orly Flare in direct sunlight|
|Orly Flare, direct sunlight, up close|
I liked both of these colors so much that I decided to get a third--I just ordered Smolder, and will let you know what I think when I get it.
The formula on these was typical Orly for me--I always get a blotchy first coat with Orly that goes away into perfection with the second coat, and these were no different. Not sure if it's the base coat I use, but I get this consistently. :)
I you haven't already seen it, I did a post of two manicures I did playing around with these colors...you can see it by clicking here. I found them versatile and easy to work with. :)
Thanks for stopping by!
(the products reviewed in this post were purchased with my own money.)