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I’m not super obsessed with the royal wedding, but I am definitely going to watch it tomorrow. I wanted to put on a “something blue” that was also fresh and springy (and I wanted to finish trying all the polishes from this collection). Orly Snowcone (Sweet, Spring 2010) is a soft, cornflower blue creme:
Picture taken in natural light. This applied well; the formula was so pigmented that I barely needed two coats. The color is simply gorgeous. It’s more soft than it is bright, but it still looks so fresh and crisp. There’s just something about cornflower blue that’s so dreamy. I paired this with OPI Dating a Royal (of course) on my toes.
For my next soft-colored mani, I chose Orly Cotton Candy (Sweet, Spring 2010), a warm, light pink creme:
Picture taken in natural light. (I don’t know what happened here. This is a light pink, but not that light. Defnitely not even close to being pastel. This looks bolder in real life.) This applied fine; the formula was a bit prone to cuticle drag, though. I needed three coats for full coverage. I tend to associate the name “Cotton Candy” with shimmery polishes, so cotton candy’s not exactly what I think of when I look at this creme. But I still think the color looks sweet and girly. And it’s another warm pink I’m glad to have in my collection. I paired this with Urban Outfitters Green 11 on my toes.
This isn’t a pastel or even a soft color, but I’ve been wearing polishes from this collection this month so I figured I’d try this on too. Orly Pixy Stix (Sweet, Spring 2010) is a guava pink creme:
Picture taken in sunlight. (The color is just slightly bolder in real life.) This applied well, though I needed three coats for full coverage. This is such a cute shade of pink! It’s defintely not light or soft, but not exactly bright either. I love when I come across a warm pink since those seem to be less common than cool-toned pinks or fuchsias. I don’t really care for guavas but that’s exactly what I think of when I look at my nails. I paired this with Urban Outfitters Blue 1 on my toes.
Keeping up with this sort-of pastel theme, I’m wearing Orly Lollipop (Sweet, Spring 2010), a pastel baby lilac creme:
Picture taken in natural light. This was quite pigmented and the formula had a nice flow, so I only needed two coats for full opacity and evenness. This shade of lilac has a pinkish tone, and is on the warm side. It’s a nice change of pace from similar cooler-toned shades. I wouldn’t call it the starkest of my lilacs/lavenders, but it’s definitely enough to have that nice, whited-out, true pastel look. It’s a very sweet-looking, cute color. I paired this with Urban Outfitters Green 2 on my toes.
I know I just wore a similar color a couple of manis ago but I wanted to show how much one pastel yellow can differ from another. Orly Lemonade (Sweet, Spring 2010) is a pastel lemon yellow creme:
Picture taken in natural light. This actually applied well for a pastel, and a pastel yellow at that. The formula was nicely thick and pigmented; I needed three coats for full opacity and evenness. It’s fitting that this is called Lemonade; I think this is the most lemony of my yellow pastels. I think what makes it look this way is a slight tinge of green, where a buttercup yellow like American Apparel Butter is more whited-out. Whatever shade of yellow it’s called, I think it looks so fresh and pretty. And of course I love its starkness. It reminds me of lemon meringue! I paired this with Milani Dude Blue on my toes.
Continuing with the theme of soft spring colors, I’m wearing Orly Gumdrop (Sweet, Spring 2010), a light turquoise green creme:
Picture taken in (weak) sunlight. This applied well in just two coats. It lacks that true, whited-out, stark pastel finish, but in this case I didn’t mind because it was so pigmented and the color is gorgeous. It’s reminiscent of Tiffany Blue and makes me think of candy at the same time. I just love these light turquoise hues! I paired this with OPI That’s Hot! Pink on my toes.