Sunday, December 16, 2012

Orly Androgynie

Hello lovelies and happy Sunday! Yesterday was a good day. I cleaned my room, I caught up with answering all your comments and I did some nail art that I can't wait to show you tomorrow. So naturally, I had to end the day with writing this post for you. It's gonna take a lot of time for me to post all the swatches I've collected in the last weeks, especially since I have to do a lot of nail art posts too. I decided to start today with a winter polish from last year. Here's Androgynie! 

Orly Androgynie indoors, artificial light
I wore this one a few weeks ago and it took me nearly one year to try it. I guess I was afraid of being disappointed like a lot of people were. Androgynie comes from last year's Holiday Soiree collection, and is famous for being a difficult glitter. In the bottle you can see a lot of blue, green and gold glitter pieces, but a lot of people have complained that these don't come out of the bottle. Unfortunately, I had the same problem. 

Orly Androgynie indoors, artificial light
Androgynie consists of a black jelly base filled with tiny gold glitter, that is somewhat holographic, at least partially. There are also a lot of larger hex pieces, that are multicolored. As I stated before, the most frequent colors for these glitters are blue, green and gold. They have a tendency to settle at the bottom of the bottle and that's why I gave the bottle a good shake before application, and I also kept it a few minutes upside down. Unfortunately, this didn't help and I still ended up with very few hex pieces on my brush. 

Orly Androgynie indoors, artificial direct light
I did 3 coats of this and it applied pretty well. There was a slight tendency of dragging and that's why it needed the 3rd coat, to cover some bald spots. The jelly base is quite opaque, which hides the glitter pieces in the lower coats even more. After wearing it by itself for one day, I layered one coat of China Glaze Make A Spectacle over it. The idea came from someone on Instagram who asked if Make A Spectacle was Androgynie when I first posted a picture of it over black. So here's the two layered together. 

Orly Androgynie with China Glaze Make A Spectacle indoors, artificial light
This combo looks stunning, but I think Make A Spectacle over plain black looks just as good. I still like Androgynie for a vampy, glittery manicure, but I wish I could get the large glitter pieces on the nail. Maybe thinning it a bit next time could help. What do you think? 


  1. I do like this manicure a lot better with the China Glaze on top as well! :)

  2. This one can be hard to get the 'stuff' out and onto your nails but I just turn my bottle upside down and leave it that way for a min. before I start to polish and it pulls up most of it. Then I am careful to go slow and not try to jam on 3 coats. It is best with 2 sheer coats or you might cover up the goddies because the base is a bit on the opaque side. I also have done it with a black cream as a base and only one coat of this. I like it with the topper you put over it but I really like this one on it's own...saw that Orly put it into their classic wall when I was in Sally's not too long ago.

  3. Believe me, I left it upside down and also shook it for a while before that. I will try it over black. Maybe if I'm not obsessed with making it opaque I will have more glitter out.


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