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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Review: NEW Orly Matte FX Matte Flakie Top Coats

In the world of nail polish, rarely does a new product come along that 1) is a time-saving solution and 2) produces a really cool effect on the nail.  When I spotted the new Orly Matte FX Flakie Top Coats at a local beauty supply last week, I immediately though that these might actually do both (save time and look really darned cool on the nail). So naturally I bought them both, to find out for myself!

NOTE: As of the time of this post, the Matte FX collection is now available on the Sally Beauty website. There are four polishes total in the collection. The other two are Iron Butterfly (matte multi-chrome)  and Purple Velvet (matte purple).  My local beauty supply only had the Green Flakie Top Coat and the Pink Flakie Top Coat, but I will definitely review Iron Butterfly and Purple Velvet when I get my hands on them.

 NEW Orly Matte FX Green Flakie Top Coat and Pink Flakie Top Coat
(retail: $8.99 each, 0.6 oz)


If you're not really a nail polish person, you might be asking yourself, "What do you mean by time-saving? Doesn't a top coat add time?" Well think about it this way: The traditional method for achieving a mattified flakie manicure requires at least three steps:

1) Apply a base coat (optional)
2) Apply a base color (creme, shimmer, etc.)
3) Apply a flakie top coat
4) Apply a matte top coat

So you've got a minimum of three steps required to achieve this look. But.the Orly Matte FX Flakie Top Coats function as both a flakie top coat and a matte top coat. So it's two steps in one bottle! Pretty cool, right? Take a look...




How cool do these polishes look in the bottle?! The frosted glass make them look murky yet sparkly at the same time. Aaaaah! I could stare at these bottles for days...



I want to point out here that the flakies in these two polishes are definitely different. Sometimes brands will take the same flakies and simply change the tinted base color (which is usually quite clear and doesn't really deposit any color on the nail). So you can buy three different flakie polishes from the same collection and end up with identical results from each polish. I hate it when that happens, so I just want to be sure you know that this is NOT the case with these Orly polishes. The flakies are noticeably different in both shades.


Some comparisons:

 One coat of Orly Matte FX Green Flakie Top Coat
over a creme white, a creme taupe and a creme hot pink

 One coat of Orly Matte FX Pink Flakie Top Coat
over a creme white, a creme taupe and a creme hot pink

  One coat of Orly Matte FX Green Flakie Top Coat
over a creme blue, a creme green and on a bare "nail"

   One coat of Orly Matte FX Pink Flakie Top Coat
over a creme blue, a creme green and on a bare "nail"


Notice how the Green Flakie Top Coat products a slightly more murky effect, while the Pink Flakie Top Coat gives a slightly more crisp effect.


Here's what these top coats look like on my actual nails, over a black creme:

One coat of Orly Matte FX Green Flakie Top Coat over a black creme

And I know this defeats the whole purpose of having a matte top coat and flakie top coat in one bottle, but just for comparison, I "glossified" my nails so that you can see what it looks like:

With shiny top coat

 One coat of Orly Matte FX Pink Flakie Top Coat over a black creme

With shiny top coat

Application: Extremely easy for both polishes. No fishing for glitter required. You can paint these on your nails just like any standard non-glitter polish and not have to worry about "dabbing" glitter on the nail for placement. The brush picks up plenty of flakies and deposits them easily.

Consistency: The base polish in both shades is a tiny bit on the thick side, but certainly not horrible or frustrating. I was hoping these wouldn't be goopy and heavy on the nail and they are not.

Flakie Factor: As I mentioned earlier, the flakies in each polish are definitely different from one another. The green polish contains blue-based flakies and the pink polish contains multi-colored flakies. Also, the flakies themselves are nowhere near as large, jagged and angular as the Revlon Moon Candy polishes. They're also not as thin as the flakies in the original Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure. Also, I think it's pretty apparent looking at my photos that the flakies in the green polish are a bit bigger and more abundant than the flakies in the pink polish.

Finish: The flakies in these polishes lay flatly on the nail, with no rough, jagged edges poking up. When the polish dries, the surface of the nail is actually quite smooth to the touch. I know that, in extreme close-up, the finish looks bumpy but to the naked eye, the bumpiness is not as noticeable. Yes, it does look a little bit bumpy when viewed from a regular distance, but it's not something that drives me crazy when I look at my nails. But if you're the type of person who favors a completely smooth nail surface at all times, I'm thinking that you could apply a regular, clear matte top coat to these polishes to eliminate the surface bumps (but seriously, if you were to see these in person, you'd probably agree with me that they're just fine on their own).

Dry Time: No shocker here--these are dry to the touch in a minute or two. But I do want to warn you that you need to allow your base color to completely dry before applying either of these matte flakie top coats. I was impatient with a few nails and experienced smudging originating from below the surface on a few nails, so just a warning.

Wear Time: Unfortunately, I can't speak to wear-time since I have only had these for a week and haven't worn either shade for more than a day at a time. For what it's worth, after a day's wear (on top of a base color) I didn't have any chips or tip-wear.

Removal: These remove like standard glitter polishes (i.e., they're a little stubborn). I advise using the foil method or something like the Target Dip-It. I used the Target Dip-It and had no issues.

FINAL VERDICT:  Congrats to Orly for giving us nail fanatics something that saves time and looks really neat on the nail. If you have ever wanted to do a "mattified flakie" manicure but hate the thought of applying multiple coats of polish, I definitely think these are worth checking out because all you have to do is apply a base color, top it with this polish and you're done! The overall effect kind of looks like frosty, prismatic ice chunks on the nail, and I literally could not stop staring at my nails the entire time I was wearing these polishes. Yes, the surface looks a little bumpy, but keep in mind that my photos are extreme close-ups. To the naked eye, these don't look that bump and the flakies lie very flatly on the nail, with no rough edges sticking up. I appreciate that these polishes are extremely easy to work with (no fishing required) and dry in a snap. What's not to love about a product that can save you time and give you a fun end-result?

Just a reminder: see the top of my post for availability and a look at the other two polishes in the Matte FX line. I would imagine that, in the coming weeks, these will be available at most retailers that carry the full line of Orly products.

What do you think of these new Orly Matte FX Flakie Top Coats? Are you interested in trying them? Are you a matte polish fan in general?

The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.

22 COMMENTS:

  1. I had no idea these were even coming--thanks for the swatches!

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  2. These are pretty cool looking! I really like the pink one, don't think I have anything similar.

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  3. You make me want things I never knew existed. I love the sea-glass quality of the bottles.

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  4. I'm 99% sure I already have an Orly called Iron Butterfly, a matte gray like China Glaze Stone Cold. I guess I'll just have both ^_^

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    1. I'm pretty sure both Iron Butterfly and Purple Velvet are repromotes from previous collections.

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    2. Yeppers! Purple Velvet is from the 2009 Matte Couture Collection and Iron Butterfly is from the 2009 Metal Chic Collection. Why oh why? I love me some Orly, but again why? LOL!

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  5. Ha, I just saw these last night in the new Allure mag. They had the pink one featured (just a bottle shot, I think). I agree on the beauty of the bottle, your pics are great! I dig the look and the idea of less hassle, never been a fan of mattes, with an exception for this and the chalkboard style...still waiting to find those Revlon ones.

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    1. Yep, I saw these in Allure too and I've been looking for them. So glad G reviewed these because they are amazing. I agree with you, BB, I'm not a huge matte fan either but these babies are coming home with me. And I haven't seen the Revlon chalkboard polishes either and I've been stalking every drugstore since I saw those pics! ;D

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  6. I'd love to try the pink one! Will keep a look out when I'm in the USA next month.

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  7. I love the bottles as well...almost like I would want to display them! Lol. Anyway G., do they look a little like s matte jelly sandwich to you?

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  8. These are so pretty! I especially love them over black, and the pink is my favorite of the two so far. Very curious about the multi chrome one though!!

    P.S. I love the Target Dip-It remover! And the Walmart version, too - Onyx something or other. I swear that one smells like cake batter to me! Weird, I know, haha!

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  9. That looks really cool. I'm not a fan of matte-finish polishes, but I would definitely give this a try!

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  10. the green flakie on your nails looks like dragon skin. or what i want dragon skin to look like if they were real!

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  11. I will look for these online. I wouldn't even have paid attention had I not seen your review. I would really like to try the green one over top a creamy white colour so my nails might look like little opals lol!

    Thanks for the review!

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  12. I adore flakie polishes. I just got my hands on the Avon opal top coat and did a post comparing It to the revlon moon candy.

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  13. I typically do not like mattes, but these may change my mind. I love the swatch over the black creme.

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  14. i love mattes i am drooling over these.

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  15. Are these limited edition? Should I run and try to get them or do I have some time?

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  16. This makes me so happy!! :) thanks for sharing.

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  17. My God, this is my exact cup of tea, so mesmerizing!

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  18. Love matte look but I must confess, I would slap on some clear top coat just to satisfy my need for shiny -__-

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