Today I have for you Coachella Dweller from Orly's new Hope and Freedom Festival Spring collection. The collection itself is full of lovely spring and summer colours with hippie names and I think is going to be a must have as some of the shades are so unique!
Coachella Dweller (I'll apologise now if I spell the name differently all the way through this post) is a light, apple-y green, too dark to be mint or lime, and it is frustratingly difficult to photograph its true shade! The photos without flash make it too pale and minty and the one with flash makes it too yellow. Such a fussy colour! However it is a lovely colour, after I got over the initial "hmm .. its darker than I hoped" I realised that it really is a lovely colour. (Edit: last two photos match the colour so much better than the first three!) With only one flaw.
Application of this shade was absolutely horrendous, the first coat was streaky and uneven, I couldn't get the polish to move around the nail so I was left with bald patches next to really thick smudges! Second coat was better but still not great, I had to really concentrate to make sure it had an even finish. I still have gaps down the sides of some of my nails where I just wasn't able to fix it.
Another issue was with the 'amazing' gripper cap. Award winning it may be, that didn't stop it from collecting a load of polish in the cap and dripping it all over my table mid-application. Which cause my other half to burst out laughing after all my raving about the famous cap. Whoops.
I really hope that this polish settles down and becomes easier to apply once it is no longer a newbie as once I was done it looked stunning - it has a smooth and shiny perfect finish, even without a top coat, and it looked a little like green porcelain. If it does become easier to apply I can see this becoming a fast favourite in my stash.
I didn't want to wear this on its own so I decided to add a bit of a half moon nail art using Orly Halo. I never realised Halo was so sheer - appears to me to be more of a glitter than a polish, so the half moons turned out to be a bit more like a glitter gradient but I still think the effect is lovely. With the silver/gold glitter and the perfect finish of Coachella Dweller this is a manicure worthy of the best nights out - its elegant and classy but the green brings a touch of fun. I will definitely be wearing this again!
Overall, the polish was expensive to get in the UK, (I got it on offer from Nailtopia as mentioned previously on my blog) it was awful to apply and took a lot of work to make it sit nice, the 'award winning' gripper cap leaked, but the final result was worth the issues as it made my heart skip a beat!
I hope you all like it as much as I do :)
EDIT: It finally dawned on me what this mani reminds me of! So silly as its been sitting next to me at my desk all day =/ but it is the perfect colour of my favourite Cath Kidston mug! It's white with the apple green dots and they are spot on the same colours. The photos I took are much more true to life than the posed pics above as well, maybe it was because of different lighting or maybe the colour of the cup helped to emphasise the green. Either way - I feel a lot happier now I've figured that out!
It's pretty difficult to take a photo of my nails holding a mug though ...