When it comes to my nails, I love
changing things up every couple of days. For one thing, I hate, hate, hate
chipped nail polish, but I also love the ritual. There’s something really
relaxing about picking a shade, finding something to watch on Netflix and
getting to work. I usually stick to the Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy polishes, but
since the Quo by Orly Color Amp’d polishes arrived on my
doorstep, I’ve been wearing nothing else. That’s because I’ve finally
found the perfect summer shade, the one that’s just
right. The one that works with every outfit, for every occasion.
The Color Amp’d collection offers twenty-four shades of gel-like and easy to remove polishes. I got Speakeasy*, a surprisingly wearable nude that matches my skintone almost exactly and makes my fingers appear longer (or at the very least not quite as sausage-like as usual), Stadium Way*, a deep navy blue, and Art Walks*. Art Walks is perfect. It’s a beautifully muted mint green shade, with an almost greyish undertone. It looks pretty average in the bottle, but it completely transforms when applied.
The brush is pleasantly wide and the application is smooth and even. These polishes also dry quite quickly, so even the most impatient amongst us (me!) can apply two coats for a fully opaque finish. The formula is “flexible”, meaning that it’s not supposed to become brittle and chip over time. I can’t say that I’ve noticed a difference, but then again I would never wear the same shade long enough that brittle polish would start cracking. These lasted about three days before showing signs of wear at the free edge. Not quite the seven days promised by Quo, but very respectable in my opinion.
I didn’t love the Sealcoat* topcoat from the range. I’ve recently rediscovered Seche Vite and now nothing else will do. The Quo by Orly Color Amp’d shades I was sent all have a really nice gel-like shine, almost as good as my beloved Revlon Gel Envy polishes. If you look closely, you can actually see the reflection of the tree outside my window in my nail swatches…Even the bottles were almost impossible to photograph – they just reflected any source of light I tried to use, natural or not. Stadium Way was especially difficult to capture properly. I would even say that Stadium Way is a little too shiny for my taste – almost blindingly so, even without the Seche Vite topcoat. Quo was going for a gel-like finish without a lamp, and it’s fair to say that they’ve succeeded (and then some!).
|Speakeasy, with Seche Vite topcoat|
|Art Walks, with Seche Vite topcoat|
|Stadium Way, with Seche Vite topcoat
There’s a good selection of shades, so there’s a good chance you will find your perfect summer nail polish in the Color Amp’d range. Mine is definitely Art Walks, though I can see myself wearing Speakeasy quite a lot – it’s the first nude nail polish I’ve found since Essie Sand Tropez that doesn’t wash out my ghost skin.
Art Walks is so pretty and perfect and wearable. You probably need it. Even if you think you don’t, you probably do. The Sealcoat is a pass for me. Also, the Quo by Orly Color Amp’d are very shiny. Much wow.