Orly Sweet Collection for Spring 2010 Swatches & Review

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Orly has a new spring collection out for 2010 called Sweet. This collection is an homage to days gone by, reminiscent of Jackie O’s pillbox hats. Each of these polishes come with a mini lip gloss in a matching color and flavor.

These colors are creme pastels, but they are not the chalky kind. The formula on these vary a bit. One was thick and streaky but the rest were pretty nice.

I know some of you are sick of pastel colors, but I happen to love them. These make me want spring here ASAP! Check them out!


Lemonade is a cool lemon yellow. This reminds me of my brother’s old 1969 Camero. The color was the original yellow from back in the day and this is very similar. This was the problem child though in terms of application. It was thick and streaky and a bit hard to get even. I wish I knew why all yellows were like this! I love that it’s a cool yellow, because I can’t do the warm ones. This was three coats.

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy is a light pink. Sorry this is a bad picture because the sun had gone by the time I took it, so it looks darker than it really is. This was fairly light going on so I used three coats. Nice and smooth application though.


Lollipop is a lavender creme. This has a lot of pink in it and it’s one of the nicest lavender pastels I’ve used. This was very opaque and I could almost have gotten away with one coat, but I used two.

Pixy Stix

Pixy Stix is a medium pink creme. The formula on this was spectacular! I don’t know why but it was like butter. I didn’t think this would be one of my favorite ones by just looking at the bottle, but when it was on, it was very pretty. This was three coats for maximum coverage.


Gumdrop is a turquoise creme. This isn’t mint green, so I’m not going to compare it to all the mints out there. This is a blue/green. It’s totally gorgeous. Application was great on this and super opaque. This was two coats.


Snowcone is a cornflower blue. This is my favorite. I happen to L.O.V.E. the color cornflower blue on everything, clothes, polish, paint, etc., so this was easy for me to love. This was very opaque also in almost one coat, but I used two.

Here are the little cute lip glosses that go with each polish. They hang on a little string around the neck of the bottle. Cute right? I haven’t tried them yet, but suspect they are probably pretty sheer.

Overall I am VERY happy with this collection. There isn’t one that I don’t like a lot. I think after China Glaze’s Up & Away, this is my second favorite spring collection I have seen yet!

This collection will be available in the beginning of April and they will sell for $7.50 each.

Ok Internet, do you like these? How do you feel about pastels?



  • February 4, 2010

    These are so pretty, they’re pastels that I like! The Lollipop color kind of reminds me of the Panda color from the Hong Kong collection.
    .-= Sonya´s last blog ..Painting and Plumbing on a cold Saturday =-.

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Sonya,

      I am glad you like them!

  • February 4, 2010

    I like them. A lot. I think I’ll have to get at least a couple of them, and knowing myself I’m sure that’ll mean all of them. :)
    .-= Shamini´s last blog ..Free checkup at 5 months! =-.

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Shamini,

      Ha, ha you probably will!

  • February 4, 2010

    I am loving them!! So pretty and perfect for the start of spring!
    .-= Euridice´s last blog ..Comparison of BB Couture Cap-Haïtien and OPI Do You Lilac It? =-.

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Euridice,

      They are so perfectly spring it makes me want to wear shorts and sip on lemonade…

  • February 4, 2010

    They look fantasticly gorgeeeeous! I can’t wait to get them all and in particular the blue ones and the lollipop lavender .

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Marilou,

      So you’re gonna get them all? You will love them!

  • February 4, 2010

    I am loving gumdrop and snowcone!

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Kelly,


  • February 4, 2010

    Ooooo im loving these! Esp the blue and blue/green! Very nice, i wish i didnt have to wait till april for these!

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Sassyjeni,

      I know, April seems a long way off. Maybe e-tailers will have them sooner though!

  • February 4, 2010

    OOOh – Thanks for swatching these!!! I really like Pixy Stix and Snowcone!!!

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Tracy,

      You are welcome!

  • February 4, 2010

    OMG THESE are pastels to die for! They are so gorgeous, so much more powerful in colour then some of the other companies! Just gorgeous!

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi MissDeeCanada,

      Glad you like them!

  • February 4, 2010

    Have love love loved these since I first saw people swatching them. Can’t wait to get my hands on them!

    How close is Lemonade to CG’s Lemon Fizz?
    .-= Lau´s last blog ..Nails of the Week – Day 4 =-.

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Lau,

      Yay! I would say it’s pretty much dead on to Lemon Fizz.

  • February 4, 2010

    I am all over Snowcone. I love cornflower or periwinkle in general so that’s an instant buy for me. Also like the look of Lemonade and Pixy Stix. I’m a fan of opaque pastels and I’m happy to see such great ones for spring. Can’t wait for these.
    .-= Karrie´s last blog ..China Glaze Shooting Stars – Photos and Review =-.

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Karrie,

      Me to for some reason that color just calls to me and I can’t help but stare at it. I used to have so many tops that were periwinkle blue :)

  • February 4, 2010

    I really like Snowcone and Pixie Stick-they scream spring!
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..OPI, Hong Kong Collection =-.

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Cindy,

      They totally do, I am dying for the sun to come out!

  • February 4, 2010

    For sure getting 4 of these! I know the yellow is a dupe for the China Glaze Up & Away pastel yellow, not sure about the purple. But the rest are unique to me!
    .-= Andrea´s last blog ..More Water Marbling =-.

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Andrea,

      Yay, I think you’ll like them if you like pastels!

  • February 4, 2010

    uggh i love these so much! im gonna order cotton candy, pixi stix and gumdrop. the lavender one doesn’t thrill me and neither does the cornflower blue (sorry i know you love it but it’s just an odd color to me and i cant picture it on my nails at all) and i like lemonade but i’ve heard its a dupe for chg lemon fizz which i already own (and have yet to wear…) but lemon fizz has better application. im so excited about these and the lip glosses! i’ve never even liked an orly polish.. they’re the most boring mainstream polish brand imo but this collection has got me jumpin on the orly train (for now, until they come out with another boring/ugly collection). love these swatches! thanks. oh btw, i’m thinking about putting one of these lip glosses on that little thing on my cell phone (where people put little danglies).. i havent done that in probably 4 years since i was in high school but these lipglosses are so cute i think i might just need to try it out. :)

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Dori,

      Orly has actually gotten much better in the last year or two. I never used to like their stuff, but they are pretty nice now. The formula is almost always excellent and I think they have some really unique colors out now.

  • February 4, 2010

    I do really like these, but I’ve got 4 of the Up and Away polishes I haven’t even worn yet, plus I just ordered 4 of the new Essies and these colors seem like the intersection of those two collections. I tend to only get Orly polishes if the color is really unique because I prefer the formulas of OPI, Essie and CG. I’m wondering if lollipop is closer to “so lilacable” from Essie or “pandamonium pink” from the new OPI’s.

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi jamie,

      Yeah I understand the too much polish not enough fingers syndrome, lol! I have yet to swatch the Essie’s but I suspect they are different from these.

  • February 4, 2010

    There are some really pretty colours in this collection! It’s so cute that they come with little lipglosses too.
    .-= SoVeryFabulous´s last blog ..NOTD: China Glaze Grape Pop =-.

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi SoVeryFabulous,

      Aren’t they cute? I think it adds a little “extra” to the line :)

  • February 4, 2010

    I can’t believe I have to wait until April!!! :-) I love pastels. I started to wear China Glaze’s pastels immediately when I got them although I’m not sure how appropriate those spring colours are when there is tons of snow outside 😉

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Sanna,

      I hear ya, but I cannot help wearing these. They call to me, especially Snowcone!

  • February 4, 2010

    I can’t imagine EVER going tired of pastels. I’ve been waiting for them for years, frankening my owns while waiting. I’m gonna have them all, and also Illamasquas pre-spring collection. *double sqeeeeek*
    .-= laquermanic´s last blog ..Milani Pool Party =-.

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi laquermaniac,

      I know that’s how I feel I love them! I cannot wait for the Illamasqua’s also!

  • February 4, 2010

    I love these colors, especially snowcone…but i cant help thinking that most of these are exactly, if not very similar, to the china glaze polishes from up and away.

    • February 4, 2010

      Hi Tiffanie,

      Lemon Fizz is, but none of the others are dupes.

  • February 4, 2010

    Need gumdrop and snow cone. They look so yummy. Thanks for the swatches. Now the hard part is waiting.

  • February 4, 2010

    omg, Snowcone looks so fabulous! I love it!

  • February 4, 2010

    Turqoise?! I definitely have to own that. And Snowcone is the one thing missing from Up & Away — I was so sad when it finally dawned on me that China Glaze didn’t include a pastel blue. I love pastels, and January/February just feels like the perfect time to wear them: they’re fresh, bright, “newborn” feeling colors, perfect for the new year. These are exactly what I’ve been craving, but since I have to wait until April anway, we’ll see how many I end up with.
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..China Glaze Light as Air =-.

  • February 4, 2010

    I love the collection! I think I might get all except for Lollipop, I might try and go for a different lavendar. And I still don’t know if I should get Lemon Fizz or Lemonade. Although, Lemonade comes with a cute lip gloss. I’m a sucker for gimmicky things like that. Thanks for the lovely swatches.

  • February 4, 2010

    Lollipop and sno-cone are so pretty!
    .-= Lucy´s last blog ..Valentines Day Nails #1 – OPI Heart to Resist Review =-.

  • February 4, 2010

    Gumdrop and Snowcone are beautiful. I am definitely getting them as soon as I can! For some reason, the rest of the colors just do not jump out to me. I might look into them, but they are not a priority like the other two.
    .-= S_and_J´s last blog ..TOP 25: Number 25 – China Glaze Solar Power =-.

  • February 4, 2010

    I have to say, I’m one of those that has grown tired of the pastels already. One reason is because the pastel polishes I have (very few) apply pretty wonky for me. But I must say, you’ve fueled my lemming for this entire collection — I don’t think there’s a color in the bunch that won’t work for me. Now, if only I could trust that they’ll apply as well for me as they do for you…
    .-= Samantha´s last blog ..Flakies, Flakies, Flakies! Nfu Oh #053 =-.

  • February 4, 2010

    Hi Kelly:

    There all gorgeous pastel colors. I never thought I would love pastels but these are very chic. Lemonade, (gorgeous yellow), Cotton Candy (another soft pink color that is so pretty), Lollipop, Snow cone and Gumdrop (could be a nice teal color for Teal for Toes), and Pixy Stix, (it’s a nice pink creme color I love it and would not mind wearing it inside), I want them all. They look so beautiful on your nails and can’t wait till April 2010 but I think I will skip the matching lip gloss, LOL.

    You make a guy feel so good about choosing nail varnish with this collection, Kudos.

    (((Love Kelly))))

    Mc Huggs :)
    .-= Mc Huggs:)´s last blog ..Project Runway Season Six: Episode Eight =-.

  • February 4, 2010
    Kate & Zena

    I’m sorry, VV, but I have to say I am sick of seeing pastels. I like pastels as much as the next person, but three collections of pastels in one season is guaranteed to make me sick of seeing pastels. I need variety. Thank God OPI didn’t do a full pastel collection like ChG, Essie and Orly so I can get my bright and rich color fix.

    I tend to think pastels look better in winter to match the weather than spring. I like brighter or richer colors for spring. I’m currently debating whether to paint my nails with Illamasqua’s Muse or Rampage. They came in today right after I had part one of my root canal. I can’t decide which to use. One minute it’s Muse, the next it’s Rampage. Muse. Rampage. Muse.

  • February 4, 2010

    hey kelly,
    i was just wondering if you”ve ever heard of or used nailbeauty4u.com. it is a vendor on amazon and they are selling this collection already for $3.99. i’m just wondering if anyone has used it because i want to know if it’s legit. LOVE this collection, it has replaced china glaze’s as my favorite spring 2010 collection!


    • February 4, 2010

      Hi julie,

      Yes I have and not in a good way. They stole a bunch of my pics and didn’t remove them until China Glaze contacted them and asked them. Some people also said they had bad customer service experiences with them. Sorry!

  • February 5, 2010

    I really like Snowcone. I’m always in search of a blue that won’t look all weird on me.

  • February 7, 2010

    Wow a like a lot of these colors. Can spring get here already?
    .-= marisol´s last blog ..Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang =-.