Orly Cosmic FX is a much anticipated collection for fall 2010. In fact I think it’s one of the most anticipated nail collections in a long time.

Cosmic FX is a limited edition collection featuring six new shimmery duochrome colors. According to Orly “the innovation infuses natural rock minerals, crystals, and glass to give nails a special optical effect with extreme luster, rich pearlescence, and a smooth, sparkling spectrum of concentrated color. The MineralFX technology includes a special mica that allows for a clearer, vibrantly bright lustrous shimmer. Crystals allow for a mullti-dimensional color transformation. Glass particles carefully controlled in shape and size create a luminous phenomenon. This combination infused with the Silica and specific colors selected create this exclusive technology that gives nails a unique optical effect that’s magnifies as the lighting source intensifies or viewing angle changes”.

I don’t normally quote directly from press releases, but in the case of these I find it pretty interesting what all went into creating these effects.

The colors include:

  • Lunar Eclipse: Blue with pink purple FX
  • Galaxy Girl: Blue with blue green FX
  • It’s Not Rocket Science: Green with gold blue FX
  • Space Cadet: Green with purple gold FX
  • Halleys Comet: Turquoise with green yellow FX
  • Out Of This World: Purple with pink silver FX

The formula on these was really good, as most Orly’s are. All but one of these did need three coats in my experience. I prefer my colors to be as saturated as possible, so three is pretty standard for me anyway.

Can I just say I love the black tops? I love Orly bottles in general I think they are very satisfying in my hand. Heavy and sturdy. Love the rubberized grip caps also. Don’t change that Orly!

It’s Not Rocket Science

It’s Not Rocket Science is a vivid green with a heavy yellow flash. You can see blue in the bottle, but it’s not as obvious on the nail to my eye. I love this baby, it’s the first one that caught my eye in the press release. This was three coats.

It’s Not Rocket Science (zoom)

Space Cadet

Space Cadet is a green with really heavy purple, gold, yellow and reddish flashes. I think this is the one with the most duochrome effect in it. It’s totally amazing, you barely move your hand and it changes to so many different colors. This was the first one I wore and I was staring at my hands all day. This was three coats.

Space Cadet (zoom)

Halleys Comet

Halleys Comet is a bright turquoise blue with green and yellow flashes. Of the six I think this had the least duochrome effect for me. You could see it in the bottle a lot more. This was three coats.

Halleys Comet (zoom)

Galaxy Girl

Galaxy Girl is a dark purple/brown with blue and green flashes. I could see just about every color under the sun in the bottle on this, but not as much on the nail. Still gorgeous. This was three coats.

Galaxy Girl (zoom)

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse is a bright blue with pink and purple flashes. It looked very purple in the bottle, but again like with Halleys Comet I didn’t see as much translation on the nail as some of the others. Still there’s no mistake it’s a duochrome. This was three coats.

Lunar Eclipse (zoom)

Out Of This World

Out Of This World is a royal purple with pink and silver flashes. This is very pretty, but one of the lesser obvious duochromes. This was really opaque so I only needed two coats.

Out Of This World (zoom)


I think this is a really great collection and I LOVE these kinds of colors and finishes. I do suspect there are some here that are very similar to others (Halleys Comet and Zoya Charla are similar for instance). But if you have nothing like this, then I think you will love them! These release in September.

Ok guys and gals, how are you feeling about this long-awaited collection now?


Written by Kelly
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