Orly Cosmic FX Fall 2010 Collection Swatches & Review

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?


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  • August 5, 2010

    I NEED NEED NEED Space Cadet, Galaxy Girl and Out Of This World. OMG This collection is so amazing! Great photos!!

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Elvira,

      Thanks! I agree it’s a reallyyyyyyyy great collection!!

  • August 5, 2010

    Need them all! 😀
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    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Suzanne,


  • August 5, 2010

    I think I’ll be collecting all of these… Love Orly, the rubberized grip on the applicator is great, and they’re all so pretty!
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    • August 5, 2010

      Hi ellemck1,

      Yeah they are very nice and the bottles are fabulous.

  • August 5, 2010

    These all look so gorgeous! I can’t wait for them to come out.
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  • August 5, 2010

    I’m still not sold on the glitter resurgence. If you’re like me on this – looooove the color and duochrome of Space Cadet, but not so much the glitter – try Nubar Wildlife. Same effect, minus glitter!

    • August 5, 2010

      HI maria,

      I love these ones. I think they are fabulous and not all that glittery. They look more glass flecked than straight up glitter. I have Nubar Wildlife, it’s nice for sure.

  • August 5, 2010

    I like lunar eclipse the best!
    blue <3

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Annie,

      It’s gorgeous :)

  • August 5, 2010

    I have to say, I’m pretty sure these don’t live up to the hype. In the pics, Halley’s Comet looked like it was going to be breathtaking, and on the nail it looks like it has definite dupes out there. The only one I’ll buy is Space Cadet.

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Nicole,

      Yeah I guess it depends on your point of view and how many nail colors you own that are similar. If you don’t have any like these, then I think they are really amazing. If you have some similar ones, then skip ’em! :)

  • August 5, 2010

    I think I’ll pick up Space Cadet – it’s the standout for me. I just can’t get into the others. Thanks for the swatches!

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Rachael,

      Sure thing!

  • August 5, 2010

    Want all of these! I love the finish, and the colours are perfect! Your swatches really capture the glitter!

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Melli,

      I knew you would love these :)

  • August 5, 2010

    I like the space theme! I want Space Cadet for sure! Maybe It’s Not Rocket Science too.

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Naomi,

      That seems to be the fav so far from the comments :)

  • August 5, 2010

    these look great on you kelly!!

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi kelliegonzo,

      Thanks! Yours looked fab also!

  • August 5, 2010

    These are very pretty, but I can’t justify spending $10 on a bottle of nail polish… :(

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Kelsey,

      Yeah they are on the border of being too expensive, especially if you want them all!

    • August 5, 2010

      These are on Transdeisgn.com for half the price.
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  • August 5, 2010

    Do the polishes dry bumpy? They look like the do, but it could just be all that glitter throwing me off!

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Laura,

      Nope, they aren’t bumpy or gritty.

  • August 5, 2010

    They all are very pretty! But my “Must Have” is Space Cadet; I will end up buying Galaxy Girl and It’s not Rocket Science annnndddd possibly Lunar Eclipse. Which one is your very FAVE?!

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Arlyn,

      My fav is Space Cadet, I think it’s the most unique and has the most duochrome effect.

  • August 5, 2010

    are these $10 because of the special process that they have to go through for this specific collection, or are Orly’s normally that much. At Sally’s Beauty they are only $6…

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi amanda,

      I don’t know why these are more expensive. Might be because of that and also they are limited edition, so sometimes LE collections are more.

  • August 5, 2010

    My poor poor MasterCard. :(
    At first I was “Meh, I don’t really need any of these…”, then the more swatches I saw, the more colors I wanted. Your review was it for me, now I want almost all of them. I think I’ll start with Space Cadet, Galaxy Girl and Lunar Eclipse though.

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Andie,

      Good choices :)

  • August 5, 2010

    Space Cadet is so gorgeous! It’s been years since I’ve rocked glitter polish – maybe it’s time again.
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    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Deb,

      Yup, I think it’s time :)

  • August 5, 2010

    This collection is gorgeous!

    For those of you who know the website gilt, they are having a sale on Deborah Lippmann polishes- $10 a bottle! If you don’t have an account (it’s free) here’s an invitation to register:


    Happy shopping!

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Katie,

      I have read from people on Twitter the Lippmann Gilt sale is a little disappointing – all pinks and nudes. But maybe some people like that!

  • August 5, 2010

    Although these are amazing (particulary in love with Galaxy Girl – seems to be the most unique color), I’m not as anxious for these as I was with some of the other fall collections (China Glaze and OPI). I’m a marketing sucker, though, so I’ll probably snatch up at least 1.
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    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Jen Droz,

      Yep I think Galaxy Girl is gorgeous :)

  • August 5, 2010

    I love this collection so much! :) I think my favourite is….well, all of them!
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    • August 5, 2010

      HI AllYouDesire,


  • August 5, 2010

    Love the macro shots!

    I really need Galaxy Girl, it’s a major lemming!!
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    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Sarah B.,


  • August 5, 2010

    I love what they’ve done, love the idea and the look of the polish, but I’m not that into some of the colors. Looks like a good, solid collection, but doesn’t amaze me, I think I got a little too hyped up for it!

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Katrina,

      Yeah hype can sometimes result in a let down, that happens to me all the time with movies :)

  • August 5, 2010

    Yours are the best swatches I’ve seen! I’ll definitely want to get Space Cadet, Galaxy Girl and Out of this World.

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Echo7,

      Thank you :)

  • August 5, 2010

    I’m going to go for it’s not rocket science, it’s something I def. dont have in my collection
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    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Isabelle,


  • August 5, 2010

    Galaxy Girl & Space Cadet are the two that are least appealing to me from your swatches.
    Haley’s Comet and Lunar Eclipse really took my breath away.
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    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Phyrra,

      Nice, glad you liked those two :)

  • August 5, 2010

    Out of this World is really calling to me, but I’m wondering how close it is to Zoya’s Julieanne? Galaxy Girl and Space Cadet are also really gorgeous. Maybe I can find room in the budget to bring them home. 😀
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    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Karin,

      I think they are pretty similar from what I remember, actually. Space Cadet is amazing!

  • August 5, 2010

    These colors look crazy awesome! However I do agree with you when you said that Halley’s Comet looks like Charla.
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    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Polish Earthgirl,

      Yeah they are extremely similar if not dupes…

  • August 5, 2010

    Totally loving Space Cadet!! And might possibly pick up Out of This World, we’ll see. Great photos, as usual!

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Liz,


  • August 5, 2010

    Galaxy Girl is a must for me. Space Cadet looks like it could be interesting :) Is Rocket Science anything like ChG Zombie Zest?

  • August 5, 2010

    OMG! OMG! Just when I thought I’d reached my saturation with nail polish…Orly blows it all out! These are amazing! “Space Cadet” & “Galaxy Girl” are my favorites. I want those two so badly. I also love “It’s Not Rocket Science.” No buy…no buy…no buy…I must show restraint. Are these available now? Sorry if you already answered that, I didn’t see that info anywhere, but I may have missed it.

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi SB_Sweetie,

      Hahaha! They will be available soon or possibly beginning of Sept.

    • August 5, 2010

      I stopped by my local Ulta randomly and they were already on display!!!

  • August 5, 2010

    I really like the look of Space Cadet but none of the others stand out for me. Maybe I’ll change my mind if I see them in person but most likely I’ll just get the one.

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Nicole,

      People totally love that one, can’t blame ’em!

  • August 5, 2010

    It’s Not Rocket Science and Space Cadet are must haves for me. I didn’t even know this collection was coming out and now I am very excited.

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Danitra,

      Yay, glad you have something new to be excited about :)

  • August 5, 2010

    I loooove It’s Not Rocket Science – gorgeous! Halley’s Comet looks like Zoya Charla. Def going to hunt down It’s not Rocket Science.

    • August 5, 2010

      Hi Suzume,

      Yay for Rocket Science!

  • August 5, 2010

    *sigh* yet another collection that’s going to be hard to get hold of for us non-US folks. Seriously starting to feel like Europe is the third world nail polish wise.

    Thanks for the swatches though VV, gorgeous as always. I’m truly jealous! ^^

    • August 5, 2010

      hey they’re not that hard to track down…?
      I live in Sweden and I always have to buy stuff online, we only have boring shades here. I order from e-tailers or of Ebay.

  • August 5, 2010

    Ok Kelly, you just convinced me that I need them ALL!

  • August 5, 2010

    They have already gone on sale on e-tailers!
    I ordered them from Transdesign, but they seem sold out there right now.
    I’ve ordered the whole collection, before even seeing swatches..!
    So I am a bid sad that there are some dupes, but hey, they still seem great!

  • August 5, 2010

    I love Orly, to me they can do no wrong from shimmery sheers to their bright neon pinks. I have never been dissatisfied with any purchase and they don’t get nearly enough credit…yeah they have a lot of mainstream but to me they seem to get out of the box more than OPI and don’t get enough credit….XOXO Orly!! (Just bought all the Plastix!!) Glitter, sparkle, shine = PURRRR!!!!

  • August 5, 2010

    Btw, I do not see how they can call Galaxy Girl a blue..?

  • August 5, 2010
    Mary Louise

    I’m really in a tizzy over this collection. Thanks for feeding my frenzy!!!

  • August 5, 2010

    I think I have a problem…I know I don’t need them all, but I WANT them all! LOL. Love the swatches, thanks!
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  • August 5, 2010

    I love all of them, the only one I will skip out on is Halley’s Comet because it is a OPI Catch Me In Your Net/Zoya Charla dupe. I’m wearing CMIYN right now and it looks very similar. I love Orly bottles too!
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  • August 5, 2010

    Space Cadet will be mine.
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  • August 5, 2010

    hmm…i think i’m only sold on 1/2 of these. the burgundy with green reminds me of a foil version of misa’s embroidered emerald. i LOVE the green one and the space cadet one….but i worry about it being too similar to borghese stella notte and gosh’s….purple heart. i mean they aren’t foils….but even so

  • August 8, 2010

    I’ll be ordering the whole collection. They are gorgeous.

  • August 9, 2010

    Oh MY. If the finish of these COSMIC FX polishes are anything like the finish of Orly’s three metallic foil polishes (?), I’ll HAVE to buy them all (well at LEAST “Space Cadet,” Halley’s Comet” and “Lunar Eclipse” anyway!)

    I’m loving all the glitter, holos, sparkles – even just pretty colors in cremes & shimmers! (The greiges, muted mattes and taupey-purples were fine for a while now, & are nice sometimes, but so… listless… blah, or industrial, I guess, at least to my eyes, anyway.

    Great pics of COSMIC FX on your nails, BTW!

  • August 12, 2010

    The tree to the right looks lovley!
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  • August 13, 2010

    wowww space cadet is so complex!!

  • August 14, 2010

    I think I’m in love with “It’s not Rocket Science” – it’s beyond gorgeous!
    The price is a bit of a turn off, but not enough to stop me from buying it. Hey, love conquers all barriers, right?
    Wish we had polishes like this in the stores here in Belgium. But this love is meant to be ’cause I found a website were I can buy this polish without spending tons of money.
    Happy 😀