Orly Holiday Soiree Collection for Holiday 2011 Swatches & Review

Ready for some more holiday goodies?

Orly Holiday Soiree brings in the season with an icy white, bright red jelly, some awesome metallics and a fun glittery black. There is one missing here which I passed on. It’s a deep, basically black blue creme called Le Chateau.

Orly Au Champagne
Au Champagne

Au Champagne is a pale icy white with shimmer. I am totally in LOVE with the way this color looks on my nails. It’s such a soft pretty shade of white and the formula was like butter. It’s a little on the sheer side. I only used two coats here but could have used three for more opacity. This is such a great holiday and winter color!

Orly Ma Cherie
Ma Cherie

Ma Cherie is a bright red jelly. Super shiny, super red! Because it’s a jelly it’s on the sheer side so even with three coats you can see my nail line. But it’s still a really nice fun color, if not completely original.

Orly Ingenue
Ingenue

Ingenue is a pink/purple metallic with massive gold shimmer. This doesn’t feel all that unique but it’s still pretty. It was on the sheer side and I needed three coats for full coverage.

Orly Oui
Oui

Oui is another metallic with gold shimmer, but the base is a deep purple. This one is stunning, I love it and don’t have another one like it. Such nice depth and the purple and gold look really nice together. This was also sheer like Ingenue, so I used three coats.

Orly Androgynie
Androgynie


Androgynie 

Androgynie is a slightly smoked out black base with small silver and gold glitter and larger hexagonal multi-colored glitter. This one is pretty but kind of a pain. The larger glitter tends to want to stay on the bottom of the bottle so you have to shake it A LOT before applying. I didn’t do this as much as I should have, so you don’t see a lot of the larger glitter on my nails (you can see it better in the second photo). The formula is a little on the sheer side, so I needed three coats for coverage. I like it, but it’s not as user friendly as I would have liked.

Overall:

I liked this collection! My favorites were Au Champagne, Oui and Androgynie. I also liked the other two but felt they weren’t as unique.

Availability: I found them at Head2ToeBeauty.

Pricing: $6.00 each.

What do you think about Holiday Soiree?

-Kelly

26 comments

  • October 26, 2011

    I’m surprised but I actually really like Au Champagne! I thought it would translate frosty on the nail but the shimmer..! Oh, wow. I don’t usually like whites but this one is gorgeous! Feels very winter-y, for sure. Oui is the only other one I would probably get. Androgynie might have been another contender but having to struggle with application just isn’t my cup of tea.

    Great swatches, as always! Thanks, Kelly!
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  • October 26, 2011

    Great swatches! Ingenue looks like OPI’s It’s My Year though, maybe a comparison will be helpful!
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    • October 26, 2011

      Hi Nicole,

      I do not review OPI anymore and don’t have that one, sorry!

  • October 26, 2011

    I think I actually need all of these! but particularly Androgynie and Oui. Beautiful.
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  • October 26, 2011

    Ingenue and Oui are my favourites from this collection. Even though they look really similar to OPI Rally Pretty Pink and OPI It’s My Year, I still think they’re awesome. Plus I’m a fan of Orly polishes. :)
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  • October 26, 2011
    Nichole

    Ah! Love these, this is the first I’ve seen of them! I have a question about where you got them, though.. I Googled Head2ToeBeauty and it looks like an online store. Did you get them online or from an actual store? $3 for China Glaze is CRAZY! Too good to be true?? Thanks!!

    • October 26, 2011
      Julia

      Head2Toe is a reputable etailer, the prices and polishes are real. Look out for shipping though at any etailer; you tend to have to haul at least 4 or 5 polishes to make it worthwhile. I’ve hauled China Glaze a couple of times from Head2Toe or Trans Design, getting 6-10 for around $4 each including shipping. Other good places to buy polish online at reasonable prices are nailsupplies.us, Victoria Nail & Beauty Supply and nailetc. I heard of all of these places from big polish blogs and have used many of them personally. Go forth and haul polish!

      • October 27, 2011
        Nichole

        Thank you!! I have never, ever heard of these sites & now I feel silly got paying full price! Haha!!

    • October 26, 2011

      Hi Nichole,

      I have used Head2Toe a million times in the last 3 years and they are very reputable. :)

      • October 27, 2011
        Nichole

        Awesome, I’m definitely going to order through them! Thanks for replying!

  • October 26, 2011

    Im in love with Androgynie but once again I hear is a pain in the ass to apply :(

  • October 26, 2011
    April

    Au Champagne looks as if it were made for your nails. :)

  • October 26, 2011
    Jenn F.

    I like Au Champagne since I missed CG’s Frosty last year :( They’re not the same but good enough for me. Ingenue kinda looks like Zoya’s Faye albeit a tiny bit faded. I think I’ll pick up Oui as well ^-^

  • October 26, 2011

    Wow, I’m surprised at how much I like Au Champagne. I wouldn’t expect it AT ALL, but it may be my favorite from the collection.
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  • October 26, 2011
    Erin

    I saw these tonight @ Sally’s wanted to see some swatches though first… Androgynie looked pretty awesome, and I also think Oui is gorgeous!

  • October 26, 2011
    Julia

    I really like this collection when viewed in a vacuum, but not so much when I think of other polishes that have come out this year/that I have in my stash. I think it’s pretty obvious that Ingenue looks like Zoya Faye and company and although I know you don’t review their polishes Oui does look a lot like OPI It’s MY Year, which I already own. I like Au Champagne but I have a white shimmer in my stash so it doesn’t speak to me as a must have. I do like Androygenie and although it’s just a classic Christmas red I had a friend in school named MaCherie so I have unusually warm feelings towards Ma Cherie :). I don’t know if I’ll go out of my way for them but if they hit the after-Christmas clearance racks I wouldn’t mind!

  • October 26, 2011

    Oui is super pretty!
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  • October 26, 2011
    Lucy

    I really like Au Champagne also. That’s unsual for me. Nice collection. Don’t know if I’ll buy any of them.

  • October 27, 2011

    Ingenue looks really similar to Zoya Faye.
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    • October 27, 2011
      beachgal

      I agree – I was worried about 2 in this collection that they were going to mimic the large group of the gold/pink/purple phase we got inundated with this year between Faye, Rally Pink, It’s My Year. & I think I forgot one that I toss into that same group. There is one from the Orly Fall collection that is really similar to the Faye look as well.

  • October 27, 2011
    collier

    The finish on Au Champagne is just incredible! Wish they’d done others in the collection just like that, but in different shades.

  • October 27, 2011

    I know I’ll get Oui and Androgenie. I think I’ll more than likely pass on the others because I’m not seeing anything really unique about them.

    Your swatches are grand, though.
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  • October 27, 2011
    beachgal

    Thanks for the great shots. I had no idea how pretty the white one was – I am going to have to grab a bottle of that one. Looks great on you. I have the black (pain in the neck one) on it’s way to me via mail. I wanted to wait to see swatches on the gold and purple ones because we all got hit so much with those Rally Pink, Faye & It’s My Year shades that one of the Orly fall shades also came in close to – then these 2. I did not want to end up spending $ and getting yet one more that was along the same range as all those this yr have been. I love Oui. I would wear that far beyond holiday – really it’s a 3 season shade for me….I would let it lie in summer as I try to wear all my bright summer shades once it’s gets really warm. All in all none of this group screams holiday which is kind of nice. I love some of the true holiday collections, but lets face it – how many weeks do we really use that gold/red/green glitter in a year – yet I am right there like the next person getting my Twinkle Lights from the CG holiday! Great shots – thanks so much.

  • October 28, 2011
    Kary

    I like them all a lot, although they seem predictabled to me. My faaavorite is Androgynie by far! <3 <3 I must get this bad boy!

  • October 28, 2011

    Au Champagne looks really pretty agains ur skin ton! i could never pull that off. lol i have Orly Androgyne and i cant even put it up on my blog its just not worth it. LOL i had the same problem with the glitters.. i always thought i was the only with that problem .. good to knwo im not the only one! lol

  • November 4, 2011

    Androgynie looks gorgeous! Even without the large glitter. Maybe it’s even better without it. I like Ingenue and Oui too, but I feel like I’ve seen them before and I don’t know where! But Androgynie is definitely going on my wishlist! :)
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