The Orly EPIX line came out for spring 2015 but I just recently tested one of the shades called Cameo out, and I’ve got all the info for you today!
Orly EPIX is a 2 step manicure system (not gel) that is supposed to last about a week and dries in just 8 minutes. The system contains a Flexible Color and then their Flexible Sealcoat. It’s has what they call a “Flexible” chip-resistant formula that allows the formula to remain elastic to flex with your nails instead of becoming brittle and chipping or flaking off. It also has their Smudge-Fixing Technology, which is a shock absorbing system which contains polymers that helps the manicure bounce back from nicks and dents. It has a nice “Gripper Cap” that makes opening the bottles easier (I’ve always love this kind of cap) and these come in around 36 shades currently.
Applying is the same as with any manicure basically, except you don’t use a base coat. You first clean your nails with alcohol or nail polish remover to ensure they are free from any lingering oils/residues. Then apply two coats of the EPIX Flexible Color. Then finish with the EPIX Flexible Sealcoat.
I did exactly as the instructions said and applied just two coats with no base coat. I really needed three coats because my ring finger is a bit patchy but I wanted to test it out exactly as they suggested. The color Cameo is a really pretty pale, almost Tiffany blue creme. It matched the walls in my office and my blog logo perfectly! The formula was super easy to work with and the brush fit my nails really nicely. I actually wish all brushes had a rounded style like these do because it mades going around my cuticles so much easier for me, with less clean-up.
Anyway, as mentioned, I really wanted to add a third coat to even out the ring finger, but I resisted and just added the Sealcoat. As promised it did dry super quickly and my nails look nice and shiny. So they claim this can last a week. Not so much for me, which wasn’t surprising at all. As you know if you’ve been following me for awhile, nothing but nothing lasts on me more than 48 hours at the most without some kind of wear/chip/dulling. This lasted about 36 hours on me before I saw one large chip on the side of my ring finger. Then within another 8 hours another chip appeared. So it didn’t even last a full 48 hours without some damage for me, but different people have different nail chemistry, and I am not one of the lucky ones!
Are you going to test this out for yourself to see how long it lasts?