Polish is a gorgeous black brown with gold and multi colored glitter. Sometimes in the light, polish looks almost khaki green?? Formula is a jelly and sheer with one coat. I always do my usual 2 coats. It's hard to get chunky glitter onto brush. Pretty color but its not one that I always grab for. Won't repurchase.
Along with Fowl Play, this one got on my nerves. Androgynie is a murkey black-brown jelly polish with green-silver-gold hex glitter with green and gold microglitter. It sounds pretty and looks pretty save for one big detail:
The glitter settles at the bottom.
Always. I always have to shake the bottle violently to get the glitter to disperse evenly in the bottle. However the bottle is laid, that's where the glitter accumulates and nothing short of a centrifuge can fix it. After it IS fixed, the polish applies evenly, going opaque in 3 coats. It's just not worth it. What the hell, Orly? It's the lava lamp of polish. Maybe a defective bottle but it's incredibly annoying.
This was an impulse buy at Sally. It caught my eye by looking all kinds of crazy awesome in the bottle. A black jelly with silver glitter and multicolor (green! blue! orange! purple! probably more!) hexagonal glitter? Yeah, I was hypnotized. Gimme. Applying it is another story though. Thank you to everyone on teh interwebz for the tips! The best way to maximize your Androgynie experience goes like this: 1. Store bottle upside down, so all the glitters and sparklies are easily at your disposal when you begin painting. 2. Definitely use a plain black nail polish (over a base coat if you prefer) as your base layer. Androgynie is pretty sheer on its own and it's easy to lose the glitter if you try to apply 3 coats of that alone to make it opaque. 3. Apply one coat of Orly Androgynie. 4. Use a shiny top coat. 5. Be in awe of your dazzling glitter-packed outer-spacey-looking nails! The multicolored hexagonal glitter is pretty awesome, just not in the most abundant supply in the polish. That being said, I'm not the biggest fan of the super-duper chunky glittermania polishes, so maybe less is more for me. Pretty fab and, of course, would be perfect for a New Year's celebration.
I know that some were disappointed with the formula on this color when it came out last fall - but I think Androgynie is so unique and beautiful! It does apply better if you turn the bottle upside down to get the hex glitter closer to the top of the bottle. Also applying it over one coat of black polish will prevent the hex glitter from disappearing on the nail. I love it even by itself though. The black jelly base with the gold microglitter is such a sophisticated mix. The multi-colored hex glitter makes it fun as well. I didn't have any trouble getting it to apply smoothly. I don't have anything else like it in my collection, and for that it goes into my top 20 favorite polishes :)
OMG ooo whaa SQEEEE!!!!! I bought this off ebay without really understanding about its flakies and glitter! Its amazing...makes me feel I just put on a Tiffany necklace or something! Granted, as a newbie I can see the application is a bit tricky, but with the mixing of materials to obtain the suspension and stick and the need for the right degree of transparency to allow the glitter to glow through I reckon they have done a super job!
Only a year into full-blown nail polish fascination I am starting to think Orly is da bomb...the colours have a complex quality that lifts them out of the mundane.
PS This is a black with awesome rainbow glitter, and flakes mainly in the blue green gold spectrum.
My actual first glittery nail polish! ORLY's formula is FANTASTIC! It's a beautiful brown-black base with LOADS of small and chunky glitters in it. It will definitely look better with a shiny top coat IMO, since I don't put top coats.
The formula is one of the best I have tried on my nails. It just dries down so quickly and smooth! It's a perfect nail polish to glam up your night with your friends or your loved ones. This nail polish is appropriate for day too, but I prefer it to touch up my nails for the nights I go out.
Longevity: I say it's good enough because so far my nails are chipped after 1-2 weeks of wearing this nail polish on my toes and fingers.
Will definitely repurchase because it's so good!
OMG such low ratings on such a beautiful polish! Folks around here should know about things like np thinner & orange sticks for mixing, which is all you need to do to get some of the settled-out glitter & flakes back into suspension. This is a glossy, jellyish pure black with galactic kinds of opalescent flakes & microglitters. I just love it! continued >>
Sheer black jelly with micro glitter and medium sized multicolored glitter flakes. It is an amazing-looking polish. Such a knockout color. I really love it, and I bought two bottles because I anticipate using it that much. ETA-1) To solve the glitter placement problem, put the bottle upside down for about 5 minutes before use. The flakes float to the top and you can get the coverage you need in one coat. 2) I tried over black and was not that impressed with the look. Then I tried it over a sheer cream color and it was such a difference. The color looks more jelly-like and the glitter shows up much more clearly.
I was kind of disappointed with this polish. I really like black polish with glitter in it, but this didn't have enough spark to it. I was hoping for something that would be an alternative to my bottle of Sephora by OPI 212, but Androgynie was more sheer, a bit less sparkly and didn't have the greatest formula.
I purchased this in a holiday set from Orly at Winners here in Canada. I was a bit disapointed with the color itself -- the balck is very clear, needs a good 3 coats to look decent. It did chip after 2 days but I wash my dishes without gloves, take my batch every night, etc. Removal was easy - it came off as a peeling!
It was my first NP with glitter and I must I fell in love with it. I kept looking at my nails and loved the look. I think it's adult enough (I am 28) but agree it might be better for nights out or special occasions.