Orly It's Not Rocket Science - about $8 at Sally Beauty and Ulta
It's Not Rocket Science is the third and final Cosmic FX from my Transdesign order a couple weeks ago. I have previously reviewed Space Cadet and Galaxy Girl, so check those out! This polish is another crazy foil finish duochrome like the other two. The flash of electric turquoise is very faint, though, and only visible in some lights, but it's there. The main draw for this polish for me was the color. True, these types of yellowy green never look good on my skin, but I was willing to overlook that because it's just so pretty. It's got a mucky green jelly base with light golden olive foil and that illusive turquoise flash. You can also see a more golden aspect to this polish in some lights. It's super shiny and metallic and it's just gorgeous, in this girl's opinion. I think it's similar to SpaRitual Optical Illusion, but I haven't got that one. Yet! ;P I think it's also similar to one of the new China Glaze Halloween polishes, but I won't be able to tell you that till Monday, apparently; my order won't be here till then. Overall this is such a cool color and it's available now and in many of your local stores, so it's a great alternative to other similar polishes, of which there are admittedly few. The Orly Cosmic FX collection is a real WIN for me so far, though I don't know if I'll be purchasing the other three. Only time, and other bloggers swatches, will tell!
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Orly Space Cadet - Available online at transdesign.com and at Sally Beauty stores.
Orly Cosmic FX is a further foray into the world of the avant-garde nail polish for this brand. We have begun to see nail brands taking huge leaps in their offerings, and Orly has done it to the hilt by releasing 3-6 piece small collections pretty frequently in new finishes and colors that we don't see very often, or haven't seen before at all. This collection is filled with 6 foil textured polishes in duochrome and uber-sparkly finishes. The foil in these polishes is made up of tons of micro-fine foil pieces suspended in a sheer base and they are 100x more shiny and sparkly than the Foil FX collection released by Orly earlier this year. Space Cadet is one of the most hyped of the collection not only due to it's superior duochrome that has super-high light reaction, flashing several colors at the tiniest flick of the wrist, but also because of the fact that it's a dupe of MAC Mean & Green polish from the upcoming Venomous Villains collection (Orly Galaxy GIrl is a dupe of MAC Formidable! as well. I hear the upcoming OPI The Show Must Go On which will be released for this Winter will be a MAC Bad Fairy dupe as well!)
Regardless of the dupe-ability of this polish, it's incredibly unique and I can guarantee that unless you have press samples of MAC Venomous Villains, you haven't got anything like Space Cadet in your stash. The polish is incredibly sheer, though, so I used three coats over a black base. I could have done two coats over black but that would have been too easy ;P I tried three coats of this polish alone and it was still too sheer. I will give it another try alone when I have more time and patience because I can only assume that while the duochrome is enhanced over a black base, the sheer blue base of this polish probably adds a lot of depth if you take the time to build it up right. This is the sparkliest polish ever. I kid you not. There are foils, glitters and shimmers that have stolen my heart in the sparkly department, but the tiny foil pieces in this polish work together to give the nail a space-age crazy-metallic sheen. The colors that it flashes, depending on the light, are pinky violet, acid green, washed-out bronze, taupey-plum, amber, orangey pink. There's probably more but that's all my feeble mind could handle identifying right now.
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