A neon-yellow manicure is the equivalent to a comic-book “POW” – it sure does pack a powerful punch! (It’s waaaay brighter than my photos would suggest! Highlighter yellow!)
Orly Glowstick isn’t new, but it’s new to me. (Glowstick is part of the Orly Feel the Vibe Collection from 2012.)
It’s hard for me to resist buying every single neon lacquer I see, let alone keep my tongue inside my mouth.
So, during my most recent visit to Sally Beauty Supply, I was a salivating, tongue-hanging-out weirdo!
In this nailphile’s defense, I put it back on the rack. But then it flew into my arms and started crying. If there’s anything I’m powerless around, it’s a sobbing lacquer. So, naturally, it came home with me, and I introduced it to many friends in my red Helmer.
Orly Glowstick Pictures
Orly Glowstick Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
- 3 coats of Orly Glowstick
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
- Bright yellow (Yes)
- Name: Orly Glowstick
- Collection: Orly Feel the Vibe Collection Summer 2012
- Colours in the Collection: Glowstick, Beach Cruiser, Melt Your Popsicle, After Party, Dayglow & Skinny Dip
- Amount: 18 mL (0.6 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: I accidentally threw my receipt away, but I think it was around $6-something CAD
- Where to Buy: Sally Beauty Supply stores, Sally Beauty Supply website & NailPolishCanada
Orly Glowstick Review
Hang onto your nail files because Glowstick by Orly is one retina-searing highlighter yellow that’s guaranteed to not only wake up your nails, but also wake up onlookers, too!
This shade is certainly obnoxiously bright, but I dig that big personality, and I don’t shy away from loud colours. So, this was right up my alley – it’s like a megaphone for your nails because the colour speaks loud and clear. Haha, also, people will notice it from far away! (That’s part of the fun of wearing super-bright shades like this.)
In my photos, Orly Glowstick doesn’t look nearly as bright as it does in person. Trust me – it’s definitely neon!
My experience with neon nail polish made me expect to see Glowstick by Orly dry down to a matte finish. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t look as matte as other yellow nail polishes I’ve worn! It had a sheen that perhaps you could wear without a top coat, but I love to dry the polish fast with my Seche Vite.
A lot of times neon yellows dry to an almost-chalky finish. This one looked fairly shiny by itself! (In my photos above, I am wearing Seche Vite on top since I don’t ‘swatch’ nail polishes – I actually wear them as manicures, and unless I’m wearing a textured polish, I love to use a fast-drying top coat.)
Application & Formula
I give Orly Glowstick another thumbs up for its application. Okay, so I wasn’t expecting a perfect 2-coater. Lots of yellow nail polishes are a streaky mess, and when you have a neon finish, usually that makes the formula more difficult to apply.
But, I found that with 3 medium coats, I actually got great pigmentation. It covered up my nail line well enough so I didn’t feel self-conscious! For a neon yellow, that’s really impressive!
With the first and second coats, I could see streaks – I expected those. The third coat gave me better coverage, and it was only if I looked reallllllly close could I see some minor streaking. But, remember my motto is that happiness is more important than perfection! This manicure indeed made me very happy! With a bright shade like this, you can’t go wrong!
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
Glowstick by Orly is a winner in my book! It’s loud. It’s proud. And it’s a yellow that makes a statement! I’m very happy to own this!
What’s your favourite neon nail polish to wear in the summer? When was the last time you used a glowstick? Have you ever tried glow-in-the-dark makeup?
Edit: Yay! Orly retweeted this blog post to their followers!