A few days ago, I found out that Orly got busy with Quo and had a nail-polish lovechild!
Do you know how excited I was when I saw that in my Shoppers Drug Mart flyer? *Holds arms apart as far as I can* That much!
On Friday, I rushed to the store to check out the display – I think there were 5 colours available. The purple and turquoise caught my eye, but I only picked up the latter, Quo by Orly Turquoise Moonlight to test it out. (I may go back for the purple. Still having an internal debate…but my ‘want’ usually wins.)
Although Swatch And Learn has waaaay more American visitors than Canadian visitors, being a Canadian myself, I had to share this amazing find with you all!
When it comes to formula and packaging, Orly is one of the polish brands I love. Quo is a brand that’s exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart and that’s easy for Canadians to get hold of. Enter Quo by Orly nail polish – it’s pure genius, and I’ve fallen in lust with this hue!
Quo by Orly Turquoise Moonlight Pictures
Quo by Orly Turquoise Moonlight Swatches
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Quo by Orly Turquoise Moonlight Ingredients
Note: Normally I would take a photo of the ingredient label, but this one was weird. The sticker at the bottom of the bottle was like a little ingredient booklet, which made it difficult to photograph properly. Plus I’d have to take several photos of each ‘page’ to be able to show you the comprehensive ingredient list. So I just typed it out to make it easier for you.
The ingredients for Turquoise Moonlight are as follows:
Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Tosylamide/Epoxy Resin, Triphenyl Phosphate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Propyl Acetate, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, N-Butyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Mica, Tin Oxide, Alumina, Silica, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Benzophenone-1, Polyvinyl Butyral, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate.
May Contain: (+/-): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 73360 (Red 30), CI 1588 (Red 34), CI 77491 (Red Iron Oxide), CI 77499 (Black Iron Oxide), CI 77492 (Yellow Iron Oxide), CI 77489 (Brown Iron Oxide), CI 15850 (Red 7), CI 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1), CI 60725 (Violet 2), CI 47005 (Yellow 10), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), CI 77007 (ultramarines), CI 77266 (Black 2), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens)
√ Fast drying
? Long lasting (I’m currently on only Day 3 of this manicure, so I can’t comment on longevity. It didn’t chip at all during that time, though. And I plan to switch up my polish either today or tomorrow.)
√ High gloss finish
- Name: Quo by ORLY Turquoise Moonlight
- Amount: 14 mL (0.48 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $10 CAD
- Where to Buy: Shoppers Drug Mart stores (Quo products are found exclusively there.)
Quo by Orly Turquoise Moonlight Review
What’s not to love? It’s a saturated turquoise that catches the light. In the sun, it sparkles like crazy, in the shade, it looks ‘pixel-ated’, and with flash, you can see the bluish undertone more clearly.
Are There Any Dupes?
You’re probably thinking, “I’ve seen this colour before!” And, yes, you have! It’s a more-pigmented dupe of OPI Catch Me in Your Net, Zoya Charla, and Orly Halley’s Comet. Also, with Turquoise Moonlight, the flakes are more rounded and they’re also finer.
My camera wasn’t able to accurately capture the colour despite me photographing the polish in various lighting. On me (in real life) it looks emerald green most times and occasionally turquoise with a hint of royal blue.
Since Turquoise Moonlight is more pigmented than and has finer (and round) flakes compared to OPI Catch Me in Your Net and Orly Halley’s Comet, I think that’s why it leans more green on me instead of more blue like the first 2 do. This may not be the same for you if you have a different skin tone and undertone. (I have yellow undertones.)
Even though Turquoise Moonlight is technically a dupe, I don’t think it takes away anything from the colour. I loved it when I wore the OPI and the Orly versions. Plus those 2 are harder to find now, especially for Canadians.
This has a divine super sparkly finish that is incredibly mesmerizing. It almost looks like densely packed glitter, but the pieces feel smooth on your nails and not gritty or chunky at all.
Even without a top coat, this dries shiny, but if you really want to protect your manicure and bring out the most bling, always use a top coat.
Application & Formula
Quo by Orly Turquoise Moonlight was very easy to work with. No dramatic diva here! It requires 2 coats to achieve full opacity. And the polish goes exactly where you paint it – no flooding your cuticle and no goopey paste to deal with.
Also worth noting is that this polish is Big-3-Free, meaning that it doesn’t contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP.
The formula dries fast enough for me. I waited about 15 minutes before I applied my usual quick-dry top coat to test the dry time. It wasn’t too tacky, so, in my experience, it’s safe to say that this polish doesn’t dry slowly.
For those who missed out on the OPI, Orly, or Zoya dupes, now is finally your chance to find it conveniently at your local Shoppers Drug Mart!
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the display I saw only offered 3 bottles of each colour, so if this is a shade that appeals to you, I suggest you head to the store ASAP because I have a feeling it’s a limited edition that won’t be re-stocked once it sells out.
I like the cool fat rectangular bottle shape. Reminds me of the NYX polishes.
And since I love Orly’s rubberized handle, you know that I was so happy to see that Quo by Orly polishes come with rubberized handles, too! That means no struggling to open bottles or having to wrap an elastic band around the handle to crack it open.
The handle features a curved stripe pattern that helps with the grip, too. And the top of the handle features a “Q” in the same vein as Orly polishes featuring an “O” on top.
The brush isn’t as wide as a typical OPI brush, but it’s not skinny like Essie’s. It falls in the average category, and it works well to not only pick up the polish, but also apply it evenly. There weren’t any stray strands, so I was pleased about that.
Price & Value
At $10 CAD, it’s pricey for a drugstore nail polish. However, considering the easy accessibility, the incredible colour (that you don’t usually see at the drugstore), and the great formula, I think it’s worth the splurge!
They’ll eventually go on sale, but I have a strong feeling that by the time they do, you won’t be able to find this shade.
One thing to note is that while Orly polishes contain 18 mL of polish, Quo by Orly polishes contain 14 mL. I don’t mind it at all. It’s still very much worth it in my makeup book!
Final Verdict: 10/10
Haha, I think it’s pretty obvious that Quo by Orly Turquoise Moonlight swept me off my feet! I love the collaboration between Quo and Orly, and this is a colour that I think most people will also appreciate.
In the display I saw, someone already bought a bottle of this. And I only purchased one. Was thinking about snatching up the last one, but then I thought about how happy someone else would be to find this little gem (by accident, perhaps?), so I left it there.
I’m thinking about going back for the purple one, though, since there were still all 3 bottles left in the display when I was last there.
Have you seen or tried any of the Quo by Orly nail polishes? Do you own the OPI, Zoya, or Orly dupes of this colour? Are you as excited about Quo teaming up with Orly as I was?