Nail Swatches: Orly’s Prepster Collection

by Bionic Beauty on 25.Jul.2009 · 14 comments

This Orly collection appeared in early Spring 2009, but I just got the chance to pick it all up. While some colors are stands outs, others are just so-so. I guess it all depends on what you like. So on with the swatches!

Orly's Prepster Collection nail polish swatch in Cashmere Cardigan

Orly's Cashmere Cardigan

Cashmere Cardigan is coollllllll… It’s a truly unique periwinkle blue. Love it! It applied like a dream, wore very well and didn’t chip or peel for three days.

Orly's Prepster Collection nail polish swatch in Country Club Khaki

Orly's Country Club Khaki (my favorite!)

Country Club Khaki is my favorite in this collection, by far! I’ve actually been wearing this constantly. Most of you ladies have probably heard about OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques and the other “mushroomy” nail polishes. Well, this is a toned done version and looks SO much better to me than Jacques ever did. I have Jacques and it’s “eh” to me. Country Club Khaki is also going to be great for the transition into fall!

Orly's Prepster Collection nail polish swatch in OMG

Orly's OMG nail polish

OMG is a very cool toned berry nail polish. The name to me really doesn’t fit a “preppy” collection, but oh well. The polish applied very nicely and was very pigmented. This is only 2 coats!

Orly's Prepster Collection nail polish swatch in Polo Princess

Orly's Polo Princess

Polo Princess is great if you want an opaque pink cream. With my super pale skin, it didn’t work well for me personally, but I think if you have a tan this could be gorgeous. There’s no shimmer at all.

Orly's Prepster Collection nail polish swatch in Tennis Anyone

Orly's Tennis Anyone nail polish

Tennis Anyone is the work-safe color in this collection. It’s a sheer nude, but like most sheers, it’s tough to get it to apply evenly. This was better than some sheers, but still gloppy.

The Orly Prepster collection is available at for $7.50 a bottle. Or keep your eyes peeled at your local CVS stores!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Victoria Dunbar July 25, 2009 at 12:22 pm

I like that Polo Princess color!


2 Liz July 25, 2009 at 7:06 pm

I own the cashmere cardigan color. It’s really great — unique, easy to apply, and lasts for days, especially with a top coat!


3 Victoria July 25, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I LOVE the cashmere cardigan color. It’s so unique. But I think I’ll need to wait a while to get it, I just bought 6 polishes that change color in the sun.


4 Bionic Beauty July 27, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Victoria, Polish that changes color????!!! Like the hyper-color shirts of the 80s? Tell me all about them. Pretty please! I’m a polish addict. :)
Must. Have. Color changing polish!


5 Patrice July 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Country Club Khaki is also my favorite nail polish color among them.


6 Bionic Beauty July 27, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Patrice, It is soooo pretty isn’t it? I’m still not tired of wearing it. And I’m trying some of the new matte topcoats over it. REALLY pretty. I have pictures coming soon.


7 Tashi July 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm

I love the OMG shade, but haven’t tried any Orly polishes yet. OMG looks so pretty. I do tend to gravitate towards pinks. My nails are very short, but not icky-short, which causes me to think I can’t wear polish these days. Maybe one of these shades would be groovy for me, even now. Is the Cashmere Cardigan color too much for someone in her forties? In the past, I’ve been a fanatic for OPI. Besides CVS and Orly’s web site, has anyone seen Orly polishes available at other stores as well? Thanks! :-)


8 Bionic Beauty July 27, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Tashi, For what it’s worth, my nails are always short. They never grow past what you see above. I try and try. But… I think that darker colors and attention grabbing colors look great on shorter nails!

And I think you could definitely rock Cashmere Cardigan.

I second what Stacy wrote about checking for Orly at Sally Beauty. Mine even has the Prepster collection on sale right now!! But some Sally’s are smaller than others (like ours here is tiny- so I sometimes drive to the mainland, lol, to go to the bigger Sally’s when I what more selection), so they don’t all carry the same stuff. Plan a route or call around to your local Sallys. :)


9 Tashi July 29, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Thanks, Jami! I went to my nearby Sally store today, specifically looking for the Orly polishes. The cashier and I looked and looked, but there was no OMG. Not even an empty slot. I forgot to look for Cashmere Cardigan. I mentioned the Prepster Collection, but she knew nothing about it, and I didn’t look closely. I think that this Sally store must be a smaller one. But it’s all good. I got two bottles of China Glaze polish there: Fifth Avenue (a mave-ish tone, very work-safe) and Rich & Famous (a light bubble gummy pink — to match my glasses on occasion, lol). While my nails are really short and crazy (but decent enough), thanks to fidgeting and just everyday actions, I want to try polish every now and then. I’ve already applied two coats of each on two different nails. So far, so good. Smooth, not too bright, and they dry quickly. The R & F shade may need 3 coats, due to slight sheerness. But it could be my application technique. I forgot to get a base coat and a top coat. Are they really necessary? I’d guess they would be, as the polish may last longer. Doing both just seems so tedious.


10 Bionic Beauty July 29, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Congrats on those new polishes! Yeah, some of the Sally’s carry them, and some don’t. I’ve even noticed some carry more of the China Glaze polishes than others too.

I really think a base coat helps me. But I have trouble keeping my nails chip free for more than a day without a base & top coat. My favorite is CND Sticky (it’s in a translucent green bottle at Sally’s). Sticky is AWESOME. It literally stays tacky until you add a coat of polish on top so it makes it adhere super well. It virtually eliminates peeling.

For a top coat “Out the Door” (avail at Sally, CVS, Target and some Walgreens) or for glittery polishes or for my toes I use Seche Vite since that is a super thick top coat which keeps the glitter from feeling gritty on your nails and makes toes/pedicures last for weeks.

I’ve found that if I paint my nails a few times a week they tend to grow better because the polish helps reinforce them from breaking so easily.


11 Stacy July 27, 2009 at 10:40 am

Tashi, I know where I live they are available at places like Sally’s Beauty Supplies and other salon supply stores. Some let you in without having to be a cosmotologist.

I loveOMG as well!!! I have very fair skin and berries and reds seem to go best. May have to run by Sally’s during my next shopping day and check this one out!


12 Tashi July 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Stacy, thank you! While there is one CVS in my area, they tend to be more expensive than, say, Target, etc., and I’m not a big fan of online ordering, hence, the earlier question. I’m a recent Sally Beauty Supplies convert/addict, so thanks for the tip on looking there for the Orly polishes. I’ll take a look next time I’m in there. The location nearest me lets anyone shop there, not just cosmetologists, which is great.


13 Revonda August 1, 2009 at 2:02 am

Love, love, love the cashmere cardigan. Looks just like the color I used to wear in my younger days. lol


14 sophie August 21, 2009 at 11:10 pm

bionic beauty, i want you to know: del sol is a line of color changing products and they have LOTS of colors:) i would really recommend them! i have quite a few myself!


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