Swatching, Swatching, 1,2,3: Orly Red Flare and OPI Rainbow Connection

Hello gentle readers. Holy mackerel! It's the first of December, already. Whooeee! Where did this year go?


Okay, to kick off the most festive of months and the Christmas/Holiday season, I thought it only right and proper that Orly Red Flare be the first polish of the month. A red jelly polish; it looks creme, looking at the bottle. But it is a jelly. Rich, smooth, squishy, intensely pigmented. Gorgeous. Jelly. Is this my Holy Grail red jelly? I don't know. But it is officially on my short list.

This swatch is two coats, topped with Seche Vite. I snapped these photographs in my lightbox under my OttLight.

I want a car this colour. If it can be jelly, like this polish. 

Orly Red Flare has a formula that can only be described as delicious. Smooth, silky, it glides onto the nail with a whisper. Thin but not runny, it is easy to control and it self levels like a dream. I didn't do a whole lot of cleanup, mostly just fussbudget refining. This polish dries more quickly than I thought it would and it dries so insanely shiny. But I use top coat, anyway because I was raised right. 

Would I buy this polish again? In a New York Minute! Would I recommend it? Absolutely. If you like a lovely red jelly, you would most likely love this beautiful polish. 

But wait! (Don't you just love those commercials that say that?!?!) There is moar!

Check out what I layered over this swatch. Just because I could. :D OPI Rainbow Connection. This is the third polish from the Winter/Holiday Muppets collection that I bought. I kinda love it. Rainbow Connection is a clear jelly like base packed with multiple shapes and colours of glitter. I applied two coats over Orly Red Flare then topped it all once again, with Seche Vite. 

Lookitdat! It's like happiness in a bottle. As if joy just marched into my house and tossed it's cookies all over my sleek, red nails. 

OPI Rainbow Connection isn't the best behaved polish I have ever used. Tho it certainly isn't a brat! Like others of it's ilk, it needs a little special handling. The jelly-ish base and the different sizes of glitter mean that just stroking this on doesn't result in my perfect look. I found that it looked better if I combined stroking with a little patting and pushing. (Shit! I just know that that sentence is going to bring a whole herd of one handed surfers to my blog. :P) This one dries nicely and top coat just amps up the sparkle and shine. 

Would I buy Rainbow Connection again? Yup. Would I suggest that if you don't have it you get it? Yup. 

So, my little polish addicted gentle readers, what say you? Do you own either of these beautiful polishes? Love? Not so much? I'd like to hear what you have to say about them. 

Thank you so much for coming around. I appreciate your presence and your input, mucho. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. 


  1. Absolutely gorgeous, and so festive!  I love Orly; they make such good polish!  And Red Flare looks GREAT with Rainbow Connection over top!

  2. That is a great looking red! Honestly, I think this winter is giving me glitter overload (I know it seems like an oxymoron, but...), so I'm not really sure how I feel about Rainbow Connection.

  3. I know what you mean about the glitter... There is a ton of it everywhere, this season. But I am stocking up and glomming on. I'll bet that next year it will be cremes and shimmers and not much glitter. If I get it all, this year, I'll have plenty. That's my reasoning, anyway. I couldn't use up all of my glitter polish if I tried. lol 

  4. I am so impressed with Orly. I tried my first one, a while back and must have as many as I can possibly afford. Lovely stuff. And I don't know about you but I really appreciate the generous bottle size. It feels a little decadent to have such a bit bottle full of glamour for my nails. :D

  5. I am in love with that Orly!! I need to seek it out ASAP! I am a sucker for good red jelly polishes, as well as Orly so this is a definite need for me =) I am kind of overloaded on all the Happy Birthday type dupes right now, so although RC looks great on you, I'm not too excited about it. 

  6. If I remember correctly, Orly Red Flare is part of the Orly core collection. I picked it up at my local Sally's. 

    There is a lot of the HB type glitters floating around. At present, I am not ready to stop glomming on them. But I might be, soon... lol

  7. Thanks. So do I. :D

  8. I too LOVE Rainbow connection.  I have been putting it over all the colors in my giant Vat 'o' polish.  LOVE!

  9. I like this one, too. It is just happiness, isn't it? :D Thank you for reading and your kind comment. 

  10. Still helpful today, thanks!!!!


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