Orly Au Champagne and China Glaze Golden Enchantment

Hello gentle readers.

So... Every now and again I meet a polish that is just so horrid I can't believe how horrid it is. One of those polishes is Orly Au Champagne a pearly, slightly off white shimmer. Oh. My. Freaking. Gosh. I love Orly. Their polishes are, normally so fabulous. I was shocked at what a nightmare this polish is. I applied two hellish coats and hated every stroke. This polish ran, pooled, grabbed, dragged, streaked, clotted, bubbled, pulled from the tips and did just about everything but lift it's self off my nails and slap me one across the face. Dry time? Ha! Even with Seche Vite it was slow, gooey and reluctant to dry completely.

This polish looked so terrible on it's own that I was about to just clean it off when I got the bright idea to layer something over it to "save" all of my hard work. I started scanning through my Melmers and my eyes lit on China Glaze Golden Enchantment.


Couldn't hurt.


Well... It sure as hell didn't make it any better. I slopped a coat of Golden Enchantment on my nails and topped the entire thing with even more Seche Vite, oiled my cuticles and grabbed my camera, I got these shots while this manicure still looked it's "best". It went down the tubes fast and hard after these photographs were shot.

I wore it until the next day by which time it had pulled back from the tips of many of my nails, was full of dings and dents and sheet marks and my poor nails were just about screaming to get that shit off of them.

I am all astonishment at how well my nails actually look in these photographs. Trust me, my camera was so, so, so kind. This was a train wreck.


Have you tried any polishes that were just so offensively bad, lately?

Thank you for popping in and being horrified by this epic fail of a manicure. I promise to have something so much nicer tomorrow. Have a great day and may your polish not be a nightmare.


  1. felicia banuelosJune 5, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    I knew it couldnt be just me, I have this polish and only tried it once was just as horrible as your experience. just awful and would not dry, I didnt get as far as you did I just took it off right then and there. 

    although on a side not it does look really pretty in your pictures, I wonder where I can find a similar color that might actually work. 

  2. I am so glad that I am not the only one. I was afraid that maybe I did something wrong. lol There must be one out there, somewhere. Revlon Runway Pear is similar but not a dupe. 

  3. I think it is the fate of white polish for me. I have the new Orly white from the summer collection and I have a hard time getting it not to look streaky or super thick. I really admire the nails of people who can do a white manicure and make it look good. Is there a white that you just love?

  4. OPI Alpine Snow and China Glaze Snow are two beautiful white creme polishes. They are amazingly smooth, creamy and easy to apply. I can get an opaque, streak free finish with both in two coats and they both dry completely in good time, too. 

    My review of OPI Alpine Snow: http://www.icynails.blogspot.com/2011/07/manicure-of-moment_23.html

    It seems I didn't ever do a swatch post on China Glaze Snow. But it is great, too. :D

  5. That is so weird--Au Champagne is a dream for me, in fact it's my go-to white.  I'm so sorry it was such a nightmare for you! :(

  6. I am so glad that it is lovely for you. :D It is so funny how a polish is a dream for one person and a nightmare for another. lol 

    Maybe I'll try thinning it and give it another shot. 

  7. bummer you dont like Au Champagnne!! One of my favorites - although I put as gold as it gets over it and hated it.

  8. Loved your description!  Thanks for the smiles.  Hmm, I got Au Champagne but somehow haven't tried it yet.  Will have to pull it out when I take off the neon polish.  I'll have to look for ChG Snow.  Have a wonderful day!

  9. Cristina ImpoverishedJune 6, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    I've used it a few times and never had any problems with it, either. Maybe there were a few bad batches?

  10. I always find it funny how a polish can hate one person and love another. lol I'm glad that it is a winner for you. :D

  11. I hope that it works for you. It's kind of a bummer to get a polish that you want to love and it is a fail. Enjoy Snow. It's a good one. I like it. :D

    You, too! :D

  12. I don't know... Maybe? I just think it doesn't like me. lol

  13. Now I love Au Champagne, but can't say if I've actually done a full mani with it!  I actually am now trying to remember what I bought it for.  I know I did a funky with it-Hmmmm.  I'll have to get back to you on that one!  

  14. I remember that manicure and it made a beautiful funky. Maybe I'll try it as a tip polish, some time. 


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