Orly Retrowave Collection | Swatches and Review

Hi everyone!

Today I have a swatch and review of the Orly Retrowave Collection! This is a set of 6 creme polishes with a mix of neons, bright bold colors, and some more muted tones. All in all, it’s a rainbow with a little bit of everything!

I’ve never really been into wearing neons, but I do love playing around with brighter nail colors in the summer. All of these polishes seem really perfect for this time of year.

Without further ado, let’s get into the swatches!

First up is “Psych!”, a berry wine creme. It was opaque in two coats and dried really quickly! I’m also wearing the Orly Glosser Top Coat. This color definitely isn’t a neon but it’s still a fun shade if you’re not into light colors during the summer months. It will also be a perfect transition shade from summer to fall! I typically go for more deep and purple toned berry colors rather than this one that leans a little more pink, but I liked this color a lot more than I expected.


Next up is “Hot Pursuit”. My camera went a little crazy trying to capture this color…. The best way I can describe it is a bright traffic cone orange creme with a bit of a pink undertone to it. I’m wearing 3 thin coats. You can get away with 2 thicker ones, but it does tend to get bald patches if you do too many strokes.

Wow this color is so bright! I probably wouldn’t wear it myself, but if you like neons this is such a cool and unique shade.


This one is “Oh Snap”, a neon highlighter yellow. I’m wearing 3 coats with top coat. It’s a little patchy but I’m pretty used to that for yellows. Again, since this is a neon it’s not really my style, plus I don’t really like yellows since I don’t think this is flattering on my skin tone. I think this will look amazing on deeper skin tones, though!


Here we have “So Fly”, an electric, neon green creme. I decided to do 3 thin coats for this one again because I didn’t want thick coats, and it would be a little patchy if I did just 2 coats. I also found this one to be a little less self-leveling than the others… A coat or two of top coat helps smooth things out, though. This one is a really cool toxic slime color, so if you’re into greens check it out!


Now we have “Far Out”, an electric blue creme. This one was opaque in 2 coats and formula was great! It seemed smoother than the neon shades and dried quicker. I really love this shade! This one isn’t quite so neon, so it’s much more of a wearable bright blue. This is definitely more my speed, and I love blues! Definitely recommend this one for formula and color.


And last but not least is “Gotta Bounce” is a navy denim creme. Here I’m wearing 2 coats with top coat. This one was super smooth and dried quickly, too. I love this color! It’s a really nice change of pace from all the crazy bright neons of this collection. I’ll definitely be reaching for this shade.


As a collection, these polishes are really fun together and would make a great rainbow skittle mani! Also, I wanted to touch on the brushes in these polishes. This Orly brush is perfect! It’s a little bit longer than other brushes which I actually kind of like, but the bristles themselves are the perfect length. The brush is wide and flat with curved edges which makes it super easy to get a clean cuticle line. I think this is a great brush for beginners!

These polishes are all available on the Orly website for $9.50 each.

I hope you guys found this review helpful!



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DISCLAIMER: These polishes were gifted to me by Orly to swatch and share with all of you. All opinions expressed are my own. Some links are affiliate links.

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