Swatch Me Go: Orly’s Fowl Play

Orly’s Fowl Play is the polish through which I learned that a glitter already in a jelly base is called a flakie. I don’t know who came up with the name, but it turns up a number of Google results, so I’ll use it even if it makes me think of ditzy valley girls from the early 90s (gag me with a spoon).

Orly's Fowl Play

This is also the polish that introduced me to jelly bases, and it was love at first swipe. So smooth. So glossy. So durable! Jellies seem to chip less than any other polishes on my nails, which I adore since my paper-thin nails are not made for manicure durability, no matter what base(s) I use. I can usually get about five days out of a jelly before I have to move on, whereas anything else is two or three tops.

Anyway, Fowl Play was the start of an era for me, so I wanted to showcase it. It’s also in the previous post with some gold snowflakes. This polish is stunning with gold stamping or freehand art, but I really wanted to showcase its beauty all on its own. This is already on day three of wear, and as you can see, other than some scuffing (it’ll buff out) no chips, no tip wear!


The manicure that started it all.

So, there I was, watching Scrubs on Netflix, painting my nails. I’d done a traditional jelly sandwich on my toes and loved the way it looked but wasn’t feeling glitter on my fingers. I wanted something a little softer, so I decided to do flowers between the layers.

It came out looking pretty neat, so I shared it with my fellow reddit lacqueristas.

2,789 upvotes later, I was starting to get the feeling people liked it.

The biggest thing people kept asking me in the aftermath was, “Where’s your blog or website?” Well, um, you see… I didn’t have one. But, I am smart enough to know to strike when the iron is hot. And here I am.

OliveView FashionSo, without further ado, the manicure that started it all.

My go-to base coat right now is OPI Nail Envy to combat a bad case of the peelies. It isn’t especially durable as a base coat, but my nails were getting kind of gnarly, so I’m living with the quick chipping.

The teal is Zoya’s Frieda, a jelly as smooth as water. Zoya nailed their formula out of the park. No goopiness to contend with here, just a gorgeous, flowing polish that layers perfectly. I nestled two flowers between each layer of Frieda, of which there are four, then did one last unjellied flower on top for that final pop. My topcoat is always Seche Vite unless otherwise specified. These two play surprisingly well together considering the number of layers I have here (Seche, for all its magic, does not love layers).

The flowers were done with China Glaze’s White on White and a small dotting tool. That’s it. That’s all there is to the magic. I feel like I should make up a few steps in between just to maintain a certain amount of mystique, but I don’t want to lie to my new friends.

So… that’s it. Are you happy now?! (I kid. I just love using an interrobang.) I am. If anyone really wants me to, I can make and post a tutorial for this mani. Just say the word! Clearly, your wish is my command. (Kidding again. I was going to start a blog anyway. Eventually. Maybe.)