My Sadness Deux: Orly Bon bon

So, like I mentioned below, lilacs and browns are my White Whales. I chase these colors endlessly, hoping that one day, I will purchase a magical brown or lilac that will flatter my skin tone. Alas, I always get the same unflattering result. And you know what, I just don’t care. I love these colors so I will continue to purchase them regardless of how they look on me. Especially lilacs, I will always look undead in lilac and that’s fine. ‘Undead’ can be the new ‘chipped polish mani’, in fact it’s better – nothing is edgier than undead.

And man, there is no better way to pull off the undead mani than to do it with a really excellent shade of lilac polish. I present you Orly Bonbon. I wasn’t expecting much from this color. I previously made comparison swatches on a white nail board. I wasn’t impressed; the whiteness of the board distorted the beauty of the color. Orly Bon bon is also not very impressive looking in the bottle, but that too was deceiving. When I applied it on the nail, to my astonishment, I found that it’s actually a really gorgeous, ethereal color. Honestly, I could not stop staring down at my mani, that’s how other-worldly it looked on my nails. If angels wore nail polish, this would be their go-to shade. Like the actual color, the application was also heavenly. It took 4 coats for opacity but it wasn’t annoying. The smoothness and ease of the application was so perfect that it caught me off guard since I had been really disappointed by the application of the Love Collection. The quality of application with Orly polishes seems to vary widely from collection to collection. Some shades are like butter while others are impossible to work with, however, I hereby absolve Orly of its sins (can the undead do that?) – that’s how much I love this Orly Bon bon.

Do you guys have white whales, colors you love as colors but look bad with your skin tone?

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16 Responses to “My Sadness Deux: Orly Bon bon”

  1. Scrangie Says:

    The only two colors I’ve really hated were OPI Light My Sapphire and Catherine The Grape. They just looked so miserably “blah” that I couldn’t stand wearing them. I mean, sapphire! Grape! Blue and purple, how could those ever go wrong?!

    I like lilac on you. If I recall, you were the one who made me *NEED* Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze :D

  2. pretear Says:

    I love LMS, I have yet to try my CtG. And that’s exactly what I mean, I love PH but it just looked soooo horrible on me. But it’s ok, I’m going to wear it anyway.

  3. Sara Says:

    I need that Bon Bon and the lavender + periwinkle cremes from China Glaze fall collections. I think BB looks great on you!

  4. Jessica Says:

    You were right dear Polish Addict, loved the post. I’ll be picking up Bon bon on my next h2t haul.
    Ive been having a hard time picking out colors lately, for some reason… do you ever hit a rut like that?

  5. pretear Says:

    Sara – I’m looking forward to the fall collections too. And thank you.

    Jessica – I’m going to do a comparison of all the light lilacs I have, this time on my nails instead of on the white swatch board, as soon as I get Essie Looking for Love. So don’t rush that H2T order just yet. : ) And yes, I’m in a rut myself. The other night I decided to splurge and make a transdesign order – I just couldn’t figure out what to get. Since the OPI Mod Brights came out, there just haven’t been any newly released colors that I’ve *just* had to have. I’m also having a hard time picking stuff to wear. You just have to ride it out until you get excited for polish again.

  6. Masa_inn Says:

    Oh, I can feel your pain. I do have a white whale – and it’s indeed white. I love all whites, especially ones with gold shimmer (like Orly Meringue) and they clash with my skin tone – I usually get an illusion of old-fashion gauze on my nails.

    Love your blog, btw.

  7. pretear Says:

    Thank you and I LOVE white with gold too! I’ve been mulling over whether to buy OPI Oh So Glam and She’s Golden – I want them but I’m on a serious no buy. I fell off the wagon recently but I’m back on now. lol.

  8. Jessica Says:

    I totally agree with Mod About Brights containing the last gotta haves. (I mean, dating a royal seriously raised the bar…) Im just counting the days til the new china glaze collections.Thanks for the encouragement! You’re right, I’ve gotta wait until I’m inspired again.

    and my white whale would definitely be yellow. I love Shorty Pants and The It Color but ended up giving them away because the results were disastrous. I had serious trouble with SP application too… maybe just a bad batch. I’m biracial and medium toned, I thought yellows would work for me. but its just never going to happen…

    You have no idea how refreshing it feels to be able to talk about this stuff with someone who “gets” it!

  9. pretear Says:

    I love yellows too. Is your skin color similar to mine? I’m Brazilian and have medium tone skin I’d say – yellow looks good on me but I had to get used to the brightness. At first I thought it was too much, even for me, but after a few days I loved it. Maybe give it another go? Are you a member of MUA? It’s an entire community of people who ‘get it’, it’s really great. If you’re not a member you should definitely join. : )

  10. Chrissy Says:

    I love oranges…nail polish and shirts. But the color is TERRIBLE on my pale, cool toned skin. No Japanese Koi for me :(

  11. pretear Says:

    I love oranges too. : (

  12. Sminkan Says:

    My white whales are orange and peach an all in between. I look like I scrubbed my hands in too hot water when I wear peachy colors. Yes, gold is also a problem, of course. Hopeless case with my skintone.

    Love your blog! Very inspiring!

  13. Claire Says:

    I love yellow. Bright effin’ sunny yellow. And it makes me look green because my undertones are yellow. Tragic. I wear it anyway. : )

  14. pretear Says:

    Sminkan – I have issues with peaches too – soooo hard to wear.

    Claire – Oh I totally feel you I love yellows too but shy away from wearing them. I do have one coming up on the count down though lol. : )

  15. Barbcult Says:

    Yellow and orange are my white whales. Yellow is my favorite colour, so I wear it anyways. =)

  16. Lena Says:

    Browns and lilacs are my “white whale” too! I absolutely love them and keep buying them! I usually wear lilacs in the spring and wear browns in the fall/winter, so chasing these two colors are great for me! I happened to just buy Orly’s Bon Bon yesterday and can’t wait to try it out!

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