Orly Galaxy Girl Swatches & Review

Orly Galaxy Girl SwatchWhen I first saw promo pictures of Orly Galaxy Girl from the Orly Cosmic FX Collection, I thought it would cure my hardcore lemming for Misa Embroidered Emerald, which is discontinued and very hard to find. Don’t think they’re dupes, but the purple with teal shimmer is similar.

After falling in total lust the week before when I wore Orly It’s Not Rocket Science, Galaxy Girl didn’t make my pulse race nearly as fast. That’s not to say it’s lackluster. It’s still nice, but this isn’t a color that makes me constantly stare at my nails.

Click to see several swatches and to read my review on the nail-polish formula.

Orly Galaxy Girl Swatches & Pictures

Orly Galaxy Girl Swatch

2 Coats in Direct Sunlight

Orly Galaxy Girl Swatch

2 Coats in Direct Sunlight

Orly Galaxy Girl Swatch

2 Coats in Indirect Sunlight

Orly Galaxy Girl Swatch

2 Coats in Direct Sunlight


Orly Galaxy Girl Swatch

2 Coats in Artificial Light

Orly Galaxy Girl Bottle

Key Notes

Orly Galaxy Girl Review

While there is some shimmery duochrome on the nail, in the bottle, it is way stronger. So when I painted my nails, I was a little disappointed. If you enjoy vampy polishes with a little twist, you’ll love this. I was underwhelmed just because I thought the teal would be as flashy as Lady Gaga at a ballgame.

The formula itself is very easy to work with. It’s thin and on the watery side, but the brush makes it quite easy to control where you place the polish. And, of course, who doesn’t love the wonderful rubberized handle that Orly’s known for?

The first thin coat goes on somewhat streaky, but I think it’s safe to say that most people don’t expect to wear just one. By the second coat, you get full opacity. If you want to deepen it up, you can go for a third (but I usually stop at second base. Haha, at least when it comes to nail polish! *wink wink*). If you’re heavy-handed, you can get full opacity in 1 thick coat.

Want to see some Orly Galaxy Girl swatches with 1, 2, and 3 coats? I covered this in a previous post about the Orly Cosmic FX Collection.

It dries to a shiny finish, but I always recommend using a top coat to seal the polish and extend its wear.

Here’s what I wore under and over the nail polish:


  • Good formula with easy application
  • Sparkly
  • No formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) or Formaldehyde Resin

  • Color can look near-black in dim & artificial light
  • Limited-edition color with high risk of selling out fast
  • Teal shimmer is more subtle than expected

Final Verdict: 6.5/10

This is a great color for the fall and winter, although you can rock it anytime. If you’re a fan of deep, rich, dark hues, put this one on your list. But, if you tend to spend most of your workdays inside an office like I do, this color’s magic withers away and  appears near-black.

Is this a purchase or skip for you? What are your favorite vampy shades that you’ll be wearing this fall?


2 thoughts on “Orly Galaxy Girl Swatches & Review

  1. Melissa

    This is a really old post, but I actually just bought this today. I’ve been wanting it for a while now so that I can complete my FX collection, minus It’s Not Rocket Science. I’ve only swatched it on one nail, plus my wheel, and surprised at how how watery it is. On my one nail, the color kind of flooded the cuticle a bit. On my wheel, I really didn’t get it to be opaque until at least the third coat. I’m kind of worried that I have a bad bottle. Was yours the same? The color itself, I love but I’m not blown away by it, but I knew if I passed it up I’d regret it because the swatches I’ve seen always make me want it. It’s a different shade too, kind of strange but interesting. It almost resembles a bruise. The one thing that sucks is that the place I bought it from doesn’t take returns on nail polish. I’ll be keeping it, but I wish I was more in love with it then I thought I would be. I might feel differently when I have it on completely.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      Do you use thin or thick coats? I tend to use medium coats, so I was able to get it fully opaque after just 2 coats.

      I also noticed that the formula was watery, but the thin Orly brush made it easier to control than if the brush were wide like the OPIs. It might take some getting used to. Also, if you find that you keep flooding your cuticles because of the formula, try using very thin coats. You’ll have to do more to build up opacity, but at least it’ll be easier to control.

      “A bruise” is a good way to describe the colour, actually! I felt the same way. I liked the colour, but I didn’t love it like I was expecting to.


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