Orly Glowstick Swatches & Review

Orly Glowstick Swatches & ReviewA neon-yellow manicure is the equivalent to a comic-book “POW” – it sure does pack a powerful punch! (It’s waaaay brighter than my photos would suggest! Highlighter yellow!)

Orly Glowstick isn’t new, but it’s new to me. (Glowstick is part of the Orly Feel the Vibe Collection from 2012.)

It’s hard for me to resist buying every single neon lacquer I see, let alone keep my tongue inside my mouth.

So, during my most recent visit to Sally Beauty Supply, I was a salivating, tongue-hanging-out weirdo! 😉

In this nailphile’s defense, I put it back on the rack. But then it flew into my arms and started crying. If there’s anything I’m powerless around, it’s a sobbing lacquer. So, naturally, it came home with me, and I introduced it to many friends in my red Helmer.

Orly Glowstick Pictures

Orly Glowstick

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Glowstick by Orly Swatches


Orly Glowstick Neon Yellow

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Orly Glowstick Neon

Orly Glowstick Swatches

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Orly Glowstick Swatches & Review

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Orly Glowstick Review & Swatch

Orly Glowstick Review & Swatches

Orly Glowstick Swatch & Pictures

Orly Glowstick Swatch & Review

Orly Glowstick Swatches

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Orly Glowstick Swatch Neon Nail Polish

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Orly Glowstick Swatches Neon Yellow Nail Polish

Orly Glowstick Swatch Yellow Nail Polish


  • Bright yellow (Yes)

Key Notes

  • Name: Orly Glowstick
  • Collection: Orly Feel the Vibe Collection Summer 2012
  • Colours in the Collection: Glowstick, Beach Cruiser, Melt Your Popsicle, After Party, Dayglow & Skinny Dip
  • Amount: 18 mL (0.6 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: I accidentally threw my receipt away, but I think it was around $6-something CAD
  • Where to Buy: Sally Beauty Supply stores, Sally Beauty Supply website & NailPolishCanada

Orly Glowstick Review


Hang onto your nail files because Glowstick by Orly is one retina-searing highlighter yellow that’s guaranteed to not only wake up your nails, but also wake up onlookers, too! 😉

This shade is certainly obnoxiously bright, but I dig that big personality, and I don’t shy away from loud colours. So, this was right up my alley – it’s like a megaphone for your nails because the colour speaks loud and clear. Haha, also, people will notice it from far away! (That’s part of the fun of wearing super-bright shades like this.)

In my photos, Orly Glowstick doesn’t look nearly as bright as it does in person. Trust me – it’s definitely neon!


My experience with neon nail polish made me expect to see Glowstick by Orly dry down to a matte finish. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t look as matte as other yellow nail polishes I’ve worn! It had a sheen that perhaps you could wear without a top coat, but I love to dry the polish fast with my Seche Vite.

A lot of times neon yellows dry to an almost-chalky finish. This one looked fairly shiny by itself! (In my photos above, I am wearing Seche Vite on top since I don’t ‘swatch’ nail polishes – I actually wear them as manicures, and unless I’m wearing a textured polish, I love to use a fast-drying top coat.)

Application & Formula

I give Orly Glowstick another thumbs up for its application. Okay, so I wasn’t expecting a perfect 2-coater. Lots of yellow nail polishes are a streaky mess, and when you have a neon finish, usually that makes the formula more difficult to apply.

But, I found that with 3 medium coats, I actually got great pigmentation. It covered up my nail line well enough so I didn’t feel self-conscious! For a neon yellow, that’s really impressive!

With the first and second coats, I could see streaks – I expected those. The third coat gave me better coverage, and it was only if I looked reallllllly close could I see some minor streaking. But, remember my motto is that happiness is more important than perfection! This manicure indeed made me very happy! 🙂 With a bright shade like this, you can’t go wrong!


  • Highlighter yellow
  • Less streaky than most yellow nail polishes
  • Dries with a sheen, not matte like most neon finishes


  • From an older collection, so some may find it more challenging to track down in a physical store

Final Verdict: 9.5/10

Glowstick by Orly is a winner in my book! It’s loud. It’s proud. And it’s a yellow that makes a statement! I’m very happy to own this!

What’s your favourite neon nail polish to wear in the summer? When was the last time you used a glowstick? Have you ever tried glow-in-the-dark makeup?

Edit: Yay! Orly retweeted this blog post to their followers! 🙂

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30 thoughts on “Orly Glowstick Swatches & Review

  1. Norma

    “In this nailphile’s defense, I put it back on the rack. But then it flew into my arms and started crying.” <- *points* and this is one of the many reasons I love your blog – you're hilarious!! 😀

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Norma!

      Hehe, I’m glad you enjoyed that line! Really, how heartless would I be if I left a sobbing Orly neon polish all alone? I did the ethical thing. 😉

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Lizzy!

      Oh really? I wonder if it looked weird elsewhere because the person used thinner coats. I tend to use medium coats (in general), and with a neon polish, it helps with the coverage. I can see, though, how it could look streaky with thin coats.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Erin!

      Haha, thanks for seeing things my way! 😉 (We should exchange a secret nailphile handshake or something.)

      Orly Glowstick is just to darn good at psychology. Hehe!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Tennyoceres!

      Yes, and depending on the lighting, it looks a little different. A really fun neon yellow – that’s for sure!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey OPI Addict!

      Even in the winter, I love wearing neons. Actually, against the snow, a lot of neons look INSANELY BRIGHT! 🙂 Fun to wear any time of year.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Olivia!

      Definitely this gets attention. Hehe, I often catch strangers staring at my nails when I wear neons. That’s half the fun!

  2. Lacqueerisa

    Recently, I have been really fond of NEON colours, THE BRIGHTER, THE BETTER! hahahahahhha! XD

    Oh btw, when you mentioned highlighter shade hahahaa I can’t help but recall how i used to colour my nails with highlighter and magic markers =P cause I was denied of nail polish when I was young.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Lacqueerisa!

      My friends and I totally did that, too! Hehe, if only we knew how far ahead of the nail trend we were. 😉

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Caitlin G-H!

      Aww, poor Orly Glowstick was sobbing each and every time you left the store without it. But now it’ll be looking forward to going home with you – FINALLY! 🙂 You’ll love it!

  3. Tanya

    Wow. That is BRIGHT! And it’s even brighter in person? I feel like I’d always have to have sunglasses on when wearing this :).

  4. Yvonne

    I always use a white polish as a base under this baby, because in my mind all neons are ultra sheer, guess next time that won’t be a necessary!!! Great review by the way!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Yvonne!

      If you use medium coats like I do, yeah, this polish has better coverage than a typical neon yellow. But, it’s a good idea that you tend to use a white base to help the colour pop.

      Glad you enjoyed my review! 🙂

  5. Renée

    I’m a litte late on the action, but I’ve just bouhgt these shade. Really looking forward to using it, I love neons 🙂


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