This is the first time that I’ve ever worn Orly Royal Navy, and all I can say now is…what the heck was I waiting for?
It has quickly landed a prime spot in my list of top 10 blue nail polishes of all time.
If you like blue nail polish and don’t already have this shade, you need it…like yesterday! 😉
And, geez, it’s been a long while since I put the spotlight on an Orly polish, hasn’t it? Crazzzzzy town! Orly has some of the best formulas around, and you’ve gotta love the rubberized handle.
Orly Royal Navy Pictures
Orly Royal Navy Ingredients
Orly Royal Navy Swatches
All swatches have:
Note: Rats! I scuffed my middle nail and there’s a little fiber there, too.
Natural Light Photos
- Name: Orly Royal Navy
- Amount: 18 mL (0.6 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $3.75 USD
- Where to Buy: Sally Beauty Supply stores
Orly Royal Navy Review
Royal Navy by Orly is like no other blue polish I’ve ever worn, and it took me by surprise. I was expecting it to be a saturated, bold blue (which it is), but I wasn’t prepared for it being a jelly polish!
When I wore this, I kept admiring my nails – the colour is very flattering and dramatic, just the way I like it.
And there’s tiny green glitter to boot! 🙂 I haven’t seen many polishes like this one. It’s a must-have in my book, but more importantly, a must-wear! 😉
Orly Royal Navy is a jelly polish, so the finish is shiny. But, slick on a top coat over it, and you can take it to the next level. On your nails, it looks so smooth and luxurious!
The glitter is sparse on my nails. I thought that’s just the way the polish is, but after I read Scrangie’s blog post, apparently you can get way more glitter to show up if you shake the bottle first. (I didn’t shake mine.) The glitter particles tend to settle at the bottom. (The next time I wear this, I’ll remember to ‘shake it like a Polaroid picture’.)
Little factoid: I was actually wearing Orly Royal Navy when I read Scrangie’s blog post, and I literally squealed when I saw that my favourite beauty blogger wrote about it! 🙂 Good timing.
Application & Formula
The formula is perfection! Okay, it’s a little watery, but as long as you know that, you can easily control the polish without flooding your cuticles.
The coverage is amazing. Even though jelly polishes tend to be sheer, this one was very pigmented with just 2 coats! (In my photos, for some reason, the camera showed the nail line, but trust me, in person, you can’t see the nail line at all!)
Royal Navy by Orly is so smooth and self-leveling that even if you’re not the best at painting your nails, this formula is very forgiving and makes the end result look like you put in more effort than you actually did. Two thumbs up and two big toes up for this polish!
Rubberized Handle & Value
Orly polishes are great because they have a rubberized handle, which makes it easier to control each brushstroke. Also, Orly polishes contain 18 mL (0.6 fl. oz.) of product, which is more than the typical polish that has 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.).
Final Verdict: 10/10
My favourite blue polish, China Glaze Blue Sparrow, now has some hefty competition. Orly Royal Navy is tied for first place in my makeup book, and I recommend you grab it if you’re lucky enough to find it. 🙂
Do you know of other blue jelly polishes? Do you like pure jelly polishes or ones with glitter, too?