I went to one of the local beauty supply stores near my mom's house a few weeks ago and finally took serious notice of their Orly display. It's not terribly unique; a lot of the colors are very Mom and Auntie colors -- light pink, nude/creams, bright reds, and pastels -- so I wasn't really that interested but I had been walking around aimlessly looking for China Glaze Trendsetter but they were sold out. Not wanting to leave the store empty-handed, I searched around and found Rock Candy, an Orly color that was on my short list. It was about $3 cheaper than the Orlys at Ulta so I snapped it up and took it home.
It sort of reminds me of the reformulated Sally Hansen polish, Hidden Treasure. You can see it on ThePolishAholic's website here. I don't own it so I can't really make comparisons over whether or not they are dupes but considering the Orly polish was waaaayyy cheaper, I won't lose sleep at night not owning it since they seem to share some attributes.
Originally I layered it over Orly Ancient Jade. The pictures didn't come out that great so I'm not going to put them up. :P
Today, I put it over Orly Pure Porcelain (sense a pattern with the Orlys? Yes, they are my new favorite polish in the whole wide world!) -- every single time I try to remember Pure Porcelain, I always think of a local "gentleman's club" called Pure Platinum -- and I think it turned out rather nice.
Here is Pure Porcelain (3 coats) in the buff:
|I got this on "clearance" from Ulta for $5.49. I guess I should count myself lucky for having options in terms of where I can buy Orly because Ulta would NOT be my first choice unless the price was right. =/|
Here is Pure Porcelain with 1 coat of Rock Candy on top:
Because the lighting is so crappy in the new apartment, it's hard to capture the iridescent quality of RC but it really helps lighter shades along, I think.
I haven't tried wearing Rock Candy on it's own because I hate sheer polish but it makes a great layering polish. I'm still obsessed with creating a "mermaid"-inspired mani so maybe I can include RC in the mix. In the meantime, this is definitely a polish I would buy a backup of and its definitely one I want to shout about on the mountain top. The formula is wonderful to work with and using it just to layer means I'll be able to use it for quite a while. :)