ORLY Color Pass is a nail polish subscription box from ORLY. Each quarter you will receive the newest collection of nail polish from ORLY, along with a few extras to round out the box. For this subscription, you can only purchase an annual plan upfront.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About ORLY Color Pass
The Subscription Box: ORLY Color Pass
The Cost: $119 for an annual subscription + free shipping
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $10 off your first box!
The Products: 6 nail polish shades per box (total of 24 shades a year) + bonus items
Ships to: The US
ORLY Color Pass Fall 2019 “Dreamscape” Review
This box includes an info sheet detailing the bonuses included, as well as a nail art idea using the colors.
Yes to Coconut Energizing Coffee 2-1 Scrub and Cleanser Stick, 2.5 oz - Full-Size! Retail Value $9.99
This box typically features two extras, one relating to nails and one not. This is the non-nail extra, and while I appreciate receiving a full-size beauty item, this isn't for me. I love the smell of coffee, but this has coconut oil as the fifth ingredient which I won't use on my face. I did end up using it on my chest and shoulders in the shower, and I enjoyed the refreshing coffee scent and the ease of applying thanks to the stick packaging.
ORLY Striper Brush - Retail Value $10
I was excited to see a nail art brush as an extra in this kit, but I found the performance to be a bit lacking. The brush bristles were pretty firm and unflexible, which made the lines thicker than what I was going for. When I am using a striping brush I really want crisp, thin lines, and this didn't deliver on that.
Here are the lines the brush made with the shade Astral Projection. I was actually so unsatisfied with the end result that I took the nail off and just repainted it and left it plain.
Here is the full set! Isn’t it gorgeous? Two things to note—the following photos were taken with no topcoat, and all of the bottles are full-size. Now let’s dive in!
Dreamweaver - Retail Value $9.50
Dreamweaver is a soft mauve creme, and while it is *fine,* I find it to be a little boring- it looks pretty similar to the shades that came in the Spring 2019 collection, and nothing about this shade in particular really fits the theme for me. Like all creme polishes I have tried from ORLY, though, this formula is perfection.
Ethereal Plane - Retail Value $9.50
This shade, on the other hand, is my favorite of the entire bunch. It is a gorgeous pearly pink with a reflective blue sheen, and I love that the flashes of blue transfer well on the nail when the light hits (sometimes colors like these don't look as good on the nail as they do in the bottle). This formula is a little thinner than the creme polishes, but I still only needed two coats.
Free Fall - Retail Value $9.50
This is another really lovely shade- it's a light lilac-grey shade with silver sheen and a slight pearlescent finish, and this color was exceptionally shiny even without a topcoat. I did experience more tip wear than usual with the shade, though I do rock climb and that can be tough on the nails.
Astral Projection - Retail Value $9.50
Astral Projection is the perfect grey creme polish- the formula is great, the shine is extra shiny, and this is my personal favorite shade of grey.
Into The Deep - Retail Value $9.50
This is a charcoal grey creme with a smoky finish, and I think the name fits the shade perfectly. The first coat of this went on a bit sheer, but it evened itself out with the second coat.
Air of Mystique - Retail Value $9.50
This is a really pretty dark teal shimmer, and while it does show some brush strokes when it dries down (most shimmers will), they weren't that bad at all. This teal has a bit of a smoky tinge to it, and I am really digging it.
The Verdict: I enjoyed the Fall 2019 collection from ORLY much more than the summer! I thought this had a good mix of fun shades and wearable neutrals, and I love that the entire collection isn't too dark for fall. ORLY is an established brand that has really nailed their formulas down, and I love that all of their polishes are vegan, cruelty-free, and 12-free. I know it can be hard to swallow the sticker shock of an annual subscription upfront, but you really will get a year’s worth of quality and fun nail polishes. This month's total value is $76.99. Considering the quarterly cost of the box is $29.75, finding the whole collection for cheaper than the Color Pass price will be difficult. If you love nail polish, I really suggest giving this box a shot.
To Wrap Up:
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $10 off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $29.75 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Yes To Coconuts: $3.86
- Striping Brush: $3.86
- Each Polish: $3.67 (for a total value of $22.02)
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What do you think of the ORLY Color Pass Box? What was your favorite color from the set?