I was after a glittery black polish for a while. I’d toyed with the idea of Butter London’s The Black Night, I’d read the disappointed posts on China Glaze’s Smoke and Ashes and I’d heard underwhelming views about Orly’s Androgynie. So like the enthusiastic lacquerhead that I am, I went ahead and bought all three. Purely for research purposes you understand.
So today I’ve got Orly’s Androgynie.
This is the first time I’ve worn Androgynie. It’s a black jelly with a mix of fine micro and larger hex glitter in a variety of colours. The concept of Androgynie is wonderful. The colour combination of the glitter in the black strikes me as a cheat’s version of a galaxy nail. But then I have very low standards when it comes to such things since I’ve no clue about nail art.
This is three coats of Androgynie with a base coat and then a top coat of Seche Vita. Drying time was fine. The formula of the jelly base is a little thin so you need to watch your application to avoid the polish pooling in your cuticles.
The difficulty with Androgynie is, aside from the fact that the black jelly base is always going to obscure much of the glitter, getting the larger, multicoloured hex glitter onto your brush and then onto the nail. My little finger ended up with basically no visible hex glitter on it by the second coat, so on the third coat I played around a bit in an effort to dab some hex glitter on that nail close to the surface.
I had read somewhere that the trick is to store the polish upside down so that the glitter particles collect at the neck of the bottle but I’d forgotten to store it that way when I was reorganising my stash recently. I’ve turned it upside down now so I will wear this again soon and report back if there’s any improvement.
Overall though, whilst I understand the disappointment many lacquerheads had with Androgynie I’m still actually pretty happy with it. Yes, a wee bit more glitter on the nail without the slightly dirty coating that the black jelly leaves would be nice but is perhaps an impossible ask. I’ve not tried Butter London The Black Night yet, and have only applied China Glaze’s Smoke and Ashes to my niece’s nails. I think Smoke and Ashes is out of the running because what I’m longing for is a black-based multicoloured glitter polish. But again, I’ll report back once I have done further research:).
The last pic is thanks to my partner who was loitering about whilst I was taking these photos and decided to play the joker as usual:)
Have you tried Orly Androgynie yet? If yes, what did you think of it?
Can you recommend a good black-based multicoloured glitter polish?
Tell me about the joker in your life who mucks about in order to make you laugh and smile:)