Orly Nail Lacquer in On the Edge, swatch

Orly — On the Edge (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Orly 2015 Summer, Adrenaline Rush

I got this polish from a recent NailSupplies.us order.

Despite On the Edge (20853) being a medium-deep blue-toned purple, it’s somehow a kind of neon shade. Not that it’s fluorescent-looking like light neons tend to be, but the color is on the “electric” purple side, the formula dries semi-matte, and it photographs totally the wrong color as neons tend to do!

I’ve had to alter the color on my photos, because the originals came out looking electric blue rather than purple. It can look bluer in some yellower indoor light, though. The polish is also a little bit less blue-toned in the bottle than the way it dries on the nail, though I don’t think that quite came through in any of the swatches.

Here’s how blue the non-color-corrected version comes out (the index and middle nails are shiny because I put a glossy top coat on them for this picture):
Orly Nail Lacquer in On the Edge, swatch, not color-corrected for neon adjustment

A glossy top coat over this shade really amps it up to an intense indigo-purple. This is a magnificent purple!

The formula is nice: two coats gives you perfect coverage and applies very smoothly.

Orly Nail Lacquer in On the Edge, swatch

In this photo, the index and middle fingers have Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat on:
Orly Nail Lacquer in On the Edge, swatch, with glossy top coat

Orly Nail Lacquer in On the Edge, label


Orly Nail Lacquer retails for US$8.50 and is 0.6 US fl oz / 18 mL. Orly nail polishes are free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and are made in the USA.

Orly International Inc. was founded by Jeff Pink in 1975, in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Orly claims that Pink invented the “original French manicure” as a manicurist on Hollywood sets; while he might have come up with the name, and marketed it as an at-home kit in the 70s, others suggest that the style had been around since possibly the 1930s, and in France.


9 thoughts on “Orly — On the Edge (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. Purple is the toughest colour to capture! I always have to colour correct to add more red to the palette – so odd. At least you don’t have lobster hands after you colour corrected! 😛
    This is a bold purple especially with the shiny top coat!

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    • Purples are such a PITA to photo! Sometimes corals are, too. Neons in general… Yeah, these neon mattes always look best to me with a shiny topcoat. Otherwise, so blah!


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