Haute Red (20001) is listed in my database as being coded 40001, so I think at some point Orly changed their numbering system. I also don’t know which collection this came from, though it was released as a miniature in 2006. All of Orly’s codes are 5-digits, however, so as an -0001, I feel like Haute Red just might be Orly’s first ever shade!
It is, after all, a pretty standard cherry red cream that would be included in most collection launches.
Everybody needs a red cream—just my opinion but yeah, you do!—and this is a fairly basic, flattering, true-to-slightly-cool-toned light-medium red cream. It’s bright without screaming, sexy yet sweet, and so on.
Red creams really do tend to apply nicely, so it’s no surprise that this Orly is lovely. Two coats gives beautiful, even coverage. (You can get away with one, but it definitely looks its best with two.) The color is clean, crisp, and clear.
If you don’t have a great red cream, this is a great one to start with. If you already have many, as I do, then you can safely pass on Haute Red. I got it in a twin-pack, so that’s my excuse!
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’s UK website states that the company is vegan and cruelty-free; oddly, it makes no mention of this on the main US site.
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.