April 20, 2015

Orly Epix Such A Critic Swatch, Review & Wear Test

Hi guys! Hope you all had a nice weekend, mine was pretty good. I didn't really do much other than nail/blog stuff! Today I have Such A Critic from Orly's Epix system to share with you. This is another one of the gel/polish hybrid systems that promises long wear by using their polish and special top coat. I believe Orly sells this as a week of wear and that its quick dry, the package I got says 8 minutes. I picked this up at the same time as the Ever Glaze polishes I reviewed a few days ago. The Epix system is a 2 step process, a color and top coat that cures with natural light. There is no base coat or prep step for this.

The shade I got was Such A Critic, its a bright almost neon purple creme. The store I found these at had these available in sets with 1 coat and the top coat along with all the colors on their own. It was cheaper to buy the set so this was the color that stood out the most to me of what was available. Unfortunately while the color is pretty it isn't really what I was expecting. What I didn't realize when I bought this was that the bottle color isn't really *that* accurate to what the polish looks like...it's like a photo of it or something. Not sure if there is a reason for that but I'm not a fan.

The formula was alright, it was a nice consistency but more sheer than I expected. I used 3 coats for full opacity. After a few minutes I added on the top coat and went outside so it could dry in the sunlight. For the most part I liked the top coat but when I woke up the day after applying this I noticed that it seemed to react strangely on my middle nail...it got all rippled. You can see what I mean in the day 3 photo below.




Below is my mani after 3 days, the top coat had dulled and I had noticeable tip wear but no chipping. You can see the rippling I mentioned in the first photo below. The box that this came in said that on day 3 you should reapply the top coat, so thats what I did after taking the photo below.


Below is how the polish looked after reapplying the top coat. I was happy to see that it  totally smoothed out the ripples. While I was happy about the shine being back I would recommend NOT reapplying the top coat. About 2 hours after application my polish started peeling up at the edges, since it wasn't happening at all prior to the new coat of top coat I'm assuming that was the cause. It was making the polish come off in sheets so I ended up removing the whole manicure that night.



Overall this gets a meh from me, I'm not impressed with the wear and I don't like that the color of the bottle doesn't accurately show the color of the polish. I was pretty disappointed by how the top coat dulled, even though that seems to be common with these systems. I was also kinda upset that reapplying the top coat as the directions said to caused the mani to be ruined. Needless to say I won't be buying more of these, sorry Orly.

As far as I know the Epix system is available now, however I couldn't find it on the Sally Beauty or Ulta website so I don't know if they are in their stores or not. I did find a bunch of listings on Amazon though, the prices ranged from $16-$22

20 comments:

  1. Wow how disappointing, looking at the prices it seems expensive for a low quality product... If you can find anywhere that imports them, check out the Barry M Daylight Curing range, they are cheaper than these (at least here in the UK and comparing them to your finds on Amazon), last over a week easily (mine made it to day 7 before I got the tiniest chip), dry faster and you don't have to reapply the top coat after day 1.

    The colour does look quite nice but I can understand your disappointment, I like a colour to match the bottle. Need to know what you're buying!

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  2. From what I have read none of the gel hybrid systems seem to live up to their claims. I had hopes for the OPI system and had planned to invest in a few, but none of the reviews seemed to be all that optimistic. With my regular polish and the under oats that I use I get nearly two weeks most of the time if I want. One week always- so I really doubt the claims of these new systems... Wish that one would really work though!

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  3. It's too bad, but thanks for the honest review!! :)

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  4. I had the exact same problem with the Sally Hansen gel system. I had to use 4 coats to reach opacity on a dark color and I had the wrinkling almost within an hour of applying the top coat. It seems like every brand is trying to come out with the same style product but no one is bothering to improve it before they launch it.

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  5. This was the most disappointing "long wear" polish I've ever used. It chipped in literally 12 hours. Huge chips! I got the gorgeous neon pink shade, and while color is amazing, the application was uneven with 3 coats, didn't self-level and had bald spots. The top coat took the color off, and it had a very strange peppery smell even long after it was dry. So bad!

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  6. "Meh" reviews are the most useful!! Thanks for sharing your disappointment!!

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  7. Thanks for this review, too bad this was such a disappointment!

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  8. Wow. I'm surprised that people have had trouble with this polish system as it has been working well for me, 4 or 5 days into it. It went on easily. I used the Premiere Party (a true red) and actually only needed 1 coat of color. I go to the pool daily for exercise and it is holding up well even with that. The shine is still good and not one chip. Now, I do put it on top of clear gel nails so maybe that explains the difference. I simply swiped my gel nails with a dehydrator, put the color on, immediately followed by sealer. Waited (carefully) for the recommended 8 minutes and voila...beautiful red nails with a shine much better than the gel color systems I have.

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  9. Hmm, what a bummer. Apparently Sally's online is running a special right now - $50+ on an order and you get free shipping and the "Triple Threat" and the topcoat for free. I had my doubts about the dubious color (since there is no choice in the matter). Maybe the system will work better on my false tips in lieu of natural nails.

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  10. Gel hybrids are UV/LED cured. This is just a longer wearing polish, similar to CND Vinylux.

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  11. Gel Hybrids are not UV/LED cured, they are cured by the natural sunlight with the special top coat that goes with the system. Which is what this product is.

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  12. Shelley Clemons EarlJune 9, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Well this is disappointing! I wanted to try it. Glad I didn't. I actually have the CND Vinylux weekly wear polish on my toes from my last pedicure which was at least a month ago. No chips. The only sign of wear is my toenails growing out. I am impressed because I spend a lot of time in boots messing around in my pond or with my horses.

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  13. Leanne HetmanskiJune 9, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    I've had this polish on for 4 days now and it's great. No ripples, jus replying top coat. Clearly you don't know how to apply nail polish. And anyone know paints their nails knows, depending on the color, you might need to apply several coats for a light color to be bolder. I think ur blog is pointless. I don't suggest ANYONE to pay attention and to judge for themselves.

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  14. I have been blogging about nail polish for over 5 years. I'm pretty sure I know how to apply it. Just because something works for you doesn't mean it works for everyone. Hope that typing up a rude comment made you feel better about yourself.

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  15. Nice review. I enjoyed it. Thank you.

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  16. If you dislike the blog so much, don't read it. But I don't see a need to tear it down as you did.
    I also tried the epix in two different colors (and yes, I applied it correctly) and it began to chip after the first day with each color. Definitely agreed with the review of it just being "meh".

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  17. I went ahead and tried the Orly Epix system despite the negative reviews and I'm so happy I did. I'm currently on day 4 of my Epix manicure with just a minor chip starting on one of my nails. The color is still perfect and the shine still glossy. I purchased both the color and sealer separately, so there were no instructions. I never saw that I was supposed to reapply the sealer on day 3. For me, there was no need to do that anyway. Although maybe if I had I wouldn't have ended up with the chip in one nail. I love Seche Vita top coat and have never found another top coat that offers as much gloss. Even with that product, by day 3 (if I could ever make it that long), the finish is dull. With Epix, the finish is still as glossy as it was on day 1. I likely will not make it to day 6, but I've never made it past day 1 with any dark color polish. It always starts to wear at the tips within the first 24 hours and then starts to chip.

    I do cut my nails shorter than yours, so that might be why I've had better wear at the tips. However, with any other long-wear system I've tried, even with my shorter nails there is wear at the edges long before I've made it 24 hours. I typically get just 1 work-day of wear with a color other than a sheer nude or pink.

    I'm not a fan of these hybrids because they are expensive and I don't get even a minute longer wear than any other polish. On top of that, the finish dulls far too soon.. The only reason I attempted the Epix system is because Ulta had a BOGO offer on it. So with my $3.50 coupon, it cost me the same as a typical bottle of OPI. I'm going back tonight to purchase another color. I couldn't decide between the fuchsia and the color you chose, and I chose the fuchsia. Now I want the purple. I'm a fan!!

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  18. I tried this and used the European Secrets 5x Rock Hard as my top coat...(in the bright pink color) and mine lasted nearly 3 weeks with heavy dishwashing and cleaning (real nails, not artificial or gel, also using Rock Hard base coat). I am about to try Frenemy, as it reminds me of Goth, one of my all-time fav polish colors. I hope it does as well. :)

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  19. Just remember folks, this is one opinion. Nail polish is different for everyone....

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