1. unfair or treacherous conduct esp with violence
2. (Team Sports, other than specified) a violation of the rules in a game or sport
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
I was trying to find something to tie in with today's featured polish but all I could think of were
mighty ducks playing hockey and a goose referee calling a high-sticking violation amidst the squacking and booing of the turkey team's fans. You know, like a fowl foul play? (Hammie says I've reached new lows in cheesiness with that. Oops.) What about a flock of geese pooping in unison over your car? I'd consider that unfair or treacherous conduct. And violent enough if it hits you square in the eye! No? (Hammie's giving me that squinty eyed look that says just get on with it.) Moving on:
Definitely nothing foul in this play.
The Quick Take
Brand/Name: Orly Fowl Play
Color: Deep purple with multi-colored flecks
Formula: Purple sheer base with multi-colored flakies and blue micro glass flecks
Price: $6.99 - $9.50 CDN for 18mL
Seen at: Trade Secrets, Sally Beauty, Nail Polish Canada, Spa Boutique, Glowing Beauty and various other beauty supply retailers
Note(s): Fowl Play came out late 2011 with the Birds of a Feather Collection. It was a limited release so unless stock is still available at your favorite beauty supply store, this might be tricky to find at this point.
The Fun Facts
It looks deceptively black-ish in the bottle.
Yay for Big-3 Free!
Serial at the base.
Your standard Orly brush.
The darkened purple sheer base provides a great contrast to the rainbow colored flakies and the blue glass flecks. It showcases the squishy-ness of the jelly base as well as it's high gloss finish. I particularly enjoy how layering on the coats provides a great depth of color. It also makes the flakies look like they're suspended in the sheer base instead of just sitting on top of the purple. Definitely more character than if it was a plain jane creme base with rainbow flakies. Note though that even with the sheer base, you can get good opacity after at least 3 coats (I did 2 for my swatches but in truth I didn't realize they were a bit patchy until I saw the photos, so 3 is definitely recommended.). You can also opt to layer it over a creme if you prefer even more opacity or to alter the base color. I'd layer it over a brighter purple or a blue to see if it would make a better contrast with the flakies
***All nail swatches were done with Orly Bonder Base Coat and two medium to thick coats of Orly Fowl Play unless stated.
Natural light/No top coat/No flash
Shiny, even without top coat!
The red tones in the base show themselves best in bright lights.
Plum-looking purple base in bright light. Check out those rainbow flakies!
The consistency of this polish was a bit on the thick side, although nothing too constraining with respect to application. I would actually have preferred a wider brush if only to get a better distribution of the flakies per swipe. It wasn't really much of an issue but I feel a wider brush would have made an even application all the more easier. As it were, the brush does the trick and even gets into the corners and edges with a greater precision than a wider brush would have. If you're one of those who prefer a more or less even distribution of flakies per nail, you might have to do extra layers for those nails that didn't quite get as much flakie love. The only iffy thing about that is the varying degrees of dry time that's largely dependent on the amount of nail polish coats per nail. Luckily, Fowl Play plays well and dries faster than you'd expect from a jelly. About 2-3 mins with an average of 2 coats per nail. Removal might not be the easiest as flakies, like glitter, tend to stick to the nail. But it's nothing that a good scrubbing or the foil method can't easily remedy.
Top coat adds some shine but it doesn't seem too obvious here.
Hammie asks: Don't you just love flakies?
Hammie says: You know what this reminds me of? Grape jelly. With candy sprinkles.
Top coat does its part in making Fowl Play shine all the more. Even with its already glossy finish (allowing that it IS a jelly), top coat made it even better (and dry faster if you're using a fast dry one!).
I know what you're thinking. If you're a hardcore nail polish collector, you're definitely experiencing some déjà vu. "Wait a minute. Haven't I seen this before?" Chances are, you have. Fowl Play has long been alleged to be a dupe to a long discontinued OPI polish: Merry Midnight. I'm not lucky enough to have Merry Midnight on hand to do side by side comparisons (boo) but from swatches I've seen of it, Fowl Play has a more blackened purple base compared to the berry/plum purple base of Merry Midnight. Apart from that, everything else looks fairly similar. So basically, if you have a bottle of Merry Midnight, throw in a bit more black and a touch of blue and you'd end up with Fowl Play. If you're one of those lucky collectors who have corralled Merry Midnight back in 2009 when it was first released, I sincerely doubt you need Fowl Play (unless you're the kind who likes to have ALL of the polishes in every single collection ever released). But if you're like me who hadn't a clue Merry Midnight existed until I asked Google, Fowl Play is a welcome addition to your polish stash. Plus points for Fowl Play that it's a recent release so stock should still be around at your favorite beauty supply retailer.
I actually got my bottle for a steal at about $3.50 for the bottle price as I got it in a set of 3 selling for $9.99. When you consider that Orly polishes retails at $6.99 for the regular lowest price AND for 3 more mL than your average polish, this was a really great value for price! Hammie was extremely proud of me when he found out. We agreed that the flakies were a great addition to this complex shade. It really is mesmerizing watching them shift colors when you move your hands. Even then, Hammie wasn't very impressed with how close it resembled Merry Midnight (never mind that I tried to reason that it was a great way for polish lovers who missed out on the OPI version to own a similar shade) as this is one hamster who isn't a fan of copy cats (or maybe just cats in general?). He scores Fowl Play:
Happy Monday! I hear it'll start out chilly but will warm up as the week goes on. Don't let Old Man Winter give you the blues! Do you own Merry Midnight and/or Fowl Play? If you do, which do you like better? How do you feel about the flakie-xplosion that kicked off 2012?