Ok, so I finally gave in! Curiosity got the better of me, really. I wanted to know if expensive nail polishes like Orly are indeed worlds apart from the P30 ones available in any drugstore. And?
The Orly nail polish in Gilded Coral (P349) is a gorgeous shade that looks like a peachy pink champagne on my nails. It's very wearable and can go with most looks you can think of. You can scour any drugstore but I can tell you right now that you won't find a cheap dupe of this locally! Gilded Coral is part of Orly's spring collection called Precious.
Don't mind the bubbles and uneven application! This was my first try.
Color aside, I don't find the formula particularly special. The first time I applied this I got a lot of bubbles; but that could easily be my fault because I applied two thick layers. The second time I used it, I used two thin layers which solved the bubble problem and gave me a smooth, even finish. However, the nail polish chipped after a little more than a day. I used the Orly Top 2 Bottom base coat and top coat.
So, is it worth the P349/bottle? Hmm. Initially, I thought, hell no! But after a few days with this polish sitting on my nails, I realized that it's really the shade I paid for. I received so many compliments while wearing it so I feel that makes up for the steep price. :P
I will probably buy another Orly nail polish again (there is this pretty green shade I like) but I also want to try OPI and Essie soon. Will let you know once I do!