Orly Mayhem Mentality Swatches & Review

Orly Mayhem Mentality Swatches & ReviewAs a nailphile, you can never have too many neon nail polishes!

The latest one I added to my collection is Orly Mayhem Mentality, which is from the Orly Mash Up Collection for Summer 2013.

(You may have caught a glimpse of this on my Instagram, when I shared a sneak peek of it.)

I don’t have too many neon oranges, but this is one of the top picks because the formula is wonderful!

Although my photos make it look like a pastel neon, it’s actually a very bold neon orange, and if you see it in person, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It was tricky to photograph it accurately.

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Orly Mayhem Mentality


  • Bright orange (Yes)

Key Notes

  • Name: Orly Mayhem Mentality
  • Collection: Orly Mash Up Collection 2013
  • Colours Available in the Collection: Mayhem Mentality, Sparkling Garbage, Beautiful Disaster, Choreographed Chaos, Pretty-Ugly & Harmonious Mess
  • Amount: 18 mL (0.6 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: I accidentally threw away my Sally Beauty receipt. I paid around $5-6-ish CAD.
  • Where to Buy: Sally Beauty Supply stores, NailPolishCanada, Trans Design, Head2Toe Beauty & 8ty8Beauty

Orly Mayhem Mentality Review


When you want to turn heads, Mayhem Mentality by Orly certainly is the way to go because it’s bright, even in dim lighting!

It’s a little softer than the colour of a traffic cone, but not by much. It’s more orange and less red, so I think that’s why.

Nevertheless, it’s the type of shade that makes a statement, so when you wear this, it’s best to tone down the rest of your outfit, haha, or you may look a little crazy! (Sometimes crazy can be good, though. *Makes a weird face to creep people out*)


Although most creme neons dry to a matte finish, this one still had a good sheen. You could probably wear it fine without a top coat, but, you know me! I like to dry my manicures fast, so I always use my favourite top coat.

Application & Formula

I was extremely impressed with the formula of Mayhem Mentality by Orly! I was expecting to use tons of coats to get full coverage, but I only needed 2 to achieve that! Especially for a neon nail polish, that is worth noting.

You won’t have to layer this over a white base. It’s bright on its own, and it won’t show any visible nail line. (If you apply thin coats, you may need to use 3, but I tend to use medium-thick coats, so I was able to get away with just 2.)

Also, removing this was a cinch – as easy as any other creme polish!


  • Extremely bright neon orange that’s more orange & less red
  • Dries with a sheen
  • Opaque in just 2 coats


  • Hmm, I can’t think of a Con!

Final Verdict: 9.5/10

Colours that scream in your face like Orly Mayhem Mentality are right up my alley. The tackier, the better! I love sporting fun manicures, and this one was definitely a joy to wear and to paint with!

What neon did you wear last? Have you tried any of the polishes from the Orly Mash Up Collection? What’s the most fun nail polish you own?


14 thoughts on “Orly Mayhem Mentality Swatches & Review

  1. FedoraHarp

    I’m glad to see that Orly is keeping up their polish quality, although I’m really disappointed in the bottle downgrade. Now they look like something you could pick up at a dollar store, not the brand that earned it’s place as my favorite polish company! *sigh*

    I don’t really wear colors like that on their own, but I may pick this up anyway because it’s a nail art staple. I could totally use that in sunset-themed gradients, as a middle ground between yellow and purple. Also looks like it could make a great base for some glitter-crazy indie polish!
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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey FedoraHarp!

      I’ve heard a lot of people express their disappointment in the new bottle design. I think they just wanted to make it look more modern and simple, but the fancier bottle before helped distinguish their brand. That being said, of course it’s the polish inside that counts! 😉 I understand where you’re coming from, though.

      Oh, a sunset-themed gradient sounds lovely!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Lizzy!

      Oh no! I’m going to have to bring you back to life again – so much pressure! 😉 *Performs nailphile CPR* Welcome back! 😉

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Icequeen81!

      Definitely, but I’d still wear it in the winter. It’s fun to wear crazy neon shades when there’s snow all around – it’s blinding!

  2. another Cristina

    I picked this up for a friend recently, and it is a truly bright neon. After hearing all your praise for it, I may have to pick up a bottle of it for myself. I did like a lot when I had it!

    Just wanted to not that this color is a tiny bit lighter than Orly Melt Your Popsicle, one of their permanent collection neons. I snapped a photo myself after somebody wondered how close they were on The Polishaholic’s review of this collection. I later realized that The Polishaholic herself posted a comparison photo of the two colors.
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    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Another Cristina!

      You’ll love it – it applied great, and the colour is so flashy and fun!

      Thanks for the comparison. I don’t have Melt Your Popsicle. Thought I did, but I looked through my stash, and I don’t. I was thinking about getting it as well!


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