This post is going to be quite a long one as I have two products to review! These are Orly’s Flash Dry Drops and Mayhem Mentality Nail Lacquer.
I’m going to start with my review of the Flash Dry Drops..
If you’re a regular reader then you will know how much I adore nail art and as much as I would love to wear it all the time sometimes it’s just too much hassle. What with applying base coat, layers of polish, nail art and then top coat, the process can take forever. Especially if the colour perfect for the design takes a long time to dry! I’m sure I’m not the only one that has polishes in my collection that I try to avoid simply because the drying time goes on way longer than I can sit still for.
So when I was recently given the chance recently to review a product aimed at accelerating drying time I jumped at the chance! I’ve tried various supposedly fast dry products in the past, most recently a drying spray from Poundland (needless to say it did not impress me at all!) so when I received Orly Flash Dry Drops in the mail I couldn’t wait to try it out and see if this would do as promised.
I’ve now used the Flash Dry Drops on a variety of polishes from many brands to really get a feel of what this product is like. Each time I used the drops as suggested on the box, adding 1 or 2 drops to cover each nail about a minute after applying the polish. This has a really handy dropper built into the lid so applying this is incredibly easy and mess free!
I have to say I am actually rather impressed with this product. The drying time is noticeably quicker. It’s by no means a miracle product, it does still take between 5-20 minutes depending on the polish used for your nails to be fully dry, but that is a marked improvement on many of my polishes drying times! It also leaves a lovely glossy finish to your nails so I actually didn’t even need to add a topcoat!
At £13.60 for an 18ml bottle (the same size pictured) it is quite pricey but considering that this does actually work and will last a long time, I will definitely be repurchasing this in the future.
Now my review of Mayhem Mentality..
This colour is a vibrant neon orange with a slight pink undertone. The intensity of this polish is fabulous! If you love bold, eye-catching shades then you need this polish in your collection! If I ever had to describe a polish as loud then this is absolutely the one I would be talking about! I’ve never known a polish be so bright. I have many neons in my collection but this is on a whole other level! It just screams ‘look at me’! It is described as having a subtle shimmer but to be honest I couldn’t see it!
This is how it looks with two coats and no topcoat..
As you can see this is very bright, even in the dark! In fact, I had to take around 100 photos of this just to get a few that really showed the colour as my camera was having real difficulty capturing the true shade of this. I don’t know what it is about neon polishes that make them so hard to photograph!
Mayhem Mentality is described as being fast drying with a streak-free formula and I do definitely agree with the first part of that. This does dry rather quickly to a lovely semi-matte finish but as far as streak-free goes this is definitely not! Now, I know neon polish tends to be a little thicker and harder to work with but for the price tag I would expect better. This polish costs £10.25 but it applied pretty much the same as neons I have that only cost £2! For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend this polish. I adore the vibrant colour but as far as I am concerned it really isn’t worth the money when I know I can buy something just as good for a lot less.
I really am hoping this is just this shade though and that other Orly polishes are better. I really love their bottles, especially with the gripper caps! I think they’re a fantastic idea!
Have you tried either of these products? I would love to know your thoughts on them.
*These products were sent to me for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.
4 thoughts on “Review: Orly Flash Dry Drops & Mayhem Mentality Nail Lacquer”
I feel the same way about nail art, sometimes I just don’t paint because I know life will get in the way of drying! I purchased OPI drying drops a few weeks ago but I have only used it twice. First time I think I used it too soon and my whole design just slide off. Seriously, the top layer was completely dry and I was able to slide the polish right off my base coat. It was so funny not funny. It looked like a Sally Hansen Polish Strip! Second time around, I used it on a less detailed design and waited 3 or so minutes before applying. Polish stay and dried to a nice hard finish, I am not sure if this was from the Seche Vite or the drops!
That doesn’t sound good at all! Luckily, these Flash Dry Drops have worked pretty consistently for me so far.