Small Things Rule: Orly Mani Mini Nail Polishes

Published in: Nails, Product Reviews

Like a miniature giant, I TOWER over the world around me. I don’t mind being vertically challenged, but at just over five feet tall it bugs me when pre-pubescent kids ask me whose class I’m in, or when a box of cereal mocks me from an out-of-reach shelf at the grocery store.


Other than these few annoyances, I’m totally down with being small.

As a matter of fact, I have a soft spot in my heart for other small things, like babies, Smurfs and Hershey’s Kisses, and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Orly’s Mani Mini nail polishes.

Aren’t they precious?

Drugstore brand Orly offers an extensive line of nail polish colors and nail care products. Each of their four Mani Mini sets runs $9.95 and comes with four tiny 0.18-fl oz bottles.

I like these wee tykes. I can never seem to finish a full-sized bottle of nail polish, so it makes sense to me to package ’em smaller and sell ’em for less.

The Classics set comes with four safe shades in colors designed to work in every season.

  • Berry Sweet: shimmery hot pink
  • Haute Red: creamy red
  • Ruby: creamy wine
  • Sheer Peche: transparent light peach

Berry Sweet

Haute Red


Sheer Peche

Cute, yah? I found these while looking for things to add to the bridal shower gift bags I’m making for a friend, but I’m sure a few will end up in stockings this Christmas.


Ahhh! I am so ready for the weekend. I have the day off from the literary agency tomorrow, so today is kinda like my Friday, but at work I’ve got a ton of stuff that I want to get off my plate. I think it’s going to be one of *those* days. It’s Mirror Mantra time, LOL!

Later today I’m stopping by the mall to check out the two new MAC releases (and will share swatches and deets, of course).

Suite Array (a line of eye shadow duos and pencils) and Cremesheen (fourteen lipsticks in MAC’s new lipstick finish).

Have a great day today. Let’s make it a good one! πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Brittany says:

    These are really cute. I like the way the Uptown Girl set looks. I never finish an entire bottle of nail polish either and I’m heading to Walgreens today so I think I may just have to check these out if they have them there πŸ™‚

  2. p. potter says:

    How many coats did you have to put on? The reason I tend to stay about from drugstore nail polish is because it tends to be too sheer, and not shiny enough.

    however! Loreal’s new line of polish reminds me a lot of OPI – it’s my new favorite beauty “steal.”

    p. potters last blog post..Casual Encounters of the Third Kind

  3. Lehea says:

    Can’t wait to see what you get from the MAC releases! I’m debating on whether or not I want something from Suite Array.

  4. PeeChee says:

    Hey Karen.

    Life is hectic for me. I’m planning a bridal shower too so thanks for the mini nail polish idea. I’m stopping at MAC today too to get my pre-order of lippies. I’m gonna have to take you up on those Mirror Mantras!

  5. Dao says:

    OoOoh pretty! I’ve never liked dark nail polish before but guess what? I got my first black nail polish today πŸ˜€ yay me! Just push a lil’ bit harder girl and you’ll get to rest soon. Have fun!

    Daos last blog post..Feminine FOTD: A Haiku to MAC Emanuel Ungaro Collection

  6. Jen says:

    Hello Karen,

    New Mac? I’M soooooo there! Must say its all your fault!
    I love these polishes. Will look for them next time Im out and about! πŸ™‚

    Hope your day goes by smoothly.

  7. Glosslizard says:

    Yah! The Uptown Girl set looks like fun! I’m keeping my eyes open for that one! Have fun at MAC! πŸ™‚

  8. gio says:

    Those are so pretty!

    Can’t wait to see what you get from MAC.

    gios last blog post..Inside Katie Holmes makeup bag

  9. Indian Girl says:

    Love the ruby ! Karen, you make these nail polishes look so beautiful that it almost makes me wanna get every one of them and I am actually no that much into Nails ! Appreciate all the effort that goes into the pictures !

    Indian Girls last blog post..Heavy Indian Make up – Bollywood Style !

  10. Anastasia says:

    Sweet find! I think I like the Uptown and French Manicure colours the best. Thanks Karen!

  11. Louise Gray says:

    I just love those mini’s. Sephora has tiny polishes, too. I would buy nail polish if I had some nails. I just can’t get into those acylic nails. So most of the time, my nails are au naturel. But that brings up a good point to me, at least. I wish that cosmetic manufacturers would give you a little less product, let’s say half and charge less. Then I would buy a little more frequently and waste less. Because let’s face it, a lot of times, I get tired of the product sooner than I see pan or bottle. That is why that I would probably enjoy using those tiny polishes. Sweet. . . . .

  12. Daya says:

    My immediate thought was “stocking stuffer” when I saw the polishes! πŸ™‚ So cute!

    Let us know which of the lipsticks you like best from the Creemsheen collection. I picked up Fanfare today and hope to get Speak Louder too. FYI: Swimming e/s is almost dupable from Suite Array’s Bankroll liner!

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Brittany,

    Me too! That set is the next on my list.

    Y’know, I don’t think I’ve ever finished a bottle of nail polish!

  14. Karen says:

    Hi P. Potter,

    I put on three layers in these pics. That’s my usual standard operating procedure, though…

    I haven’t tried the new L’Oreal! What color do you have?

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Lehea,

    Definitely check out the liners from Suite Array. πŸ™‚

  16. Karen says:

    Hi PeeChee,

    Girl, hang in there. Keep up those mantras… they totally work and have gotten me through this week.

    What shades are you getting?

    BTW, the shower I’m throwing is for Jen!

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Yay! Black polish is fun. I hope you also have a bottle of Seche Vite, as dark shades chip sooo quickly.

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Jen,

    These are so cute and fun! Plus, you could totally can sneak them in your purse.

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    I’m likin’ that one too… tis next on my list. πŸ™‚

  20. lindsay says:


  21. sky says:

    These inexpensive tiny nail polishes are perfect! I never use up my bigger bottle anyway – they just turn into glop before I throw them away. Kudos!

  22. Ellery says:

    My friend and I always laugh at the name… orly… lol!


    Ok I’m done now.

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Indian Girl,

    If you’re not much into nails then these are great… you won’t have to commit to too much polish! Yay!

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Gio,

    πŸ™‚ I like ’em too. Hope you had a good day!

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Anastasia,

    You’re welcome! Lemme know if you get any of ’em… I want Uptown Girl, too. πŸ™‚

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Louise Gray,

    Yah, I think I’ll be able to actually finish a bottle of this polish. πŸ™‚

    I wish I could get a lil’ bottles of Chanel polish…

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Daya,

    Yay! Oh boy, thanks for the tip on Swimming. I have that lying around here somewhere. πŸ™‚

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Lindsay,

    Yah, girl! That one looks like fun. πŸ™‚

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Ellery,

    Wha? I don’t get it… oh well!

  30. Ellery says:

    Oh! ORLY = oh really? in chat talk.

    If you Google it you’ll see the ORLY owl. πŸ˜‰

  31. Tiera says:

    These are adorable! They remind me of the Bon Bons nail polish I played with as a kid (and put in easter baskets for all my girlfriends, cousins, and hula sisters from grades 3-6!)

  32. Marisol says:

    Uptown Girl is calling me :D. Thanks for the swatches and hope you had a great Friday!

    Marisols last blog post..TILT 9.25.08

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Ellery,

    AHHH! Ya learn something new every day. Now whenever I see that brand I’ll always think OH REALLY?! LOLOL

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