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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Essie Summer 09: Neon Collection Swatches

Essie Summer Neons Collection

Have fun, rock out and play with color on toes and tips.  Essie brings color intensity back with the Neon Collection – a new crop of bright shades that pop!

Along with North Folk this summer,  Essie introduces four electrifying shades to the Neon collection sure to grab your attention.

Turn off the lights indeed - You'll surely get noticed with Essies new intense neons that glow. With four new colors from pinks, purple and shockingly yellow.

Like most neon colors, Essie's dries to a matte finish and you'll need a topcoat if you want that shiny look.  Most colors applied in three coats, with the exception of Funky Limelight and no true application problems.

All my swatches were captured in direct sunlight and just a reminder, neons never capture true to life. Here's some other swatches from Scrangie and The Nailphile to give you an idea where the colors fall.

Here they are!

Essie Funky Limelight nail polish

Essie Summer Neons 09 Collection

Funky Limelight - an intense glowing yellow neon that is uber bright. My swatches don't justify the intensity of this baby.

This was the only problem child of the bunch, in which I did apply one coat of white underneath. My application was a tad on the streaky side and required a total of four coats including the white.

TIP: I had better luck applying a base, such as any opaque white nail polish to avoid the excessive coat-age. Otherwise, you'll be coating Funky Limelight in the 5 range.

Essie Flirty Fuchsia nail polish

Essie Summer 09 Neon Collection

Flirty Fuchsia - hot neon pink that's darker than Punchy Pink.

Essie Summer 09 Neon collection

Essie Perky Purple nail polish

Perky Purple - a neon purple that's a close match to Essie's Bermuda Shorts. In real life, Perky Purple is much more purple. Very Pretty!

Essie Summer 09 nail polish collection

Essie Punchy Pink nail polish 

Punchy Pink - is a lighter pink version of Flirty Fuchsia and ranks as my favorite from the neon collection.

A great color all around, not too dull or shocking bright like Funky Limelight. I'm not usually big on pinks, but this pops with my skintone. Love! 

The essie Neon Color Collection is a limited-edition collection, available beginning May 2009 at and fine spas, salons and beauty stores nationwide. SRP $9.00 USD.

(8) Comments

Alexie said on Apr 23rd, 2009 8:44 am
love love punchy pink! You seriously have the best nail swatches!

Rachel said on Apr 23rd, 2009 8:48 am
oooh, I'm loving these colors esp punchy pink! I completely agree with Alexie, your my favorite nail blogger along with Scrangie and All Lacquered up. Your nails are a perfect shape and no one has nails like you... your pictures are so clear, precise and detailed! LOVE

getchanailsdid said on Apr 23rd, 2009 10:44 am
I'm loving the whole collection!! It's that whole neon thing - I love me some neons!!

Vampy Varnish said on Apr 23rd, 2009 2:15 am
Wow your yellow looks so much more pigmented than my swatches turned out! I did 4 coats also, but you could still see my nail underneath. Guess they weren't thick enough?

Polish Earthgirl said on Apr 23rd, 2009 10:41 am
How do you det your nails in such a perfect shape?! Whoa I am amazed. Anyways, I adore these neons, especially punchy pink. Do all of the swatches have a coat of white underneath?

Steph said on Apr 24th, 2009 7:14 am
Awww, thanks so much Alexie and Rachel! Hi Getchanailsdid, Me too! Neons are the best :) Vampy, Yep, a total of four coats! Hi Polish Earthgirl, The only one I had to use a white base coat is Funky Limelight. The others are fine with just three coats. I used one coat of white and three coats of Essie. Applying a white base makes a huge difference since it's so transparent :)

vanessa said on Apr 24th, 2009 5:51 am
i must have the first one!

impasto said on Apr 25th, 2009 3:14 am
So I caved and ordered flirty fuchsia and perk purple from essie. I have been dying for an 80\'s neon pink. I hope this fills my craving!

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