Today I have 9 polishes (out of 12) from the China Glaze Neon collection for Summer 2012. I initially only bought Ride the Waves (since I'm pretty much obsessed with bright blue cremes for now) but I ended up going back to buy the 8 polish set. I mainly bought the set because my inner hoarder told me to, but now I'm really glad I gave them a try!
|Left to Right: Orange you Hot?, Surfin' for Boys, Love's a Beach, Pink Plumeria|
|Left to Right: Beach Cruise-r, Ride the Waves, Splish Splash, I'm with the Lifeguard, Sun-Kissed|
Lots of pictures in this post so I'll put them under a cut! Please click "Read More" below to see the swatches!
First up we have...
|Orange you Hot? in sunlight|
|Orange you Hot? under artificial light|
|Surfin' for Boys in overcast lighting|
|Surfin' for boys in artificial lighting|
|Love's a Beach in weak sunlight|
|Love's a Beach in artificial lighting|
|Pink Plumeria in weak sunlight|
|Pink Plumeria in artificial lighting|
|Beach Cruise-r in weak sunlight|
|Ride the Waves in artificial lighting|
|Ride the Waves in weak sunlight|
|Splish Splash in weak sunlight|
|Splish Splash in artificial lighting|
|I'm with the Lifeguard in weak-ish sunlight|
|I'm with the Lifeguard in artificial lighting|
|Sun-Kissed in artificial lighting|
|Sun-Kissed in direct, bright sunlight|
By the way, I'm missing Flirty Tankini, Under the Boardwalk, and Hang Ten-Toes. I may pick these up later, but I haven't decided on this just yet. **EDIT: the missing 3 polishes can be found here**
Overall : I wasn't really planning on getting anything from this collection mostly because I know that I tend not to like the look of neon colours on my skintone. Neon colours make my skin look more tan, which I don't like very much. This set of neons however, actually don't really do that and I think that don't actually look too bad on me *gasp*. I can actually see myself wearing these in the warmer months *double gasp*. I usually wouldn't dream of wearing a highlighter yellow polish... strange. In terms of formula and application, I didn't have much trouble applying any of these. I used 3-4 coats for each colour, and I didn't have any trouble with streaking, leveling, etc. I would definitely recommend waiting a minute or so inbetween each coat though.
Since these are neon, they do dry matte (even Ride the Wave, which doesn't realllly seem like a neon), so a nice top coat (I like to use Cult Nails' Wicked Fast or the Out the Door topcoat) is necessary for a bright shine. My favourites from this set are Surfin' for Boys and Ride the Waves. :D
*Whew*. That's all for today! Thank you so much for reading! If there are any errors in this post, I'm going to blame it on the lack of sleep I had today and the late night typing of this post! ;P
Hope y'all have a good weekend!