Today I have a pretty awesome post for you, swatches of the new China Glaze summer 2012 collection, appropriately called Summer Neons. The collection holds twelve sizzling shades, of which two are jellies and the others are neons with a hint of shimmer. The shimmer is what makes these neons really stand out!
They are all very opaque which is pretty amazing news as they are neons, which are notoriously hard to get even and opaque. They all dry with a slightly dull/matte finish, even the jellies, but this much we know about neons. Top coat it is! You do need the topcoat if you want the shimmer to show as much as possible.
Under The Boardwalk – This is the first of the two jellies. It’s a raspberry shade, I used three coats for this but there’s still a bit of visible nail line which is normal for jellies.
Beach Cruise-R – For this fuchsia polish I only needed two coats. It’s really opaque! Wouldn’t exactly call this a neon (same with the previous one, Under The Boardwalk) but it’s definitely nice and bright. If you look closely you can see the hint of shimmer.
Hang-Ten Toes – This is a Barbie-worthy pink! It’s slightly more bubblegum pink in person and slightly less neon. Capturing these polishes on camera was a challenge to say the least, I tried my absolute hardest to make them as colour accurate as possible. I used three coats for this.
Love’s A Beach – This is the stunner from the collection. Without a doubt the brightest shade, 2 coats is enough to get decent coverage. If you love pink and neons, this is a must-have! Seriously, go buy it now, it won’t disappoint!
Flirty Tankini – This coral pink is slightly lighter and less bright in person. This one is definitely one of my favourites as well. I simply love coral shades. I used three coats.
Pink Plumeria – Same with the above picture, this one is also slightly lighter in person. It’s Flirty Tankini’s lighter sister. A really pretty coral pink. Can’t go wrong with coral shades in my book! I used three coats.
Surfin’ For Boys – This is my absolute favourite out of the collection. I normally don’t like reds but this coral red is just perfection. It has pink shimmer to it as well. Really pretty! I used three coats for this as well.
Orange You Hot? – This is the orange shade of the collection. I know most people shy away from orange shades but this one’s really pretty. I used three coats. Flawless application.
Sun-Kissed – This is what I would call electric yellow! It’s a cold, greenish yellow. It’s definitely one of those shades you either love or hate. I think it looks awesome. This was three coats.
I’m With The Lifeguard – This is a lime green and is just a tad less blueish in person than my picture. The shimmer in this one is really pretty. I used three coats.
Splish Splash – Shimmery sky blue. I used three coats for this one, still a little bit of visible nail line showing through.
Ride The Waves – And lastly, the second jelly from the collection. China Glaze describes this as a dark ocean blue which I find a really nice description. I have to say this is my least favourite polish to wear on its own, for nail art it’s perfect though! Glitter layering for example, jelly sandwiches! I used four coats and it’s still on the sheer side, which I will happily forgive since it’s a jelly.
Overall I really love this collection. I love bright shades and neons, there isn’t one I dislike. The only comment I have is that maybe I would have liked to have seen a purple instead of so many pink shades. The first two (Under The Boardwalk and Beach Cruise-R) and last two (Splish Splash and Ride The Waves) are very similar in colour, though the finish is different which does set them apart. As a collection it’s not super unique but there’s a few real gems (think Love’s A Beach and Surfin’ For Boys) I definitely wouldn’t pass up. I think these are perfect shades for summer, and will look especially nice on the toes as well. Bring on the sun!
Which is your favourite from the collection? Are you planning on buying any? Let me know in the comments!
Posted on: May 11, 2012