Light Up The Summer with Essie Neon 2009

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essie neon 2009

Holla back, ya’ll! Essie’s Neon 2009 collection takes me back to fourth grade, circa the mid-’80s, when neon was all the rage. The cool girls were rocking oversized, highlighter-bright neon sweatshirts that hung all the way down to their knees.


The colors were so bright they’d reflect off our chins. I’m surprised we didn’t burn out our corneas.

essie neon 2009 flirty fuchsia

The four limited edition polishes ($8 each) build upon last summer’s ultra hot Essie Neon 2008 collection (arguably one of the *best* Essie collections, ever), by going even brighter this time around, into full-on neon highlighter territory.

But one thing really surprised me about these colors, and it rhymes with phat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Flirty Fuchsia: a semi-matte neon hot pink
  • Funky Limelight: a matte highlighter yellow
  • Perky Purple: a matte neon purple
  • Punchy Pink: a semi-matte neon pink with a hint of orange

essie neon 2009 funky limelight

Essie’s classic high shine is missing from this collection. All four colors dry down to a matte to semi-matte finish, which I found a little odd considering how obnoxiously bright they are. I mean, if you’re gonna wear yellow nails, you might as well go all the way, right?

No big whoop, though. That’s what Seche Vite topcoat is for.

In terms of color, each of the shades apply smoothly with minimal streaking. Gotta love that about Essie. ๐Ÿ™‚

essie neon 2009 perky purple

As an overall collection, Essie Neon 2009 feels fun, young and beachy. I like it, but I think the colors in this year’s batch are more juvenile (so says a woman who reads teen vampire fiction) and less wearable than 2008’s.


Last year’s Neon’s were bright but had a richness that I think made them wearable by a broader range of women.

essie neon 2009 punchy pink

I’m guessing people will feel very strongly one way or the other about Neon 2009… They’re love ’em or hate ’em colors. Let me know where you stand.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. retrofox says:

    I LOVE this colors! They just scream SUMMER! I bought Perky Purple and Funky Limelight last week at Ulta and have already worn PErky Purple! I got a ton of compliments on the color so I’m interested to see how people will react to Funky Limelight. I might try it on my toes first…

  2. Paulien says:

    Love the perky purple!

  3. LayLa says:

    @__@ canT…
    staring at thesee
    love them !!!!
    that yellow is great.

  4. Catherine says:

    WOAH those are bright! I would have expected these to be really glossy… it surprises me that they’re matte. I… would totally put an uber-shiny top coat on these. I mean… if you’re gonna go BRIGHT you’ve got to go all the way, right? LOL. I totally want minis of all of these.

    Catherine´s last blog post..butterflies and shooting stars

  5. Ellery says:

    Punchy Pink will be mine!!! I’m obsessed with neon colors right now (hello MAC Morange lipstick & Chrome Yellow eyeshadow!)

  6. Jeni says:

    I have Perky Purple on right now and LOVE IT. I’d wear it matte, but I have a shiny topcoat on right now for work tomorrow. The other three shades are a bit too bright for me, personally, but I think they’d be great on someone with a darker skintone.

  7. Crystal says:

    What font did you use in these pictures?

  8. Wenvers says:

    I have received them and the yellow one is a bit of a bummer but the other ones are goreous. I also use the Seche Vite topcoat to make them shine!

  9. gio says:

    wow, they’re so bright and summery! I love Perky Purple and Punchy Pink!

  10. Kalyn says:

    I saw a ton of these on sale at my nail salon over the weekend. These are hot colors for the summer!

  11. Selena says:

    Saw these at Ulta… they bring back memories… to bright for this Mom, but love them none the less.

  12. Nicole15 says:

    I think i’m loving them…

  13. Sarah says:

    I totally bought ALL these nail polishes! i had to! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Rachel says:

    I do love the neons!

    (btw, neon are always matte – in order to get that bright they are chalk-full of pigments. They’re just meant to have the top coat!)

    Rachel´s last blog post..Daisies and Hip Hop Don’t Mix

  15. Crystal says:

    That’s your own writing?! Awesome, if you made it a font I would definately get it.

  16. Michelle says:

    Meh i’ll pass. I’ll stick with OPI’s South Beach collection for now.

  17. Rachel says:


    Yeah, it’s just a neon *thang* but gosh-darn if they aren’t worth it. I’m planning on at least getting the three non-yellow. I have the two yellow neon Misa’s fron last summer and I don’t think I need another one (even though it is *true8 yellow highlighter shade.) As loyal as I am to reds, I loves me a good neon. They’re just so darn cheerful!

    Rachel´s last blog post..Daisies and Hip Hop Don’t Mix

  18. Ree says:

    I love the perky purple, but I didn’t expect it to be matte, interesting surprise. I think it will be nice to choose the finish (matte alone, or add a topcoat for shine) my first Essie polish and I can’t believe how easy and nicely it went on, I’m hooked!

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