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.
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.
- 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’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.
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.
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,