Do you remember when I used to paint my nails all the time?
Yeah, me neither. I miss it. I miss having the free time to sit down, manicure, buff, base, color and top coat my nails on the regular.
There just isn’t enough time, and that’s okay. I embrace the people and things that have taken the place of those at-home manicures, and it just means that the opportunities I do have to actually polish my nails are that much more special.
Queue the Salon Perfect Summer 2016 Neon Pop! Collection. These 12 sweet and sour shades (eight shown below) will get you ready for your next afternoon by the pool. At only $3.98 a Pop! (see what I did there?), you can collect ’em all. The challenge will be deciding which one you want to wear first. (Or maybe that’s just me, because I’m like “YAS! Finally, free time to paint my nails!”)
I love the Neon Pop! line’s versatility. A lot of the neon polishes I’ve tried are streaky and consistently dry down to a matte finish that doesn’t last long. They’re also usually only available in warm tones. But Salon Perfect seems to have all that sorted out.
Here are pics of eight Neon Pop! shades alongside their trusty companions — a bottle of Crystal Clear top coat and a white shade called Sugar Cube. To really make the neon-ness of these Pop! shades jump off your nails, apply them atop a white polish, in lieu of a traditional base coat (same idea works for colorful eyeshadows), and then to keep them from chipping too soon or from drying down matte, add a sturdy top coat.
My personal favorite neons (and nail polishes in general) are cool toned, which is why I like the Neon Pop! greens, blues and purples. I’ve been all about calypso teal Mer-Made of Money, which goes five full days for me with a base and top coat before chipping. That’s unheard of for a neon!
I may not be into pink polish myself, but I bet a lot of neon polish lovers will love these four. There’s deep purple tinged Back to the Fuchsia, orangey pink Let’s Not Coral and Tropicool Punch, and classic (think Essie Pink Parka) Wrapped Around My Pink-y.
I’ve been wearing these beauties jumbled in a haphazard order on each of my 10 fingers (and toes!) without a top coat, because I like their natural satin finish, even if they do end up chipping sooner than I’d like.
Are you ready for summer? You’re really not entirely ready until you get a few of these neons in your (probably) burgeoning polish collection, because why not? Apply your sunscreen, paint your nails hot pink, and get out by the pool, girlfriend! You do you! And if someone offers you a margarita while you’re at it? Just go for it…because nothing looks better while holding a margarita than freshly polished neon nails. 🙂
What’s your favorite neon nail color?