The Party Is Poolside with China Glaze and Neon Nails

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Put down that snow shovel, ladies, and grab your swimsuit, sunscreen and your stunna shades, because you and I are heading Poolside. 🙂


Don’t worry if you’re snowed in and/or haven’t shaved your naughty bits in months (yo, been there, done that), it’s not that kind of pool. For this pool, all you need is nails.

The six new summery shades in the China Glaze Poolside collection ($6.50 each) are available now, and to put it mildly, they’re BRIGHT!

For a look at the 2010 fall collection…
  • China Glaze Vintage Vixen
  • What’s brighter than bright?

    Neons are notoriously streaky and can take forever to apply, but Kiwi Cool-Ada and Towel Boy Toy are a breeze to apply. They’re smooth (like Tabs) and apply evenly, only requiring two layers to look fully opaque. Definitely my faves of the bunch!

    Kiwi Cool-Ada

    Towel Boy Toy

    As for Pool Party and Flip Flop Fantasy, I think they’re also relatively easy to apply, but getting opaque coverage with them seems to take a third layer. No problem at all, though, because I think they’re totally worth the time. Oh, hello there, muscular surfer dude telling me how great my hair looks and oh, sure, you can fetch me another piña colada and come back and have a seat beside me on the sand under my umbrella…

    Sorry! Lost my train of thought! 🙂

    Pool Party

    Flip Flop Fantasy

    Problem children

    Sun Worshiper and Yellow Polka Dot Bikini gave me some trubs. They’re the most challenging of these colors for me, taking a whopping five — FIVE! — layers to look semi-decent, and even then I can still see streaks.

    My toes don’t seem to mind, which is where I like to wear these last two shades (imagine them with hot pink strappy sandals!). But you’ll need to marshal every ounce of your patience and bust out that old copy of War and Peace to have enough to keep you busy through the process.

    Sun Worshiper

    Yellow Polka Dot Bikini


    How to Get HOT Neon Nails

    • Block out a little more time then you usually do for a home mani/pedi. Neons can require extra layers to reach a smooth, fully opaque finish.
    • Don’t fret if your first layer looks streaky and thin. Most neons look that way to start.
    • To prevent streaks and missing patches of color, let each layer dry before applying the next.
    • Neons tend to look matte once they’ve dried; for a shinier look, add a clear top coat like Seche Vite.

    The Poolside collection lets me go crazy buck wild with nail color, so I’m a fan. 🙂 Are you a neon nails kinda girl?

    Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


    P.S. The sun just went down out here in California… How’s it going out there? Are you doing anything tonight? I’m just making pasta for dinner, and then I’m firing up Hulu to finish watching What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?


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    1. knownever says:

      It seems like neon nails are always in for summer, but I’m into it every time. Kiwi Cool-Ada and Pool Party are my favorites. Flip Flop Fantasy is like tending into Snooki from the Jersey Shore show territory.
      .-= knownever’s last blog post… ACK! Life Attack! =-.

      • Karen says:

        Ha! Come to think of it, it’s a very Snookie color. I think one can avoid Snooks territory if it’s on short nails… the long acrylics take the color OTT!

    2. Caitlin says:

      I like a few of the colors, but I feel like we’ve seen most of them before, since most brands release neons for summer. I’m drawn to towel boy though, and for some odd reason, I’m liking Flip Flop Fantasy as well 🙂

      Yellow Polka Dot Bikni reminds me of the neon yellow that essie released last summer (I think it was called limelight…) I tried wearing it a few times, and always ended up taking it off right away, there was just somethin’ funky about it!

      anyway thanks for posting these!

    3. Jen says:

      They remind me of highlighters! Hehe! I don’t think I can rock these though. Not my style.

    4. Steph B says:

      I think Pool Party would totally rock on toes. Flip Flop Fantasy reminds me of Tart Deco. Maybe a little brighter?

    5. Vanessa H says:

      How lovely! Sun Worshiper would look awesome with neutral clothes and bronze makeup.

      The colors make me wish I had a pina colada on the beach right about now 🙂
      .-= Vanessa H’s last blog post… No Frizz by Living Proof Review =-.

    6. Amy says:

      I LOVE these colours!! Brights are so great in the summer. I have no idea where to find this brand tho.. any ideas for a Canadian??

    7. Jen says:

      LOVE Sun worshiper.
      Those are BRIGHT COLORS!
      .-= Jen’s last blog post… Puppies… and Life. =-.

    8. Hyzenthlay says:

      I’m not a neon nail polish girl . . . the brights from Up and Away will definitely carry me through the summer 🙂 Yay! More money I can *not* spend (I hauled a bit from the Spring Forecast collection Saturday, but I do love it!).

      Before you ask, I got both Stacks, Beigeland ls, Rose Maiden ls, Fresh Salmon ls, and Hush Hush Rose lg. Ooo, AND Viva Glam Cyndi! I think I basically doubled the number of lipsticks I own in a single day . . .

    9. emma says:

      OMG that green is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
      .-= emma’s last blog post… ♥ ♥ ♥ =-.

    10. The colours remind me of candy – like gummi bears or something 😀

      *sigh* I wish someone would make decent easy-to-work-with neon yellows
      .-= SilhouetteScreams’s last blog post… Furry Tails =-.

    11. amy says:

      I like Pook Party and I always love hot pink, but neons are a pain in the butt!
      .-= amy’s last blog post… Dior 5 Couleurs Édition Dentelle Palette Fards À Paupières Coquette 743 Product Pictures, Swatches and Review =-.

    12. kylie says:

      Flip flop fantasy is my fave outta the bunch 🙂

    13. diane says:

      Wow, these are so beautiful! What I’d give to have them all!! :D:D:D

      Also cooking pasta tonight, but it’s Tuesday here already 😛

      .-= diane’s last blog post… Not another Valentine’s day outfit =-.

    14. Lorna says:

      yikes. i liked the spring collection better.. i trie shocking pink and i learned my lesson that i will never go neon again. it’s just not my style.

    15. I love neons, I can’t wait for these. Pool Party is so pretty!
      .-= SoVeryFabulous’s last blog post… MAC Spring Colour Forecast Colour 3 & Colour 4 Quads =-.

    16. gio says:

      Wow, those are bright shades! They’re perfect for summer. Pool Party and Sun Worshiper are my favourites, they look gorgeous!
      .-= gio’s last blog post… Gilty Pleasures Weekly Blog Tour, 14/02/10 =-.

    17. Tiffany says:

      I like pool party and flip flop fantasy the best! do you know where a goof place to buy these would be? I don’t think I’ve ever seen china glaze in a store…

    18. Veky says:

      Though I’m not wearing any neons ever, I think I’ll grab any shade this time! They look so – OMG! 😀
      .-= Veky’s last blog post… Poll: How often do you wear makeup? =-.

    19. Rita says:

      I really love these colours, except for the blue and light yellow ones. Today I’m wearing Essie Deco Tart, which is the lightest creme I have bought recently, and it looks like a traffic-orange against my winterly white-red-grey skin! Also High Hopes looks neon on me – I wonder why?

    20. NINA says:

      The names sound like names of juice drinks LOL!!!

    21. Cas says:

      Wow these colors are LOUD!! Definitely attention seeking colors 🙂 I doubt I’d be able to pull it off nicely.

    22. Frances says:

      I am not a neon girl. I think it’s just too young a look and too bright for me. I’m mostly a classics kind of girl. I also prefer edgier colors.

    23. Katie says:

      I have to have sun worshipper!

    24. Suji says:

      Ohh I love these! They have me looking forward to summer, for sure. I’ll probably try layering the neons that are sheer over white to get them opaque with less coats!

    25. yvette says:

      these are revolting!!

    26. Sarah says:

      Holy Cow!!!!! I love Kiwi Cool-Ada… I could picture that on my toes!
      .-= Sarah’s last blog post… Cool Etsy Find: Spaghetti Stiletto =-.

    27. Marce says:

      I like the middle two and Sun Worshipper, they’re FUN! I’m a bit shy of the blue and green, so it’s a big no for them…though they do look cool…
      .-= Marce’s last blog post… Look – A Twist on Rihanna’s Grammy Makeup + Mini Tutorial =-.

    28. Cas says:

      Wow talk about colors that will get you a whole lot of attention! These are super loud but definitely would look cool on those who can pull it off.
      .-= Cas’s last blog post… My Valentine’s Day With Tiffany =-.

    29. Catherine says:

      OMG… They look amazing! Especially Sun Worshipper, so sad it’s one of the “problem children” (lmao at the term).
      .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Valentine’s Day Fun in San Francisco Part 1 =-.

    30. marisol says:

      So happy to say that none of these pictures capture my interest. Whew!
      .-= marisol’s last blog post… Fun in the Snow =-.

    31. Andrea says:

      Flip Flop Fantasy and Sun Worshipper look fantastic !!!!

    32. Erica says:

      cant wait!!!!!!!!!!! I deff want pool party, flip flop fantasy, towel boy toy, but I can not decide if i want the green or the yellow. hm!

    33. Lyss says:

      They are all so cute, my favorite is Flip Flop Fantasy. It´s a shame we don´t have china glaze here in Brasil

    34. Ana says:

      Hey Karen,
      thx for this fabolous review.I love this bright colors,especially for my upcoming vacation 🙂
      But could it be that you switched 2 swatches?I ordered “Flip Flop Fantasy ” and it’s a real bright,matte pink,like “Pool Party”.
      Thank you for everything and greatings outta Germany

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