Confession: I am a total sucker for neons.
I have black and neon colored running shoes, a bright neon pink Under Armour long-sleeved athletic top, a neon pink Kate Spade bag and more neon polish than you can shake a stick at. Summer polish collections always excite me with the anticipation of neon polish.
Back in 2008, Chanel released the Robertson collection, 4 bright colors (yellow, orange, pink and purple) to mark the opening of their Robertson Blvd. boutique. (Unfortunately, I have sold this collection and now have major seller’s regret.) Around the same time, Essie released their first neon collection with a bright yellow, orange and neon pink and purple. While they were not dupes of the Chanels, the first Essie Neons were fantastic in their own way.
In 2009, Essie followed up their initial neon collection with eye-searing colors (2 pinks, a purple and yellow). If you are lucky enough to stumble upon these beauties, snatch them up! Another 3 years would pass until Essie brought back another neon collection, 2012’s Poppy-Razzi, which was followed up by 2013’s DJ Play That Song.
This summer, Essie has brought out the six-piece Too Taboo collection. While it’s being marketed as a neon collection, only two out of the six are “true” neons.
Chills and Thrills (three coats) is the worst of the collection. It was thick, streaky and does not level out on the nail. I used China Glaze Fast Forward to even it out but it’s not worth the trouble. Skip it and get Butler Please instead.
I’m Addicted (three coats) is a gorgeous bright cyan blue polish. The application for I’m Addicted, Serial Shopper and Too Taboo are similar: fairly easy to apply jelly/crème hybrids. I’ve used China Glaze Fast Forward over all the polishes since they dry semi-matte.
Serial Shopper (three coats) is a bright, peachy mango neon. I’m usually not a fan of peachy colors, but I love the way this glows.
Sittin’ Pretty (three coats) is a bright lilac. I highly recommend this if you want a cheaper alternative to Illamasqua Jo’Mina.
Too Taboo (three coats) is a bright fuchsia. It’s pretty, but not very unique.
Vices Versa (four coats) is a light neon green. I’m aware that many people do not like to apply more than 3 coats of polish, but I think Vices Versa is worth the extra coat. It’s not difficult to apply but it’s a bit sheer compared to the others.
Even though the recent collections (including this one) haven’t been anywhere near as fluorescent as the 2009 collection, they are still worth a look, especially if you like bright jellies. If you want the whole collection, I picked mine up at cutandblow.com for $33. ($5.50 a bottle plus free shipping) Will you be getting the whole collection, a couple bottles or taking a pass?