Admittedly, I generally don’t rock the same manicure for more than a couple days. However, I’ve gone a whole week with compliments pouring in over this neon gradient. It’s simple, but so fun for summer.
I’ve been having major painter’s block and decided the best solution was to pick up a paint brush and see what happened. Between my love of all things neons and geometric designs, I ended up with this random summery look.
Pastels are a reoccurring theme for spring, but trending this year more so than ever are light blue nails. Last year about this time nude and pale taupes were taking over; I couldn’t be happier about the transition.
Revlon’s Blue Lagoon is my least favorite of my selected four polishes in this shade range. It is laced with such a finely milled micro-glitter that it creates its own undesirable category somewhere in the depths between glitter and shimmer. Basically: this polish feels like wet sand. That being said, I do appreciate that this midtone pastel sports well with only tip-wear.
China Glaze Kinetic Candy is a crème finish with a scarcely noticeable grey green undertone. CG’s recently released Electro Pop collection was the first set I’ve really been excited about for a while. This is slightly streaky, yet redeemably opaque in two coats and with Seche Vite looks exactly as expected. There’s not much to say other than the fact that while this is a unique pastel blue, it is not a must-have for my collection.
OPI’s What’s with the Cattitude is appearing less true to color than all the others. Although it’s translating slightly brighter, I’d still categorize this as a pastel. I picture this polish from OPI’s 2010 Shrek Collection as a transition color from spring to early summer. I tend to choose Essie over OPI because of the latter’s wide brush but I forgot how much I enjoyed the one coat opacity that extra bristles ensue.
Essie’s Borrowed and Blue is by far my favorite. In my 200+ collection, this is the only polish that I’ve run completely out of and repurchased. Loud nails can be scary but this is neutrally subdued enough to wear color without clashing. I’ve always religiously been a two-coater and while that ensures opacity in most Essie crème polishes, this is one exception that I think wears significantly better with three. I’ve said before that I like Essie’s pastels and OPI’s dark polishes; Borrowed and Blue is another example of her beautiful crème finish pales that I adore.
"Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still." Isaac Watts
So yeah I don’t know what that means, but I was going for a spring design that was nothing but juvenilely happy. Achieved? I think so.
The base is OPI Alpine Snow and the hot pink - a favorite for the hot months - is China Glaze Pool Party.
I know it is early to break out the neons but I picked this up in American Apparel this weekend and couldn’t wait. While AA has a truly unique shade range of nail polishes, their neons carry a sub-par reputation and I’d have to agree. It took me four coats and spot treatment to achieve opacity and even then I was disappointed with the lack-luster matte finish. Seche Vitte did help, but I’m going to stick to China Glaze neons for now.