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I only bothered getting the shimmers from this collection, and skipped the two cremes, so now I’ve finally finished what I have from this collection with China Glaze Orange You Hot? (Summer Neons, Summer 2012) is a light yellow-orange neon with fine orange and yellow shimmer:

Orange You Hot

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, but I still needed three coats to totally cover up any dark spots. This isn’t my favorite out of the collection, but that’s only because I don’t like orange as much as other colors like pink or coral. Actually, the longer I have it on, the more it grows on me. This isn’t that kind of traffic cone orange that I usually see in orange neons. It’s much lighter, and has a strong yellow tone (though it still decidedly orange.) The color kind of reminds me of Tang. Although it’s not such a bold shade, it’s still bright and neon-like. The addition of the shimmer makes me like this more than if this was just a creme. Like with all the other neon shimmers from this collection, the finish has a glowiness that emphasizes the neon quality. Overall, this was one of the best neon collections I’ve tried. My only gripe is that the formula is prone to tip pull (at least when used with a quick-dry topcoat.) But the range of colors and the lovely finish makes up for it. I paired this with NARS Ratin Jot on my toes.



I’m finishing up the month of July with the last couple of neons I have to try from this collection. China Glaze Hang-Ten Toes (Summer Neons, Summer 2012) is a bright, cool-toned neon pink with fine pink and violet shimmer:

Hang-Ten Toes

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, and I almost got away with two coats, but I ultimately needed three to cover up dark spots. I normally favor warmer pinks, but I really love this very cool-toned one! I love that there was room for both a cool and a warm neon pink in this collection. I don’t think this is as fluorescent as Love’s a Beach, but it’s definitely bright and unmistakably neon. This color just makes me think of hot weather and makes me want to go to the beach (I don’t think I’d be much of a surfer, though :p) The shimmer, of course, adds that extra lovely glow, taking an already bright shade and making it look even more vibrant. I paired this with NARS Amchoor on my toes.


I thought I would be switching things up by trying a purple, but I’m wearing what turned out to be another pink. China Glaze Beach Cruise-r (Summer Neons, Summer 2012) is a neon fuchsia with fine pink shimmer:

Beach Cruise-r

Picture taken in sunlight. (I had to double-check my bottle to make sure I used Beach Cruise-r and not Hang-Ten Toes; this doesn’t look quite as pink as it’s photographing here; the bottle color is probably more accurate.) This applied well, and I was pleased to get full coverage in only two coats. I was under the impression that this was a neon purple, since neon collections tend to have one. Most purple-toned neons are fuchsia toned, but as I look at this, I just see fuchsia; it doesn’t seem purple. If I looked at this next to a pink polish, this would probably seem more purple, but just on its own, I would call this a fuchsia before saying it’s purple. This doesn’t have that true neon fluorescence, but the shimmer does give it a nice glow and it’s still a bright shade. I paired this with Illamasqua Optimist on my toes.


I called my previous NOTD, Surfin’ For Boys, one of my favorite polishes in this collection. Today I have on my other favorite, China Glaze Love’s a Beach (Summer Neons, Summer 2012), a bright hot pink neon with fine pink shimmer:

Love's a Beach

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well; I ultimately needed three coats for full, even coverage. I love this for many of the same reasons I adore Surfin’ For Boys. It’s really bright and fluorescent, plus the shimmer gives it an extra glowy quality. It also looks really intense because of its strong pigmenteation. I like all kinds of neon pinks, but I really love seeing a warm-toned one. I’m glad that in a collection that has so many pinks/corals already, there was room to have both a warm and cool-toned neon pink. This one looks so vibrant, yet sweet at the same time. I can’t help but think “neon candy” when I look at this (which, in turn, makes me think of Spring Breakers. :)) This may have my favorite name in the collection, punny as it is. I paired this with Illamasqua Nurture on my toes.


This is the last of the coral-toned polishes in this collection, and my favorite of the three (and one of my favorites in the whole collection). China Glaze Surfin’ For Boys (Summer Neons, Summer 2012) is a neon red coral with fine pink shimmer:

Surfin' For Boys

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, though I still needed three coats for full, even coverage. It was quite pigmented but that extra coat was necessary to cover up dark spots. I had such a hard time photographing this! Its neon qualities were difficult to convey; this is not just bright, but very, very glowy as well. I love this color! Initially I thought this was just a red-orange, but the addition of the pink shimmer makes it look more coral. This is one of the most intense-looking polishes in this collection, since it’s both really fluorescent and strongly pigmented. I typically favor the more sweet-looking, pinkish corals, but I absolutely love this more red-leaning shade in neon form. It’s definitely the most fiery coral I’ve ever tried, perfect to wear during this heat wave. I paired this with Illamasqua Serenity on my toes.


Just like yellow, I love seeing the color green in neon form! China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard (Summer Neons, Summer 2012) is a highlighter neon green with fine yellow and green shimmer:

I'm With the Lifeguard

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, and pretty smoothly, considering that most of the neon greens I own have a sticky and thick formula. I got full coverage in three coats, with some touching up. The shimmer gives the color an overall yellow tone, but it’s still very much green. I love this color; I feel like it’s a shade you’d see on those tiny poisonous frogs. This type of green definitely comes close to that retina-searing level most highlighter yellow neons are on, so the color by itself is already very bright and loud. The shimmer just adds an extra, alien-like glow to it, which makes it look even more neon. This polish makes me think of Spring Breakers, which I saw just recently, and absolutely loved! 😀 I paired it with Illamasqua Devotee on my toes.


Almost half of this collection is made up of pinks and corals, but I don’t mind, as they’re all pretty and perfect for summer. This is just the second of them I’ve tried so far, China Glaze Flirty Tankini (Summer Neons, Summer 2012), a neon medium coral-pink with fine pink shimmer:

Flirty Tankini

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied smoothly, needing three coats for full, even coverage. Either the pink or orange-coral tones will dominate depending on the lighting situation, but in any case, I love this color. I already adore regular pink-toned corals, so I especially love the shade in neon form! The shimmer adds an extra something to the finish that makes it not just bright, but glowy. This color looks so summery; it has this sweet, fruity look to it; it makes me think of some tropical drink I would be enjoying poolside. 🙂 I paired this with Color Club Hydrangea Kiss topped with Color Club Bishop Weed on my toes.


Yellow is one of my favorite colors to see in neon form! Though I have several neon yellows already, the finish of this one sets it apart from the others. China Glaze Sun-Kissed (Summer Neons, Summer 2012) is a highlighter neon yellow with fine shimmer:


Picture taken in natural light. (Though I would have liked sunlight, truth be told, I have never been able to photograph the way neon yellow looks in real life in any light.) This applied well, particularly for a yellow; I still did three coats with some touchups, but everything went on easily. I think the fact that it’s a shimmer contributes to the smooth formula. The shimmer also makes the finish look extra alien-glowy. This is a true highlighter yellow, with just the right amount of green in it. I don’t know what it is about this shade or pigment that makes it look so incredibly bright. Actually, it’s not enough to call this bright, it’s loud!!  I caught myself looking at my nails a lot, especially outdoors. I feel like I could guide a plane landing on a runway with this mani! I paired this with Illamasqua Prosperity on my toes.


The polishes from this collection are a year old, but I only hauled them this past winter and waited for the summer to try them. The weather has been so hot lately, so neons seem perfect to wear now. China Glaze Pink Plumeria (Summer Neons, Summer 2012) is a neon salmon pink with fine gold and pink shimmer:

Pink Plumeria

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well, needing three coats for full, even coverage. I love this color! It doesn’t seem like a neon in my photo, but it’s surprisingly glowy out of direct light. The color also looks slightly different in different lighting situations. In direct light, the orange tones are more obvious. In dimmer conditions, it looks more pink. The shimmer also works so well against the salmon color. It gives warmth and adds to the glow of the finish. It’s really pretty and unlike a lot of the neons that are out there, which I appreciate. I paired this with Color Club Take Me to Your Chateau topped with Color Club Si Vous Please! on my toes.


Since I spent a good chunk of summer manis on metallic polishes, I have a bit of a backlog of brights. I didn’t think I would buy more satin finish polishes, but the colors from this collection were too nice to pass up. Since I didn’t have a green to try in my last round of brights, I’ll start with Illamasqua Nurture (Rubber Brights, Summer 2012) is a vibrant neon green creme (originally with a satin finish):

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well; I needed three coats for full evenness and opacity. Like last year’s collection of rubber polishes, the formula is nicely thick and pretty smooth, and goes on like a regular polish, then dries to the satin finish. I have all the polishes from this collection, and I’ll be presenting them all with topcoat. I do like the look of the satin/rubber finish but I don’t like its impracticality. In my past experiences with this kind of polish I’ve found that they dry to the touch quickly but still get scuffed up so easily because they take a while to harden/set completely. By adding topcoat I’m sacrificing the finish but preserving the condition of the mani. I like the color so much I was okay with making that tradeoff (and the color appears to pop more with topcoat)! This is definitely the best neon green I own, in terms of both formula and color. The formula was non-sticky and not overly thick so I experienced none of the tip pull I got with other neon green cremes. This is also much more pigmented, so the color looks extra vivid and vibrant.  It’s considerably more green compared to other neon greens I have, which look significantly more yellow-toned when I view the bottles side-by-side. I’ve said how neon greens remind me of frogs, but this one truly does, like those tiny ones that are really poisonous. I love how apt the name is for the color, too, as it’s totally lush and green. 🙂 I paired this with Misa Speed of Life on my toes.




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