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Even though I have lots of pink cremes (and have tried one already this month), I had to get this one for its scented quality. Sephora by OPI It’s My Pink (Betsey Johnson Collection) is a hot pink creme:

Picture taken in natural light. This applied well, but lacked that really solid pigmentation, so I needed three coats for an even finish. Although not unique, this is still a nice shade of hot pink, and it is one of the colors I tend to associate with Betsey Johnson. As I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for scented polishes. I wish the whole collection was scented! I can imagine the scents that would have gone with the other colors. As far as the scent goes, it’s pretty strong, but as I’m only on my first day of wear I don’t know how long it lasts. You can still smell it through topcoat, and it really does smell like perfume. I’ve actually smelled the Too Too perfume and I don’t really like it (I wouldn’t buy a whole bottle of it), but it’s perfectly fine for a scented polish. I paired this with China Glaze For Audrey on my toes.

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I’m ending this near month-long streak of Color Club polishes with one last scented polish.  (What can I say, I loved this brand’s summer collections.)  Color Club The Lime Starts Here (Wicked Sweet, Summer 2011) is a neon lime green creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well enough, but was not very pigmented and was streaky so I ultimately needed four coats to achieve that opaque, even result I was after.  The formula is kind of sheer and it builds up like a jelly, but it’s too opaque to be a true jelly.  It straddles that in-between, but I’m still considering it a creme.  It’s a lovely, very glowy color, but I have other neon greens that cover in less coats.  Due to the lack of pigmentation, I probably could’ve skipped this one if not for its scent.  Strangely, it’s not that limey of a smell.  There’s a vague citrus hint in there, but overall the scent reminds me more of lime baked goods than actual limes.  I was surprised by this; I would’ve expected a green like this to smell like lemon-lime soda.  But the fact that it’s scented at all makes me happy.  I paired this with Essie Knockout Pout on my toes.

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This is the polish from this collection that I was looking forward to trying not just for the scent, but for the color as well.  Color Club Raspberry Rush (Wicked Sweet, Summer 2011) is a bright, deep hot pink creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  (It looks just a little bit bolder and a touch redder in real life.)  This applied well, with an easy-to-control formula.  It’s not super pigmented; it looked decent at two coats but I felt that I needed to apply three to achieve a solidly opaque look.  The color looks fuchsia in the bottle, but once it’s on the nail it looks warmer-toned.  It’s not quite red enough to truly resemble raspberries, but it’s pretty close.  I absolutely adore this color!  I can’t quite put my finger on why, but it’s not like a typical hot pink shade.  It could be because it has both fuchsia and red tones, but I can’t pinpoint for sure.  It’s so interesting to look at, to try and figure out exactly what kind of pink it is, what makes it so different.  It’s a color that manages to look bold and deep, but loud and bright at the same time.  Maybe I’m being influenced by the name, but the color and  finish combine for a very juicy-looking mani.  Oddly, it doesn’t really smell like fresh raspberries to me; it’s more candylike.  The scent makes me think of gummies…perhaps Haribo Raspberries?  I paired this with Barielle A Bouquet for Ava on my toes.

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Now that I’ve finished trying the five polishes I hauled from the Starry Temptress collection (I skipped Space Case and the Starry Temptress topcoat), I can finish up the rest of the scented polishes.  I’ll continue with the namesake of this collection, Color Club Wicked Sweet (Wicked Sweet, Summer 2011), a vibrant turquoisey-blue shimmer:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well, although it was a little cuticle-draggy.  It wasn’t quite pigmented enough to cover in two coats, so I ended up having to use three.  The finish is the type of shimmer that looks a little metallic, but the slight brushstrokes don’t detract from the whole look because it is very shimmery.  I love the color; it’s this beautiful, vibrant, electric blue.  When I hear “electric blue” I normally picture something in the royal blue range, but this one has a turquoise tone.  It’s not in the neon realm but still bright.  The scent is not as immediately recognizable as some of the others I’ve tried, but it’s one of the stronger-scented ones.  It kind of smells like blueberries, but in a gourmand way, like blueberry muffins or something.  I paired this with Sally Hansen Bubblegum Pink (Xtreme Wear) on my toes.

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Continuing with these awesome scented polishes, I’ve put on Color Club Gimme a Grape Big Kiss (Wicked Sweet, Summer 2011), a bright purple creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well; I needed three coats for full coverage.  This is one I probably wouldn’t have looked twice at if it wasn’t scented, just because I already have several bright, neon-y purples.  This one has a strong fuchsia tone.  While it’s bright, it doesn’t look very bold or glowy, perhaps because it’s not super-pigmented.  The scent is that distinct, artificial grape flavor.  I like the flavor of grape candies and grape popsicles, but I’m not too fond of the fact that they turn my mouth dark purple, so it’s nice to have the scent around.  I paired this with Essie Pink Parka on my toes.

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I wanted to continue trying these scented polishes, and I was in the mood for something ultra-ultra bright.  I normally associate that characteristic with highlighter yellow neon, so this is something new for me.  Color Club I Always Get My Man-darin (Wicked Sweet, Summer 2011) is a yellow-orange neon shimmer with green flash:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied pretty much like Get Your Lem-on, which has the same finish.  I had good control over the formula and it did apply well, but the formula was streaky and very sheer.  I ultimately needed four coats, plus touchups, for a nice, opaque result.  Normally I’d think a polish with such a formula would be too much of a bother, but I think this was worth my while.  It’s not just because it’s scented; it looks so cool too!  It smells like that recognizable artificial orange scent, but it doesn’t seem to be as strong as the others I’ve tried so far.  This radioactive yellow-orange color isn’t such a common color for neons yet.  There are a few out there but it’s definitely not as prevalent as neon pink, purple, green, yellow etc.  It’s so yellowed that sometimes I think it looks more like goldenrod, but it’s decidedly orange. Like highlighter yellow neon, this has a true, retina-searing glow; I love it!  The green flash makes it look even more radioactive and glowy.  I paired this with Color Club Twiggie on my toes.

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While I do love the glitter polishes I’ve been trying lately, they are a pain to remove and I wanted to give myself a break from them by returning to a simple creme (and I also really wanted to try more of these scented polishes.)  Color Club Yum Gum (Wicked Sweet, Summer 2011) is a bubblegum pink neon creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied pretty well, but the formula was a little streaky so I needed three coats for full coverage.  The color is a little glowy,and reminds me of the lighter pink kind of highlighter.  I love the look; it’s a lighter pink color but the neon quality give it such a strong presence on the nail.  It’s definitely a very candylike pink that looks just like bright, sugary bubblegum.  The sweet bubblegum scent is unmistakable; it’s like I have ten pieces of gum stuck to my fingertips, but in a good way. 🙂  I paired this with Sally Hansen Honeydew (Salon) on my toes.

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I thought a color that matches tennis balls would be perfect to wear during the final weekend of Wimbledon.  I’m so excited to watch two of my favorite players (and the two best players in the world right now), Novak and Rafa, square off in the final tomorrow.  Color Club Get Your Lem-on (Wicked Sweet, Summer 2011) is a highlighter yellow neon shimmer with green flash:

Picture taken in sunlight.  Oddly, the formula was not thin, but it was rather sheer.  It was actually pretty easy to control, but it was streaky.  I needed four coats, plus touchups, to reach a sufficient level of opacity.  It’s a thick-looking mani, but it’s worth it.  I absolutely love neon highlighter yellow, and this is the first I’ve tried that’s a shimmer.  The green flash adds an alienlike glow to an already retina-searing type of color.  Admittedly, because of the number of coats I had to do, I probably wouldn’t have wanted this if it wasn’t a scented polish.  It smells awesome!  It’s a sweet, lemony scent.  I love lemon-scented toiletries so it’s no surprise that I keep smelling my own nails.  Like the Revlon scented polishes, the scent is strong enough to permeate through topcoat, but not strong enough that it would clash with perfume.  I can only really smell it when I have my hands close to my face.  I paired this with Color Club Pucci-licious on my toes.

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After four straight manis of glass-fleck polishes, I’m craving some cremes.  And I also remembered that I needed to try this scented polish.  Revlon Bubble Gum (Scents of Summer, Summer 2010) is a hot pink creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied well; I needed three coats for opacity and evenness.  The color doesn’t exactly remind me of bubblegum itself (It’s a darker and bolder shade than I normally associate with “bubblegum pink.”)  But the scent is spot-on!  It smells just like sweet, pink bubblegum!  It’s a strong scent, too.  When I say strong, I mean stronger than the three scented polishes I tried in April.  It’s definitely not overpowering, but I feel like I can smell it really easily when my hands are near my face.  This is my first day wearing it but the scent stays strong throught topcoat and hand washing.  The color’s not original but it’s a nice, warm hot pink.  I just love the scent, it really makes the polish special. 🙂  I paired this with Sinful Rise and Shine on my toes.

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Mmm, I really love these scented polishes; no wonder I’ve tried three of them in the span of about a week.  Revlon Gum Drop (Scents of Summer, Summer 2010) is a pale lavender creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied fairly well; the formula was not very pigmented so I needed three thickish coats for even opacity.  This is a very cool-toned, more blue-based lavender.  It’s quite pale, but lacks the truly pigmented, whited-out pastel quality.  It’s stark enough, however, to have a nice presence on the nails.  The color looks very light and airy.  I’m not sure if gumdrops have a distinct smell, but the scent of this polish is vaguely sugary sweet.  I paired this with Revlon Peach Petal on my toes.

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