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I started this month with a khaki green, so I thought it would be nice to end it with a similar color.  Sephora by OPI Caught With My Khakis Down (Safari Chic, Summer 2011) is a khaki army green creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied well in two coats.  This is a nice, medium shade of khaki green, with a little bit of a murky quality.  Even though American Apparel Army Jacket is a different polish, this one looks like it belongs in that camouflage color palette, too.  I also love the name; it’s long but still funny (and thankfully, not a pun!)  I paired this with Sally Hansen Commander in Chic (Complete Salon Manicure) on my toes.

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When they’re nice and opaque, I do like seeing softer shades in summer collections; it’s refreshing.  Essie Absolutely Shore (Summer 2011) is a pale seafoam green creme:

Picture taken in natural light.  Although streaky, it actually applied pretty well.  I used three perfectly manageable coats for a solid, even finish.  This looks so striking!  It’s very whited-out, but the green tone is still obvious.  I like that this is a pale green that’s not a mint.  Mint pastels make me think of sweets; this makes me think of the sea.  It looks so stark yet calming at the same time; I imagine this would make a great wall paint color.  The paleness gives the overall apperance a delicate quality, and the starkness makes it look extra crisp.  I love it when a polish looks really defined on the nail.  I paired this with Sephora by OPI How Cute is That? on my toes.

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I was trying out softer shades, but I still want to take care of more of my untrieds from this year’s spring and summer collections, and this is one of the brighter ones.  Essie Braziliant (Summer 2011) is a glowing orange with pink shimmer:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This was very pigmented and applied quite well in two coats.  This turned out to be another nice surprise for me; I like it so much better than I originally thought I would.  It’s beautiful!  It’s not just a regular orange shimmer; it’s so much more than that.  Normally I wouldn’t pair orange manis with pink pedis (and vice versa) since they’re not complementary colors, but the pink shimmer works perfectly well in this orange base, and gives the overall shade a bit of a pinky-tangerine tone.  I also wasn’t expecting the finish to be so glowy!  (Not in the neon kind of way, but the lit-from-within kind of way.)  It makes me think of a gorgeous sunset.  I paired this with Sephora by OPI Skinny Jeans on my toes.

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I thought it was fitting to end my streak of neons with a real retina-searer.  American Apparel Neon Yellow (Neon, Summer 2011) is a neon highlighter yellow creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied fine; I could manage the formula well but I ended up needing four coats for full, even coverage.  Next time I try this (and a couple of others from this collection), I’ll use it over white, but seeing as it can build to opacity I wanted to see what it looked like on its own first.  This feels a little strange to say but this is more yellow than I thought it would be; I expect neon highlighter yellows to have a little more green in them.  It’s probably just as well that this looks different than the others I have in my collection.  While it is very glowy (I don’t see how this color can’t be), it doesn’t stand up to my favorite neon, Illamasqua Rare.  I paired this with Essie Perky Purple on my toes.

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This polish came out a little later than the others in the collection.  I had the rest already purchased and when I saw this in the display, of course it found its way into my collection. 🙂  American Apparel Neon Blue (Neon, Summer 2011) is a bold, bright blue creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  Thankfully, this was another one that applied very well; I needed just two easy coats for full coverage.  It isn’t really a true glowy neon, but it is quite bright.  Since it’s well-pigmented, it has a strong presence on the nails.  It may be pigmented, but the finish doesn’t exactly look solid.  Its opacity has a somewhat translucent feel.  I know that’s contradictory, but that’s the only way I can explain it.  It’s a quality that makes it look more neon than a regular bright blue creme.  I’m trying to pinpoint exactly what shade of blue this is.  It’s a little turquoisey, but not enough to approach bright sky blue territory, and it’s not quite a true royal blue either.  Neon blues aren’t so common, so I love seeing more (even if the color doesn’t really lend itself to being glowy.)  I paired this with Essie Flirty Fuchsia on my toes.

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When I first caught wind of this collection, I was most excited to try this polish, as red cremes are my favorite to wear and I also love neons.  I didn’t quite get what I was expecting but I’m still happy with the result.  American Apparel Neon Red (Neon, Summer 2011) is a neon reddish coral creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  (This looks just a little bit more pink in real life.)  This applied well, although I needed three coats for even coverage.  I think the formula is like a really opaque jelly, not the most pigmented but definitely not sheer.  The finish has this juicy, fruity look to it.  At the same time, it has that lovely neon glow. 🙂  Funny how American Apparel went about naming some of the colors in this collection.  This doesn’t really look red, this one is the one that looks coral to me (while Neon Coral looked orange and Neon Orange was practically goldenrod yellow.)  I do love this color; it’s like a reddish-orange hot pinky-coral blend that’s perfect for summer, even more so with its neon glow.  But I am disappointed that it isn’t actually red.  A neon pin-up red-red is something I’d definitely like to see, if it can be done.  I paired this with Essie Aruba Blue on my toes.

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The summer neon streak continues with American Apparel Neon Green (Neon, Summer 2011), a neon green creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied pretty well, even with its sticky consistency, but it wasn’t that pigmented so I used three coats.  I wish the formula was more solid (like those very lovely stark pastels from last year’s summer collection), because I like the color.  My biggest gripe with polishes that lack pigmentation but are also thick and sticky is that since they create such a thick mani, they’re prone to tip pull (which is actually due to topcoat, but I can’t not put on topcoat; I do want it to dry/harden fast, especially because it’s such a thick mani.)  Maybe this shade of neon green is prone to such issues.  Despite not having that totally solid look I love, I still like the color.  It’s glowy and reminds me of frogs.  I paired this with Essie Punchy Pink on my toes.

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Even though I already have a few neon purples, I didn’t want to pass this up, especially after seeing this whole neon collection lined up in the display.  American Apparel Neon Violet (Neon, Summer 2011) is a neon purple creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied very well, easier than the other ones I’ve tried so far.  That’s probably because neon purple pigment creates a smoother formula than orange/yellow neon pigment.  It was practically a one-coater; it looked decently opaque and even in a single coat, but I used two for a stronger color payoff and more solid opacity.  This shade of neon purple looks more purple than others I’ve tried before.  It’s still a warm shade, but this one doesn’t seem to be as overwhelmed by fuchsia tones.  (It may not be that apparent in this photo, but when I swatched a bunch of neon purples next to each other on paper, this one seemed purpliest.)  It’s enough of a variation for me, and the great formula makes this a winner.  I paired this with Essie Funky Limelight over white on my toes.

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After my previous crackle mani, I’m returning to something simpler.  I’m still keeping up with the neons, though!  American Apparel Neon Coral (Neon, Summer 2011) is a corally orange neon creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied well; I used three coats for an opaque, even finish.  I’m not sure why this is called coral; it doesn’t have enough pink in it to look like a true coral.  It’s orange, but it’s not traffic cone orange.  The shade has a softer, sherbet-like quality to it.  It probably does have some coral tones in it to make it look this way, but overall the color seems more orange.  (Although not as orange as it appears in this photo.  It was difficult to capture the true tone and sherbet-ness of the shade, but it does look just slightly more coral in real life.)  Whatever it’s called, it’s such a pretty color!  It looks so creamy, and the neon, slightly glowy quality also makes it look bright and punchy.  I think I like this more than traditional orange!  I paired this with Essie Haute as Hello on my toes.

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Now that I’ve finished Color Club’s 2011 neon offerings, I’m moving on to another brand’s.  American Apparel Neon Orange (Neon, Summer 2011) is a neon yellow orange creme:

Picture taken in sunlight.  (Pardon the bubbles!)  This actually applied better than I expected; I had easy enough control over the formula, which was thick but runny.  (I’ve come to expect this from most American Apparel polishes so it was no surprise.)  It’s very pigmented, so I knew I would get an opaque, solid result, but I needed three coats to cover up streaks.  It’s so refreshing to see more and more of these yellow orange type neons; it’s a change of pace from the standard traffic cone orange neon.  I’ve heard this color being described as looking like radioactive artificial cheese powder (indeed it does, it’s glowy like a proper neon), but it also reminds me of kumquats or cape gooseberries, yum!  I paired this with Essie Bright Tights over white on my toes.

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