The China Glaze Poolside Collection consists of 6 neon colors:
• Pool Party: Neon Pink
• Flip Flop Fantasy: Neon Coral
• Sun Worshipper: Neon Orange
• Yellow Polka Dot Bikini: Neon Yellow
• Kiwi Cool-Ada: Neon Green
• Towel Boy Toy: Neon Blue
Today I am sharing two of them with you and hopefully by weeks end I will have the rest of the collection swatched and posted. After swatching these two in the rain I think I am going to try and hold out for the other four until I get some sun here because the photos are seriously distorted because of the weather. I hope they help nonetheless.
The first color I have to share with you is "Pool Party" which is a neon pink color. The pink in this is on the darker side, close to a fuchsia but without the purple tones fuchsias usually have.
The formula on this was thin and I needed three coats to achieve opacity. It was pretty easy to apply if I waited between coats for each coat to dry, if I was too hasty and the coat before was still wet I got a bit of balding/streaking. I don't see any VNL so that's great but, as many bloggers have mentioned, to minimize VNL with neons you can apply a white creme color under the neon shade. I did not do that for these photos. The polish, like most neons, dried matte; I added a topcoat to get it looking shiny.
The color is certainly more vibrant in person but I tried my best to capture the right tone. It's a bit of a darker pink, not a light pink as I mentioned above. It has a slight berry tone to it. A touch darker than the photos.
"Flip Flop Fantasy" is one of my favorites of the collection. It's a fantastic coral neon. I love corals and this is a unique color in my collection because of the neon quality.
This one was a bit tougher to apply. It was a little thicker in consistency than "Pool Party" and I got a little more streakage but nothing I couldn't handle. It was not a nightmare.
This one like the other was difficult to photograph. It's appearing much more orange than it actually is. It is not orange it's coral. Coral is orange-y but not orange.
Again, I am sorry for the quality of the photos. If I find the others to photograph better with some sun I will re-photograph these. I am sure the rain had something to do with the difficulty photographing but I think that neons on the whole are hard to photograph in any lighting so I am not sure sunshine will make that big of a difference.
The "Poolside Collection" launches on April 1, 2010. Stay tuned this week for swatches of the rest of the collection.
Disclosure: This collection was furnished to me by China Glaze for consideration. All reviews published on this blog are at my own discretion. Please refer to my Disclosure Policy.