Hey there nail enthusiasts!
It feels like it’s been forever since my last nail polish post! Life’s been a lil’ crazy… with visiting family in Florida for my nephews high school graduation… and the hectic life of real work and (powerlifting) training… I got a little bit behind! So, my sincere apologies!!!
But i hope my latest review of Essie’s Neon 2015 collection is worth the wait! 😉
I’m not a huge neon polish fan, because the polish consistency can get a lil’ thick and streaky. Not to mention as per all neon nail lacquers they dry with a funny jelly like finish and sometimes peel quickly too.
As for this collection i was pleased with the colors but the consistency not so much. Also… a side note… to make life a lil’ simpler start your mani or pedi with a matte base coat and make sure you add a shiny top coat to each for a pretty, glossy finish.
So here’s my thoughts…
Starting off with Essie Coacha’bella a vibrant hot pink. Coacha’bella is a warm tone hot pink, great for a summer festival mani or pedi provided you add a nice shiny top coat to level out the weird jelly finish. I didn’t have a problem with streaking which was a plus. I used 2 coats shown here and that was enough for me to get a solid opaque creamy finish.
Next is Essie Groove is in the Heart a soft but bright peachy pink. Also on the warm tone I was satisfied with this color but not 100% in love with the consistency. A bit challenging to get a streak free smooth finish. But all and all a nice shade to wear on your toes during the summer months. I used 2 coats and shown without a clear top coat. It leaves a sort of cashmere, matte finish when worn without a top coat. I’d definitely recommend using a shiny dry fast clear coat for this one.
Now this one baffled me 100%!
Essie All Access Pass is a vibrant electric blue, violet neon. I loved the color in the bottle but when I applied the first coat it was an utter mess! Streaks galore! I was so annoyed.. especially ’cause I couldn’t imagine the second coat turning out any better than the first. But.. actually… as you can see in the picture it looks pretty great!
Apparently this color needed something more than just a regular clear base coat to stick too.
So i would recommend starting off with a clear matte base coat if you’re going to use All Access Pass and be ready for some major streaking. By the second coat the streaks were covered up and my nails looked pretty good!
I still felt they were a little thick though. So…. buyers beware. All Access Pass by Essie is a bit of a nightmare to apply but after your final shiny top coat it will hopefully turn out looking great like mine did.
Essie Make Some Noise is probably the easiest to apply out of all the shades in this collection and my favorite. Shown below with two coats Make Some Noise is an electric sea tone blue. A great mani / pedi shade for sure!
Essie All Access Pass is a super electric, turn the lights off neon lime nail lacquer. Something i probably wouldn’t wear just cause it’s so uber florescent but for all you festival kiddies out there… you might wanna try it. My only gripe is that it’s also a bit sheer starting off, so it may actually take you 3 coats to get a solid opaque finish. I used 2 coats and a clear top coat in the photo below. Also a great base for some nail art!
Essie Melody Maker is a warm creamy bright teal green. Consistency was great too… i had no problems with this one.
Shown with 2 coats and a shiny top coat.
All and all my thoughts on the entire collection are.. It’s not bad. My favorite shades would be Essie Coacha’bella, Essie Make Some Noise and Essie Melody Maker. If All Access Pass wasn’t so streaky I’d add that to my top… but since i had such a struggle applying the first coat, i’d have to pass on that one. The rest… well if you can find a place that’s having a sale then i’d say … go pick up the entire collection!
The entire Essie Neon 2015 collection will be available in June at local Target, CVS and mass beauty stores, as well as online at essie.com, ebay, nordstrom, ulta beauty, kohls, amazon and ecrater.com (best prices online)
Suggested Retail Price is $8.50/ bottle
If you’re looking for some festival neon nail insp.. check out my latest design, using a few shades from the collection. “Festival Nails, Break Out Your Brighter Side”
I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a message in the comment box below and let me know which is your favorite neon nail lacquer for 2015!!