Swatches & Review: Essie Neon 2016

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essie neon 2016


Hey Nailfies,
Essie released 6 new highly pigmented neon nail polishes available now for $9/bottle.

The way to get the best “pop of color” is to prime each nail with a coat of solid white nail polish prior to applying your neon shade.
Essie developed their own dual purpose white called “prime & pop” to be used with their neon lacquers.
My overall experience was fine until I removed the neons a few days later (due to chipping) and discovered a faint pink stain on each of my nails.
This was extremely disappointing to me.  Especially after I followed their application directions to a tee!
The only way I was able to remove the stain was by lightly buffing each nail.  I also don’t like buffing my nails because I find it weakens them.  So… if I was to use these polishes again I would definitely use a clear base coat to protect my nails & hope that they don’t stain.

So, my suggestion would be if you’re desperate for a neon… definitely use a clear base coat first.   I also didn’t like the matte finish and used a clear top coat for a super shiny finish.

I also wish that essie’s brushes were like their new gel-couture brushes.  After using and loving the essie gelcouture line, I now find essie’s regular polish brushes to be somewhat difficult to use.  They’re not as soft and smooth as the gel couture’s and can tend to create some streaking.

Take a look at my step-by-step tutorial below on applying your essie neon’s

essie neon 2016

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stencil me in – vibrant neon yellow
This color goes on very sheer, so you’ll have to use 2 to 3 coats to get full coverage.

off the wall – bright neon pink
This formula is thicker and applies more opaque but you’ll still want to apply 2 coats for full coverage.

Step-1 essie neon stripe
Step 1: Use “prime & pop” a dual base coat/white primer all over each nail.
I would suggest using a clear base coat prior to adding the white due to staining.

Step 2 essie neon stripe
Step 2: Paint half of each nail with “off the wall”.

Step-3 essie neon stripeStep 3: Paint the other half of each nail with “stencil me in”
If there’s some overlap feel free to run a second coat of “off the wall over each nail.

Step 4: Keep as is and leave your nails with a matte finish or top off each nail with 1 coat of either essie gel setter, or your favorite dry fast top coat for a shiny neon finish!

The entire essie neon 2016 collection can be purchased at local beauty destinations nationwide, nordstrom, bed bath & beyond & cvs.

(photo credits: Holly for
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