essie | NEONS 2016

The essie neons are back and they are bolder and brighter than ever! Although you still have to use that darn white base to make them pop, I can’t really complain in comparison to last years “neon” collection.

I’m not usually a neon polish fan but they pair so perfectly with a tan in the summer that I can hardly resist (I usually opt for a neon pedi). Let’s check out the press release:




‘the fuchsia of art’ rich, vivid magenta – What you see here, my friends, is three coats of colour PLUS two coats of ‘prime & pop’ as a base. Are the results pretty? Yes. Does the application process almost make it not worth the hassle? Yes. 🙁


‘gallery gal’ vivacious coral pink – Okay, now this is what I’m talking about! So bright, so bold and completely opaque with one coat of colour (but don’t forget those two coats of ‘prime & pop’)! 😉 ‘gallery gal’ is the type of shade that I can’t stop staring at, and oh so perfect for a beach pedi! LOVE!


‘off the wall’ bombshell shocking pink – The formula on this one was great as well… but how many coats is too many? Shown here is two coats of ‘prime & pop’ and two coats of ‘off the wall’. She’s REALLY pretty though.


‘mark on miami’ vibrant ember orange – I don’t know why but I love a good orange (and yellow) neon, and ‘mark on miami’ is just that! Another one coater and soooo so gorgeous!!


‘stencil me in’ edgy citrus lime – LOVE!! I just can’t get enough… Seriously, I may have to hoard a couple of bottles. ‘stencil me in’ is an easy one coater and such a gorgeous yellow-lime for essie. No fuss with this formula. I am completely obsessed!


‘in it to wyn it’ electric turquoise blue – probably my least favourite formula of the bunch, this applied streaky even after 4 coats- and that’s not even including the white base!


What did you guys think? All in all, if you love neon polish there are definitely a few must-haves in this collection. Yes, the white base is a pain and so unnecessary when you compare it to other neon formulas such as China Glaze, but some of these shades are so vibrant and GORG that it’s so worth it. The only two that I really had a hard time applying were the blue and the purple. Oh yeah, expect tons of nail art from me using this collection, ‘stencil me in’ is everything!!


My picks? ‘stencil me in’, ‘gallery gal’ and ‘mark on miami’.

My tips? Just like Karen from Beauty Geeks I love using RCM White Hot soak off polish as a base (although I didn’t here as I wanted to show you guys how ‘prime & pop’ works).

The essie neon 2016 collection will be available as of August 2016. Will you be picking them up?

♡ Lauren

*PR press sample kindly provided for my un-biased consideration.*


  1. Jessica
    2016-07-13 / 9:02 AM

    I agree Lauren, even if some were tricky to apply and white base these shades are amazing! I can’t wait to try the yellow and the pinks myself, thank you for your honest thoughts on this 🙂

    • Lauren
      2016-07-13 / 9:07 AM

      You definitely need the yellow/lime in your life, Jessica! It’s so unique and pretty… yeah, I miss the old formula neons but I’ll take these shades :p

  2. 2016-07-13 / 12:34 PM

    Wow! You used the Prime & Pop for all? #Dedication

    I love Stencil Me In but if I need underpants, I just can’t bring myself to do it. If I was at the salon though… Yeah!

    • Lauren
      2016-07-13 / 10:41 PM

      Oh yes, ‘prime & pop’ for all. 😉 I know, I definitely feel ya on that one.. but she’s so pretty (plus it’s the closest thing to my old bottle of essie ‘funky limelight’)!

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