For the past couple of weeks, everyone has been really into the China Glaze Electric Nights Collection and Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neon Collection. Those two are phenomenal and great summer releases, probably the highlights of summer 2015. Following their new Pastel Neons, Color Club has released a second collection for this summer, the Poptastic Pastel Neon Remix Collection.
I love that they decided to do something different and unexpected. The polishes are all glitters with light jelly bases. Here’s the cool and unique part, they glow in the dark! I don’t think I have ever seen a non-indie brand make a full collection of glow in the dark polishes. Of the full set of seven, I bought five. I skipped on the pink and orange since I don’t usually grab for those shades and I’m trying to save where I can.
Keep reading to see how these preform and whether or not I prefer these over the original Poptastic Pastel Neons. Just take a look at these! They’re glowing!
I don’t have much to say about these individually… All the polishes have the same formula. They can be worn over any polish or built up to be worn on their own. They are on the thicker side and can apply patchy, so I would prefer layering these. They all have the same mix of iridescent glitter, the only difference is the color of each of their jelly bases. These dry to a textured matte finish, due to the glow pigment and glitter.
What about the glow factor?
These polishes emit a strong glow. Even with just one coat over another regular polish, the glow in the dark effect is very noticeable. When you have 2 or 3 layers of one of these on, the glow is significantly stronger. These are crazy bright when they’re charged up! What do I mean by that? Yep, glow in the dark polishes can be charged with light. The stronger the light, the better the glow. UV light lamps charge the best. Most of the time, brands will charge up their glow in the dark polishes in promo photos.
So if you’re having trouble with anything that’s glow in the dark, try giving it some exposure to some direct sunlight or a lamp and watch, when it’s out of the light it’ll glow fiercely! They remain bright for a good amount of time and then gradually fades. Sadly, the glow doesn’t last super long.
Same order as cover photo (L-R):
Get Down Tonight, Feel the Funk, It’s Electric!, Soul Sister, On the Flip Side
In this post, all my pictures were of the glow effect after holding out my hand under a lamp for a minute or two. The pictures really don’t do them justice. My camera doesn’t do well capturing dark images so I couldn’t get them to appear as bright as they do in person. If I can, I’ll do a follow up blog post or post them on Instagram.
Get Down Tonight is a sheer jelly blue with iridescent glitter. It glows a bright green blue color.
Get Down Tonight- 3 coats, no top coat
It’s Electric! is a sheer yellow green jelly version. It gives vibrant green glow, the glow on this one is the strongest.
It’s Electric!- 3 coats, no top coat
Feel the Funk is a soft purple jelly. The flow on this one was the dimmest, a soft pale green. This one’s on the sheerer side. Although it can be worn alone, I would recommend layering it over another polish to intensify the purple.
Feel the Funk- 3 coats, no top coat
Here is Feel the Funk over Petal Pushers from the Essie Flowerista Collection. I love the way this looks! It transforms a gray like Petal Pushers into a sparkly pastel purple. It also plays up that cool factor since it glows in the dark!
On the Flip Side is a bright melon green jelly. It glows a bright green.
On the Flip Side- 3 coats, no top coat
You may be wondering what the difference is between It’s Electric! and On the Flip Side. It’s Electric! is much more yellow, like a chartreuse yellow rather than a chartreuse green like On the Flip Side. I guess I would say that It’s Electric! is kind of a Shrek-green color. Yes, it doesn’t sound like much a difference, but you can see it when I put them side by side.
(L-R) On the Flip Side & It’s Electric!
Soul Sister is my last pic. This is a cantaloupe orange jelly. This is the sheerest of the bunch, so sheer that I had to layer it over another polish. The formula is very thin and watery. I used it over Wet n Wild Warm Filter from the new Silver Lake Collection for spring I reviewed here. This glows a neon yellow/green color.
Soul Sister- 2 coats over Warm Filter
I am happy to own these. You don’t see many glitters like these, they make me think of a finer textured Zoya Monet. The glow on these make me giddy with joy. I think I could have done without Soul Sister. It was way too sheer and the glow isn’t very different from the others. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite. I guess if I had to, I would choose On the Flip Side. It’s a melon green that I swoon for!
It’s probably not necessary for you to purchase this whole collection. These may not appeal to everyone. The glitter in these are actually a little too girly and frilly for me. If you’re looking into a glow in the dark polish and would like to use it over any color, I would recommend a good glow in the dark top coat. China Glaze makes a good one (Ghoulish Glow) and there are tons of indie polish brands that have some.
Is this a good collection? Yes. It may shine bright in the dark, however, I think the Poptastic Pastel Neon Collection shines brighter in my eyes. I loved those colors and I am more likely to use those more often than these.
If you would like to purchase these or other Color Club nail lacquers, they can be found on Live Love Polish, Enospring, or even Amazon! The Amazon link leads you directly to this collection! Color Club is sold online at many retailers and is harder to get your hands on in stores.
Which do you prefer? The original Poptastic Pastel Neons or this Remix version?