Last year’s Maybelline Bleached Neons were on everyone’s radar. This year, brands have hopped on the pastel neon train, probably hoping to replicate Maybelline’s success. I’m not saying that Maybelline were the only ones with their foot in the door, they were the more popular and sought after. Instead of doing what many brands have done, creating neons with pastel qualities, Color Club has some how curated a collection of pastel polishes with neon qualities. Don’t understand what I mean? You’ll get it once you see the swatches! You have got to take a look at these 7 polishes.
Before I begin the swatches, I want to address these as a group.
They all perform the same, with the exception of two. It’s just easier this way, I won’t have a repeat myself over and over again later. This collection doesn’t have the best formula. Pastels are known to be streaky and neons are known to be sheer and patchy. Just looking at the bottles, I was afraid the formula would be irritating. There are some that are great 2 coaters, but a majority of them require 3 coats. That may be a big red flag for some people and I’m usually one of those people. However, these colors are so unique and beautiful that I don’t mind that third coat. There are a ton of pastel neons on the market with superb formulas. Sadly, these aren’t the ones.
These can be patchy on the first two coats. Once you lay the third coat, you seem to forget about the hassle all together. The colors are so beautiful, like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It would probably make it easier to just lay down a white base first, then you could get away with just one coat of color (if you do this, please let me know how it was).
Let me tell you this though, even though the formula’s not the greatest, everyone I know who has tried these has loved them.
Hot-Hot-Hot Pants is a bright pastel peachy coral.
Hot-Hot-Hot Pants- 3 coats, no top coat
Essie Van D’Go and Hot-Hot-Hot Pants look like they could be dupes in the bottle. On the nails, it’s a different story. Next to Van D’Go, the neon look of Hot-Hot-Hot Pants stands out more. It is also several shades lighter.
I-R: Hot-Hot-Hot Pants, M&P: Van D’Go
(L-R) Hot-Hot-Hot Pants, Van D’Go
Here is a milky pale banana yellow with a hint of orange named Disco’s Not Dead. For a yellow polish, this actually went on pretty creamy.
Disco’s Not Dead- 3 coats, no top coat
Feathered Hair Out to There is a bright pastel cool pink. This is the color from this collection Barbie would most likely sport.
Feathered Hair Out to There- 3 coats, no top coat
Here’s a look at Feathered Hair Out to There vs Hot-Hot-Hot Pants. Cool vs warm toned pink.
I&R: Feathered Hair Out to There, M&P: Hot-Hot-Hot Pants
(L-R) Feathered Hair Out to There, Hot-Hot-Hot Pants
Under the Blacklight is a pastel neon yellow with a green tinge.
Under the Blacklight- 3 coats, no top coat
Does this color look familiar? It should! I recently did a review on Orly Key Lime Twist which is very similar. They are both pastel neon yellows. The brighter more neon shade is Key Lime Twist. The one with more of a pastel look is Under the Blacklight. I would recommend both of these. It all depends on which look you’re going for.
I&R: Under the Blacklight, M&P: Key Lime Twist
(L-R) Under the Blacklight, Key Lime Twist
This next polish is a pastel honeydew green creme named ‘Til the Record Stops. I love green polish and this is a swoon-worthy one. This color makes me wish for a bowl of honeydew on the beach.
‘Til the Record Stops- 3 coats, no top coat
If you’re wondering how this one compares to the yellowy green I just showed, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a comparison between ‘Til the Record Stops and Under the Blacklight. Side by side, you can see how significantly they differ. Under the Blacklight is a neon yellow while ‘Til the Record Stops is a pastel green creme.
I&R: Under the Blacklight, M&P: ‘Til the Record Stops
(L-R) ‘Til the Record Stops, Under the Blacklight
Meet Me At The Rink is a pastel sky blue. This isn’t quite neon, but it is such a light color that it creates a bright pop against your skin. This one has the creamiest formula and was a breeze to apply. It’s a beautiful color, but it’s not as unique as the others.
Meet Me At The Rink- 2 coats, no top coat
The second polish with a great formula is Diggin’ the Dancing Queen. This is a bright pastel lavender cream with some cool-toned pinky hues.
Diggin’ the Dancing Queen- 2 coats, no top coat
This collection is stunning. They are pastels, so extremely pastel that they appear intensely bright, which gives them a neon look. Once again, I must stress that I have never seen anything like these. The formula aren’t that great, they’re thin and patchy. Once you get one of these shades on your nail, you go into this mode of adoration where the trouble it took to get to that moment melts away. You can’t help but be happy when you look at these!
The two with the better formula, Meet Me At The Rink and Diggin’ the Dancing Queen are shades that are seen pretty frequently. If you want to get this collection and would like to save where you can, I believe these two aren’t as different as the others. I feel that these two could have been brighter and paler to go with the other shades of this collection.
My must haves are ‘Til the Record Stops, Hot-Hot-Hot Pants and Under the Blacklight. If you like green polish, ‘Til the Record Stops needs to be yours. I’m not into pinks and even I think Hot-Hot-Hot Pants is a must. That’s saying something! I love Under the Blacklight. It’s an even more pastel neon yellow than the one I just reviewed. They are similar but their so different, I’ve gotta keep both!
I’ve heard these pastel neons are fantastic for watermarbling. I haven’t tried it yet, it is on my must try list. I’ve only recently gotten back to the technique (Easter mani). I will be sure to report back when I get the chance. They’ll probably get their own Mani Monday post. Color Club didn’t release just one summer collection, there’s another one I will be reviewing promptly. Follow me on Instagram for the possibility of a first look before I put up the post!
The Poptastic Pastel Neon Collection is available for purchase now on Amazon and on other retailers selling Color Club polishes.