Festival season is coming people! China Glaze has the nail department covered for you. This year’s collection for summer 2015 is full of polishes China Glaze does best, neons. The Electric Nights Collection was inspired by the electric dance music (EDM) culture, so you can tell these are polishes that will be bold and ready to party. What sets this collection from other neon collections China Glaze has done in the past is that this 12-piece collection features nine creamy neons and three neon glitter toppers. This is a different formula for a neon that we have been seeing more lately, there is no need for a white base for these babies to pack a punch! I bought the whole collection, so get ready for some droolin’!
All the neons from this collection have crelly formulas. Some are closer to the jelly side, while some are closer to the creme side. None of them are very troublesome, even the ones with thin formulas. Three coats of these are a small price to pay for that gorgeous finished result. These all dry with a squishy dull shine some are even super shiny, this is unusual from a neon. Traditional neons tend to dry with semi-matte finish.
This release a rainbow of polishes, so what better way to share them than by rainbow order? Red-y to Rave is a neon red with some orange and pink thrown in. A neon red will usually lean more pink, but this one is undoubtably red. They’ve done this shade perfectly and it has an easy crelly formula that dries with a dull shine, making these two coats look super squishy!
Red-y to Rave- 2 coats, no top coat
If you’re looking for a creamy hot neon pink, look no further. Glow with the Flow is a dragonfruit pink with a formula more jelly than Red-y to Rave. This had amazing coverage but I did end up with some slight patchiness on my second coat. A thin third coat evened out everything.
Glow with the Flow- 3 coats, no top coat
There were two neons I felt benefitted from laying down a white base. Home Sweet House Music is the first. This neon cantaloupe orange had a really thin streaky formula. At the end of my application, my product did not look nearly as neon as I had hoped. Using a white base would make this polish pop.
Home Sweet House Music- 3 coats, no top coat
The second neon polish I felt needs a white base to really stand out is Daisy Know My Name?. I feel the need to clarify that the name of this polish does include that pesky question mark that OPI is notorious for adding all the dang time! This is a true neon yellow, not those highlighter yellows with green mixed in. This is bright yellow. Daisy Know My Name? has a wet jelly formula that would take many coats to get opaque.
Daisy Know My Name?- 3 coats, no top coat
To really make this neon yellow pop, you would need to use a white base. It’ll make everything easier and prettier. Isn’t that what we all want?
I found that if you layer one coat of Daisy Know My Name? over white it looks brighter and more neon than if you add two coats over white. Just something I thought I should take note of.
Daisy Know My Name?- 1 coat over OPI Alpine Snow
In case you’re wondering how it compares to a typical neon yellow, here’s a look next to Orly Glowstick.
(L-R) Daisy Know My Name, Glowstick
Treble Maker is a neon green that just glows! If you were to make a grass green into a neon shade, this is how. I’m going to go ahead and announce this one is my favorite. This has a creamy crelly formula that’s perfection in two coats. This makes me think of one of my favorite greens of all time, Essie Mojito Madness is neon form. So squishy! I can’t wait for summer, I’m going to need a backup!
Treble Maker- 2 coats, no top coat
UV Meant to Be is a light blue creme. It’s not very neon. The formula was fantastic, it’s an extremely creamy crelly that was a breeze to apply. I feel that there are so many brands with this color right now, I wasn’t as wowed about this one. It’s still fantastic and a great blue to go for if you don’t have one similar.
UV Meant to Be- 2 coats, no top coat
I really liked this one, though I may not sound very excited. Compared to China Glaze Capacity to See Beyond from the Giver Collection this past year, this one has the superior formula. I enjoyed painting on this one more and you know I love squishy finishes! The colors aren’t exactly the same either. Capacity to See Beyond has some green and is a notch lighter. These are so similar, there’s no need to have both.
I&R: UV Meant to Be, M&P: Capacity to See Beyond
For a blue a little deeper, turn to DJ Blue My Mind. This jelly blue achieves opacity in just two coats. Once again, it’s not as neon as the rest. I don’t really care for this, it doesn’t strike me as unique. Of course that is only my mere opinion.
DJ Blue My Mind- 2 coats, no top coat
For those curious, here are the two blues from this collection side-by-side.
(L-R) DJ Blue My Mind, UV Meant to Be
For purple, here is the first of two. Violet-Vibes has a super thin jelly formula and due to this, it can look slightly patchy at certain angles. There’s some pink in this that gives it an orchid color. This color looks great on some people, excluding me.
Violet-Vibes- 3 coats, no top coat
Despite not liking the first purple, I love this one! Plur-ple is a squishy grape jelly. It’s a vibrant purple but not a neon. Either way, I am still very happy with this.
Plur-ple- 2 coats, no top coat
Violet-Vibes and Plur-ple are entirely different tones of purple. I don’t care for the pinky purple Violet-Vibes, Plur-ple is a delicious purple jelly and a favorite for me!
(L-R) Plur-ple, Violet-Vibes
Can I Get An Untz Untz has a memorably funny name. This glitter topper is full transparent neon green, blue and purple glitter. Looks great in just 1 coat, no need for fishing.
Can I Get An Untz Untz- 1 coat over Treble Maker
Can I Get An Untz Untz- 1 coat over white (OPI Alpine Snow)
The main glitter in Can I Get An Untz Untz is similar to the color of Treble Maker.
(L-R) Can I Get An Untz Untz, Treble Maker
Neon pink, orange and purple glitter make up Let the Beat Drop. There is more orange glitter than anything for this one. I feel that the clear base in this one is somewhat tinted pink, it probably bled from the neon pink glitter.
Let the Beat Drop- 1 coat over Violet-Vibes
Let the Beat Drop- 1 coat over white
The main glitter in Let the Beat Drop is similar in color to Red-y to Rave.
(L-R) Let the Beat Drop, Red-y to Rave
To pump up the EDM party, China Glaze added a rainbow neon glitter topper named Point Me to the Party. There is an assortment of neon glitter in this one. Orange, pink, blue, green and purple dance around in this clear base. I feel that my bottle is tinted with a little purple, it’s not a problem, not even noticeable even when layered over white. The bottle of this stuff doesn’t look very pretty, that’s just due to the transparent neon glitter laying over each other. Point Me to the Party really comes alive once you paint it over a white base. That’s my favorite way. It also pairs perfectly with anything too!
Point Me to the Party- 1 coat over Plur-ple
Point Me to the Party- 1 coat over white
This is an amazing collection from China Glaze. So far, this would have to be my favorite collection of this summer! Spring has only just begun and I find myself wishing for the warmth of summer days. Each one of these polishes are amazing. My ultimate favorite is Treble Maker. That crelly green really wowed me. It’s so bright and just pops off my nails! My other favorites from this collection are Daisy Know My Name, Plur-ple and all three of the glitter toppers. You can’t skip on those glitters!
I’ve heard these are excellent for watermarbling (did you see my watermarble I did for Easter?). I may have to have a follow-up post on my experience. So now I have two collections I need to try the technique with, this Electric Nights Collection and the Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neons Collection. Lots of rainbow goodness here to come.
If eye-searing neons aren’t your thing and you prefer neons more on the pastel side of things, take a look at the Color Club Pastel Neons I recently did a review on. They’re also a must have for spring/summer.
The China Glaze Electric Nights Collection is available in stores now. Currently, Sally Beauty Supply is having a Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal on China Glaze. They’re rolling out in stores everywhere. Be prepared to experience these bright neons in your local stores. For those that go for gel manicures, Plur-ple, Glow with the Flow, Red-y to Rave and Home Sweet House Music are available in China Glaze’s Geláze formulation.