Nail polish is the easiest, cheapest, fastest way to dip into a fashion trend and update your look, as well as brighten up your day. NYC Colour have some awesome colours and at just $2 a pop, they’re super wallet-friendly as well. They have a huge range of colours (somewhere around 80 shades total) and they’re available all over the place: local pharmacy, convenience store, Woolworths & Coles as well as online.
I was recently gifted four of what have to be the coolest shades in the NYC range: (all NEONS) Glow Worm, Gelati, Show Off and Shocking Pink by my beautiful friend Adrienne of Lot Deux. She’s gorgeous and so ridiculously talented. Go and check out her blog!
Let’s start with Show Off. A hot, sizzling neon pink that makes your tan pop, your nails look amazing (no matter what the length) and goes with pretty much everything. Definitely one for the pink girls.
This photograph doesn’t quite capture it’s “neon-ness”. It’s got much more oomph and is far brighter, far more vibrant. Show Off is touch dry at 4 mins 45 secs, however you’ll still leave fingerprints up until the 8 minute mark. It will dent and/or ding if you’re unlucky enough to hit it right up until about the 20 minute mark when it sets solid. The first coat looks a little streaky but the second and third coats level out beautifully. I got 6 days solid wear out of this, with no top coat. Very impressive.
Next up is Glow Worm. The most neon of any neon yellow polish I have ever tried. It’s like wearing a glow stick on your nails. If you’re looking to try neon polish for the first time, I recommend this one.
It’s touch dry at around 7 minutes, although you’ll still leave fingerprints up until about 9 minutes and 30 seconds, if you’re unlucky enough to dent or ding them you will leave a mark until around the 30 minute point when the polish sets solid. I know, it’s a long dry time. But it is totally worth it. This polish lasted 7 whole days for me with no top coat. The first signs of wear started on day 8, with slight wearing away of the polish on the tips of my nails (probably because I’m constantly typing), but no outright chips.
Looking for a secondary neon? Why not take a look at Gelati! It’s a hot neon orange with a real wow factor. Your nails actually vibrate on their own frequency when wearing this colour. Sunlight bounces off of it like dirty disco lights and I wouldn’t be surprised if it glowed in the dark (but to be honest, I didn’t try that.) Again, this photograph does not do it justice at all. It is soooo much hotter and so much more neon than this.
Gelati is touch dry at 6 mins and 40 seconds, although you’ll still leave fingerprints up until about 8 minutes and 30 seconds. If you’re not lazing around with a glass of champagne waiting for them to dry, and you accidentally hit them on something they will ding, right up until about the 25 minute mark when the polish sets solid. Again, I was super impressed with the wear of this polish. I got a full 7 days out of it with no top coat and no base coat. The first signs of wear were as per previous, just at the tips of my nails, but no outright chips. Unlike Show Off and Glow Worm however, Gelati is level from the first coat.
Finally, rounding out the quartet of NEON awesomeness is Shocking Pink. Not quite as neon as the other three, it’s still a solid electric purple pink. Perfect for easing into the neon trend if you’re a little unsure.
Shocking Pink is touch dry in just 5 minutes. You’ll leave fingerprints up until around 6 minutes 30 and it will dent if you hit it hard enough right up until about 19 minutes after application, when it sets solid. Shocking Pink’s first coat is a little wobbly, but the second and third even out beautifully. Surprise surprise! I got 6 days wear out of this baby, not quite as long as Glow Worm or Gelati, but still very impressive with no top coat or base coat. Again, no outright chips, but the first signs of wear were a thinning of the colour on the tips of my nails.
All in all, at $2 per polish I was expecting very little of them aside from incredible colour. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that they wear really well and outlast some of my much more expensive polishes by several days (and almost a full week in some cases.)
Grab these babies from selected pharmacies, convenience stores and petrol stations, as well as Woolworths & Coles. For more consumer questions and stockists phone 1800 181 040.
Have a great weekend dolls! And don’t forget, you’ve got just over 24 hours to enter my WIN a Makeup Box Competition.