28 December 2014

China Glaze Neon Swatch Spam and Nail Art

Hi guys! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays this past week - I took a couple days off from blogging to spend time with loved ones, but I'm back in action today with swatches and nail art using some China Glaze neon polishes from Live Love Polish. I've been pretty obsessed with gradients lately, and triangle cutouts, so I figured I'd combine them for today's nail art look:

I started with a base of Cuccio Verona Lace, a white creme, to make the neon colors pop. Once that was dry I sponged on a gradient of China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, China Glaze Son of A Peach, and China Glaze Pink Voltage, all from Live Love Polish. Once that was dry, I applied triangle nail vinyls from Vinyl Boutique and painted on Cirque Memento Mori before peeling off the vinyls.. I finished everything off with matte top coat.

Even though this style is nothing new, I have to say, I am digging the gradient with black! I did wait a long time for the gradient to dry before using the vinyls, though, since there were several layers of nail polish - I believe I waited about an hour - and I think I probably should have waited a little bit longer so I could get cleaner lines, but I am still satisfied with the result.

And I know, this totally isn't seasonally appropriate, but I decided to just run with it! I do love seasonal nail polishes, but I don't think our nails necessarily NEED to be defined by the weather. And hey, it's summer in Australia, right? ;)

Here are swatches of the polishes I used:

Pink Voltage is a neon pink with a cool toned shimmer throughout. As is usual for neons, this one dried to a slightly matte finish, but I loved how easy it was to apply! Not chalky or difficult at all. Shown above is two easy coats with top coat.

Son of a Peach is a neon peachy orange creme. It is slightly peachier and brighter than in the photo above, but of course, my camera doesn't like neons! Formula on this one was surprisingly thin, but easy enough to use, and again, it dried to a slightly matte finish. I'm glad I finally got my hands on this popular color, because it's absolutely gorgeous. Shown above is three coats with top coat.

And finally, we have Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. Yes, it is that bright! Think "tennis ball" color, only more eye searing! This polish on it's own was too sheer to build to full opacity, so I layered two coats over white for the photo above, along with top coat to shine up the slightly matte finish. Are your eyes burning yet? Haha! This color is perfect for the summer, or if you need to brighten up dull winter days.

The China Glaze polishes are available from Live Love Polish for $7.50 USD each, and you can use the code "INEEDMORENAILPOLISH" at checkout for 10% off your entire order. The triangle nail vinyls are available from the Vinyl Boutique for $5 USD for a sheet of 100.

What do you think of this nail art look? Do you own any of these polishes?

Some products provided for my honest review.


  1. That triangle gradient mani is freaking awesome! I might just have to copy you (with credit, of course!!)

  2. I love all these polishes! And that gradient is seriously perfection :D

  3. Love how the bright neons look against the black.

  4. Son of a Peach is my favorite, but holy crap that gradient + triangle is awesome!!

  5. Gorgeous neons, perfect swatches, and awesome art!

  6. Ohhh, I've missed neon polish! These are all gorgeous and I love the design that you did! I might have to go do some neon nails now haha

  7. It's just something that needs to be done in the winter ;) Seriously, doing these put me in a better mood!

  8. Agreed! I really loved them glossy because the black was more intense, but I mattified it for photos!

  9. Oh, I LOVE what you did for this look! Neons aren't my favorite but combined with black this looks super cool for summer.

  10. I love this. I mean, I really LOVE THIS. I want it on my nails right MEOW!


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