Hot damn am I glad that Valentine's Day is over and I can finally stop staring at the collection of pink and red polishes on my desk that I never used. Sure, it's nice to have all the holidays be inspiration for manis but it gets a bit old after a while. Now it's all over and done with for, what, a month til Easter, I just had to have a go at a fantastic neon mani I originally found on Pinterest: Sparrow Nails' combination of China Glaze Purple Panic and Turned Up Turquoise Neon. It's too blindingly bright for me not to!
To start, I painted all but my ring finger in Purple Panic, leaving it to be Turned Up Turquoise. Two coats is enough with these frosty neons, which is nice. I added a coat of Seche Vite to each finger because I'm impatient and it makes the taping easier. I then used my striping tape, painter's masking tape, pinking shears and dotting tools to make the various patterns. Once they were all done, I finished off with another coat of Seche Vite and a coat of Essie Matte About You. I've been looking for it for months and months, always missing it but TBBS in Toronto FINALLY had it in stock. So everything will be matte now because it's the best matte top coat I've ever used. I've tried Joe Fresh, Nails Inc, American Apparel, all of them can't even a bit compare to how good Matte About You is. It's just such a matte finish! Totes worth it.
The Verdict: I love how abusively bright this is. It was a pain in the bum to photograph, as you can imagine, but it was worth the effort. I'm also going to go on again about how good Matte About You is. Cos it's really good. Yay neons!