blah blah cuticles...SORRY. I put lotion on literally right before I took these pictures--I almost couldn't hold the camera because of how greased my hands were--and it still didn't help.
This is Vices Versa, and it's a spring green "neon." Now, as has been noted, neons often pop if you put them over white. But in my experience, true neons are still neon even without the white base. That's not true with this polish. Although it definitely has neon pigment in it because it dries matte, when this is applied by itself and without an opaque white base coat (as in my photos), it doesn't look neon when it dries (even with topcoat). It just looks like a really bright green. It reminds me a lot of OPI Green-wich Village, which is a creme. In real life this polish doesn't even look as neon as it does in these photos--my camera messed with the color a little bit. It also doesn't make my hands look super red like they do here. I used four coats, and the formula is pretty typical for a "neon;" ie horrible. It doesn't self level at all and it's sheer.
Karen over at beautygeeks swatched each of the Essie 2014 neons alone and then over white, and you can see that Vices Versa does look like a neon green over white, while it appears as more of a bright shade on its own. So I'm not alone here. But you guys know what I mean, right? Like, even Essie Pink Parka, which I just posted about here, is a bright neon without a white base. Polishes like China Glaze Surfin' For Boys and Flip Flop Fantasy pack more than enough neon punch on their own without having to resort to a white base coat. All of this babbling that I'm doing about white base coats is leading up to my saying that these polishes probably aren't worth it. Yes, they're really pretty and the bottles are super appealing in the display, but unless you really feel like a.) finding a white that'll go on opaque and even in one coat (which I've NEVER BEEN ABLE TO FIND after years of
hoarding collecting cosmetics) and b.) doing at least four or five coats of polish. Do I regret buying Vices Versa? No. I like the color on its own even though, to me, it isn't a true neon. I think the green is really pretty and I don't have anything else like it. Will I go back for the purple, the coral, the pink, etc? No. They're dupable. Save your money, ladies.
So, what do you think of these? Have any of them jumped into your shopping carts? I'm also curious to know if any of you have run across them yet. I only saw them at Giant Eagle one time; the next time I went back the display was empty and I haven't seen them anywhere else. Truly odd, because I think the official release date for this collection, Too Taboo, isn't until 1 May. If you guys have any thoughts on this, or neon polishes in general, let me know. I'm not too big a fan of neons, to be honest. Surfin' For Boys is probably my favorite one, and it's pretty tame...
Until next time!