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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Review & Swatches: Salon Perfect Summer 2013 Limited Edition Neon Collision Nail Lacquers

Recently I received some tweets from a few you regarding this collection, and I apologize if you sent me pics of the display (which is now popping up at Walmart stores) and I didn't get a chance to thank you. I  actually received three of the shades in the Neon Collision Collection for review a little while ago, but I wanted to put these to the test before I showed you swatches. So let's not waste another minute, because these babies are limited edition and they won't be around forever!

Salon Perfect Limited Edition Neon Collision Nail Lacquers in Exploded, Kaboom, Jolt
(retail: $3.98 each exclusively in Walmart stores, 0.5 oz)

For those who are unaware, Salon Perfect is a division of AII (makers of China Glaze) and their polishes are sold exclusively at Walmart. From Salon Perfect:
Introducing Salon Perfect® Neon Collision for Summer 2013 
What happens when you mash up two of this summer’s hottest nail trends: neons and matte glitters? You get an energizing burst of color from the new Salon Perfect® Neon Collision nail lacquers. 
Salon Perfect® floats neon matte fine glitter in a clear base to create this “can’t-not-look” collection of six eye-catching shades that offer complete coverage in 2-3 coats. Or give nails a blast of nail art by using any Salon Perfect® Neon Collision shade as a one-coat layering polish, or blend two shades to create an easy ombré look.
The Salon Perfect® Neon Collision collection includes:  
• Bang – Orange and yellow collision 
• Exploded – Reddish orange and yellow collision  
• Jolt – Yellow and orange collision 
• Kaboom – Turquoise and yellow collision 
• Shocked – Hot pink and turquoise collision 
• Zapped – Yellow and turquoise collision 
Salon Perfect® Neon Collision will launch in June exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide as part of a limited edition promotional display.  Individual shades will retail for $3.98. 
Now that you know all about these new polishes, let's take a closer look at the three I received for review! I used top coat for all of the following swatches (much more on that at the end of this post):


Exploded contains two different sizes of hex glitter (tiny and even more tiny). The glitter colors are matte neon yellow, matte neon orange and matte neon pink. The overall effect makes this polish look pinker in some lights and more orange in other lights. The base is clear.

Pinky, ring and index finger: two coats of Exploded
Middle finger: one coat of Exploded over a peach creme polish



Next up:


Kaboom contains two sizes of hex glitter (tiny and even more tiny). The glitter colors are matte teal and matte lime green/chartreuse and they're in a clear base. This polish seems to be a very close dupe for the much-talked-about Floam Nail Polish. I don't own Floam but, judging by the pics, they are nearly identical.

Pinky, ring and index finger: two coats of Kaboom
Middle finger: one coat of Exploded over a light blue creme polish



And finally we have:


Jolt contains, once again, tiny hex glitter and even tinier hex glitter. The glitter colors are matte canary yellow and matte orange in a clear base. Some of the yellow glitter in this polish actually has looks shimmery in certain lights and, as you're about to see, it looks even more shimmery when worn over black.

Pinky, ring and index finger: two coats of Jolt
Middle finger: one coat of Jolt over a black creme polish



As I mentioned earlier, I did use top coat for all of the swatches above. I know that I don't usually apply top coat in my polish swatches because I like for you to see the original finish of the polishes I review, but in this case I made an exception because I feel very strongly that these polishes look their best with top coat.

When the Neon Collision polishes dry, they are very bumpy and they have a matte finish. These polishes tend to "eat" normal top coats, so I had to use a well-known "top coat cocktail" that's popular in the nail community in order to smooth out super bumpy polishes. After I painted my nails, I applied two coats of Gelous Base Coat to each nail, and then followed that with a thick, quick-dry top coat (I used Essie Good To Go). This combo can give even the bumpiest polishes a smoother finish, but I do want to warn you that two coats of the Neon Collision polishes will give you a very bumpy surface. One coat over a base color will give you a much smoother finish, but I actually don't really like these polishes over a base color--I like them on their own (on bare nails). So for me personally, the "top coat cocktail" is totally worth it.

Application was pretty easy overall. You don't have to fish for the glitter because it's SO tiny--it completely coats the brush when you pull it out of the bottle. I do want to warn you though to not overdo it with brush strokes during application. Try to use the least amount of brush strokes possible because if you keep going back over this polish with your brush, the glitters will move and start sticking together to create clumps. So less is more with brush strokes. And if you miss a spot, don't worry because you can "dab" the spot with the end of your brush to fill in any gaps and it will level out and look seamless.

Since these polishes dry to a matte finish, expect them to dry very quickly. I didn't have any issues with dry time whatsoever.

Wear time will vary from person to person of course, depending on your body chemistry, how hard you are on your nails etc. I do want to tell you that I had MUCH better luck with the wear time of these polishes when I wore them on their own (two coats on bare nails) with NO base coat. When I wear these over a base coat and/or a base color, I find that they do chip near my tips about a day into my manicure.

FINAL VERDICT: With all of the textured polishes on the market right now, I find these to be a bit different and fun. They're not bar glitter (like the Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coats) and two coats yield very good coverage without the help of a base color. If you like teeny tiny matte, neon glitters, then you'll probably love these. They do require a bit of work if you're a stickler for a super smooth, shiny finish, but I think they're worth it. For under $4 a bottle, I think they're a fun choice for summertime if you're looking for something outside of the norm when it comes to drugstore nail polish.

Do you own any of the new Salon Perfect Neon Collision nail lacquers? Thoughts?

Again, these polishes are Limited Edition Walmart-exclusives and you can only purchase them in stores. I've heard from a few readers that they've already hit many Walmart locations, but if you haven't seen the display yet, keep looking (the official release date was June, so they might be in all stores yet...).

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  1. I bought Shocked, the pink/blue one, and I'm loving it! I wish they made a blue/orange one. I just posted swatches of Shocked on my blog, ah it's so neon and bright and cheery! I LOVE IT! :)

  2. I use one coat of NYC Matte Me Crazy with one coat of Oh So Wet topcoat to smooth extra rough glitters. Gelous just doesn't work for me.

  3. I definately want to try one of these! I am thinking Shocked, but I want to see the bottles in person first before I decide! Thanks G.!

  4. I picked up five of these (all except Bang)because I love Floam type polishes! I do own Floam and Kaboom, although not a perfect dupe, is very close and will probably satisfy a lemming. I wore mine sans top coat, I thought the gritty matte look was right on trend with the other textured polishes out there.

  5. Oh dear. I really do not like shopping at Wal Mart. But these Salon Perfect along with the newer Hard Candy polishes are going to pull me back in. I really like how these three don't look like dupes of anything else I own or that I've even seen. I'm kind of impressed with that.

  6. I have been coveting Floam but its never in stock so this is spectacular news.

  7. Have you heard from any of your readers about them popping up in the phoenix area yet?

  8. These colors are so beautiful, fun, bright, really just perfect for the Summer! I will definitely want to try at least one, especially because they are so affordable it's just a bummer they are exclusive to Walmart, wish they were available in all major drugstores!

  9. I bought them right up the moment I found them. :)

  10. I just picked them all up today!! I love em!

  11. I have a sudden urge to own these now. I need to find them :) Thanks for the awesome swatches!

  12. Damnit. Damnit damnit damnit. I don't want to buy these things. But I have to buy these things. Damnit!

  13. I don't like the combination options :/ It doesn't appeal to me (and this is from someone who enjoys the most unusual colors combinations in cosmetics and hair!). I also hate WalMart with a severe passion.XD

  14. I have 2 SH Fuzzy Coats...All Yarned Up, and Peach Fuzz, cannot stand them! I'm sooo not into the texture thing, but these just looked like bar glitter so I gave it a go. Well, you really need to do some fishin' around to even get them on the brush and it's goopy and takes forever to come even close to dry. I'm returning them asap! These SalonPerfect look interesting though. O.O

  15. These polishes are so interesting! I found them at my local Walmart, but had a hard time- the display for these polishes is so big that it didn't fit in the cosmetics section! It was over by the hair care section of my store, and others have reported seeing it in other parts of the store or by the register.

  16. These are SERIOUS topcoat drinkers! I found these yesterday and couldn't wait to try it out. I started with 2 thin coats over a base coat for coverage, and then a coat of Gelous and a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward top coat... and then a few hours later when they were all bumpy, another coat of Gelous. And then this morning, when I woke up, ANOTHER coat of Gelous. And they're still not quite smooth ^^;

    Love the summery look, but I don't know if I'll wear it again. I've never had to do this many coats of topcoat, even with the new texture polishes.

  17. I need Kaboom. I have been stalking my local Wal Mart stores, but none of them had these. Unless they are all already sold out. These look like floam.

  18. I think these are the worst polish ever. They go on very dull and peel off quickly


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