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Reviewed: Essie’s Neon Nail Polish Collection of 6 Bright Shades

A pop of colour for spring.
Essie Neon Nail Polish

YASSS, it's finally warm and sunny out, which means bright nails will popping up everywhere! 

So, it's perfect timing for Essie to bring out its annual neons collection—six bold shades that you'll (maybe) want to wear all season long.

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Essie Neon Nail Polish

Essie's neon nail polish collection

This year's colours were inspired by Coachella and summer festival style. Let's take a look at how they measure up!


Essie Coacha’bella

Essie Nail Polish in Coacha’bella

I'm very into this peony pink called Coacha'bella, which isn't too bright nor too dark. I wouldn't consider it a neon (you'll see a pattern here), but it's a flattering colour for spring and summer, so I'm not complaining! Plus, application was great and only took two coats. 

Melody Maker

Essie Melody Maker

Essie Nail Polish in Melody Maker

I want to love Melody Maker, except that it stained my nails in less than five minutes (ugh!!!). I never use base coat for swatching, so I was super-bummed when this left a faint teal colour after removing. Be sure you're using a generous amount of base coat with this colour! Otherwise, it's a pretty shade, but is it neon? Nope. My application was a little tricky and the first coat didn't go on well, but smoothed out with coat number two. 

All Access Pass

Essie All Access Pass

Essie Nail Polish in All Access Pass

Now this is definitely not a neon. All Access Pass is a grape-toned purple and not my favourite, but it applied well and I only needed two coats. It's pretty, but I won't be reaching for it when I want to wear something bright. 

Groove is in the Heart

Essie Groove is in the Heart

Essie Nail Polish in Groove is in the Heart

Groove is in the Heart, a peachy pink, has to be one of my favourites from this collection. The colour is just so pretty! But, but, but... it's really not all that neon. I love it nevertheless. I painted this colour on all my nails once I was done swatching the full collection, and it bubbled on me while drying, which drove me crazy. I love Essie polishes, but if you don't really let them dry between coats, they always bubble. Annoying! This one took two coats and was an easy application. 

Make Some Noise

Essie Make Some Noise

Essie Nail Polish in Make Some Noise

The blue/green shades in this collection are not making me happy, because Make Some Noise also stained my nails. Not cool, Essie! Otherwise, this shade is great, but I'm still not feeling the neon vibe with these. Two coats was all I needed. 

Vibrant Vibes

Essie Vibrant Vibes

Essie Nail Polish in Vibrant Vibes

Finally a neon –ish? I think I'd call Vibrant Vibes a pastel lime, and I looooove how it pops on the skin. Two coats and I was good to go, plus it dries semi-matte if you like that look. I'm very into this colour!


My final thoughts? I do like this collection as a whole, but I wouldn't call these colours neon! Still, they applied well with two coats and didn't give me any trouble (besides bubbling), so if there's a shade you must have, go for it... we're all ready for a little pop of colour!

Where to Buy

Find the Essie Neons collection at drugstores and salons.

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