L'Oreal Banana Pop*, Flashing Lilac*, Wasabi Hint* and Acid Watermelon*
Bubblegum Balloons Neon Pop balloon* woah so many asterixis
First let us address the obvious question - what the hell is a photo of a balloon doing in a post about nail polish? Well, when I received the L'Oreal Neon Pop collection in the mail it came in a rather larger box than I was anticipating, and upon opening it a large confetti-filled helium balloon floated up out of it. This was happening at eight o'clock in the morning, and my bleary-eyed, half awake self was bewildered to say the least when confronted by a gravity-defying sphere. After a few more hours of sleep and finding four nail polishes sellotaped to the lid of the box I'd figured out that there wasn't some sort of celebration that I'd completely
forgotten about - and then the nail polish fiend in me kicked in and I got swatching.
...then completely forgot to take photos or write up a post for... oooh I dunno, a month?! Ermahgerd so pro at blogging.
Banana Pop has to be the most opaque yellow nail polish I've ever encountered. I applied three coats to get the colour which is almost unheard of in yellow nail polish terms. To make it even more opaque I'd recommend applying a white base coat before painting on the yellow.
Flashing Lilac is nothing like the name suggests, instead of a lilac it's an orchid purple that looks almost magenta and is opaque in three coats. As you can see from the photos, it has a more matte finish than the others, but if matte isn't your thing that can be easily remedied with a glossy top coat.
Wasabi Hint is a lovely spring green that's opaque in two coats, which my camera doesn't seem to pick up on as the photos don't seem to capture just how bright it is and display it as more of a pastel colour. Under artificial light it looks darker and even brighter.
My favourite from the collection has to be Acid Watermelon, it's a bright - almost neon - barbie pink that will be on my toes all summer (no, literally all summer. I hardly ever paint my toes, once a nail polish is on them, it's there to stay). As luck would have it, this is the least opaque of the four, needing three to four coats to be streak free.
I didn't use top coat on any of the shades as I quite liked the look of the semi-glossy finish, however this does compromise the staying power and after two days all the nail polishes had chipped. With top coat I'd imagine they'd stay chip-free for at least one more day.