POLISH HELPER #1:
Orly Bonder is my go-to basecoat. I've been using this one for years now and it really helps with the ridges on my nails, providing a smoother surface for applying polish. It's slightly sticky and I think that's what's key--it physically adheres to the polish and holds it on to your nail. Plus, it dries super quickly so you're not sitting there for ages waiting for just your basecoat to dry!
1. OPI SPF XXX (Retro Summer 2016 collection)
Described as an orange red, this beauty was my first pick as soon as I walked into Sally Beauty's. It wears peachy-coral on me and is fully, beautifully opaque in 2 easy coats. Although it's pretty shiny on its own, I topped it with OPI Infinite Shine topcoat for that extra bit of shine!
2. OPI Correctamundo (Tru Neon Summer 2016 collection)
Described as a twilight blue, I knew I had to have this rich, vibrant shade! This one has such an unique formula--almost jelly-like application and it dries to a smooth, sexy matte. The swatches below show 3 thin coats. Just perfect for the beach or a summer night out!
3. NINA ULTRA PRO Punki Purple
My very first from this brand, I've obviously been missing out if this gorgeous electric purple is anything to go by! Opaque in 3 thin coats and another perfect matte, this shade of purple is so eye-catching!
4. NINA ULTRA PRO Caribbean Blue
A shimmering, bright blue with a metallic finish, this shade totally lives up to its name! Perfectly opaque in 2 coats, this reminds me of those tropical seas that we all dream of! Not going somewhere tropical this summer? Throw this baby on and you can imagine you're right there on that Caribbean beach!
POLISH PAL #2:
OPI Matte Finish topcoat is the staple matte topcoat in my arsenal--I haven't come across a better matte topcoat yet! I had to throw it on Caribbean Blue and I have to say, WOW! Love the shimmer mattefied!
5. FINGER PAINTS Dye-ing to Know (Spring 2016 collection)
Do you love reds as much as I do? Then you'll love this bright watermelon shade! This juicy red is perfectly opaque in 3 thin coats and dries to a matte finish. Matte not your thing? I topped it with OPI Infinite Shine topcoat on the middle and ring fingers to show you that it's just as gorgeous shiny! Oh and NO WHITE BASE!
6. FINGER PAINTS 50 Shades of Ashley (Project Runway collection with Ashley Tipton)
This one was another I instantly knew I had to have! Just look at that iridescent shimmer! You can layer this sheer lilac shade or just go with 1 thin coat over your favorite creme, like I did over Orly Cashmere Cardigan on the middle and ring fingers. Either way, this one is utterly stunning!
7. CHINA GLAZE Turned Up Turquoise (2008 Ink collection)
This shimmering turquoise matte is a classic and if you don't have it in your stash, you do NEED it! Perfectly opaque in 2 easy coats, this shade just screams SUMMER!
POLISH HELPER #3:
OPI Infinite Shine topcoat is totally new to me and I'm loving the fast drying time as well as the glossy finish. If you don't like all the neon mattes, just throw a thin coat of this topcoat on and you can still enjoy all the Summer neons!
8. ORLY Glowstick (Feel the Vibe collection for Summer 2012)
This one is another classic and while I normally don't DO yellows, this shockingly bright neon yellow just called out to me! A bit streaky at first, this levels out quite nicely by the third coat and it's still just as bright without a white base coat. Neon pedicure anyone?!
9. SALLY GIRL Fiery Fashion (BONUS!)
I found this little gem in the clearance section for under a dollar and had to add it to my stash! This vibrant, neon orange applies like a jelly, is perfectly opaque in 3 thin coats and dries to a semi-matte finish. Love at first sight for me!
So there you have it, my darlings! You can find all these fabulous shades at Sally Beauty, in stores and online HERE.
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Which of my Summer-inspired shades appeal to you most? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below!