As someone who spent the better (if you can call it that) part of their adolescence with an all black wardrobe and an affinity for Sisters of Mercy, neons scare a bit of the shit out of me. Though I know they’re all the rage these days, it’s taken me awhile to warm up to bright colors. Especially because I’m not the type to really switch my style up for Summer. My winter wardrobe is basically my summer wardrobe with tights and sweaters, and the thought of parting with my dark, broody nail polish collection just because it was warm outside didn’t thrill me.
Slowly I got more comfortable with the idea of adding a fluorescent green or purple as an accent color. When added to black or neutral colors it adds a subtle pop that keeps my inner goth from getting rattled. While I inched towards comfort with bright jewelry or make up, nail polish was still a hard sell. Something about it screamed ” middle aged retiree in Florida.”
I lived down there for a few months with my dad, and it did some irreparable damage. I saw an electric pink manicure and was suddenly inundated with flashbacks of a leather faced lady assuring me I was simply too pale to be on the beach.
When my favorite nail polish company, Natalie Dee’s Super Black Lacquers, came out with a new neon collection I decided to face my fears. And I’m so glad I did! Though I eyed the blazing bottles warily when they arrived in the mail, they have become some of my best friends. I also have real friends, in case you were doubting that. One of them was even kind enough to test these babies out with me for this article! Unlike me, my best non-nail polish friend adores loud colors. She’s a shinier, happier person than I am and we both agreed that this polish is pretty fucking great.
There’s really something for everyone. No half assed hot pinks here, these guys really commit. They are opaque and almost day-glow. The most saturated neon nail colors I’ve seen.
The collection includes:
Rinse and Repeat: A white base, with transparent magenta glitters.
Screamer: The brightest pink I have ever seen. Staring directly at it will hurt your eyes.
Flash Bastard: Safety cone orange. When I was in high school my friends and I would steal safety cones and put them all over people’s lawns. Sometimes we would block our friend’s doors with them and then call them to come outside. They had no idea why their doors wouldn’t open! It was madness! Utter madness! I… I just feel the need to confess that to someone.
Yellow Jacket: This is that color that I consider chartreuse green but other people seem to think is yellow. Natalie obviously thinks it’s yellow, and who am I to argue with her? It also contains transparent black glitter. This one might be my favorite!
Freaky: This is a color we can all probably agree is green. It’s got a bit of purple glitter in there as well.
Wet: Electric blue. I’m really digging these porno names by the way.
Purple: Pretty self explanatory. This is somehow bright and dark at the same time. It’s kind of freaking my eyeballs out, but in a good way.
I am currently sporting Wet on my nails and Yellow Jacket on my toes, and not a day has gone by that I haven’t been asked what I’m wearing. Which is cool with me because I like attention, er, I mean I love a chance to spread the word of Super Black Lacquers across the land. I’m doing the Lord’s work, really. They also come in handy for walking around late at night, one of my favorite hobbies. Who needs reflective bands when you have day-glow nails? And when they find me in a dumpster, they can identify the body more easily.
Neon Love: Super Bright Polish from Super Black Lacquers
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As someone who spent the better (if you can call it that) part of their adolescence with an all black wardrobe and an affinity for Sisters of Mercy, neons scare a bit of the shit out of me.