neon polish minis
R39,99 for four, Mr Price
I picked this set of neon polishes up on a whim - I was standing in the queue at Mr Price and they caught my eye. I've been on the fence about neon polishes - I didn't want to spend a lot of cash on something I wouldn't get much wear out of - so this super-cheap set was a perfect way to dip my toes into the neon pool.
The pictured swatches are with two coats of colour - if you have long nails, you may need more coats or a white base coat to hide any visible nail line. The green polish was the most opaque (almost a one-coater), but the orange and yellow are significantly sheerer. What I liked about these polishes was the quick dry-time and, unexpectedly, the matte finish (which isn't very visible in the photo due to the natural light).
One thing I did notice was the completely different way these polishes behaved depending on the base coat I used. With my Tip Top strengthening base coat, I had a perfectly smooth finish. However, I first tried with my Essence peel-off base coat (which I prefer to use for swatching days, for the solvent-free removal), and the finish was awful. I'd never seen a polish ripple, bubble and form ridges the way all four of these did. So just a heads up that if you do get an odd finish with a polish, try using a different base coat before writing it off.