Whenever I think of ‘neon’, highlighter pinks and yellows usually spring to mind first.
But China Glaze Highlight of My Summer from the creme half of the Sunsational Collection has me rethinking how I define ‘neon’.
When I first looked at the bottle, China Glaze Highlight of My Summer just looked like a fun minty green. But the second I started painting my nails with it, it took on a life of its own.
It popped so much against my skin tone (even in dim light and in the shade) that it must be a neon. I’ve worn other mint greens, but I can’t think of many that were quite this bright on me.
I was torn when writing this post whether or not to call it a neon, but I decided that I can’t just call it bright. On me, it became a neon. Maybe if your skin tone is different, it might not pop as much (or may pop more). All I know is that, even though it wasn’t a lime green (which is what companies typically put out for a neon green), it still seemed to ‘glow’. (It was much brighter on me in person than what I could capture in my photos.)
P.S. As of this review, I’ve now finished reviewing all 6 shades in the creme half of the Sunsational Collection. Stay tuned because I will also be reviewing the 6 jellies in the other half soon!
China Glaze Highlight of My Summer Pictures
China Glaze Highlight of My Summer Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthen (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of China Glaze Highlight of My Summer
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
- Mint green creme (Yes)
- Name: China Glaze Highlight of My Summer
- Press Release: Click here to see the China Glaze Sunsational Collection press release
- Collection: China Glaze Sunsational Collection 2013
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $2.93 CAD
- Where to Buy: Trans Design, NailPolishCanada, 8ty8Beauty, Nailsupplies, Head2Toe, select Sally Beauty Supply stores & select beauty-supply stores
China Glaze Highlight of My Summer Review
Highlight of My Summer by China Glaze is interesting because even though it’s not a typical lime green like most neons, I felt as though this was indeed a neon. But it was more like a slightly pastel-version of a neon.
Against my skin tone, this type of green popped like a firecracker!
And, unlike pale minty greens, this one didn’t seem to accentuate the natural redness in my hands. Woo hoo!
I love how clean and crisp this mint green looks, and it’s not too light, so it has some ‘bite’ to it.
Highlight of My Summer by China Glaze has a creme finish, so it’s simple and it removes very easily.
With a head-turning shade like this, it’s nice to see a simple finish. This allows the colour to stand out.
Application & Formula
With a single coat, this was streaky. But with a second coat, I was able to cover everything I wanted to and get great colour pay-off.
The only major drawback is that with this polish, you really must wear a top coat (although you should be doing that anyway). Without the top coat, the polish doesn’t self-level well, so you’ll be able to see where the polish is thicker than others, no matter how carefully you paint your nails.
With a clear top coat, it does wonders to smooth it all out and help it look even.
Final Verdict: 9/10
I really loved China Glaze Highlight of My Summer more than I thought I would! Okay, I’m a greeeen fieeend, but mint greens tend to make me hesitate only because I’m used to getting the Lobster Hand Effect.
This one didn’t do that because it wasn’t too pale, and boy did this shade pop on me! I will have to wear it again in the summer!
Have you found your perfect mint-green polish? Which of the 6 China Glaze Sunsational cremes are your favourite? Is there a China Glaze Sunsational jelly that you’d like me to review first?