“She wore an itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny, yellow polka dot bikini!” The lyrics from that old Brian Hyland song my dad used to play always pops into my head every time I see China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.
At this point, I’m just one nail polish away from swatching and reviewing every single colour in the incredible China Glaze Poolside Collection! (It really is my favourite neon collection of all time. If you can get your hands on it, do it!)
Since yellow nail polish is notorious for being Streak City, I decided to try a trick that I usually mention to others, but never tried myself – layering over a white to build opacity faster.
For this yellow, it did the job quite well on that front, haha, but it also posed a major problem, which I’ll get into later in the post.
Note: My cuticles are super dry in all of these photos. Sorry if they gross you out, but the day I took photos, I was washing my hands a lot, and I wasn’t good about wearing lotion. :S
China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Pictures
China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Ingredients
China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Swatches
All swatches have:
- Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Snow
- 2 coats of China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Neon yellow
- Name: China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
- Collection: China Glaze Poolside Collection
- Colours Available in the China Glaze Poolside Collection: Pool Party, Flip Flop Fantasy, Sun Worshipper, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Kiwi Cool-Ada & Towel Boy Toy
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $2.75 USD
- Where to Buy: NailPolishCanada, Nailsupplies, Victoria Nail Supply, Trans Design, 8ty8 Beauty & Head2Toe
China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Review
Maybe I should’ve put a warning above the swatches. If you have sensitive eyes, they probably burned when even squinting at the searing neon yellow polish that is Yellow Polka Dot Bikini! 😉
If you think it looks bright in my photos, think again! In person, it’s even brighter. And the crazy part about it? It seems to be the brightest when you look at it in dim light – it gives the illusion that it’s glowing.
I wore this while walking down the street in the evening, and soooo many strangers were staring at my fingernails. It was amusing to see confused looks on some people. They weren’t sure where the flashes of ‘light’ were coming from, but then when they noticed the nail polish, it was as though they couldn’t take their eyes off them. Feel the force! 😉
This is a standard neon yellow creme polish, so it dries matte. If you want it to look its best, it requires a shiny top coat to really come to life.
Application & Formula
Also since this is a neon, it’s extremely sheer. And because it’s a yellow, and yellows are famous for being so streaky, I really urge you to layer it over a white base. If you don’t, you could use 3-5 coats, and it’ll still be awfully streaky.
This time around, I wore 2 coats of China Glaze Snow, which is a solid white. Then I put 2 coats of China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini on top. This made the yellow completely opaque. Unfortunately, I applied Snow too thick, and the overall manicure bubbled like a witch’s cauldron! Yikes! There were about 10 bubbles on nearly every nail, even though in my photos, you can’t really see them. In person, they looked like I had freckly nails…haha!
Sooooo…if you use a white base, don’t be impatient like me and slap on thick coats without waiting long enough in between, or you’ll be sorry.
(Hint: I put something on top of this manicure the next day to hide the bubbling issue. I’ll reveal the look in a future post.) 😉
Also important to note is that, like standard neons, this one dried super fast!
Final Verdict: 9/10
Despite the original formula being streaky, sheer, and needing a white base to look good, I still gave it a 9 out of 10 because this yellow is crazy and in-your-face. I just love it so much!
Haha, and the first day I wore this to work (yup, I can wear crazy stuff like this in the office), everyone noticed it and asked about it. 😉 I love how certain nail-polish colours really are conversation starters.
What’s your favourite neon yellow polish to wear? What’s a polish you wore that got everyone talking? Can you wear crazy polishes to work, or do you have to wear ‘work-appropriate’ shades?