When I’m feeling like crap, I hit the neon nail-polish bottle. It’s an instant pick-me-up. I’ll look down and see the retina-burning shade, and it makes me smile.
Neons can be tacky, but I really don’t care. I always have so much fun wearing them that I don’t even restrict wearing them only in the warmer months. I’ve been known to rock them even in the winter.
Essie Funky Limelight is a neon yellow that’s exactly the same as a highlighter marker. The awesome thing about this hue is that while it’s always bright, it almost seems to glow in dim light!
Note: My camera wasn’t able to accurately capture this color no matter how many photos I took of it in various lighting. It’s waaaay brighter and more shocking in person. Try wearing any true neon polish and you’ll catch my drift.
Also, check it out – I trimmed my nails super short. I like to grow my nails and then cut them really short. Not fixed on any particular length. Which length do you think looks best on me? I think neons look the best on short nails.
Essie Funky Limelight Pictures
Essie Funky Limelight Swatches
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
- 3 coats of Essie Funky Limelight
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
√ Neon yellow
- Name: Essie Funky Limelight
- Collection: Summer 2009
- Colors Available in the Essie Summer 2009 Collection: Funky Limelight, Flirty Fuchsia, Perky Purple & Punchy Pink
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $3.80 USD
- Where to Buy: eBay & select beauty-supply stores
- Discontinued? Yes
Essie Funky Limelight Review
Funky Limelight by Essie isn’t a sunny, cheerful yellow. It’s a yellow that screams like an obnoxious fan to get attention. Expect a lot of people staring at your nails when you wear this baby. And, of course, you’ll find yourself looking throughout the day, too.
It’s the same shade as a yellow highlighter. Funky Limelight leans on the green side of yellow, which I think is what makes it so intense.
Formula & Application
Almost all yellow nail polishes apply streaky. The companies still haven’t figured out how to perfect the formula. Maybe it’s the pigment that doesn’t play nice with some of the other chemicals.
Funky Limelight by Essie is no exception to the rule. It’s hella streaky! And you can try to add more and more layers, but the streakiness never really goes away. I used 3 coats, and you can still see streak marks. (To minimize this, you could use a layer of white polish underneath.)
The good thing is that it dries super fast. By the time I was done painting the pinkie on my second hand, the thumb on my first hand was already dry. So if you wanted to add more than 3 coats, it’s actually not bad in terms of time.
Also, the formula was runny yet goopey at the same time, which made application challenging. But for neons, it’s totally worth the extra effort.
Like most neons, Essie Funky Limelight dries to a matte finish. To really bring a neon polish to life, you need to slap on a shiny top coat. (I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.) This will brighten the color even more and will actually minimize the streakiness. In fact, I would even say that with this polish, you must wear a top coat or else it looks absolutely disgusting.
It doesn’t contain any Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP, however it does have Formaldehyde resin, which makes Essie Funky Limelight Big-3-Free.
Final Verdict: 8/10
I love wearing Essie Funky Limelight because it’s such an obnoxious neon yellow that’s fun to wear. The formula is far from perfect, but I still enjoy the color and have worn it several times. This is saying a lot since my nail-polish collection includes over 200 bottles!
That being said, it’s not my favorite neon polish…but I’ll save those for future blog posts!
What do you think about yellow nail polish? Tacky, fun, or jaundiced? Will you be sporting any neon polishes?