My Go-To Bright Summer Nail Polishes

My Go-To Bright Summer Nail Polishes

Hi All,

I’m kicking the week off with something bright and colorful to bring a bit of happiness to your Monday!  I love being able to wear bright nail polishes in the summer because they’re just so much fun.  I know bright / neon colors may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I wanted to quickly share these 6 vibrant polishes that I constantly reach for this time of year!  (I have not edited any of the following photos to try to show as close to the in-person color as possible.)

First up, we have ‘Pink-y Swear’ by Salon Perfect (here).  This retails for $3.98 USD and I can only locate this brand at my local Walmart.

What I love about this polish is that it’s the most inexpensive of the group, but lasts just as long, if not longer, than some of the pricier polishes.  It also dries very quickly in between coats which is another great feature!  I can get a good 6-7 days of wear before this polish chips.


Up next, we have another pink, ‘Beach Cruiser’ by ORLY which is $7.99 USD ((here).

I love pink so I had to include 2 different shades in this post!  Where ‘Pink-y Swear’ is a cool-toned pink, ‘Beach Cruiser’ is more of a warm-toned bright pink (I hope you can tell in the pictures; my boyfriend thinks there’s no difference in color, but I swear they’re different)!  Similar to ‘Pink-y Swear’, ‘Beach Cruiser’ also dries pretty quickly in between coats, and I can also get a good 6-7 days of wear before I start to notice chips.


For another ORLY favorite, I love reaching for GLOWSTICK (here) because it is such a fun, in-your-face color!  It’s basically like having the color of a tennis ball on your nails.

While this is the most fun color of the bunch (in my opinion), it’s also the most annoying to apply and does not have the greatest wear time.  In order to achieve the highlighter-yellow brightness of this polish, you HAVE to apply a white polish first.  To get the opacity that I like, I then have to apply another 2 coats of the actual GLOWSTICK color.  So with base coat and top coat, it’s 5 layers total to get the look in the picture.  And after all of that, I usually only get about 3 days of wear before chipping starts to happen.


I never thought I’d be attracted to an orange nail polish, until I came across ‘Pool Party’ by China Glaze (here).  When I Googled the color to find a link for it, it was described as a pink in multiple locations, but the bottle that I have is orange, and on me, the polish is orange – so I’m calling it an orange!  I even had to double check the bottom of the bottle a couple of times to see if I was linking the right name for the color (I did)!

This is another highlighter-like color and also another polish that dries quickly in between coats.  I love this polish because I can get a good 5-6 days of wear out of it before chipping.


I typically stick to purples, especially darker purples, in the fall so when I picked this color up I was happy to have a bright shade for spring and summer!  My go-to warm weather purple is ‘That’s Shore Bright’ by China Glaze (here).

Like the other China Glaze polish, 5-6 days is the typical amount of time that this polish will last before chipping.


Last but not least we have a gorgeous and bright blue – ‘Fearlessly Alice’ by OPI.  Unfortunately, this was a limited edition collection so I cannot find a link to it.  A fairly close dupe for it that is still available would be ‘Strut Your Stuff’ by Essie (here).

I feel like jumping into a pool whenever I look at this color.  Is’s just so vibrant and pretty, and being by the water always makes me think of summer!

That’s it for today’s nail post!  Would you wear any of these colors?  If not, what are your favorite summer polishes to wear?



Review: essie Gel Couture Nail Polish in ‘Lace to the Altar’


Hi All!

Whenever I make a quick trip to CVS, my local drugstore, I somehow always end up in the nail polish aisle.  There’s something about those row-after-row displays of pretty colored polishes that just draws me in!  I normally stick to perusing what’s new with OPI or Sally Hansen polishes, however on my last visit, I wandered over to the essie Gel Couture display as I was drawn to a beautiful white pearlescent color called ‘Lace to the Altar’ (here).  I’m not heading to the altar anytime soon, but the color was just too beautiful to resist and I thought it’d be a great spring/summer color to add to my collection.

This was my first time trying essie’s Gel Couture line, which claims that you can have up to a 14-day gel-like manicure with no UV lamp necessary.   The display seemed to be pretty picked over, so I felt safe in splurging on the $11.50 price tag.  I’m glad I gave it a try because I have nothing but great things to say about ‘Lace to the Altar’ for a few reasons!

  1. One of the first things that I noticed was that the brush is wider than the regular essie nail polishes that I own, which I thought made for an easier application.
  2. At first sight, I was slightly expecting the color to stay sheer, but it only took 2 coats for me to reach the opacity that I wanted.  The first coat was fairly sheer, but as soon as I applied the second coat I could not see any of my natural nail showing through.
  3. The drying time was pretty fast; I’d say it took about 30 – 40 minutes before I could go back to not worrying about any smudging.
  4. In terms of the last step, I actually skipped on buying the line’s recommended top coat because I just recently restocked on my Seche Vite, so I cannot speak to its longevity with the “Step 2” top coat from the Gel Couture line.  With using Seche Vite as the top coat, I got 5 days of wear from the polish before the tiniest chip appeared on one finger (so tiny that you wouldn’t notice it unless you were looking closely at that specific nail).  I made it to 7 days before a noticeable chip actually happened.  I typically get bored of polish color on a weekly basis, so this was perfect for me as I normally would’ve been changing the color around that 7 day mark anyway.

If you are racing to the altar yourself and are looking for that perfect pearlescent polish for your big day, or if you just like shimmery white polishes in general, I definitely recommend ‘Lace to the Altar’!  I’ll be trying more colors from essie Gel Couture in the future, so please let me know if you have any recommendations!





1st Coat:


2nd Coat:


With Seche Vite top coat: