Nail Art: Neon Ombre/Skittle Manicure Swatches & Review

Neon Ombre Swatches & ReviewA few days ago, I reached for my trusty bottle of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. (It’s one of my all-time favourite polishes, and I’ve worn it over 10 times.)

After removing that manicure, I was still in the mood for a neon, but I couldn’t decide on one to wear. So what did I do? I decided to wear 4 of them at once in a Neon Ombre/Skittle Manicure!

All of these colours come from the China Glaze Poolside Collection. I’ve worn 5 of the colours from this collection and have blogged about 3 of them.

I’ve seen ombre and skittle nail art everywhere, and I’ve always wanted to try it. Finally I joined the bandwagon! 😉

In person, these colours are as bright as highlighter markers! They scream summer to me, and I’m still wearing it because I can’t bring myself to remove it yet.

Neon Ombre/Skittle Manicure Swatches

All swatches have:

Natural Light Photos

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(Psst! In case you’re wondering what colour that green is, it’s China Glaze Kiwi Cool-Ada!)

China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Swatches & Review Neon Ombre Manicure

Flash Photos

Neon Ombre Skittle Manicure Swatches & Review

China Glaze Sun Worshipper, Flip Flop Fantasy & Pool Party Swatch & Review

Neon Skittle Manicure China Glaze Pool Party, Flip Flop Fantasy, Sun Worshipper & Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

How cheeky! The pinkie finger snuck in there. 😉

China Glaze Poolside Collection Neon Ombre Skittle Manicure

Neon Skittle Ombre Manicure Swatch

Neon Skittle Ombre Manicure Swatches

Neon Skittle Manicure Swatches & Review China Glaze Neons

I’ve blogged about 5 of the polishes from the China Glaze Poolside Collection, in case you’re interested:

If you can’t narrow down which polish to wear, do you sometimes wear them all at once? Which neons are your favourites?


37 thoughts on “Nail Art: Neon Ombre/Skittle Manicure Swatches & Review

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey The KnitMaster!

      Thanks! 🙂 Now whenever I can’t decide on a colour to wear, I’m just going to wear them all. Haha!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Gosia!

      Totally! 🙂 I may go swimming next week. We’ll see! 🙂 But, by then, I’ll have changed my manicure to something else. Not sure what colour just yet. Haha, or maybe I’ll do another skittle manicure if I can’t decide on one colour. 😉

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Frosso!

      And you talking about a smoothie is making me crave one! Yum!

      Do you ever make your own smoothies? A few years ago, I used to make them all the time. They’re so easy to make, so delicious, and so nutritious.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa White!

      Haha, very true! Y’know what? I’ve NEVER had a pina colada before. Does that shock you? Hmm…I think my favourite summer alcoholic beverage (even though I don’t have it often) is the mojito – so refreshing!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Hannah Lynn!

      And if you wore this look to the beach, the sunshine would make all the neons pop even more. Good idea!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marcia!

      China Glaze made my favourite neons. From that Poolside Collection, I highly recommend Flip Flop Fantasy, Pool Party, and Kiwi Cool-Ada. The others are okay, but don’t pop quite as much or they’re streakier. Also, if you wear them, you MUST wear a top coat for them to look good. By themselves, they just dry really dull and streaky.

  1. Jessica

    Neon skittle nails, awesome! There’s such gray, dreary weather right now where I’m at and this post really brightened my day! Makes me want summer to get here already :). I did notice how you needed to use at least 3 coats for each color–is that typical of neon nail polish? I’ve never worn or owned any neons.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      Nothing like a wild manicure to brighten up a gloomy day. 🙂 Colour therapy in a bottle…or in this case, bottles! 😉

      For all the neon polishes that I own, yes, it seems to be pretty typical to use 3 coats for the best finish. Although, you could use 2 coats for Flip Flop Fantasy and Pool Party. But neons dry dull and somewhat streaky. It’s only when you apply a top coat that the look appears more finished. So, when I’m painting my nails with neon polishes, I like to use at least 3 coats to ensure that the finish is less streaky.

      Also, with yellow, I find that no matter how many coats I use, it always ends up streaky. Here, I used 4 coats, and in person, you can see it’s streaky. Oddly, my photos of it turned out less streaky than in real life!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ashley!

      On my thumbs, I have China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, which is the same colour that’s on my pinkie finger.

  2. Nail Nut

    I wish I was drawn to bright neon colors. They look so good on your and other people’s nails. I have bought a couple colors but they just sit in my stash staring at me, mocking me. Maybe I’ll try them as a pedi and see how that goes.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nail Nut!

      Bust those suckers out! 😀 They look even more brilliant on your nails than in the bottle. Trust me – when you wear your first neon manicure, you’ll keep looking down. And don’t be surprised if everyone around you also stares at your nails. They really get a lot of attention!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jacqui!

      Yeah, it was a lot of fun to wear! 🙂 I didn’t want to remove it. And now that I’ve tried out a skittle manicure, I want to do another. 😀 Hope you try a neon skittle! 😀

  3. beachgal

    This looks so fab – it might be among my all time fav skittle manis – I feel now I need to get all the other colors used here. I have and also am in love with Flip-Flop Fantasy. Just this week something came up on my HS list serv about wearing thongs and were they called flip-flops or go-aheads (which is a So. CA term from the 50s and 60’s I think)…I said as close as I come to wearing flip flops now days due to I cannot break my toes into the toe thing anymore is my polish called – you got it…FFF!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey beachgal!

      Wow, really? Thank you! 😀 Glad that you loved it as much as I did. Yes, you need that China Glaze Poolside Collection – it’s fab!

  4. karen

    You’ve done tons of nail art and it’s all been so cute, but this is my new favourite!

    It’s fun and so cute on you!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey MariJo!

      Glad you liked it. I didn’t even plan the colour combination, so I was really surprised how nicely it turned out. 🙂

      You should try it. I always say that I can imagine certain polishes looking good on you, but THESE, I KNOW will be a knockout on you!

  5. Marta

    OK… I swear I have looked at this post over 4 times and love it each and every time more! I am just now getting around to commenting though.

    I have tried the ombre manicure only once thus far… but I ADORE your NEON take on it!!!! This is playful and yet so well put together!
    I agree, it is a great way to play with a number of shades… all at once. 😀 (and it is not illegal or frowned upon which is a bonus 😉 ).

    I would agree that Flip-Flop fantasy is a STUNNING SHADE! 😀
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Thank you for the huge compliment! 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. Funny thing is that I didn’t even plan the order of the colours. It was only after I finished painting my nails that I realized the colours went together nicely. This is a combination I’ll have to sport again for those times when I MUST wear a neon, but can’t pick just one. 😉

      Flip Flop Fantasy is back-up worthy! I’ve put the biggest dent in that polish compared to any other colour.

  6. Carmela

    I am totally doing this neon ombre skittles this summer! While looking at your photos, all I could think about was lounging by a huge body of water (sea, lake, pool, heck, I’ll take what I can! :P), slathered in sunscreen with a book in one hand and a pina colada within reach…man, that would be awesome right now! 😉

    I think I need a neon green and yellow tho. Any recommendations? 😀
    Carmela recently posted: The Hunger Games and China Glaze Capitol Colors: The Savagery featuring Luxe and Lush, Stone Cold, and Fast Track

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      I know how much you like pina coladas. 🙂 They’re your ‘vacation drink’. I’ve never tried it. Am I the last person who hasn’t?

      China Glaze Kiwi Cool-Ada from the same Poolside Collection is an amazing neon green. Yes, it dries matte, is streaky, and shows some visible nail line even with multiple coats, but it really is radioactive-looking. This is the only neon green I have in my stash, actually!

      As for a neon yellow, I suggest NOT buying China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. It’s the streakiest in the Poolside Collection, and I wasn’t impressed with it, even after 4 coats. That’s pretty much my cut-off. If a polish needs 5 or more coats, I can’t be bothered. That being said, neons dry faster, so maybe to you, 5+ coats isn’t such a bad thing.

      I much prefer Essie Funky Limelight over the China Glaze because Funky Limelight has a tinge of green even though it’s predominantly a neon yellow. It seems more…electric! However, it’s still streaky, and that colour’s getting harder to find now…

  7. Erica

    Hey Mary,
    I’m officially addicted to your blog, for nail polish in particular! I’m just wondering what you use to clean up your nails after you have painted them, or how you get your cuticle edge SO perfect. I can’t seem to create the beautiful, perfectly curved edge you have in all of your pictures 🙁 Every time I look at your pictures, after I look at the colour watch I admire how clean your cuticles are 🙂

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Erica!

      THANK YOU SO MUCH! 😀 Yes, I had to yell that because when you get excited, you just have to raise your voice, right? 😉

      I really appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment and encourage me. Plus I love flattery. Haha, it’ll get you more swatches and reviews on nail polish! HAHAH! 😛

      Actually, unless I’ve done full-nail stamping with Konad image plates, I don’t do any clean up. When I paint my nails and do just a regular manicure (i.e. no nail art), I just take my time applying the polish. I place the brush in the middle of my nail near the cuticle, but still leaving a slight gap. Then I brush downwards. I repeat on the sides as many times as needed to get a better finish. With the second coat, usually the area near the cuticle looks better.

  8. Lessa

    When I saw this nail look I was hoping terribly that I had all the colors and I did!! WHAT A MIRACLE! So excited to paint my nails… I’m about to do it now!:)

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lessa!

      Yay! If you took photos of how yours turned out, feel free to post it on my Facebook wall so everyone can see and enjoy it! 🙂


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