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Nicole by OPI Scandalous! NEONS: Swatches & Review

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It's Friday! Woot! I have a mini-celebration every time Friday comes around. I'm especially happy about this Friday since we have a three day weekend in the United States. Monday we observe Memorial Day, a day of remembering those who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. I work in the defense industry, so this occasion is near and dear to me.

Today I have the first of two Nicole by OPI Neon Collections. Scandalous! NEONS retails for $10 and includes four mini polishes - one white base and three colors. These are actually the first neon polishes released by NOPI.

Nicole by OPI (NOPI) Neon Blue from the Scandalous! NEONS Collection

Each mini holds 3.75mL. That should really be classified as a super-mini. I actually think NOPI was smart in releasing their first neons in this way. Neons are everywhere right now. So one way to differentiate is to offer a selection of samples. This not only caters to the polish lovers who are apprehensive about the neon scene, but also gives the polish addicts a reason to buy a kit...vacation!!

Nicole by OPI Scandalous! NEONS

I had a really difficult time photographing these polishes. No matter what settings I used, the camera kept washing out the brightness (even though the colors are deep - how does that make sense?) So keep that in mind as you look at my swatches. First up is my fave, Blue Neon. This wasn't an "alien" neon, but it did have a glow to it and dried to a matte finish. It reminded me of Essie Butler Please, but a little deeper. My swatch took three generous coats over one coat of white.

Nicole by OPI (NOPI) Neon Blue from the Scandalous! NEONS Collection

Next is Purple Neon. I would describe it as a bright purple creme. It had just a faint neon quality about it. It's very pretty, just not traffic-stopping. My swatch is three coats over white.

Nicole by OPI (NOPI) Neon Purple from the Scandalous! NEONS Collection

The last of the Scandalous! NEONS pack is Neon Pink. This was a pretty, bright pink with a soft glow.  I used three coats over one coat of white for coverage.

Nicole by OPI (NOPI) Neon Pink from the Scandalous! NEONS Collection

These three polishes were definitely bright, but not the most neon I've tried. And while I believe offering the neon shades in a sample size makes perfect sense, I'm not sure there's enough white base in each kit to last through multiple manis with the other colors. Fortunately, most people have a white polish in their stash. The other mini pack, Notorious! NEON, includes a green, fuchsia and orange. I'll show you those in a separate post.

The Scandalous! and Notorious! NEON mini packs are available now for $10 each at retailers including Meijer, CVS, Duane Reade, H-E-B, Kroger, and ShopKo. In Canada, the kits will be available for $12.50 each at Loblaw, Jean Coutu, Rexall, London Drugs, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com and follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and Facebook!