So, I have been lemming this Deborah Lippmann neon boxed set for months. As soon as I saw the press release, I immediately said "want". I kept putting it off because it was only a set of minis and it was $45, but as soon as I saw that HSN had it for $35 and it was on value-pay, I snatched it up. I got it a few weeks ago, and finally had a chance to swatch it...
Isn't the packaging the cutest? I love that the polish bottles form the nail colors when you put the lid on the box. I'm a sucker for adorable packaging.
The colors themselves are a set of 5 neons, each of them named after a song with "girl" in the title...
Hollaback Girl - red-orange neon. Hollaback Girl surprised me a little bit. I thought it was going to be more orange when it was in the bottle, but then when I applied it, you could definitely see the red coming through. It's like a neon version of OPI A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find. Also, I now have "Hollaback Girl" stuck in a continuous loop in my head.
I Kissed a Girl - candy pink neon. I Kissed a Girl is a gorgeous medium pink, with a good amount of blue in the base. It reminded me of Orly Beach Cruiser, in that it's a neon pink, but unlike Beach Cruiser, it doesn't burn your retinas. I really loved this color and it is one of my 2 favorites in this set, and it's the one that I wish she would sell as a full-sized single. I had no issues with the formula. 3 coats.
It Girl - bright yellow neon. It Girl was the sheerest of the bunch and is the only one that is a true jelly. Personally, I didn't really like it alone on my nails, as it is almost the color of egg yolks. However, I loved it when layered over white. The first picture is 3 coats of It Girl by itself and the second color is 2 coats of It Girl layered over 2 coats of Nails Inc Floral Street.
Nasty Girl - magenta neon. Nasty Girl was my second favorite in this set. It's a beautiful magenta-purple and was the most opaque of the bunch. I was able to reach opacity in 2 coats, but I used 3 to be consistent. It did remind me a bit of Zoya Charisma, though, so I need to do a comparison. Although, I think Nasty Girl leans a bit more red. I used a topcoat over this polish to show you how they look when you apply topcoat.
Party Girl - coral neon. I say this is a coral, but keep in mind that this is a very red-based coral, like Rescue Beauty Lounge Bangin' (I don't have it to compare, unfortunately). Again, the formula was very nice and I used 3 coats. I did have a bit of a wonky brush on Party Girl, but it wasn't hard to control.
I think I may be in love with this set. It's really cute, but also, all of the colors, except for It Girl are very wearable. You can also make It Girl wearable simply by giving her a little foundation (is it wrong that I keep wanting to say "nail polish panties"? LOL). I tried the other colors over white, and they didn't seem to play as nice, so they are definitely colors that can be work on their own. The one thing I wish Deborah had changed was substitute one of the red-based polishes, Hollaback Girl and Party Girl, with another neon (blue or green) or perhaps even a bright white, though I realize she probably used the colors she did from a continuity stand-point.
Also, the finish on these dries, what Deborah Lippmann calls, "demi-matte". To me, they are more of a rubbery finish, like some of the Illamasqua polishes. In some reviews I read of this set, I saw that many people were complaining of the finish. Keep in mind, the finish is par for the course with neon polishes. If you want to make your neons shiny, simply add a swipe of topcoat, like I did with Nasty Girl above. Easy peasy.
This set retails for $45, though I found it cheaper on HSN.com, though sadly, it's no longer on value-pay. The set includes five 0.27 fl oz minis. So, if you use retail pricing, that's $8 per mini or about half the price of a regular sized Lippmann polish. Which isn't bad for these considering they are a good sized mini (much larger that the OPI minis which are an 1/8th of an ounce). Yes, this is girl-math. :)
Deborah Lippmann Run the World (Girls) was purchased by me from HSN.com. The above link links to this product on HSN's website and is not an affiliate link.