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The Best Neon Nail Polish

Salon Perfect Fired Up Fuschia
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Salon Perfect Fired Up Fuschia

Deborah Lippmann Makin' Whoopee
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Deborah Lippmann Makin' Whoopee

Formula X Hyped
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Formula X Hyped

Essie I'm Addicted
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Essie I'm Addicted

Color Club Jackie Oh!
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Color Club Jackie Oh!

Color Club Koo-Koo Cachoo
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Color Club Koo Koo Cachoo

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Bikini Coral
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Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Bikini Coral

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Wavepool
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Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Wavepool

Ricky Color Hudson Valley Getaway
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Ricky Color Hudson Valley Getaway

Ricky Color Night at Stalkhouse
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Ricky Color Night at Stalkhouse

American Apparel Neon Green
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American Apparel Neon Green

American Apparel Neon Yellow
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American Apparel Neon Yellow

Color Club The Lime Starts Here
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Color Club The Lime Starts Here

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Con Limon
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Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Con Limon

Salon Perfect Loopy Lime
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Salon Perfect Loopy Lime

Salon Perfect Yowza Yellow
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Salon Perfect Yowza Yellow

FACE Stockholm 58
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FACE Stockholm 58

FACE Stockholm 140
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FACE Stockholm 140

FACE Stockholm 68
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FACE Stockholm 58

FACE Stockholm 116
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FACE Stockholm 116

Salon Perfect Fired Up Fuschia

Salon Perfect Fired Up Fuschia

Deborah Lippmann Makin' Whoopee

Deborah Lippmann Makin' Whoopee

Formula X Hyped

Formula X Hyped

Essie I'm Addicted

Essie I'm Addicted

Color Club Jackie Oh!

Color Club Jackie Oh!

Color Club Koo-Koo Cachoo

Color Club Koo Koo Cachoo

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Bikini Coral

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Bikini Coral

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Wavepool

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Wavepool

Ricky Color Hudson Valley Getaway

Ricky Color Hudson Valley Getaway

Ricky Color Night at Stalkhouse

Ricky Color Night at Stalkhouse

American Apparel Neon Green

American Apparel Neon Green

American Apparel Neon Yellow

American Apparel Neon Yellow

Color Club The Lime Starts Here

Color Club The Lime Starts Here

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Con Limon

Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Con Limon

Salon Perfect Loopy Lime

Salon Perfect Loopy Lime

Salon Perfect Yowza Yellow

Salon Perfect Yowza Yellow

FACE Stockholm 58

FACE Stockholm 58

FACE Stockholm 140

FACE Stockholm 140

FACE Stockholm 68

FACE Stockholm 58

FACE Stockholm 116

FACE Stockholm 116

Salon Perfect Fired Up Fuschia
Deborah Lippmann Makin' Whoopee
Formula X Hyped
Essie I'm Addicted
Color Club Jackie Oh!
Color Club Koo-Koo Cachoo
Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Bikini Coral
Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Wavepool
Ricky Color Hudson Valley Getaway
Ricky Color Night at Stalkhouse
American Apparel Neon Green
American Apparel Neon Yellow
Color Club The Lime Starts Here
Floss Gloss Pro Nail Lacquer Con Limon
Salon Perfect Loopy Lime
Salon Perfect Yowza Yellow
FACE Stockholm 58
FACE Stockholm 140
FACE Stockholm 68
FACE Stockholm 116
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Like neon on your nails? Actually, no, you probably don't. You see, true neon pigments are hard to come by as they are not approved for cosmetic use by the FDA. Interesting, right? So your average “neon' traffic-cone orange polish, although no less skin-tone flattering (as all ultra bright polish tends to be), is probably a pretender. This doesn’t mean you can’t find the real deal, but the pigments' “contaminant” label means it’s probably a good idea to find a way to cheat the look. So…

The Best Bright Shimmer

Adding a bit of shimmer to polish can help lift a flat finish closer into neon territory. With just a bit of luster, Salon Perfect Fired Up Fuchsia is your go-to if you’re not quite on board the glitter train. But if you’re looking for something with a more obvious glint, give Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee (awesome name) a try. And if glitter polish is like crack to you (I’m right there with you, despite the serious hate that the wannabe fairy dust gets), you need Formula X Hyped for your collection. The bold hue plus silver glitter specks is amazing.

Not Quite Neon, But Bright and Bold

But maybe you don’t want any shimmer at all; you’re only interested in adding one level of tackiness to your hands. In that case, try a bold tone that isn’t quite incandescent. Essie’s I’m Addicted is a great not-quite-turquoise option. Or if you’re looking for more traditional shades, Color Club Jackie Oh! or _Koo Koo Cachoo _*re a great pink and orange, respectively.

Pastels

If you want to go bold but don’t want to blind people in the process, try pastel neons, like Floss Gloss’ Bikini Coral or **Wavepool*](http://rstyle.me/n/jnrq2g66e). And if you’re still looking to go lighter, pick up Ricky Color in Hudson Valley Getaway for a light, seafoam green, or **Night at Stalkhouse*](http://into.gl/1oP1edj) for a blush pink.

Best Yellows & Greens

These are the hardest colors to pull off—and for polish formulators to make. Essie herself even said yellow is very difficult to wear. They can easily make you look slightly jaundiced—but if you’re not up for a nail challenge, then neon-esque polish was probably never your thing in the first place. American Apparel’s Neon Green and **Neon Yellow*](http://into.gl/1o25Z1B) are great chalkier polishes that provide full and bright coverage (no dirty under-nails peaking through). If you’re looking for a real green apple nail, Color Club’s The Lime Starts Here is it. For yellow, try Floss Gloss’ Con Limon. And if you want something less citrusy and more minty, try Salon Perfect’s Loopy Lime (OK, so the name is sticking with the lime theme, but we're talking color). But for that real ugly-pretty vibe that most people won’t understand but you know is great, it’s all about Salon Perfect’s Yowza Yellow.

** Bonus * The Best Brand For Real Neon Pigments*

If you’re looking for the true neons that will make your fingers look like they’re permanently under a black light (in an awesome way), Face Stockholm is for you. Hot Guava (58) _nd _Hot Watermelon (140)](http://into.gl/1jy1lVa) are personal favorites, but **Safety Vest (68)*](http://into.gl/1jy1lVa) or _Petunia Pink (116) _*re also necessary to complete your neon collection. Contaminant classifications be damned! ...Sometimes!

—Elizabeth Brockway