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Essie Neons 2014 Too Taboo Collection Swatches & Review

By on June 10, 2014
in Blue, Essie, Green, Peach, Pink, Purple, Summer 2014

Essie Neons 2014 Too Taboo

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Even though I own a bunch of day-glo neon polishes, I rarely wear them. They’re cool but the opacity issues and streakiness that plague traditional neons make them a bother to apply. Plus, they can be a bit too much for everyday life.

That’s why I find the Essie Neons 2014 so refreshing. They’re well pigmented and aren’t as in-your-face. That’s just two of the reasons it’s one of my Top 10 nail polish collections of the summer.

Formula & Application

Essie nail polish is 3-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP). The square bottles are embossed with the Essie logo and the smooth plastic caps include an embossed ‘e’ on top. Bottles at mass retailers have stickers rather than embossing on the bottle. The brushes are thin, round and shorter than most. The bristles are very flexible, allowing you to easily fan out the brush to cover your nail width.

In this collection, the majority of the colors are semi-sheer with the watery texture we’ve come to expect from Essie. They become opaque in three coats, with a few exceptions. Too Taboo is more pigmented and gets it done in two coats. Vices Versa is really sheer and needs three coats. And Chills & Thrills is creamier and more pigmented but has leveling issues.

Try It On

Thank you for the positive feedback on my first “Try It On” video. Since the Essie Neons formula seems to be getting mixed reviews I made one for this collection as well. If the video doesn’t appear on your device, CLICK HERE.

Essie Chills & Thrills is a purple-based indigo creme that has hints of periwinkle. As I mentioned in the video, it has its application challenges but the color is so stunning, they’re easily overlooked.

Essie Chills & Thrills swatch - Neons 2014

Essie Chills & Thrills

Essie I’m Addicted is a bright Caribbean blue creme. It’s a pure blue in that it doesn’t have any green in its base, like a lighter version of CND VINYLUX Cerulean Blue.

Essie I'm Addicted swatch - Neons 2014

Essie I’m Addicted

Essie Serial Shopper is a punchy, peachy orange creme. In person it’s a lot brighter and the closest to a true neon polish.

Essie Serial Shopper swatch - Neons 2014

Essie Serial Shopper

Essie Sittin’ Pretty is a pink-based lavender creme. It’s not so warm that it gives me the dreaded “lobstah hands” but it’s close.

Essie Sittin' Pretty swatch - Neons 2014

Essie Sittin’ Pretty

Essie Too Taboo is a hot fuchsia creme. If you wear it without top coat, it dries a little darker. Almost a raspberry with a satin finish.

Essie Too Taboo swatch - Neons 2014

Essie Too Taboo

Essie Vices Versa is a yellow-based green creme. It kind of a chartreuse shade, though it’s not quite that yellow.

Essie Vices Versa swatch - Neons 2014

Essie Vices Versa

Essie Neons 2014
Bottom Line: Outside of Vices Versa’s opacity issues, I’m smitten with this whole collection. Yes, even the pink. They look great paired together and I love how bright, but not too bright, the colors are. Chills & Thrills and I’m Addicted are naturally my faves but, as I showed in my Multi-Color French, Vices Versa looks hot with Chills & Thrills.

Essie Neons 2014 “Too Taboo” collection is available now at salons and mass retailers nationwide. You can find them online at and (gotta love free shipping). Essie nail polish retails for $8.50/ea.

What do you think of this edition of the Essie Neons? Which colors are calling your names? Do you prefer your neons old-school, day-glo or more subdued like these?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Essie. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy
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  1. Lisa N. says:

    Those are some fun and bright shades. I like them.

  2. Loving Too Taboo and Vice Versa!

  3. Love these colours! These are definitely going on my must-have list for summer! :)

  4. Wendy Crislip says:

    I’m wearing Sittin’ Pretty right now. I’m usually a blue and green person but recently I’ve been drawn to purples. I just used two coats but it’s going to be the base of a saran wrap mani so it doesn’t have to be perfect.

  5. Tricia says:

    These are all sooo pretty. I MUST have both blues!!!!

  6. Rach says:

    Ooh, Chills & Thrills looks like a brighter version of ChG What a Pansy. (I could be completely off …)

  7. Marian Sheridan says:

    I love your try it on video. What a great idea. And the colors of these polishes are so pretty I may have to get a couple.

  8. Kelly H says:

    love the video, so helpful! thanks for your awesome blog!

  9. Shell says:

    Love love love your Try It On videos! So helpful. I’m selfishly hoping you’ll abandon your life and devote it to doing more videos, lol.

  10. Sierra Delta says:

    I’ve never had my nails done professionally, Michelle, so watching your videos is as close as I’m going to come to learning how to apply polish efficiently and cleanly. They’re *very* helpful and at the same time reassuring — I’ve read a lot about how to do a “proper” manicure, but it’s intimidating when I do something differently because it makes more sense or is more comfortable for me. If you’re looking for topic suggestions, I have two: demonstrate a start-to-finish manicure; and show us (in slow motion if necessary!) how to wrap our tips.

    • Hi Sierra! Wow, that made my day. I’m so glad you’re getting something out of the videos to help your application. I love your ideas and will do videos for both.

  11. NailPolishFan says:

    Love the collection. The colors are bright and fun.

  12. Psychop says:

    I bought vices versa, i