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I love neons. I was a child in the 1980's and  my blood is practically neon. But it is hard to feel like a grownup when wearing loud colors (because I totally care about that). But now Baroness X has made some bleached neons! Pale but bright colors perfect for the warmer weather ahead, but still work appropriate.

About this whole collection, in general:
These are marked as "one coaters", and I generally agree with that. But I am a fussy bastard, so I used two for each polish except Laguna Lime, which needed three. All of these colors also dried to a demi-matte finish, which is typical of proper neon polishes. All the swatches are shown without a white base coat. As far as I tested (which admittedly isn't far) these are all opaque enough on their own that a white base does little to nothing for these. Also, omfg a coral that suits me. WAT.

Malibu Melon

Malibu Melon is a warm coral. I'm over the moon with it because I actually like the look of it against my skin, and most corals don't suit me. This polish actually got a road-test of nearly four days because one of my awful kids (mostly kidding) gave me the plague. I spent a good few days as a zombie, and this polish survived unscathed. I needed two coats for this one, plus a healthy layer of Seche Vite. It is positively luminous and I love it. Definitely the stand-out for me in this collection. 

Palisades Pink

Palisades Pink is a cool toned neon bubble gum shade.  Normally, I am not a fan of ultrapink pinks, but this one I think is actually quite wearable.  It was perfectly opaque in two coats, and it leveled nicely under a layer of Seche Vite.

Venice Beach Violet

Venice Beach Violet is a warm delicate neon lavender. This shade was super fun, and I am now on a mission to find lipstick in a similar shade. I needed two coats + SV here, and it required minimal clean-up. Hard to go wrong with something this fun. I'd actually like to see this color on someone darker than me. I think it would pop against a deeper skintone.

Point Dume Periwinkle

This is a very unique shade of purple. It is very cool toned and lovely. I think Nyx has a lipstick color to match, if you were curious. The deeper shades definitely apply a lot easier, and I think this one could be happily worn with one coat...though I used two here. I love how bright-but-not this color is. I also love how tan I look! Its a tropical vacation in a bottle...but without the going or tropics...or vacation. Dammit.

Laguna Lime

Apparently, this is my color for 2015. This is the third or fourth neon-pale-yellow-green-lime thing that I have brought into my house this year. Its only February. I didn't do it on purpose, I swear! Laguna Lime is a bright tennis-ball lime shade that is opaque in two thin coats. It is also strangely wearable...for a neon lime. I would totally buy-but-never-wear a lipstick shade just like this.

Santa Monica Mint

Santa Monica Mint is the perfect Gir green that I have been searching for. I promise you will see it again soon. This color behaved admirably, and I barely needed the second coat for complete opacity. It is so happy and bright and minty. I was definitely sad to take it off.   

Latigo Indigo

This color is quite the shifter for me. Depending on the lighting, it goes from cool deep lilac to a proper cornflower blue. I love that. You'll also notice there is no lovely little collage here...well the collage maker I use is a dick and made all the pictures look practically royal blue. I used two thin coats below, and I think I should have made them a bit thicker as I can see a ridge here and there (which I'm against).

I had a nice collage...but it kept being a jerk.

Topanga Teal

Topanga Teal is an ultra-vivid sky blue cream. I can see this being the background to so many different bits of nail art. Surrealist, Nintendo, mind is overwhelmed with ideas. This one was a bit thick, so I think a normal human could get away with one thick coat. I did two whisper thin coats followed by a layer of SV. 

Do you have a favorite yet? I hate to say it, but I do. Malibu I might have to order a backup of that one! I'm still in awe of a coral shade that doesn't look like marmalade on me! I recommend you scamper on over to the shop and grab one while you can.

Oh, and this isn't all there is! Soon, I will be showing you the glitter toppers! Those were the most fun! I am a sucker for anything I can shine a black light on...

...and just for funsies, here's the bottles under UV light. Laguna Lime and Santa Monica Mint really steal the show!

under a black light


  1. GOOD LAWD! These are freaking gorgeous! They all look magnificent on you. My favorites are Laguna Lime, Topanga Teal, and Malibu Melon. I have a love for yellow-toned bleached lime shades like LL... How do you think it compares to Nicole by OPI Lay it on the Lime? Thanks!

    1. I don't have that one (I don't buy polish from girls who misspell my name!) but from the swatches I looked at, it seems pretty close. From reading a few of the reviews, I think this formula might be a touch less streaky. Two of the three reviews I read (before answering) said they had application troubles with the NOPI.

  2. Ummmm wow, I think I might need to procure a few of these! So beautiful!

  3. Beautiful swatches and loved your comments. I'm thinking to pick up the entire set, mostly because well why not, but have seen on anoth review there were some seemingly unmixed small globs of unmixed pigment and was also noted the polish in bottle showed early signs of fading to white. Would love to hear of your experience please before I pop my Baroness X cherry as this will be a new brand for me. Many thx in advance.

    1. Hi Rachel, hopefully my reply will clear up your questions/concerns. I know the review you mention. There was some very small pigment pieces in 2 polishes of the first batch, which I have in my own collection and they eventually dissipated. This issue was also fixed with the 2nd - 6th batches. I have had no complaints in that many batches. I am soon making my 7th batch. The "white" is actually pigment clinging to the glass after sitting for some time. It's definitely not fading. These are very opaque so there is some settling but not separation. A good shake and roll will get the white off the edges. The reviewer received 5mL sizes and that is a mistake on my part. It's difficult to mix a smaller bottle with the tiny BBs. If you'd like I can send you a sample of Latigo Indigo in my new 8mL size bottles when you place any order. This way you can try one of them without committing to the full set. Email me at if you're interested. :) Cheers!

    2. Oh I can add my two cents, even though I didn't see this comment forever :(

      My bottles, after sitting for nearly three months, still look pretty good mix-wise. I'd be glad to snap some awful pictures of them before & after shakin if you'd like.


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