Looking for nails that are great for clubbing, or do you just desire a burst of bright neon color? The neon pigment powder in today’s review is just the thing that you’re looking for.
The powder is a very fine loose pigment that is stored in a small faceted plastic container with a screw top lid. Unfortunately, it does not have a seal over the mouth of the jar, so some of the product does leak out into the bag during shipment. It is, however, only a fine dusting that makes things a little messy. On the plus side, the powder is inexpensive and Born Pretty manages to fit two grams of it inside the container as opposed to the normal one gram that is inside most of their similarly packaged glitters and powders.
The bag itself has a zip seal running along the top, so you can always store the container inside the bag if you are concerned about it leaking out again.
I would suggest that you place a piece of paper or a tissue underneath the container and over your work area before opening it and using it to allow for easy clean up later on. Wearing a face mask and eye protection is also recommended if you are sensitive to dust. I’m sure it is cosmetic grade and safe to use, but the powder is very fine and can therefore easily float into the air and be inhaled.
When I first used this powder, I tried it over black nail polish and soon found that it did not turn out very cute. I also found out that it does not work well will negative space manicures because the powder smears across everything once another layer of top coat is applied. Also, being neat is very important when using this product. Below are the pictures from my first failed attempt, so live and learn by my example!
I also discovered that the powder looks AMAZING under the gel curing lamp and under blacklight. It doesn’t mean that the manicure glows in the dark, but if you’re going to a rave, these nails are definitely going to stand out!
Below is a proper tutorial for how to use this neon powder.
If you are using regular nail polish, allow the color to dry completely first. For either gel or regular polish, apply a gel top coat over the base color being very careful to not let it pool in the sides of your nail bed or your cuticles. Cure your nails for about 15 seconds so that the formula stays tacky. This is necessary to get the powder to adhere to your nail.
Pro tip: For extra easy clean up, use a liquid latex barrier such as Born Pretty Liquid Peel Off Tape around your nails. You don’t have to do this as the powder will easily wash off your skin after you apply and cure another layer of gel top coat, but it does keep things looking more neat.
Once the powder is applied over the base color to your liking, use a fan brush to dust away any excess powder from your nails. Take special care to clean any powder from your cuticles.
Once you have removed the excess pigment, apply another layer of gel top coat to your nails and cure it fully as directed on the package. However, despite clean up, do be aware that there will be a chance that your brush or bottle of top coat will get contaminated with the powder. You can wipe your brush on a clean tissue before dipping it back into the bottle to help prevent this, or pour out a small amount of top coat into a different container for use if you are especially paranoid about contamination.
The color is extremely vibrant, so the pigment works great. Its real appeal is what it looks like under blacklight.
Because the color reminded me of the newer hazard road signs, I decided to make a Santa Sleigh Crossing Sign version with acrylic paint over this neon base.
While it is messy to use, this neon pigment has serious color payoff. It is especially eye catching under blacklight, but the color is attention grabbing even in normally lit situations. Just make sure to use a white base color when using it to get the best effect. Judging by how much powder gets used for a manicure, this container will last forever, so don’t just save it for special occasions. Get creative!
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this neon powder pigment (retail price is $1.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below. Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Happy polishing!