Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Color Club Wicked Sweet Collection Summer 2011 Swatches and Review

I know... I haven't even posted the Alter Ego spring collection yet and I'm already onto the summer collection. But, since I'm so late in posting spring, I figured why not wait on it a little longer and post the summer sets while they're still relevant?

Color Club is doing two sets of neons this summer, and not just plain neons. This set, called Wicked Sweet, just so happens to to live up to that title. They're not just candy-colored, they're candy scented as well!



Get Your Lem-On. This is a pale, green-tinged neon yellow with a green duochrome shimmer. The sunlight picture shows the green shimmer best and the indoor picture shows the base color truest. It's scented in a sweet, light lemon scent. This has my favorite scent of the bunch. I'd wear it just to smell it! The color reminds me a bit of Color Club Volt of Light.


Gimme A Grape Big Kiss. This is the standard neon fuchsia-purple creme. It looks a bit washed out due to the brightness of the color, but it pretty much looks like most other neon purples. The color is great... but the scent isn't my favorite. It's a candy grape scent, and I've never liked candy "grape"... Somehow the candy interpretation of grape doesn't taste or smell anything at all remotely like a real grape. But, that's just my personal taste here, if you love that candy grape scent, you'll probably really enjoy the scent of this.


I Always Get My Man-darin. A light, desaturated neon orange with contrasting green shimmer. I tried to capture that green shimmer, I really did. It is sneaky, but it's there. Very pretty once you see it in its full glory. The base color reminds me of fake orange juice... Like... what's it called... Tang? Or Sunny Delight. *shudder* The scent is a sweet crisp orange. Very light, but pleasant.

Raspberry Rush. This one is fighting with Gimme A Grape Big Kiss for my favorite color in the collection. It's pink, yes, but it's an awesome obnoxious gorgeous bright pink! It's too washed out looking in this picture (these crazy neon colors freak out my camera!), but you can get an idea of how bright and pretty it is. It's a much deeper pink, more of a magenta. The scent is a sweet candy smell, like the rest, but I can't quite put my finger on what it smells like. It doesn't particularly smell like raspberries to me. It sorta smells like when you open a bag of gummy bears, all the smells mixed together. It's nice, and it reminds me of something from when I was a kid, but I just can't remember what!


The Lime Starts Here. Light neon green jelly-creme. This is close enough to jelly to call it a jelly, right? But it's still creamy looking. So... jelly-creme it is. Nice and bright. Yellow toned. Has a sour candy lime scent. I dig it.


Wicked Sweet. This one looks like Zoya Phoebe with topcoat, doesn't it? Bright near-neon blue with electric blue and gold shimmer. The greenish tint to the shimmer makes the whole polish look teal in some lights. Quite glowy and beautiful. The scent is... blueberry? Blue raspberry? It reminds me of Crater Lake Company's Lemon Blueberry Frosting scent. I'm gonna go with blueberry then. Love it.


Yum Gum. This is a light pink neon, similar to something like China Glaze Pink Voltage. It has a creamy white base to the pink color. I like the color, but that name... Yum Gum? Really? Anyway... the scent is... gum. Bubblegum. Not the overly sweet kind, but the sorta dry hard kind, like the one that comes in baseball cards. Do they still put bubblegum in packages of baseball cards?


The formula was perfect. I didn't really have any problems with application. The texture is on the thin side, but it's not runny. Some of the shades are on the sheer side, but all are good with three coats. I'm wearing three coats in these pictures. The lemon and lime shades would probably look even better with a fourth coat, but I haven't tried. The drying time on these is confusing. They set incredibly quickly, but I found that I was still denting them nearly 45 minutes after application.

One aspect of the formula is notably different than my usual polish reviews... There's a scent. The scent is strongest when first applied and slowly fades away the longer you wear it. When I wore these with a coat of Seche Vite, I could still smell the scent for three days. It was very weak on the last day, but still there. It's not so strong that it gives you a headache, but it's not so weak that you have to stick your fingers up your nose to smell it.

I love the scents in these. They're so much nicer than almost any scented polish I own. They're all soft and sweet, no sharp chemical fakeness. They really truly smell like candy. I remember some of the scented polishes I had in the 90s... I think the brand may have been Loud! Music, or something to that effect. I had a vanilla and an orange one. They have me the worst headache every time I wore them, they were so strong and invasive and sharply fake smelling. None of that here. It can be a little unsettling if you forgot you're wearing scented polish, though. The first time I tried them out, I kept thinking... What's that smell? Why do my hands smell like gummy worms?!

Overall, I'm a fan of this collection. Sure, the colors are fairly common neon colors. Heck, a lot of them even look like existing Color Club neons. The scents make them special. And you know me... I'm a sucker for anything scented. Vanilla scented garbage bags, remember? So yeah, I am definitely a fan!

(These were sent to me for review.)

26 comments:

  1. I picked these up at Ross last week, from what I could tell they were pretty watery and sheer. I'm glad to hear you got decent application out of them. I just grabbed them because I don't have many neons, I didn't even know they were scented until I got them home and read the box more closely, lol. I like the scents too, it's fun for something different. Now I kinda want to put one of them on to test out the application for myself!

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  2. Get Your Lem-on is gorgeous!

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  3. The neon lime green is gorgeous! I have been looking for a color like that!

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  4. The colors are gorgeous! Shame they take three coats, though. :\

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  5. I got the whole set a while ago and love them! I found the blue and yellow to be exactly like the ones from Electro Candy but maybe they're a bit different. I didn't need extra coats with these except for the orange.

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  6. Noice, I like 'em, can't beat a novelty polish!

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  7. I always use vanilla garbage bags (;
    I like that theses are scent..

    they are so summer-y I LOVE IT♥

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  8. Best swatches i have seen, as always! Now i want them all!

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  9. Oh, Raspberry Rush and Gimme a Grape Big Kiss are BEAUTIFUL. It's a shame that the purple one is grape-scented, but putting up with that stench might be worth the lovely color.

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  10. hhmm sounds like the scents aren't that bad.. the colors look pretty great too.

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  11. Ahh I don't like these, which is sad because I'm obsessed with scented polish.
    Raspberry Rush will be the only one I get.

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  12. Those are pretty colours. And, if they smell good, bonus! :D

    I think that they do still put gum in baseball card packs. They were when my husband and son were buying baseball cards like crazy a few years ago.

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  13. Just for your random information: the "purple candy grape smell" is based off of concord grapes, not the red or green grapes you can buy in grocery stores. Concord grapes are rare to find whole in stores, but and often used in grape juices.

    ANYHOW, I've always hated that purple-grape flavor and was confused by it, since I LOVE red and green grapes, but I was given concord recently and loathed them, as they really are like that.

    SO... there's the story on purple grapes. ^.^

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  14. I love them all. I just wish I could get the green and yellow to set as beautifully as your swatches! LOL

    And as much as I hate pink and bubblegum Yum Gum has become my favorite of the bunch.

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  15. Oh wow! The purple and pink look amazing! x

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  16. Okay, that does it! I'm gonna need them. I kind of inlove with you cause of your awesome-est swatches at all times. <3 But my wallet cries rivers... ;)

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  17. These are really nice shades. I'm going to skip these. I have the scented Revlon polishes. I do like the bright pink and the green. So tempting.

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  18. Haha, some of these names just SCREAM OPI to me. "I Always Get My Man-darin?" Such an OPI name.

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  19. I know I already commented, but I wonder how your swatches can be so beautiful at three coats when Kelly and others had such a hard time with them! I guess it comes down to your skills as a polisher, huh?

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  20. Preetty! what topcoat do you use for the shine?

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  21. I bought The Lime Starts Here and Yum Gum not too long ago and while I love the colors, I am actually not too crazy about the scents. I think they are a bit overpowering, especially it you have your hands near yours face a lot LOL I like to rest my head in my hand when I am in front of the computer and the scent is very noticeable, which I guess is the point, but yeah I think they are a bit too scented. They are a touch too artificially sweet for my taste.

    Not so much that I won't wear them, but I think they could have toned them down a bit.

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  22. These look gorgeous! I can't to try these and I'm curious about scented nail polish.

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