American Apparel Neon Nail Lacquer Swatches, Photos & Review

American Apparel has a new summer collection out which includes six new NEON colors. I mean NEON!

Some companies say they have neon polish but really it’s just a bright creme. These (well most that I tried) are truly retina-burning brights.

My eyes actually adjusted when I looked at some of them!

The six shades are:

  • Neon Orange
  • Neon Red
  • Neon Coral
  • Neon Green
  • Neon Yellow
  • Neon Violet

Neon Orange, Neon Green, Neon Violet

Source: American Apparel

American Apparel Neon Coral
Neon Orange

Neon Orange is a bright, clean orange which leans towards the tangerine rather than reddish or burnt side of orange. This is actually brighter in person than the picture depicts!

The formula was very streaky and yet also thick and hard to work with. I needed three coats and you can still see some areas which aren’t fully covered.

American Apparel Neon Green
Neon Green

Neon Green is probably the brightest neon nail polish I have ever laid eyes on. I mean it’s SOOOOOO bright! I had a pair of socks this green back in the 80’s :)

The formula is also super thick and not so easy to work with, however this one covered a little better than Neon Orange did. I totally love it because it’s so amazingly green and bright!

Neon Green

Retina searing!

American Apparel Neon Violet
Neon Violet

Neon Violet is a bright violet/pink color. Now this one in person is actually more purple than it looks here, my camera wouldn’t pick it up correctly. However I don’t think it’s nearly as bright as the previous two. In fact I don’t really think it’s even “neon”, more just bright.

The formula was much better with this, though still on the thicker side. This covered almost completely in just one coat and was easier to apply.


I like these though the formula left a little to be desired. Of the three I tried I totally recommend Neon Green, I just think it looks super cool!

Availability: Their website or stores

Pricing: $6.00 each

What do you think about neon nail polish?


  • May 11, 2011

    I secretly LOVE neon nail polish, so I might have to pick up some of these! That green is so bright…it’s kind of awesome
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    • May 11, 2011

      Hi Elizabeth,

      I actually have a pounding headache right now and when I just looked at the green my head hurt worse! :) SO bright.

  • May 11, 2011

    Totally want the green one!

    • May 11, 2011

      Hi Suzanne,

      Isn’t it amazing? I love it!

  • May 11, 2011

    I absolutely love neon nail polish and have bought lots of clothes from American Apparel in the past.

    Was thinking about buying these neon polishes when I first heard about them, but after Googling “American Apparel CEO”, reading all about the controversies over sexual harrassment lawsuits, and the way he supposedly openly calls female employees derrogatory names, I’ve decided not to support this shady company no matter how much I love the colours. Even if it’s “just controversy”, it has raised doubts about this company’s ethics, and the doubts are unfortunately enough for me to not shop there anymore.

    • May 11, 2011

      Hi Mary,

      Makes sense!

    • May 11, 2011

      I’m with you Mary.

      Not only have I read all that you have, I know someone whose boyfriend used to be a store manager for American Apparel out here in LA, and the things I heard make me hate them even worse.

      I rarely boycott companies and this is one of the few. It’s a pity because their colors look excellent, but ugh, such a slime ball.

    • May 12, 2011


      Hate to break it to you: but pretty much EVERY company is shady and questionable. At least American Apparel manufactures their product in the US, treats their workers well and cares about general human welfare (the Legalize Gay and immigration reform campaigns). There is a sad laundry list out their of companies that utilize child/slave labor and senselessly torture animals to test the “safety” of their products (L’oreal, Aveno, Johnson & Johnson, Covergirl, Maybelline, Pantene, the list is EXTENSIVE). Singling out AA for “just controversies” is absurd.

      • May 12, 2011

        Well put, Kristi! There are so many more companies with far more egregious offenses on their records, such as gross human rights violations, employing child labor, environmental degradation, gratuitous and unnecessary testing on animals, etc.. yet people are up in arms over Dov Charney’s pervy ways. Honestly, there are so many more significant things to be upset about. How about boycotting large banks and choosing to bank with cooperative banks/credit unions instead? How about BOYCOTting WALMART, which is wholly bad for America?

        • May 13, 2011

          Hi Cat,

          I fear if we looked deeply into ANY company whether it’s US or anywhere else we would find issues we don’t agree with. Gotta pick your battles I guess!

  • May 11, 2011

    Oh my goodness that purple!
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  • May 11, 2011

    I’m not really into neons, but that green is so fabulous, I think I’m going to have to get it! Plus, a black shatter for on top. And I’m not even into the shatters, either, but I think that would be so amazing!

  • May 11, 2011

    They are just super pretty <3 Love love the green one 😀

  • May 11, 2011

    I am not into neons at all. I think they just make my hands look a bit odd, like a space mannequin. However, that shade of green would be fun….hmmmm….
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  • May 11, 2011

    I want the green one for my toes!
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  • May 11, 2011

    I’m really digging that purple. I do love the other colors but I’m pale with a warm skin tone and neon nail polishes make me look like I have jaundice. Jealous of people who can wear them without looking ill!

  • May 11, 2011

    I knew I was going to love these when i first saw the promo pics. They are even better than I hoped!

  • May 11, 2011

    I must have Neon Violet. Actually purple is the only neon I dare to wear.
    Also Neon Red looks pretty from the pic.

  • May 11, 2011

    I’ll definitely grab a couple of these (skipping the ultra streaky); they’re fun and I love AA’s pricing (3 for $15, can’t beat that with their usually great formula!)

  • May 11, 2011

    I need these! They are so bright, it’s fantastic.
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  • May 11, 2011

    Whoa! That green is buh-right in the pictures, I can’t even imagine it in real life!

  • May 11, 2011

    HI Kelly: I have never seen such brightness in a neon polish, would I wear it on my toes, awwww, I don’t know, maybe I would it’s diffidently a show stopper, I can just imagine woman wearing this on their fingers, it’s so bright and fun looking. WOW! Never seen anything so bright, it’s very cheerful, maybe the purple, LOL

  • May 11, 2011

    I LOVE the neon green!

  • May 11, 2011

    i NEED the green one!

  • May 11, 2011

    How do you apply your nail polish so the gap is even around the cuticles?

    Do you use some sort of masking around the cuticle and then peel it off?

    • May 12, 2011

      Hi AB,

      I just paint carefully around the cuticle area. Takes practice but not too hard once you get the hang of it. For clean up I use a small brush dipped in remover and go around any edges. Hope that helps!

      • May 12, 2011

        Yes it did- Thank you.

  • May 11, 2011

    I just bought three of these yesterday with the $10 off coupon. I got Neon Violet, Orange and Coral. I never usually go for coral colors because they look horrid on me, but these are so pretty. They’re also my first neons. I think they’ll be so fun to wear when it’s scorching hot out!

  • May 11, 2011

    I think the neon green was actually burning my eyeballs through your picture O.o That’s one hella bright neon! These are all pretty colors :)
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  • May 11, 2011

    OMG I love the neon green color! Now I have to make a trip to the one mall in my town that has an American Apparel.
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  • May 12, 2011

    neon violet is soooo beautiful!

  • May 12, 2011

    OMG, I want that Neon Green SOO baaaaddd!

  • May 12, 2011

    I love neon polish, it’s basically all I wear on my toes during the summer. It makes me happy! Of these three, I like Neon Green the best, it’s SO bright!!!
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  • May 12, 2011

    Omg! the Neon Green looks awesome!
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  • May 12, 2011

    those colors are amazing!!! Must get all! Love the yellow and pink.

    Mary – you are really strange – do you have something against american aparel?

  • May 12, 2011

    yikes….i’m remembering some tights i wore in the 80s….

    • May 13, 2011

      Hi egglet,

      Totally! :)

  • May 13, 2011

    I must have that green! Love neons and these look amazing!
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  • May 13, 2011

    Wow that’s one of the brightest yellows I’ve ever seen, highlighters included! I’ve been waiting for my AA to get these :)

  • May 13, 2011

    What stores sell this brand?

  • May 14, 2011

    Man these hurt my eyes on the monitor! They are the brightest I’ve ever seen also. I like Neon Violet. Heck, I like them all.

  • May 15, 2011

    The violet is GORGEOUS! Love it!

  • May 18, 2011
    Jackie S.

    The yellow intrigues me, because it does not look “neon yellow”, more “sunny yellow”, but I am definitely getting the green!