Have you heard about Music City Beauty? If not, maybe you’re familiar with Smokey Mountain Lacquer. Smokey Mountain is rebranding to Music City Beauty to reflect the maker behind the brand, Kim’s new home in Nashville. To launch the new brand, she’s starting off with a set of 6 vibrant neon cremes. This is the Risqué Collection, and it each polish has a suggestive name to match the theme.
I’ll start off with Music City Beauty Aphrodisiac, a neon green creme.
I really like the shade of this one, it’s like green candy!
I am showing 2 coats of Aphrodisiac with top coat. The formula on this one was great, nice and smooth!
I’m not sure what it is, but I think this might be my favourite from the collection. Then again, that may just be my current mood – by tomorrow I might like the blue best.
I feel like this would be great as a base to a simple summer dotticure!
Next up is Music City Beauty Happy Ending. This is described as a neon blue creme.
I’d say this is probably the least neon of the bunch, although it certainly is a bright, vibrant blue.
I think this would be a great base for some summery floral nail art!
I am showing 2 coats of Happy End with top coat. This one dried a little darker than the colour looks in the bottle, so be prepared for that although I don’t think it’s a bad thing. In fact I’ve just noticed that this shade of blue is a good match for my water bottle!
I should mention that it was incredibly hot and humid as I was swatching this collection – around 38ºC (~100ºF) and something like 70-80% humidity. These are terrible conditions for polish. I had to be extra careful with Happy Ending and with the purple, Battery Operated Boyfriend, to avoid bubbles. None of the other polishes gave the slightest issue to I’m inclined to blame the heat wave for this.
Next is the bright and vibrant Music City Beauty Showgirl.
Showgirl is a neon pink creme. It’s vibrant and bright and perfect for year-round pedicures!
As I was swatching this collection, I learned something interesting: your computer/phone screen physically can’t display neon colours correctly. I was trying to get my photos as colour-accurate as possible – and I have – but I just couldn’t get the vibrancy of some shades, especially this one and the neon yellow, to come through as much as they do in reality. Apparently, this has to do with the pigments absorbing UV and emitting even more visible light, which can’t be expressed through the RGB colour schemes of our screens. You can read a little more about it here.
The point of that whole aside is that in reality, this is a super bright neon pink. We already know that colours look different from device to device. In my experience, red or pink-toned colours have an extra tendency to lose accuracy when I upload images anywhere. And now on top of that, neons physically can’t be portrayed as we see them in reality!
You’re going to have to take my word for it that this, and the rest of the collection, are loud, bright neons.
I’ve used 2 coats of Showgirl here with top coat. The formula was great and didn’t give me any issues.
Next up we have Music City Beauty Red Light Special.
Red Light Special is a neon orange creme.
Another super bright, summer-ready shade!
Again, I used 2 coats of Red Light Special plus top coat. The formula was great and didn’t give me any issues.
Neon pinks and oranges tend to be my favourites for pedicures – not that they don’t get used on my fingernails as well!
Next up, we have Music City Beauty Attention Whore.
Attention Whore is a bright highlighter neon yellow.
Shades like this tend to fight with my skin tone, but I love it for nail art combined with other shades.
Shown here are 2 coats of Attention Whore with top coat. This is the only shade from the collection that I may consider adding a third coat of. It looked fine in 2 coats, but if you don’t like even the slightest bit of visible nail line then you might want a third. Or, you could try using it over a white base – I haven’t used a white base for any of these. To me it was fine just like this.
As I’m looking at these pictures, I kind of want to use this neon yellow with black in a water marble!
Last but not least, Music City Beauty Battery Operated Boyfriend.
This one dries a little darker than it appears in the bottle and actually turned out to be the darkest polish in the collection.
Once again, I am showing 2 coats with top coat. I had to be a little careful with this one but I suspect it was because of the heat wave we had here as I was swatching.
Although I was surprised by how dark this one was, I like it. It’s bright without being such an extreme neon and it’s one I’d be more likely to wear on its own than the others in this collection.
I think this would look lovely with a silver glitter topper, for some reason. I should try that!
Such grapey purple goodness!
For those of you that are wondering – yes, this collection does water marble! I’ll have a couple of marbles to share with you soon.
This collection will be available from June 17th at 7pm CST and each bottle will be priced at $10. Here are links for the brand’s shop and social media: