Well, I was trying to franken China Glaze Moonpool, which is a fabulous lit-from-within green. The Nailphile blog (sorry, don’t have the address handy but just do a search) had some wonderful Moonpool photos on it recently. Normally, China Glaze is very affordable, but Moonpool is a hard-to-find shade which is either impossible to find or scalped on eBay. After some nasty experiences there, I tend to avoid it as much as possible.
Anyway, this polish reminds me of comic book characters or glowing nuclear waste, hence the name of my franken. It’s not really close to Moonpool at all, but it does fulfill my desire for a bright chemical green shimmer polish.
This is made from OPI Lemonade Stand By Your Man, a medium yellow shimmer, plus some medium blue creme from the Japanese dollar store. I’d guess OPI Dating A Royal would be a similar shade. Drop the blue into the yellow drop by drop. Then, when the color turns to green, add some green neon. I used China Glaze In The Lime Light, but any neon will do. If it gets too bright, just add some yellow shimmer to bring it back to a more neutral green. Watch out for the neon polish- it can alter the color dramatically. It’s like the dynamite of the nailpolish world. But you can make colors with neons that are impossible to create otherwise, so it’s good to understand how they affect a color mix.
As far as color accuracy, I couldn’t match that lit-from-within green of Moonpool. I’m suspecting there’s some kind of light reflecting shimmer in the polish which I don’t have (yet). If anyone has a good swatch of Moonpool that they’re willing to send my way, let me know and I’ll show a side-by-side.