Jessica Explosives Collection – Summer 2013




September is the last true Summer month of the year as the Autumnal Equinox falls on September 22nd (my birthday!). I don’t think California really cares about seasons and such considering that I always feel October is one of the hottest months of the year. I yearn to experience actual seasons, but I guess it’s just not meant to be unless I move somewhere else. There was a time when I swore up and down that I would never live in California as an adult, but now I think that I kind of love this place. I have the beach 10 minutes away, I have nice weather year-round and I have the most amazing dusties known to mankind so why would I ever move?!

The collection I’m sharing with you today is like a stealth ninja collection that completely flew under the radar. In fact, I had a hard time finding any information about it when I first purchased it. I did eventually find information on it and it appears to have been released abroad but didn’t get much fanfare here in the US. That is a true shame because this collection blew my socks off. Let’s take a look at the Jessica Explosives Collection for Summer 2013.

Jessica Radioactive 1Jessica Radioactive 2Jessica Radioactive is a lime green polish made me think of a refreshing mojito—not so much radioactive goo. I also kept humming that Imagine Dragons song while I applied this polish. Strangely enough, this is not a color that is very well represented in my stash, and I just don’t get why because I really love this type of color

Jessica Dynamite Teal 1Jessica Dynamite Teal 2I am never going to get over my love for teal polishes. Jessica Dynamite Teal is a bright teal polish with some dusty qualities. I love that it’s not so bright that it overpowers your nails. As beautiful as this color is, it’s also a major stainer so make sure that you double up on you base coat.

Jessica Pink Shockwaves 1Jessica Pink Shockwaves 2You probably already know that I love pink polish, so it should not surprise you that I am a fan of Jessica Pink Shockwaves. It’s such a bright bubblegum pink that makes me feel so girlie! How unlike me. I’m always trying to find  easy ways to incorporate flashes of color into my wardrobe or make up, so this is the perfect way to achieve it.

Jessica Atomic Red 1Jessica Atomic Red 2Since red is the color that launched my rabid love for nail polish (I still swoon when I wear OPI Vodka & Caviar), I never tire of red polishes—especially when they are well-done. Jessica Atomic Red is a highly pigmented red that is almost a one-coater. It’s so bright and juicy looking but it’s definitely more of a tomato red-orange. I definitely approve.

Jessica Yellow Lightning 1Jessica Yellow Lightning 2Hello, yellow! I don’t think it’s a secret that I love yellow polishes, so it should come as no surprise that I loved Jessica Yellow Lightning. The formula wasn’t as problematic as some other yellows I have used in the past, but it was fairly streaky so 3 coats were necessary. This polish does stain slightly so make sure that you apply a generous coat of top coat to protect your natural nails.

Jessica Argon Blue 1Jessica Argon Blue 2Who doesn’t like a beautiful sky blue? Jessica Argon Blue has a very dreamy quality about it, and I just loved the crazy pigmented formula. However, the pigmented formula comes at a price–another major stainer here. A stainer isn’t necessarily a deal breaker for me when the color is this nice, but it’s still a downer.

So what do I think about this collection? I FREAKING LOVE IT! While I don’t think that these are traditional neons, they are fairly bright and do dry satiny so a top coat is necessary if you want them shiny. The formula on all of these polishes is everything I have come to expect from Jessica Cosmetics: absolutely flawless. These polishes are everything I wanted the China Glaze Sunsational neons to be but weren’t. I had to totally search the Jessica website for these polishes as they are super hidden, but they are on there if you’re interested in picking these up. Get these. Get them now! You’re welcome.

20 thoughts on “Jessica Explosives Collection – Summer 2013

  1. 16 September, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Very cool collection! I particularly like that pink and teal and think it’s a shame this collex didn’t make more of a splash. Good find with this collection!

    1. 17 September, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      I can’t believe we didn’t hear more about this collection. Even though they are “neons” and dry to a satin finish, they apply like the most amazing cremes. Totally in love with them.

  2. 16 September, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Gorgeous! It seems like a balance between bright and wearable is a hard thing for polish companies to do–looks like they’ve managed it! And they look so smooth and pigmented! Good thing I have zero dollars right now, or I’d be buying those in a hot minute. (And the Opera ones.)
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    1. 17 September, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      That is a great point. They aren’t crazy bright and in yo’ face but are bright enough. Jessica really needs to get their products out to more retailers and be more accessible. I don’t know which collection I like more between this one and A Night At the Opera. It’s like a polish Sophie’s choice!

  3. 16 September, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I think the only one I like is the green. I’m just not feeling the other colors. 🙂 I wish I could send you some Montana weather – it’s hit a cool patch, and next week the highs are supposed to be maybe 50!
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    1. 16 September, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      The formula of these really elevated my overall thoughts on this collection. The green is one of my favorites for sure, but the other ones are just so pretty even if I do have some similar shades. UUUGHHHH! 50 degrees is like my perfect weather–not hot and not cold. It’s still in the upper 80’s here.

  4. 16 September, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    The pink and the yellow polish are my favorites!

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    1. 17 September, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Great choices. I’m still swooning over the green over here. lol

  5. 16 September, 2013 at 8:35 pm


    1. 17 September, 2013 at 11:57 am

      I totally agree, Emma! 🙂

  6. 16 September, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    What gorgeous colours! Pity about the staining 🙁 You do realize that you said a few times that you’re a fan of different colours. In other words, you love ALL THE COLOURS. You just can’t hide your passion for polish 😉
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    1. 16 September, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Seriously! I don’t even know why I try to say I have favorites when I clearly love EVERY color. LOL It’s funny to me now because I was so picky when I first started blogging. Greens, yellows and even some blues seemed so ugly and tacky to me and now I drool over them. Ahhh…the things you learn to appreciate when you are exposed to this crazy world of nail polish. 🙂

  7. 16 September, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Gorgeous nail polishes!

    1. 17 September, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Glad you like them. 🙂

  8. 17 September, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Whenever i find a good yellow I think of you! So far i found 2 different nice two-coaters. My next goal is to find a one-coater. Does it even exist?
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    1. 17 September, 2013 at 11:56 am

      I don’t think that there are any true one coat yellows. I think the closest I have come to that is Nails Inc.Carnaby Street. The first time I used it I had to use multiple coats because the application is tricky but since then, I can *almost* get away with one coat but it still needs that second coat.

  9. Lesley
    30 September, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    The most amazing dusties known to man is a strong, strong argument for living where you live. Hell, I’ve driven like 400 miles, twice, to go visit those dusties…that’s how awesome they are. 😉
    Ah, the mystery (although, “stealth ninja” is a better description) collection! It is rather awesome. I particularly like Radioactive (I also heard that song in my head, haha), Pink Shockwaves, Atomic Red, and Yellow Lightning on you. 🙂

  10. 2 October, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    We are sorry for any inconvenience you may have experienced.
    Staining can occur in nails due to chemical reaction between the colorant and the nail plate. Some nails are more porous than others and colour may affect them. Also harsh hold cleaning agents react with the keratin protein in nails and can make them brittle and yellow .
    Darker colored polish can cause this reaction to take place within days to weeks while wearing the nail color.

    This does not harm nails. It is recommended to always wear a 2 coats of a basecoat to help prevent nails from yellowing.

  11. 6 October, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    i loooved these polishes… the colors are amazing, specially the pink one <3

  12. 11 November, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I seriously love them all but especailly that green although it would look horrendous on my pastey casper white skin :/
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