Barielle Brilliant Colors Collection

Disclaimer: Press sample. See bottom for more.

It was the end of senior year, and we were rehearsing in the school auditorium for our graduation ceremonies, when the truancy office approached me.

All year, I’d had absolutely no absences – no illness, vacation, senior cut day, nothing. I wasn’t even late to school! I was a good girl, who was in the communications honor society, and National Honor Society. I was 16th in my class!

Well, I was never late. Except this one day.

I waited and waited for my best friend to show up, as she did everyday, to take us to school. But she never showed. I waited a long while, with no word from her (this was before cell phones, people, AND BEEPERS. I’m totally dating myself). I waited until right before school started. Then I panicked, like the nerd I was.

I ran to school. Like, literally ran the one mile from my house to my high school. I was only a few minutes late, but late enough to have to check in with the truancy officer.

When she came to me at the end of the year, she asked me about the incident. She told me they were prepping “perfect attendance” awards, and this was the one thing that marked my senior year record. But it wasn’t enough. I got my perfect attendance award senior year (the only year I ever had it!) and I never thought about it again.

So what does this have to do with nail polish, you might be asking at this point!?

Barielle has introduced a new five-piece collection (are they on fire, or what?!) called “Brilliant Colors,” and the theme is all about the smart student!

How about some swatches of these top-of-the-class shades?!

Smarty Pants Pink:

Smarty Pants Pink is a light, bubble gum pink creme that makes me think of the movie, Mean Girls, and how they all wore pink one day a week together LOL.

Straight A Coral:

Straight A Coral is a hot, fiery coral creme that screams SUMMER!

High Marks Purple:

High Marks Purple is a pinkish purple creme.

Magna Cum Laude Turquoise:

Magna Cum Laude Turquoise is my favorite from this collection! It’s a “brilliant” blue creme, it absolutely POPS on my nails whether in the light or the shade.

Head of the Class Green:

Head of the Class Green is another of my favorites from this collection – I’m having trouble hitting the nail on the “head” with color description on this one. It’s described as a neon creme on the Barielle site, but it’s more like a bright jade green.

In fact, all the colors are described as neons on the Barielle site. I’m not sure if I agree with that. When I think of neon, I think of a very specific, eye-searing type of shade that dries matte, which these do not. Straight A Coral might be the one polish worthy of the label “eye-searing.” Even though Magna Cum Laude Turquoise is hot and bright, it isn’t quite neon.

I have no complaints on formula or brush on these polishes. I really like them The purple and pink – meh. They are OK. But the turquoise, green and coral are my must-haves from this set!

You can purchase these polishes in a five-pack set for $25 or individually for $8 a piece on the Barielle site (linked to above).

So what do you think of Brilliant Colors? What POPS out at you?! Do you have a good “smarty pants” school story?! I’d love to hear your thoughts below in the comments!

Disclaimer: I received the Brilliant Colors five-pack for review by the PR/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how keeps it real!