The United States of America; the land where you can produce and sell just about anything ... except for Neon Nail polish for some reason. Over the past few days, reports have circulated the internet stating that neon nail polish is actually illegal to produce in the USA. Marijuana is legal in some states for god's sake. What is it about the trendy, fashionable polish that makes it so illicit? According to an interview with Doug Schoon from CND- Creative Nail Design on MailOnline:
"The FDA requires that all cosmetic colorants be approved for use. Colorants used to create, neon, day-glo or glow-in-the-dark nail polishes have not gone through the FDA approval process, so technically they are not allowed for use for nail polish applications."This means that it's not illegal to be wearing neons- don't worry, you won't get a ticket- but not really acceptable either since they weren't registered by the FDA (due to the lengthy and costly process of registration of the dye). So that glow in the dark yellow you're wearing right now, is probably imported.OPI's Paul Bryson told Huffington Post:"The FDA requires that all cosmetic colorants be approved for safety, and each batch must be certified for purity. While there may be nothing inherently wrong with neon colorant, it is not used by responsible companies including OPI, as it has not gone through the rigorous FDA approval process ... To note, OPI will be launching Outrageous Neons this summer – to be sold in professional salons – with a new formula featuring neons that have been FDA-approved."Summer's 2012 hottest nail trend are neons, wear them, flaunt them, and break the rules.