Monday, March 5, 2012

NCLA Nail Lacquer's Review and Swatches


Hey dolls!

As some of you may already know, I was in Los Angeles at the beginning of the year on holiday. On the very day we arrived (yes, we wasted no time), we headed out to Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Place Mall. My friend Emi wanted to buy a few things from kitson and that's were I found these the NCLA Nail Lacquers. I've been using these polishes for two months now and I really wanted to put them to the test before posting them on this blog.

I had never heard of this brand before, so I bought a few nail lacquers to try out. At first, I was a bit taken back by the price, $16 a bottle. I don't mind paying that amount, but it's a little unsettling when you don't know what you're getting.

NCLA Los Angeles is a cruelty free company and none of their ingredients/products are ever tested on animals ( a huge bonus in my book). Also, their nail lacquers do not contain DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Camphor.

For more information on NCLA Los Angeles here is a link to their site: http://www.shopncla.com/

The nail lacquers I purchased were: Bel-Air Trophy Wife, Miss Sunset Strip, Malibu Beach Babe, and Pick Me Up At Melrose Place. 

Warning: Please excuse the condition of my nails, I broke two and in frustration, I cut them way, way too short.
Bel-Air Trophy Wife

Bel-Air Trophy Wife is a metallic, almost foiled bronzy mauve taupe.

 Miss Sunset Strip

Miss Sunset Strip is a clear base with various sizes of purple glitter.

 Malibu Beach Babe (darker in person)

Malibu Beach Babe is a mid-tone teal creme.

Pick Me Up At Melrose Place

Sadly, I was very disappointed with these polishes. I really wanted to love them (especially since they were $16 and cruelty free), but alas the quality was lackluster. Although all four have a thick formula, I found that they needed a minimum of three coats and more to smooth out any imperfections. Once dry, they just look dull on my nails, even the glitter looked bland. Also, they chip within 24hrs of wear, not something I expect from a $16 nail lacquer. Regrettably, I can't recommend these polishes to anyone based on their poor performance; and for $16, just stick to Deborah Lippmann or Butter London.

I'll probably give these polishes away to anyone how wants to try them, or just throw them away.

Have you tried any of the NCLA Nail Lacquers?

Looking gorgeous one lipstick at a time.



15 comments :

  1. I think I'm loving that Malibu Beach Babe color. =)
    Following you back on GFC from BlogLoveTherapy's Pinterest Hop.
    ~Kim
    http://2justByou.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Kim, welcome abroad :) unfortunately, these polishes we not a hit with me. Malibu Beach Babe looks nice in the photo but in person it leaves a lot to be desired. It's 11:21 pm, I'll get back to you tomorrow on a dupe :)

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  2. Never heard of this brand, but it seems good. Love the colors! =) Do they have neon green?

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    1. Hi Coffee :)

      Sorry to say but these polishes aren't really good. I wouldn't recommend them, especially since they retail for $16 and perform poorly. Also, they don't have any neon green shades. If you're shopping for a neon green, have you tried China glaze's Kiwi Cool-Ada?

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  3. I like the third nail varnish!

    I follow u ;)

    http://acoffeplease.blogspot.com/

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    1. Wow, I don't know how I missed your comment...sorry! Sadly, I found all four polishes disappointing.

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  4. So strange! I bought 4 NCLA polishes to try recently and I've been testing them. I got Dead-End-Gorgeous, 8 Days a Week, The Ritz 3 piece set (Rock Solid, Call Me For The After Party, Let's Pop Bottles- It's a Pink Champagne"
    I painted my nails randomly (to test the colors) with Rock Solid, Lets Pop Bottles and 8 Days a week. I applied them on Tuesday. Its Sunday and my nails are still perfect! I used Revlon ColorStay as base coat, 2 coats of polish and Vinylux top coat.... The application of the polishes was also very very nice. 2 coats was all I needed.

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    1. Strange indeed! I guess NCLA polishes just hate my nails or something :P I wish they could have worked out. I used a sally hensen and Butter London base coat, but they wore terribly. I've gotten rid of two of the polishes, and in all honesty, I'm not sure why I'm holding onto the other two.

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