Friday, February 10, 2012

NCLA Nail Lacquer: Swatches and Review

Happy Friday, and a very Happy Friday IT IS!

Today I have some lovely colors from the new up and coming nail lacquer company, NCLA.

"We love Fashion. We adore our nails. Our goal is to effortlessly combine both by creating true, high-end, luxury nail fashion products. For us the perfect outfit starts with your personal style and it ends at right the tip of your fingers. NCLA is born, bred and brewed to perfection in sunny California and fast becoming an LA icon. What started as a line of exquisitely unique, fashion-inspired, super easy to apply nail wraps, quickly became a new industry standard. All designs are unparalleled, unique and influenced by the cosmopolitan diversity that is our city. Our one-of-a-kind products are sprinkled with a dash of LA style and available to Fashionistas around the world.

Following the success, we launched a luxurious collection of exclusive nail lacquers. And just as we like to - or at least try to - take care of the rest of our bodies, here is a guarantee: All our top of the line color formulas are 5 Free. No harmful carcinogens such as DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde or Camphor. And nothing is tested on animals. Ever!
We offer the ultimate in nail fashion accessories. Whether you choose our amazingly easy to wear nail wraps or lavishly high-end nail lacquers, your style deserves an immaculate finish!
We want to share a little bit of LA love and sunshine with every woman - no matter where!
xoxo,NCLA ♥’s You!"
Woo Hoo, let's get this party started!

First up...

"Mulholland Maneater"
 2 coats, no top coat

"There is something mysterious about Mulholland Drive. Sneaking its’ way along the spine of the Hills, you can see the never-ending ocean of city lights to both sides, huge gated mansions and a dangerously curvy road that bisects the mountains. Opulent, rich, dark purple,hitting the nail on the head!"

"Pick Me Up At Melrose Place"
2 coats, no top coat

"Hip stores, high-end restaurants and hot nights. A lot is happening around Melrose. And lots more with the rich bright purple that screams just loud enough for the right kind of attention."

This bright beauty dries a bit matte, so I decided to add their base coat/top coat "Gloss It" on to, 1 coat!

Awesome-sauce!... and what's even more awesome?..This...

Sweet! No critters were hurt making this, and it is Big 3 free!

"Miss Sunset Strip"
2 coats, no top coat

"Your little black dress: absolutely flawless. Your six inch heels: sharp enough to cut through the velvet rope. You don’t spread gossip. You’re it! Flaunt in the flashing lights with this thick large flake purple glitter.
Can also be worn over our nail wraps for an extra bang!"
I decided to try this beauty on top of "Mulholland Maneater" and "Pick Me Up At Melrose Place".
2 coats over "Mulholland Maneater"

This is my next manicure, I swear!! LOVE IT!!!!

Serious "drool fest" over HERE!!!!!

1 coat over "Pick Me Up At Melrose Place"

2 coats over "Pick Me Up At Melrose Place"

"Venice Beach Vixen"
2 coats, no top coat

"Full of eccentric energy, expressions of individuality, striving on non-conformity and floating in an ocean of blue. Welcome to Venice Beach. To stand out here, you need something with a little extra pop. Et voila: Our electric blue crème kicks ass!"
"Malibu Beach Babe"
 2 coats, no top coat

"Well, driving along Pacific Coast Highway, breathing the fresh ocean air, watching the waves crash on one side and having lush mountains as a backdrop on the other, we kind of understand why people are living it up here. This ultra rich teal créme sums the whole scenery up pretty well."

"Hollywood Hills Hot Number"
2 coats, no top coat

"The big full moon, sparkling like a disco ball over the city that is wrapped in a warm and comfortable evening breeze. The night filled with excitement and anticipation. You are lighting up the room as soon as the door opens. Glasses drop. The champagne bottles  pop. Here is a large flake multi color glitter that is special. Just like you!
Can also be worn over our nail wraps for some extra credit!"
Here it is again with 2 coats,over "Venice Beach Vixen".

Yum, and I have to say this dried super smooth, no funky edges of glitter popping up!
"West Hollywood It-Girl"
 3 coats, no top coat

"Party, party and another party. Then a quick change of outfits and now this striking burgundy cherry glitter is really happening. On to the next one! It’s not your fault that you’re so popular!"
So pretty, I love super fine glitters. Not only do they dry smoothly, but they sparkle  evenly, which I happen to like. This dried matte as well, so I added one coat of "Gloss It",and Wallah....

Whew! So...what do you think of the "new kids on the block"?  
The formula on the cremes was butter smooth, and the brush made application mess free, no control issues, no wonky bristles. They all dried nicely, and with a nice shine, except for "Pick Me Up At Melrose Place", what that lacks in shine, it delivers in "electric color"..besides that's what top coat is for :).
The glitters are amazing, they all dry with very little texture left behind, so not a lot of top coat will be needed to make these smooth as glass.  The "go to" glitters for me are "West Hollywood It-Girl" and "Miss Sunset Strip"..oh yeah, that one is a major keeper! Love it!
Overall the price is a bit on the high side at $16.00, but I love the application and the colors, and I love the names! Maybe it's because I call Los Angeles my home, but it's nice to have polishes named after places I see everyday :)
Check out their line here on their site NCLA, I know I'll be visiting soon to pick up "Santa Monica Shore Thing", and " Rush Hour"..oh yeah!

Stay Tuned in the coming weeks, for my review on their nail wraps, they are also $16.00, but in each pack you get enough for 2 manicures! Nice, very nice!

*Product sent by NCLA PR for review.

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Dante said...

The Sunset Strip one was my favorite though it seems like not everyone could pull that off. You could, but still..

LuvMyLacquer said...

these are all very pretty! love the glitter combos!

~Elizabeth aka Lacquered Lizard said...

Nothing too original here, but I love the way you combined the glitters with the colors. I agree that Melrose and Sunset look great together!
I love the shape of your nails!

Unknown said...

@Dante- TY!

@LuvMyLavquer- The combos are my favorite!

@Elizabeth- I agree, but since they are just starting out, I'm sure their creative side will shine thru in more colors. Their wraps are awesome!

Thank You, I actually need to cut them, they are getting so long! :)

KarenD said...

I've never heard of this brand, so thanks for the introduction! Miss Sunset Strip looks like an awesome layering polish--I might have to hunt that one down.

Refined and Polished said...

I love the blues and West Hollywood It Girl. Thanks for the swatches!

Marisa said...

West Hollywood It Girl is really gorgeous!! I haven't seen this brand before.

Makena said...

I love this collection! I will definitely have to check them out! This is my favorite collection so far! I will add these to my wish list... As soon as I figure out how to make a wish list. :)