Saturday, March 6, 2010

Nina Ultra Pro in Emerald City & Topped With Absolute Wizard

Above & Below: Nine Ultra Pro Emerald City is shown indoors under artificial lighting above, and outdoors in full sun with no flash below. I used 2 coats, but could have gotten away with just one. It also has an extremely high gloss finish.
Below: I applied a coat of Absolute! brand in Wizard over the top for added viewing pleasure!
One of the polishes offered in the Friday Follower Freebie (which is open for entries through midnight tonight and can be found just below this post) is Nina Ultra Pro in Emerald City. This is one that I myself have had on my untried shelf, along with a couple of other shades from this line. I have used this brand before and every time I try one, I'm left wondering why I don't use them more often. The formula is very nice and the color range, although not as wide as some of the other lines out there, is really quite varied. Emerald City is a vibrant yet deep Emerald green shimmer that applied nicely in 2 coats. I experienced very good coverage with just one coat, but opted to go for a second. After looking at other shades I have that are comparable, I would definitely rate this one right near the top as far as favorites--great formula, opaque coverage with one coat, beautiful rich shade of Emerald.

I decided to top it off with a polish from my wonderful ROAK package I received from Lynn last week. Absolute! (the exclamation point is part of the brand name) is manufactured by Nicka K Cosmetics, who also makes a line called NK, often found in small, independent beauty supply stores. This one is called Wizard and is a clear/ivory with tiny iridescent blue shimmer. I don't think it would perform too well alone, but over a darker shade it's perfect. I love these little brands that are found in beauty supply stores. They're inexpensive, unique and just plain fun!


  1. Wow, this looks so stunning on you Mary. I like the effect of the top coat :)

  2. That is a gorgeous combination!

  3. Just the perfect green. Love the additional sparkly topcoat. Looks fantastic on you.

  4. Oh, pretty combination, Mary!

  5. Wow, the topcoat makes Emerald City especially beautiful! The combo reminds me of a beautiful night sky filled with twinkling stars...too cool :)

  6. I love Emerald city and wow with the top coat it's stunning!

  7. This is stunning on its own, and insane with the sparkly top coat :D

  8. AllYouDesire~thank you! I liked Emerald City just fine by itself, but wanted to check out the it both ways!

    gildedangel!thanks! I think the Absolute would look nice over just about anything :)

    Lucy~it really is a beautiful shade. Nice formula too.

    Nicole~anything with green is nice, isn't it?!!

    Polishjunkie~it looks a little plain in the bottle, but I had a hunch it would look great as a topcoat, which I imagine is what it was intended for.

    Evil Angel~I really like this shade of green, so pretty! I wish Nina Ultra Pro would come out with more colors because I think it's a great brand.

    SilhouetteScreams~glad you like it! I was happy with the way it turned out.