Sunday, January 22, 2012

NCLA Nail Lacquer: Hollywood & Vine Starlet

NCLA recently launched their first nail lacquer collection, adding to their already successful line of adhesive nail wraps. The LA Collection contains a range of seventeen shades, along with a base/top coat combo product. Based in Los Angeles, their debut collection reflects all that LA has to offer. These polishes retail for $16.00, so they are pricey. The formula on the shade I was sent reminds me of the formula of a Rescue Beauty Lounge or a Deborah Lippmann polish, so it does have a superior formula. I don't see too many reviews online yet for this brand, but I would be interested to hear if their creme formula applies as nicely.

The photo above was taken from the NCLA web site, and what I like about their photos is that if you click on them, they enlarge as shown. This allows you to see how opaque the shade is using one coat and two coats because of the way the splatter of polish is displayed. So many times I find that color samples on web sites are not truly reflective of the actual polish color, so I like the way they display their shades.

The shade I received is called Hollywood & Vine Starlet. The product comes in a sturdy matte black box, and the product size is a standard .5 fl. oz.

Described as an ultra rich black with silver glitter, Hollywood & Vine Starlet is also ultra sparkly.

I used 2 coats over a base coat, and I also applied a top coat (Misa TopTopper) in these photos. There are a couple of very slight thinner areas near a cuticle or two, so I think the next time I wear this shade I'll just use a layer over an opaque black one coater. The glitter is very evenly dispersed, and it dired a bit quicker than average. This shade is sort of an off-black to my eyes--definitely black, but a softer black.

Below is a quick look at all of the shades in this collection, and you can view them more accurately on their site at the link above.

The packaging is nice, the rectangular bottle is heavy and substantial, and I didn't have any problems with the brush. Based on their color chart, they seem to have a very good variety of colors and finishes. They've also come up with some fantastic names, like Pick Me Up At Melrose Place, Rodeo Drive Royalty, and Santa Monica Shore Thing. Take a look here at Hollywood Hills Hot Number if you like sparkle, and be sure to enlarge/click it!

NCLA nail lacquers are 100% free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Camphor and never tested on animals. Free shipping is offered on orders over $50.00.

*Product featured was furnished for consideration.

1 comment:

  1. I'm liking these, specially pool party. But ugh, the you think they are worth it?