NCLA Nail Lacquers – swatches and review

I love having new brands of nail polish. I especially love when I take my new polishes to my beauty salon and every person in the shop comes up to see how gorgeous they are. When I took myNCLA Nail Lacquers in, every nail tech, every hairdresser and every client were checking these out. I was terrified that my gorgeous NCLA Nail Lacquers ($16) would find their way into someone’s purse. That’s how much attention they attracted.

Everything about these is interesting – from the square bottle and caps to the tempting colors within. The company itself is interesting as their start was in fashion inspired nail wraps. They were inspired by the city of LA and the beautiful fashions around. From there they created their nail lacquers with this promise: “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!”

NCLA nail lacquers

As beautiful as they are, they are just as fabulous to work with and wear. I’m able to share 4 different polishes with you with 3 different finishes.

West Hollywood It-Girl

West Hollywood It-Girl

NCLA West Hollywood It-Girl

West Hollywood It-Girl will knock your socks off. This burgundy cherry glitter is amazing. The base is clear, the cherry glitter creates the color. This needed 4 coats to be opaque on me but it was worth the extra time since the color is so striking. If it’s too bright for your nails then choose this for a pedicure since it will surely attract attention.

Mulholland Maneater

Mulholland Maneater

NCLA Mulholland Maneater

The best formula comes with NCLA’s crème polishes. Mulholland Maneater is an example of that. The color was basically opaque in 1 coat but with 2 coats it was absolutely perfect. The beautiful rich dark purple has a blue undertone. It applied like a dream. It was like it was applying itself.

NCLA Light Up the Night collection

Two of my beauties are in a set called the Light Up the Night Collection ($39): Hollywood & Vine Starlet and Bel-Air Trophy Wife. It also has LAX Jet Setter.

Hollywood & Vine Starlet

NCLA Hollywood & Vine Starlet

Hollywood & Vine Starlet is a black sparkle nail polish. The glitter in it is silver but the silver takes on colors when you are out in the sun. I wore this without starting with a black base coat so it took 3 coats to be opaque. Next time I’ll start with the black. Without a top coat it has a slightly rough finish which is typical with a glitter polish. Adding a top coat smoothes it out nicely but it’s not a glassy finish.

Bel-Air Trophy Wife

Bel-Air Trophy Wife

Bel-Air Trophy Wife

Bel-Air Trophy Wife is my favorite and the one I’ve been wearing for the last week. NCLa calls this a bronze metallic gold. My nail tech, my husband and I all described it as a dark champagne. However it’s described, it’s fabulous. Because it’s a metallic it could be streaky but I didn’t find that at all. It did show some imperfections on one nail that wasn’t as smooth as my others but no one other than me noticed it. The metallic finish gives it a burnished look. I will wear this polish in any season since it fits them all.

This is the perfect time to invest in NCLA polishes since they are 20% off with the code VALENTINE20. There is also a contest going on to win the Light Up the Night Collection but you’d need to enter on their website by Feb. 9th so hurry!

Win these or buy these, if you love polish then you want this brand. These are as wonderful as the true stars you’d see in LA. — Marcia

 *pr samples


  1. Tricia Boaz says:

    I’m going to have to check these out, you know how much I’m loving nail polish these days!!

  2. I’m wearing Bel-Aire right now and can’t stop staring at my nails. I wore the purple the other day and it was gorgeous, very rich and very easy to apply.

  3. I absolutely must have Hollywood It Girl!!


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