Finally I decided to give NCLA a try. It’s been on my nail radar for a while (Beyonce wore an NCLA polish to the Inauguration!) but when I saw an article in the January 2013 issue of Glamour magazine about NCLA nail wraps I was convinced I needed to give the brand a try. I ordered AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree along with their Bibhu Mohapatra nail wraps.
I placed my order on a Friday and got my package in the mail in under a week. Not going to lie…I was pretty darn excited when my polishes arrived in a magenta bubble mailer!
Anyway…on to the actual polish! AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree is from NCLA’s Life’s a Beach collection. NCLA boasts the collection as consisting of the perfect pastel polishes.
AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree is a muted pale green creme with distinctive yellow undertones. The color is seriously gorgeous (I fell in love with it pretty fast) and currently NCLA’s best selling polish. The color is so muted in fact it almost makes it into the neutral category. Almost.
As much as I love the color the formula isn’t the best. I had to use 4 coats to get an opaque color. That being said, the formula is not runny or difficult to work with. And this polish wears extremely well. So well that instead of taking it off I just added a glitter accent nail and wore it a couple more days!
NCLA’s slogan is “enjoy a little California on your fingertips.” Remember when I lugged a stupid amount of polish with me to Malibu? Well, if I had known about NCLA I could have saved myself alot of trouble!
I definitely want to give more NCLA polishes a try. If you live on the west coast the brand is a bit easier to track down. For those of us who live elsewhere the NCLA website is your best bet. PS: NCLA polishes are a bit on the expensive side at $16 a bottle but if you sign up for their newsletter you can get 15% off your order 🙂
NCLA polishes are 5 free, cruelty free and made right here in the good old USA.
Below the jump are a slew of additional swatches plus photos of the bottle (which I love), the brush, the label, the box the polish came in, etc, etc.
I’d love to know if you have any experience with NCLA or your thoughts on the brand in general!