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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Life’s A Beach: As If, Don’t Call Me Peachy!, Tennis Anyone?, and AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree… Swatch and Review.

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I have been so behind the last couple of days because I thought that making a light box last week would make swatching and taking photos so much easier for me… I was so very wrong… It has been nothing but a nightmare. This was a status I posted last night on Facebook:

So after deleting over 400 swatches…. 5 days of swatching the same polishes and taking pictures with the light box.. outside of the light box and then running outside to catch the sun… I have figured out (to my dismay) that I am not a studio photographer… I can’t work Photoshop… I am a naturalist … and I take better pictures outside…

And so, this post has a couple of swatches taken with the light box, taken outside of the light box, and finally taken outside in the shade, since the sun wasn’t out.

Have you heard of the California based nail polish brand ncLA (which stands for Nail Couture Los Angeles)?

They are a 5 free nail polish company, that says NO! to: Formaldehyde, DBP, Touene, Camphor and Animal Testing. The polish bottles are cute little squares that come packaged in super cute black boxes with little windows so you can see what shade is hiding in the box. Also for those of us who hate the harsh chemical scent that some nail polishes give off, awesome news!!!! ncLA nail lacquers don’t have that smell!

As If!

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Life’s a Beach, As If! Photo taken inside with artificial lighting.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Life’s a Beach, As If! Photo taken in light box with artificial lighting.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Life’s a Beach, As If! Photo taken in light box with artificial lighting.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Life’s a Beach, As If! Photo taken in light box with artificial lighting.

Description:

Work? While it is sunny outside? Some people are just Clueless! “As If!” is a dusty pastel purple polish.

 

Formula:

I had a lot of trouble working with this formula at first. I swatched it first on my bare nail and with the first thin coat it started to bubble. I took off the nail polish and then oiled and buffed my nails to see if that was the problem, since I have really never had a new bottle of nail polish bubble before. I swatched the second time with a thin coat and it still bubbled. I then swatched another brand of polish to make sure that in fact it wasn’t my nail plate causing the polish to bubble. With the other brand of polish there was no bubbling, so I swatched As If again and it still bubbled as you can see in the pictures.

* I just swatched As If! as I am writing this review to see if it still would bubble. I applied one coat and no bubbles formed, so I’m not really sure what had caused it to bubble before. Perhaps since the polish dries ridiculously fast, if you apply another coat before the previous one finishes drying, the chemicals that are evaporating as the polish dries gets trapped under the new coat causing the bubble.

 

Don’t Call Me Peachy!

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Don’t Call Me Peachy! Photo taken inside with artificial lighting.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Don’t Call Me Peachy! Photo taken outside in the shade.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Don’t Call Me Peachy!  Photo taken outside in the shade.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Don’t Call Me Peachy! Photo taken outside in the shade.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Don’t Call Me Peachy!  Photo taken outside in the shade.

Description:

 The perfect tan is hard to obtain! Making sure your nails are peachy perfect is easy! ” Don’t Call Me Peachy!” is a bright yet pastel peach colored polish. This shade actually makes my hands look tanner.

 

Formula:

This polish goes on smooth and levels out beautifully, but since the formula is thin, in order to not see streaks and to get full coverage you need three coats. I used a base coat before applying the polish and allowed each thin coat to dry completely before adding the next coat. The dry time on these polishes is unbelievable fast and have a high gloss shine.

Tennis Anyone?

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Tennis Anyone? Photo taken inside with artificial lighting.

Tennis Anyone is the same shade of pastel yellow as the walls in my bedroom! So you know that I love it!

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Tennis Anyone? Photo taken outside in the shade.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Tennis Anyone? Photo taken outside in the shade.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Tennis Anyone? Photo taken outside in the shade.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Tennis Anyone? Photo taken outside in the shade.

Description:

 Serving a consistently perfect shade is key! This light yellow pastel shade is game, set and match: For You! “Tennis Anyone” is a yellow pastel polish.

 

Formula:

This polish goes on smooth and levels out beautifully, but since the formula is thin, in order to not see streaks and to get full coverage you need four coats (just like my walls needed three coats of paint). I used a base coat before applying the polish and allowed each thin coat to dry completely before adding the next coat. The dry time on these polishes is unbelievable fast and have a high gloss shine.

AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree

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It was really hard to capture this shade correctly! In the pictures it looks light gray, but it’s a very very very very light shade of pastel green.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree. Photo taken outside in the shade.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree. Photo taken outside in the shade.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree. Photo taken outside in the shade.

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ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree. Photo taken outside in the shade.

Description:

Give your nails some well deserved beauty rest. Shopping is really not easy as it looks! “AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree” is a very light mint pastel green polish, think Andes Chocolate mints.

 

Formula:

This polish goes on smooth and levels out beautifully, but since the formula is thin, in order to not see streaks and to get full coverage you need three coats. I used a base coat before applying the polish and allowed each thin coat to dry completely before adding the next coat. The dry time on these polishes is unbelievable fast and have a high gloss shine.

Price:

$16.00 for a 15 ml bottle

(But if you sign up for their newsletter on shopncla.com, you will receive a coupon code for 15% off your first purchase)

Where to Purchase:

shopncla.com

Check them out on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/nailcouturela

This is the first time I have ever tried pastel polishes before, and I must say that I wasn’t sure if I would like them because I love wearing brights and glitters. Even though these shades are so simple on the color scale they turned out to be very elegant and I think I found a new love: Pastels!

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(These products were sent to me for my honest opinion)
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Comments
2 Responses to “ncLA Spring 2013 Collection: Life’s A Beach: As If, Don’t Call Me Peachy!, Tennis Anyone?, and AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree… Swatch and Review.”
  1. They’re all beautiful!!!!! I NEED Don’t Call Me Peachy! ❤

    • MeganfromTLG says:

      Sorry that I took so long to respond!! lol I keep meaning to write back and read blog posts but I haven’t had the time.. BOO!! So you like pastels?? lol 🙂

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