Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Greens for March: Ulta Trio

Color me surprised. I had purchased an Ulta gold glitter that had a terrible habit of eating whatever it was below and never drying. I kind of grew a grudge against Ulta nail polish.

Somehow I'd gotten three Ulta's through the sale bin and one in a lot off eBay. They've been sitting around untried for a long time and I was about to purge them out of hand, but thought at the very least I should swatch these before unloading them.

Well. Blow me down. I was completely stunned by the formula. I can't speak directly to the new Ulta line as mine are older.

A few things: brushes were kind of a letdown. All were thick, creamy and applied with great coverage in two coats. I may check out more of these polishes, but the array of colors right now isn't tapping into anything I really need, yet if I were starting over, I'd look more closely at these. The formula reminds me of Catrice: thick, easy to work with, and very wearable.

Ulta Envy

Two coats, no topcoat.

Beautiful deep emerald green. A touch brighter in my photo than in real life, and it will go dark into black, so it's got some vamp DNA.

I was stunned at the formula. Wow.

Ulta Tainted Love

Two coats, no top coat.

Another real beauty. Rich teal loaded with golden glass fleck shimmer. This one pulls more green because of the strong yellow, but you can see the teal at the edge of the bottle.

Just gorgeous.

Ultra Underground

Two coats, no top coat.

A blackened teal shimmer that shifts over into the aqua territory. Fairly generic, similar to Essie Dive Bar and Revlon Beguile, so I may move this over into the stamping world.

I had to decant this one into an old NYC top coat bottle because the brush was out of this world bad. Like it was "Oh yeah!! We need a brush!" Awful.

As an aside all of these stamped well, the bases are deep and they hold their color.

None of these shades seem to be on the Ulta site, kind of a bummer because Tainted Love is so pretty.

Thank you for reading my little nail polish journal!


  1. These are all pretty but I think I like Underground best! I don't have many Ulta polishes, but when one opened near my house last year, I got a purple called Ultra Violet Femme (try saying that five times fast!! ...Ulta Ultra Violet Femme), and it was a great color and finish.


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