NCLA Black Market Collection Swatches, Review and GIVEAWAY!!

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Happy Friday! Today I have swatches of the new NCLA Black Market Collection. NCLA is my new nail polish obsession. I’m all about their thoughtful 4-bottle releases. I hope they keep that focus because it results in such succinct collections with ALL winners. Keep reading to the end of the post, where you'll have a chance to WIN the entire collection for yourself! Woot!

First up is Bullion in a Bottle. It’s a shiny, neutral gold polish with a sprinkling of sparkly rainbow glitters. I don’t usually like metallic bases with glitter, but the formula was nice and the effect is super glammy with a slight texture. It's really unique and it turned out to be my surprise favorite! My swatch is two coats.

NCLA Bullion in a Bottle from the Black Market Collection

Cookies and Gold is a creamy white base with “prismatic gem sprinkles”. The fun, multi-sized glitters are candy shades of pink, gold, purple, blue and white. It was surprisingly opaque in just two coats (with just a little dabbing). My swatch below is one coat of Cookies and Gold over one coat of a white creme polish. I prefer to wear my white creme-based glitters this way...the smile line at the cuticle is cleaner. :)

NCLA Cookies and Gold from the Black Market Collection

This is Emerald Bay. It has sea-themed colored glitters in an emerald green jelly base. The formula is quite thick because of the chunky glitters. I started with one thin coat, focusing only on getting a good coverage of the base (and practically wiping away the glitter with my brush). After that was dry, I used a light hand to polish a heavier coat, focusing on even glitter coverage (with a little strategic dabbing). I finished with two coats of topcoat.

NCLA Emerald Bay from the Black Market Collection

And last but certainly not least, Prized Possessions has an inky purple jelly base filled with teal, blue, green and silver glitters. My application technique was the same as Emerald Bay. Prized Possessions is practically opaque in two coats. This one would also be stunning as a topper over a dark base. I used two topcoats here, as well.

NCLA Prized Possessions from the Black Market Collection

All swatches were topped with NCLA’s all-in-one base/topcoat called Gloss It! I normally shy away from base/top combos because I’d rather use two separate products which are awesome at what they’re designed to do…versus one bottle that’s just okay at two “jobs”. However, I was pleasantly surprised with Gloss It! I didn't road test it to see if it improved adhesion (as a base coat), but it did have an unexpectedly high shine. It’s not a quick dry, but it dried reasonably fast.

I'm really happy with this bunch! All shades (except Bullion in a Bottle) did require some thoughtful, patient application, but the pay off was worth it!

NCLA nail lacquers retail for $16USD each (15ML) and Gloss It! retails for $11USD. The Black Market Collection is available now at and in select retail locations (click here for a store locator). For news and promotions, follow NCLA on facebooktwitter, and instagram.

Now for the giveaway...

NCLA Black Market Collection

NCLA provided me with a second Black Market Collection for one of my readers. This contest is open to winners with a valid Continental US shipping address. Be sure to read the official rules at the end of the Rafflecopter widget. Good luck!

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