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NCLA Space Academy HOLOS Collection Swatches and Review

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It’s Monday…again. I hope everyone had a great weekend! So I’ll tell ya…nail mail NEVER gets old. I love me some nail mail! When polish comes in, I have a catalog system of bins on the wall that ensures collections are posted when pre-scheduled or in the order the samples were received (let me know if you're interested and I’ll share some pics of my system). Every once in a while nail mail comes in and I want to swatch them…like YESTERDAY! The new NCLA Space Academy HOLOS Collection was one of those days! But alas, I controlled myself and stuck to the plan. So today is the day! These beautiful polishes are spacy holos complimented with a pearly finish. It's a cool effect.

Before I get to the swatches, you MUST see the boxes. Here’s a pic I posted to Instagram the day they arrived. Gah!


Spaced Out is my absolute fave of the bunch. It’s a gorgeous, bright, clean blue that shimmers. You can't see the holo much in my pic. But who cares? Look at that blue!

NCLA Spaced Out from the Space Academy Collection

NCLA describes LA to Anywhere as a black holographic. The shimmer and pearlescence give it more of a charcoal gray shade. It's like dark silver. Wow!

NCLA From LA to Anywhere from the Space Academy Collection

Lightyears Ahead is a pearly, shimmery, holo silver. It definitely has the rainbow going on, but the luster softens it a bit and makes it a little different than your standard silver holo.

NCLA Lightyears Ahead from the Space Academy Collection

And last but not least, Vacation on Mars is a soft mauve-y pink. This one can really appear different depending on lighting and skin tone. I’ve seen swatches that are more purple and some which lean more pink. In some light, it even looks gray. My photography setup isn't the best at capturing the range of colors in holo polishes. (It's like my camera  focuses tooooo much maybe?) I'll take a pic with my iPhone and post it to IG since...shhhhh....I wore this one to work today.

NCLA Vacation to Mars from the Space Academy Collection

The formula was really nice. As I alluded to, the holo is really much stronger in real life. The opalescent softness of Space Academy is subtle...but it puts a small spin on the holo trend. All swatches are two coats of polish followed by one coat of NCLA Gloss It base/top coat.

NCLA Space Academy HOLOS Collection nail lacquers retail for $18USD each (15ML) and Gloss It! retails for $11USD. These are available now at www.shopncla.com and in select retail locations. For news and promotions, follow NCLA on facebooktwitter, and instagram.