On a recent vacation, imagine my delight to find that the city I was visiting had not one but TWO Ulta stores, one located dangerously close to my motel room. You see, I am Ulta-deprived in that there isn’t one where I live, so visiting one is a real shopping treat.
As usual (judging from their constant email ads) they had a sale going on, and their own Ulta brand of nail polish was on sale for $2.00 per bottle. I’d never tried the brand before and thought, “Why not?” The bottles are “in between” in size and contain 0.33 oz/10 ml. I probably would have bought more than I did but remembered that nail polish has to be put in a clear plastic bag for declaration at airport screenings, and you’re limited to one 1-quart bag for all your liquids like lotion, hair spray, etc.
The polish that most caught my eye was a microglitter called After Party. It has tiny red and silver glitter in a clear base, which doesn’t sound very fancy. But the glitter’s so small that the overall impression is almost one of pink instead of separate red and silver. Hard to describe.
I’m not crazy about the Ulta bottle handle because it’s round and completely smooth, so not very comfortable to grip. The brush stem is short and the brush is average. I like the polish itself however, and even though it’s sheer I was able to build up coverage. It dried very quickly so applying multiple coats didn’t take too long.
Here I have four coats of After Party on my little finger, and two coats of After Party over one coat of a plain red creme on my ring finger. I didn’t use a clear top coat for the photos but would recommend one because it dries to a slightly gritty feel. The pictures are under indirect outdoor light, the camera flash, and direct sunlight.
I hope you see what I mean about the pinkish look. I like this one a lot but probably would save it more for the holidays, as it strikes me as Christmas-y. One thing to note — it was difficult to remove. I thought it’d be a breeze because the glitter particles are so tiny, but they were tenacious! What I found worked best was to hold a remover-soaked pad on my nail for about 30 seconds and then wipe it off.