This review is for Blu Blaze, a beautiful deep ocean blue. I wanted to like this polish. I am a polish junkie and fall for nearly every polish made, but this one is just dreadful. The color when its wet is really pretty and a vivid ocean blue. The formula glides on and the polish applies well without flooding or running, but it goes on sooo streaky. I used 3 coats and there were still streaks visible. This dried to an ugly matte finish and looked like rubber. I added some top coat and now it's shiny but it is still streaky and it is bugging the heck out of me. The cap and brush on this are standard and they work well for me. I like the smaller brush as I can get a more precise edge on my smaller nail beds than I can with the wide pro brushes. I rarely use this polish because it's just ugly the way it dries and I refuse to use 4 coats of a colored polish for a mani. That's just way too many. An opaque color should be just that in 1 or 2 coats, it should not take 4 unless your pigment and formula is cheap. I've got .79 cent polishes that way outperform this mess. I keep this now for nail art only.
I found Nina Ultra Pro nail polish at my local Sally Beauty Supply during a visit. I'd never used/heard of/seen this brand before but at 5.00 a bottle I thought I'd give it a shot! The line has a very nice, large color selection covering pretty much any shade you could want, at 4.00 to 10.00 less than OPI or Butter London.
The pros end there.
Let me say that I have very pale skin, but I LOVE blue nail polish. Not sparkly or matte but creme colors, in the cobalt/royal/navy family. Most navy blues end up looking almost black on me so I tend to gravitate towards the cobalt/royal blue side. Most shades in this family are overdone with glitter or sparkle of some type. Whether it be hex, holo or chunky, I HATE glitter in my blue polish. No sparkle for me!
So, when I spotted Nina Ultra Pro nail polish in Cobalt I was I serious love. It's a creamy cobalt blue, no shimmer. Until recently the closest I found was a Julep navy color (too dark on me really) & a L'oreal royal blue jelly polish that's so sheer it needs multiple coats over white, too time consuming. But the Loreal is so pretty I still bought 2, when I've got the time it's gorgeous! The name is Miss Pixie.
So I bought the Nina Ultra Pro in Cobalt & went home to do my nails. As stated by other reviewers the brush is HUGE, very wide from base to the tip, so you have to be super careful with application & even then it can be a big mess. My advice? Have a nail polish clean up pen handy or orange cuticle sticks & remover handy to tidy up during application.
The color, while gorgeous is semi-sheer, it would take 2 coats to get full coverage & though it dried fast it is more matte when it dries. This isn't a deal breaker for me, as it shouldn't be for many....most of you use a top coat & that alone amps up shine.
If I really take my time with application, starting w/ OPI chip skip, then 2 coats, not 1 of Orly bonder, followed by 2 coats of the Nina in cobalt, wrapping the tips & following w/ Seche Vite quick dry top coat, also wrapping the tips with the SV, I can get decent wear, about 2 days before the tips show the nail & 4 or so before any major damage becomes noticeable. Not bad, but not good either.
All in all I will repurchase this, simply because I love the color so much. It's worth a look especially if you want trend shades w/o going broke, just be sure to prep the nails & use a good basecoat & topcoat, b/c without it Nina Ultra Pro nail polish wouldn't stand up well to everyday wear & tear.
I loved the colors and the price so I bought 5! However, after painting my nails, the price wasn't any kind of deal. Went on kind of thick, no matter WHAT I did. The brush is almost too wide to do it neatly. But I persevered, got 2 coats on and it had a dull, almost matte finish. I used my Orly Sec-n dry topcoat and got a gorgeous shine. Within 3 hours it was starting to chip even with Orly Bonder basecoat! I thought maybe I would try it as a water marble instead. Nope. Would NOT spread. So, maybe I'll keep it around for nail art, dots, small accents but this is THE WORST polish I've ever bought... and I buy polish from the dollar store, walmart, where ever they sell it! I have polish that's over 10 years old and IT'S better than Nina. Will never buy again. Which sucks because they have some kickin colors!
Saw this polish at Sally's today and thought I'd give it a go since it was inexpensive and they were having a buy 2 get 1 free on all the polishes. The color I applied is called Never Glum Plum. After buffing, I used Butter London's base coat, 3 coats of the color, and BL's top coat. I wasn't expecting much because of the other reviews listed, but it isn't as bad as I thought.
Pros: it dries fairly quickly, it's 3 free, the brush is thick and wide, and it's inexpensive.
Cons: it's streaky which makes it difficult to make the coats even, and it's on the thicker side. I'd probably buy it again even though it isn't perfect.
UPDATE: The polish chips fairly easily...after about 3 days it chipped. It also rubs off at the tips fairly easily as well. Where I work I'm constantly washing my hands and picking things up, so it is fairly easy for polishes to chip for me, but I've worn others that have lasted at least 5 days before chipping/wearing.
I decided to give the Nina Ultra Pro line of nail polishes that are only available at Sally's a try this week. I bought three colors - French Roast, Mariachii (a coral color), and Bittersweet (mauve creme). This morning, I tried the French Roast. The wide brush looked promising and that's one of the reasons I bought this polish. However, the polish is thick and gloopy. And no matter how careful I am trying to make sure I didn't put it on too thick, it was still too much. The brush and polish are so frustrating to work with. I had bubbles on most all of my nails and had to redo them over and over before I could get a nice smooth coat to no avail. A lot of them still dried with tiny bubbles. This polish is just overall frustrating to work with and I will not purchase this brand again. It was $3.49 at Sally's and one of the reasons I bought it is because it doesn't have any of the harmful chemicals in it. I love the color of the French Roast but not the formula - AT ALL. It reminds me of the cheap polishes I used years ago that would always bubble. Plus it takes FOREVER to dry. I finished doing my nails well over an hour ago, and they are still tacky and not completely dry yet. I guess I've been spoiled by OPI which has a great formula, dries in a reasonable amount of time and has yet to bubble up on me. I will give the other two colors a try at some point and see how they are. In the meantime I will stick with my beloved OPI.
I have a huge polish collection of mostly OPI, with the occasional Sparitual, China Glaze and Orly mixed in. This was my first time buying Nina Ultra Pro, as I had a $5 gift card to Sally's and wanted a new polish color. I chose Anaconda Liked-It. I rarely write polish reviews on MUA, unless it really impresses. But this time, I had to review it as it was the worst polish I've ever used in my life! WORST! The brush is short & thick, making polish application streaky, goopy and uneven. It's hard to get neatly and close to the edges. On top of that, the formula is the worst! Two coats was so uneven I just said "F-it" and gave up! Then it chipped in 12 hours. Don't buy this crap ladies, it's reminiscent of the cheap sh*t you'd buy when you were 15 years old and couldn't afford anything better. Save your money and get something decent. Brutal. I gave it away to my friend's little cousins, they can use it for "play".
I'm kind-of on the same page with these as I am with sinful colors. They have a decent color selection, the brush is a little thin for my taste and I could live without them. However, I do have a couple of these that I will use for layering, nail art, or what I call the "plain old mani" days.
3/5, not bad, not great
I bought the Nina's Ultra Pro Black. I like the color, because it only took one coat for a good color. The brush is really wide, and it makes the polish a little gloopy. Overall, I like the product, but I'm not sure if I would buy it again.
I LOVE these nail polishes. I have purchased different colors and they apply easily and wear well (with a top coat of Seche Vite). I buy them at Sally Beauty Supply.
I'm in loove with this nail polish!
I was at Sally's picking up some bleach when my mom came to me with this nail polish, she tried it on and I was amazed, within 1 stroke of the brush the color went on perfectly.
All you need is one coat!
It's thick but you could def. layer it up and it won't look too heavy/layered on.
Then she told me it was only $3.50 I was even more shocked.
Def. one of the best nail polishes I have seen @ Sally's.
I have been wearing it for 2 weeks now and no chipping!! none, very impressed, still looks fresh from the day I applied it.
Before this one I have tried one by China Glaze, with great disappointment. Streaky as heck..it was very difficult to get even one layer on evenly. Don't know why everyone always raves about China Glaze..it's not good at all.
Anywho, will def. repurchase this nail polish and try out other colors, I am very impressed and happy with this nail polish. Can't beat the price.