Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Artsy Wednesday: Favourite Nail Polish Brand - ulta3

This week's challenge was incredibly difficult for me. The theme is favourite polish brand, and I was paralysed by choice - do I go with the always well-formulated OPI? Or the super covetable shades from China Glaze, makers of OMG? The smaller but excellent Nubar? Or maybe even an indie glitterbomb maker?

In the end, I went with ulta3. Why?

- They're an Aussie brand. I'm not normally so patriotic, but it's so great when a brand from our little country succeeds. And they're easy for me to find!

- My first polishes were from ulta3... all the way back when their labels had swirly script!

- They're amazingly good value, and great for an impulsive low-guilt pick-me-up at the end of a crappy day. But that doesn't mean the quality is poor - their cremes are usually amazingly non-streaky and some say comparable to OPI. Some of the new PRC formulas are one-coaters, and many are good for stamping.

- Lately they've been very quick to get with the latest trends, with their magnetics collection and the new Spring pastels. And because they're Aussie, they're not putting out reverse seasons.


Unfortunately, since I've been run off my feet for the last few days with BBU and IMATS, I haven't had time to plan elaborate skittles showing off my favourite shades (although ideally that's what I would've done). So here's a simple stamped, season-appropriate mani using ulta3 Corsican Rose (from the new Pretty Pastels collection) and Silver Grey with a Mash plate.


If you were forced to pick a favourite polish brand, what would you choose?

See the other Artsy Wednesday girls struggle (or not) to pick just one:



Sadly this is Ms Lizard's last week with us as she takes a hiatus from blogging.

15 comments:

  1. gorgeous! colour combo is fab xx

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    1. Thanks Catrine! Lucky silver is a hard one to stuff up :)

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  2. I love your explanation - and the mani is so delicate and nice!

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    1. Thanks Maria! It was a hard choice, but once I started listing reasons it was obvious what I should pick!

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  3. Go Ulta3! Corsican Rose is so pretty, I like the subtle stamp combo. I don't think I own Silver Grey, I should get it for a cheap silver stamping polish. :)

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    1. Aussie Aussie Aussie! :)

      I actually used the Aus version for this stamp and it was subtle and pretty but couldn't be seen from a distance, maybe the PRC version might stamp a bit clearer? Although I don't remember having seen a PRC version of this yet. I want to try the PRC foils (Lollipop Lilac, Envy) out for stamping too...

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    2. Oi! Oi! Oi! :)

      I bought Lollipop Lilac recently it's probably a PRC. I'll try it out for stamping.

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  4. What a lovely shade :) I've seen you use this brand many times

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    1. Haha yes, it's definitely in high rotation here :)

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  5. At first I didn't realize that you had a stamping pattern on there! Very glossy and pretty. As for me, a fave nail color brand is tough since I pick entirely on color (:

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    1. Oh, same! Which is why I could only choose a brand with a wide range of shades... for example, Ozotics are to die for, but they have no cremes! :(

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  6. Zoya - hands down my fave polish brand! Nice stamping, btw.

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    1. Ahhhhh I need to buy some Zoyas! A few of the other girls picked it as their favourite, but I haven't got a single one yet!

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  7. Very pretty combo, love how delicate the stamping looks.

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