I know I'm a bit late to the party with this one - sorry! I hope all the comparisons make up for it :)
Glitter seems to be a running theme with the latest Australian polish releases, and ulta3 has actually based all 11 of the Glitteratti collection on - you guessed it - glitter. There are 4 microglitter/foil shades, 3 metallic glitter toppers, 2 matte glitter toppers (!), an iridescent fleck topper and an awesome, amazing holo-glitter-jelly concoction.
I'll start with my favourite - Triple Threat, which has holo, silver, red and blue glitter in a black jelly base. It's gorgeous, and I can't quite believe that it's $2.
It's similar to two of my favourite blingy black jelly polishes, Cult Nails I Got Distracted and Chi Chi My Bad. It's also not entirely dissimilar from The Hungry Asian's 2010, but it's much more opaque.
Next up we have the four microglitter/foil shades. Glamourpuss is a super shiny foil - it's a dense silver that has a similar finish to two of ulta3's earlier foils, Envy and Lollipop Lilac:
Celebutant is a pink foil, but the finish is quite interesting - it's a sort of mottled pink/silver mix. I didn't have anything similar to compare it to, so here it is with its siblings:
Striking is a very cool super fine glitter in a teal jelly base. Here it is next to the chunkier and more holo China Glaze Atlantis - they have very similar bases.
Here's Glamourpuss and Striking on my nails:
Infamous is a beautiful blue jelly with a slight green tinge. It's also a gorgeous microglitter with very fine glitter particles. The most similar polishes I had in my collection were Essence Choose Me!, Gloss 'n Sparkle Above Deck and Pretty Serious BSOD. The particles are finest in Infamous.
Of the toppers, XOXO is the most interesting - it looks a bit like the Ozotic Sugar polishes, with a blend of fine iridescent flecks in gold, purple and aqua blue.
Gossip (magenta), A Lister (pale blue and green) and Show Stopper (gold and silver) are pretty standard, two-sized metallic toppers, much like the glitter collection released last year. They've solved the stinky base issue now though - these are definitely stink-free!
And onto my other two favourites from this collection: the black-and-white toppers. Stop the Press is a black and white blend of hex glitters - the first drugstore black-and-white glitter I've seen in Australia, and $2 to boot. Here it is over OPI Dining Al Frisco (click for swatch):
My other black and white glitter is Peita's Polish Zebration:
Outasight is just black glitter - when I first saw this in at the pharmacy, I thought it was just black, but no - it's black glitter in a clear base. It's a pretty damn good substitute for Nubar Black Polka Dot, one of my favourite toppers.
The ulta3s are a bit harder to apply than the polishes I compared them to (you really have to dab it on instead of applying in strokes), but it's not a big problem.
This entire collection is terrific value, especially since the polishes are so similar to must-have indies! The quality isn't quite as good, but they're a decent approximation, at such a budget price. Track this collection down NOW. (Check out the handy Stockist Locator on the ulta3 Facebook page.)
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