Ulta3 nail polish: a review

A few weeks ago I came across a photo on Makeupper's Instagram feed -- there are two new cheap and cheerful cosmetic ranges launching in New Zealand. One of these is Ulta3, which will be familiar to bargain-hunting Australian friends who like a bit of super affordable lippie and nail polish action. 

Sorry for the weird colour cast -- I tried to colour correct the best I could with my bathroom lighting! I would have taken photos in natural light but we're a bit short on that at the moment.

Sorry for the weird colour cast -- I tried to colour correct the best I could with my bathroom lighting! I would have taken photos in natural light but we're a bit short on that at the moment.

Ulta3 nail polish ($4) and lipsticks ($6) are now in select Postie Plus stores. I picked up Blossom Fever first of all, a dusty pink shade which wore on my nails for an unheard-of eight days with no chipping and only some tip wear. So I had to go back and pick up a couple more -- as luck would have it, PP are doing a buy one get one half price across the whole store, so I got Lily White and Stop the Presses for $6 total.

I was a moron and forgot to take a photo of the polish actually on my nails, but luckily I captured it on a nail wheel. 

Left to right: Stop the Presses over Blossom Fever; Lily White on its own (I swear it's there); Stop the Press on its own.

Left to right: Stop the Presses over Blossom Fever; Lily White on its own (I swear it's there); Stop the Press on its own.

Lily White is opaque in two coats. It totally reminded me of using Twink on our nails in primary school! Stop the Press contains black and white hexagonal particles of two different sizes in a clear base, and I think it would look best over a solid pastel. I found the application a little tricky; multiple coats are needed to get decent coverage with the hex bits, which take an age to dry.

Both Blossom Fever and Lily White are fairly thick polishes but are pretty easy to work with. I was definitely impressed with the lasting power of the former, but I took the Lily White off after two days because I was impatient for something new (which will be in an upcoming post), so I don't know if it has the same longevity.

Overall, I think the nail polish range is pretty good. There aren't any amazing, out of the ordinary colours, but no complaints here at that price point.

I would try the lipsticks but I need to actually wear some of my stash first! Let me know if you've tried them, though, and what you think of them.