Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ulta Nail FX Kit Swatches and Review

When I first heard about the Ulta Nail FX Kit, I was intrigued.  Four top coats, including matte, color enhancing, holographic, and smokey for $14?  Would the holo really be holo?  What in the world was smokey effect?  I just had to find out!

Smokey:  The Smokey effect is a black jelly with silver microshimmer.  It basically just makes your base color much darker.  It's a bit streaky.  Shown is one coat over two coats of Chin Glaze Shower Together.

Color Enhancing:  The Color Enhancing top coat is a clear liquid that glows violet in sunlight.  It made my base color a bit bluer and brighter.  As you'll see in the photos, I had a lot of trouble with bubbles in this top coat.  It gums up quickly on the nail and it can be hard to even out.  Shown is one coat over two coats of China Glaze Shower Together.

Holographic:  This is in no way a holographic top coat.  It is a crappy silver holographic polish that completely hides your base color.  The holographic effect is weak and the formula is fussy.  As you can see, a lot of balding and patchiness occurred.  Shown is two coats over two coats of China Glaze Shower Together.

Matte:  This is probably the least offensive of the bunch.  It produces sort of a satiny matte finish, rather than a dry, chalky matte finish.  The formula was fine.  Shown is one coat over two coats of China Glaze Shower Together.

All have an average dry time.  They also have a pretty nice brush.  It's thin and works a lot better than the thick, mop-like brush my other Ulta polishes have.   Unfortunately, the brush is the only good thing about these polishes.

Please forgive the messy application and clean up.  I didn't feel very motivated to make these polishes look pretty...they were kind of hopeless.

My thumb shows China Glaze Shower Together on its own 
so you can see what each top coat did to it

The faint holo effect

Sooo yeah, this kit was awful and I'll be returning it today!

I would not recommend buying it, but if you do want it, it costs $14 for a set of four 10mL bottles at Ulta stores and on  You can stay up-to-date on Ulta news by Liking them on Facebook HERE.

Product purchased by me


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    1. Yeah, it could have been a nice little kit if the quality had been better and the holo top coat had truly been a holo top coat lol. They really dropped the ball on this thing!