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Product Review: NCLA Nail Polish - LA Collection

This is a post from our awesome new writer, Moxie.  She is a beauty expert and  is the Editor-in-Chief at Moxie Reviews, a blog specializing in natural, organic, and cruelty-free product reviews. NCLA Nail Polish ($16.00, ShopNCLA.com) was started in Los Angeles, California, by its founder, Elin Dannerstedt, in February of 2011. The inspiration for NCLA Nail Polish comes from runway fashion and Los Angeles’ unique culture. Wearing NCLA Nail Polish means that you can have fashion at your fingertips, on your fingertips!
NCLA has do-it-yourself nail wraps and a line of lacquers. I will review the first collection of lacquers called the LA Collection. This Collection has 18, 5-free, LA inspired shades. All of the nail lacquers are 100% free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Camphor. They state that they are, “Never tested on animals. Ever.”

Are DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Camphor Really "Toxic"?

Yes and no.  DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde are all called "The Toxic Trio" when mentioned online.  However, the studies that associate these ingredients with disease all use very high concentrations of these ingredients.  Much higher than one is typically exposed to with nail polish.
The other thing is, toluene is hard to substitute in nail polish.  For instance, NCLA uses butyl acetate.  As our friends at The Beauty Brains once pointed out, the MSDS chemical fact sheet for butyl acetate is just as bad as that for toluene: “The substance is irritating to the eyes and the respiratory tract. The substance may cause effects on the central nervous system. Exposure far above the OEL could cause lowering of consciousness.” And the carcinogen potential of Butyl Acetate has also been investigated and they concluded that “TBAc (butyl acetate) should be considered to pose a potential cancer risk to humans because of the metabolic conversion to TBA.”
Here's the thing.  We're not suggesting here that butyl acetate is a carcinogen in nail polish.  But we are suggesting that substitutes for the so-called "Toxic Trio" can be just as bad as the originals.  So don't buy NCLA Nail Polish because it contains purely non-toxic ingredients - that is simply not true.

Our Review

I purchased four nail polishes, and they arrived wrapped-up securely in this packaging: I will review two of the four purchased polishes. The first nail polish is Venice Beach Vixen. I would agree with NCLA, that their “electric blue crème kicks ass!" Photo of Venice Beach Vixen taken inside: Photo of Venice Beach Vixen taken outside: I have used only one coat of Venice Beach Vixen. It applied smooth and covered well; very pigmented. The next polish is Hollywood Hills Hot Number: "Sparkle like a disco ball!"  This is a large flake multi color glitter that is really beautiful whether you are indoors or out. I liked this lacquer, and felt that with the multi color glitter, simply wearing it over a bare nail was very attractive! I needed two coats of this polish to distribute the glitter evenly over each nail. This polish, can be used over NCLA nail wraps, or over another polish of your choice. A very versatile polish!

Bottom Line

At the time of this post, each of the LA Collection lacquers were $16 USD each. I like the square-shaped glass bottles. The cap is well designed so that it was easy to hold while applying polish. The NCLA polishes were very easy to apply, with no issues with streaking. Touch-ups needed only to the tips after 4-5 days. I thought they were excellent quality polishes, and I would highly recommend. Ingredients:  Ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, adipic acid/neopentyl glycol/trimellitic anhydride copolymer, trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate, nitrocellulose, triphenyl phosphate, stearalkonium hectorite, diacetone alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, citric acid, benzophenone-1, SD alcohol 40-B (alcohol denat.), acrylates copolymer, silica. May contain (±): Bismuth oxychloride (CI 77163), oxides (CI 77499), blue 1 (CI 42090), aluminum powder (CI 77000), red 34 (CI 15880), red 6 (CI 15850), red 7 (CI 15850), yellow 5 lake (CI 19140), iron oxides (CI 77491), violet 2 (CI 60725), ferric ammonium ferrocyanide (CI 77510), mica (CI 77019), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), polyethylene terephthalate, isobutylphenoxy epoxy resin. Disclosure: I purchased the polishes.  
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Date: August 15 2012 at 3:38 AM
  1. Moxie
    September 3 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Hi, FutureDerm. Thank you for my post. Would you please link back to http://www.moxiereviews.com for the Contributor? Thank you so much!

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