NCLA Space Academy HOLOS Collection Swatches and Review

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It’s Monday…again. I hope everyone had a great weekend! So I’ll tell ya…nail mail NEVER gets old. I love me some nail mail! When polish comes in, I have a catalog system of bins on the wall that ensures collections are posted when pre-scheduled or in the order the samples were received (let me know if you’re interested and I’ll share some pics of my system). Every once in a while nail mail comes in and I want to swatch them…like YESTERDAY! The new NCLA Space Academy HOLOS Collection was one of those days! But alas, I controlled myself and stuck to the plan. So today is the day! These beautiful polishes are spacy holos complimented with a pearly finish. It’s a cool effect.

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Before I get to the swatches, you MUST see the boxes. Here’s a pic I posted to Instagram the day they arrived. Gah!


Spaced Out is my absolute fave of the bunch. It’s a gorgeous, bright, clean blue that shimmers. You can’t see the holo much in my pic. But who cares? Look at that blue!

NCLA Spaced Out from the Space Academy Collection

NCLA describes LA to Anywhere as a black holographic. The shimmer and pearlescence give it more of a charcoal gray shade. It’s like dark silver. Wow!

NCLA From LA to Anywhere from the Space Academy Collection

Lightyears Ahead is a pearly, shimmery, holo silver. It definitely has the rainbow going on, but the luster softens it a bit and makes it a little different than your standard silver holo.

NCLA Lightyears Ahead from the Space Academy Collection

And last but not least, Vacation on Mars is a soft mauve-y pink. This one can really appear different depending on lighting and skin tone. I’ve seen swatches that are more purple and some which lean more pink. In some light, it even looks gray. My photography setup isn’t the best at capturing the range of colors in holo polishes. (It’s like my camera  focuses tooooo much maybe?) I’ll take a pic with my iPhone and post it to IG since…shhhhh….I wore this one to work today.

NCLA Vacation to Mars from the Space Academy Collection

The formula was really nice. As I alluded to, the holo is really much stronger in real life. The opalescent softness of Space Academy is subtle…but it puts a small spin on the holo trend. All swatches are two coats of polish followed by one coat of NCLA Gloss It base/top coat.

NCLA Space Academy HOLOS Collection nail lacquers retail for $18USD each (15ML) and Gloss It! retails for $11USD. These are available now at and in select retail locations. For news and promotions, follow NCLA on facebooktwitter, and instagram.

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by NCLA for my consideration. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

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  1. Helena says:

    Spaced Out looks amazing and NCLA is a great brand.

  2. Lisa N. says:

    Such gorgeous colors! I love your swatches :D

  3. XO, Noelle says:

    I’ve had my eye on these for forever. I think I NEED them now!

  4. Shipra says:

    LOVE Spaced Out! <3

  5. Jenni says:

    I have never heard of this line, but it looks awesome!!!

  6. Lou says:

    Oh my word, these are just lovely and they look amazing in your swatches

  7. Doria says:

    These are so incredibly beautiful!!!

  8. Kelly R says:

    Uhm, I am going to have to add these to my wish list!

  9. These are beautiful! And I LOVE your description of your blogging system…you are so stinkin’ organized!! :D

  10. Heather says:

    I received Spaced Out as a Christmas gift and I agree, that blue is crazy awesome! Love your swatches. =)

  11. holo polish and packaging! *enters instant hoard mode*

  12. Deborah says:

    Spaced Out is indeed a stunner! That shade of blue is just perfect ♥

  13. Sarah says:

    Well, I didn’t want to pay down my credit card anyway. These swatches have convinced me.


  14. Claudia says:

    LA to anywhere is a stunning! I need this shade!

  15. Spaced out is STUNNING! Love it!

  16. Katrina says:

    Very pretty. The blue one is my favorite. I think your organization system sounds awesome, so smart. The order in which I receive nail mail has nothing to do with the order in which I wear them; but then, I don’t receive press samples so I don’t feel obligated. I’m happy for you that you got to wear a holo to work. I’m feeling very work appropriate (although I’m spoiled, I can actually wear whatever polish I want at my office) right now in my Zoya Brigitte.

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