Mother Nature is acting like molasses, taking her sweet time to bring the warm weather our way.
So, this nailphile thought that coaxing her with some neon polish would be a good idea.
You simply can’t go wrong with a neon! It puts a smile on your face, and I feel like my fingernails also smile when I sport a super-bright shade! Or maybe it’s just me who personifies nails? Padded walls, here I come!) 😉
The gorgeous Nina Ultra Pro Pearly Brights first made its appearance in this Haul of Shame post where I shared with you a bunch of incredible polishes from Sally Beauty Supply that I purchased on sale or on clearance.
It took me a while to take Nina Ultra Pro Pearly Brights from the Untried bin to the Tried bin, but I’m glad I finally gave it a go. I don’t have many Nina Ultra Pro nail polishes in my stash, so I cherish it that much more.
Nina Ultra Pro Pearly Brights Pictures
Nina Ultra Pro Pearly Brights Swatches
All swatches have:
- Essie First Base (Base Coat)
- 3 coats of Nina Ultra Pro Pearly Brights
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
- Bright (Yes)
- Name: Nina Ultra Pro Pearly Brights
- Amount: 14 mL (0.47 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: 2 for $8 CAD (on sale at Sally Beauty Supply)
- Where to Buy: Sally Beauty Supply stores & Sally Beauty Supply website (affiliate link)
Nina Ultra Pro Pearly Brights Review
Pearly Brights by Nina Ultra Pro is a fantastic summer shade because it’s a hot coral that leans strongly on the orange side. While I prefer corals that lean pink, this one is making me rethink my bias.
To me, orange reminds me of heat waves in the summer and racing to finish melting Popsicles in the park. (Depending on the orange, it can also remind me of the fall because of the pumpkins, which I’m obsessed with.) But, usually for bright oranges and corals with orange, my first thought is of the hot months.
What makes Pearly Brights by Nina Ultra Pro more interesting and far from flat is that it has fuchsia shimmer. It’s subtle, but noticeable enough that you can enjoy it fully without having it dominate the coral.
To me, this bit of fuchsia is like the nail polish clicking its heels together and saying, “See? I told you I was fun!” Then again, maybe those padded walls I mentioned at the beginning of this post are closer to me than I thought. 😉
Nina Ultra Pro Pearly Brights has a neon finish with slight shimmer.
Since it’s a neon, the formula dries on the matte/satin side. I highly recommend that if you wear this polish, you use a shiny top coat because that’s when you’ll really appreciate the neon-ness of it. Also, a top coat brings out the shimmer more.
Application & Formula
The application was pretty typical of any other neon nail polish I’ve used. The first coat is streaky, but the formula is buildable.
For neon nail polish, I always like to use a minimum of 3 coats to ensure that my nail line doesn’t show through. Also, I feel like 3 coats intensifies the neon quality.
You might be able to get away with 2 thick coats, but I recommend using 3 medium coats for full coverage and maximum impact.
Like other neon nail polishes, this one dried pretty quickly, so even though you paint on 3 coats, you can still finish giving yourself a manicure in the same time that you’d use 2 coats with a regular polish.
Since I’m not as familiar with Nina Ultra Pro nail polishes, I was surprised that the brush was huge!
If you have large or wide nail beds, you’ll probably really love the brush. It was as wide as the bottle’s opening!
But, I have small, narrow fingers, so it was actually really tricky for me to use such a large mop to apply the polish, especially on my pinkie. Haha, I literally just used a corner of the brush on that nail.
To give you an idea of the size, it’s wide much like the OPI ProWide brush, except instead of being rounded, it’s flat. I think that’s why I found it trickier to manipulate.
My thumb was the only nail large enough to comfortably use the entire Nina Ultra Pro brush as the design was intended to be used. For all my other nails, I had to use the brush on its side.
Haha, and since my toenails are even smaller, I won’t be able to use this brush on them unless I also want to paint the skin.
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
Pearly Brights by Nina Ultra Pro is one of those colours that you’ll reach for again and again, especially during the warmer months.
I could never get tired of neons, especially the ones that are really bright and flashy. So this one will definitely get more use.
Have you tried any Nina Ultra Pro nail polishes? What did you purchase at your most-recent Sally Beauty Supply trip? Can you recommend any specific Nina Ultra Pro colours for me to try?