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NCLA JetSetter Spring 2014 Swatches and Review

By on March 28, 2014
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NCLA JetSetter Spring 2014 nail polish collection

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We’re going on a trip this spring with the travel-themed collection, NCLA JetSetter. The brand that has recently given us textures, glitters and holos galore is going back to basics with four new seasonal cremes that help round out their overall color range.

Formula & Application

NCLA nail polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor). The bottle is a hefty, glass rectangle topped with a shiny square cap that is removable to reveal a round, ribbed inner cap. The brush is flat but narrow with long, flexible bristles that have just enough stiffness to allow for control.

All four polishes are cremes and they have a squishy feel that makes them a dream to apply in terms of placement and creating a smooth curve along the cuticle. The pigmentation is decent but not great. For the most part, I needed three coats for full coverage. Let’s Stay Forever was the lone exception as it was kind of streaky and really needed four coats to get an even surface and complete opacity.

NCLA Clear The Runway is a berry-based wine creme. It’s pretty vampy but not so dark that it enters almost-black territory. It reminds me a lot of Dior Black Plum, only darker.

NCLA Clear The Runway swatch from JetSetter

NCLA Clear The Runway

NCLA I Only Fly Private is a melon creme. It’s not quite orange, not quite coral, not quite peach. It’s caught somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle of those three shades. To me, it’s a less pink version of butter LONDON Trout Pout.

NCLA I Only Fly Private swatch from JetSetter

NCLA I Only Fly Private

NCLA Let’s Stay Forever is a pale blue sky creme. It’s very light but not chalky. It’s in the same range as Zoya Blu but looks a tad greener next to it.

NCLA Lets Stay Forever swatch from JetSetter

NCLA Lets Stay Forever

NCLA Mile High Glam is a blue-based hot pink creme. It’s very bubblegum, very Barbie. I don’t own any exact matches for it but the popular CND Hot Pop Pink is a kissing cousin.

NCLA Mile High Glam swatch from JetSetter

NCLA Mile High Glam

NCLA JetSetter Spring 2014 nail polish collection
Bottom Line: As I stated above, these shades are basics. We’re not talking earth-shattering creations here. But, as I shared in my recent Top 10 Accessories for Spring 2014 post, I’m loving corals and melons like I Only Fly Private, so that is definitely my winner for must-have of the collection. The only polish I can’t say I’d recommend is Let’s Stay Forever due to application and opacity issues.

NCLA JetSetter will launch in April 2014 at Ricky’s NYC and Kitson LA and online at,, and NCLA nail polish retails for $16/ea for a .5oz bottle.

Have you tried NCLA polish before? Are you a fan of the brand? Do you plan to get any of the JetSetter colors?

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  1. Mishi says:

    They look so pretty I am not able to pick just one !! They look gr8

  2. Lisa N. says:

    Those are pretty!

  3. Helena says:

    Wow, Mile High Glam is VIBRANT! Like MAC’s Candy Yum Yum/OCC’s Nylon in polish form.

  4. Kitty HC says:

    Wow, these are gorgeous! You always have amazing swatches and quality photos. :)

  5. Creathy says:

    the NCLA I Only Fly Private is so wonderful! it’s my fav <3

  6. Pam says:

    I have to admit I am just not a fan of cremes. Although a couple of these colors are gorgeous, I know I would end up putting some kind of shimmer/glitter/holo topcoat over them so I often figure, “What’s the point?” I HAVE heard some great things about NCLA polishes, though…so when my no-buy ends May 1 I may have to pick up I Only Fly Private just because I love any iteration of coral/peach/orange…

    • As much as I love sparkle, I adore a glossy creme. I think they get ditched for all the glitter bombs and trendy colors but you can’t deny the simple beauty of a basic.

  7. kel says:

    that melon may be THE color i’ve been looking for! china glaze used to make a color called koi i think and i’ve never been able to find it. this may be a good replica. also need that pink…LOVE!

    • Hi Kel! I wouldn’t say this is as bright as Japanese Koi, if that’s the shade you mean. It’s more mellow than that. It comes across almost neon on camera but is softer in person.

  8. Sue says:

    Clear the runway and Mile high glam are both so pretty for me. I super like the colors for I find them perfect nails colors for day and night. i will check on these.

  9. shinay says:

    Did you find these polishes to last long? Also, did you use NCLA base and top?

    • I haven’t had any issues with wear, that I can think of. I’ve worn a few of their colors for an extended period of time, but I typically switch my color up quite often. And, no, I don’t use their base and top. I’ve never tried it.