Thursday, October 24, 2013

Nina Ultra Pro "Maple Syrup"

Continuing with the fall season color palette, I decided to go with a darker color this time. While keeping a bit the camouflage theme, going brown helps with my wardrobe selections a bit more. I found I had this color from last year, I got it for christmas 2012, so I went for it. 

This is Nina Ultra Pro “Maple Syrup”, It is a brown base with orange shimmer to make it stand out. Like, well.....Maple Syrup! I think the name is spot on. 

Like all shimmery colors, it stands out under direct sunlight. 
Under ambient lighting it tends to reflect less light, the shimmer is still there, but the color looks richer, more chocolate than maple, although not that dark. 

Under artificial lighting conditions though, the orange shimmer make the color take on a dark copper shade. 
To prove this, I took a picture on top of an orange colored rug, so you can look at the light reflecting on the toe nails and you will see what I mean. 

So in a sense, without being a holographic color, you can consider this like it is one of those 3 for 1 colors. 
I really like the thick brush Nina Ultra Pro uses on their products. Consistency is very good, two coats will do it, but as always, I go for three and top it off with Seche Vite top coat, my favorite. 

This color applies very nicely, it is not streaky. 
This color goes very well with gold, brown, beige, green, orange, brick red and all earthly colors. 
I absolutely love this color and would recommend it very much. If I had to rate it, I would give it 5 bottles. 

Even though it is a couple of years old, it is not that hard to get, you can grab a bottle at amazon for less than $5. If you are lucky, Sally’s might still have some. Reading some reviews on amazon I see that many people give it a bad rap, NOT SO. They probably don’t know how to properly apply nail polish. 
Remember to clean, file buff, prime, base, paint and top over for a long lasting beautiful non chipping application that will last up to 10 days. This is definitely a keeper. 
Happy Polishing!


  1. Very nice color! I will rock that.

  2. Wait, what's priming? I thought that was putting a base coat on, but you list priming and base separately! Always something more for me to learn...

    1. Hi Dani, thanks for stoping by and leaving your comment. Priming the nail is when you apply nail primer before applying the base coat. There are various products on the market. Primer is not base coat. You need to prep the nail bed before applying nail polish so it will last and wont chip. One of the most common problems with nail polish chipping is that people do not prep and prime the nail first. It is the same process like when you are painting a car. When painting a car, you first remove the dirt (wash the car) , then you apply some bond and use a file to smooth the surface of the car, then you clean it again and apply primer paint before your base paint coats and you finish it off with a clear sealant coat. Applying nail polish is not that much different. You first wash, file and buff, then use some acetone to remove any file dust left over. Then you apply primer to dehydrate the nail bed, that is to also remove any natural oils that your nail produces that can make the base coat and polish chip away. Once you have your base coat on, apply two to three coats of polish, I almost always go for three. Then top it of with a good quality top coat. In my experience, when doing it this way, chipping is very rare. I can go 10 to 12 days without chipping, so I almost always have to re-do because of nail growth and not because of chipped polish.

  3. Your nails & toes are wonderful!