Layla Ceramic Effects $4.99 at Ulta

Ulta has the Layla Ceramic Effects silver glitter, gold glitter, red flakie, green flakie and Butterfly Effect for half price. Use the $3.50 off coupon on their website and get two for $6.50!

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Layla Ceramic Effects #52 Butterfly Effect Swatched

When I saw this at Ulta, I squealed. It was beautiful in the bottle; blue with red shifting to green flakes. Or maybe it was purple; walking that borderland where it’s not quite settled which one is dominant. Because I had made promises to a few people, other polishes got swatched first, until today, when I thought, “it’s time.” Out came the first of three Ceramic Effects purchases.

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I put three coats on the thumb and ring finger; two on the rest. Inside there’s not much difference but in the sun you can tell that two coats is patchy. It was smooth, and easy to apply, and there are those pink/red flakes.

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In outdoor light, I got the red, then I turned and got green, then I got some blue that was really hard for me to capture without wrecking the car, then I noticed gold.

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And yet, somehow I’m “meh” on the whole thing. I don’t think this is anything I couldn’t get with a base coat of blue (or purple) and a Fingerpaints flakie on top. Or, for that matter, the Color Club holiday flakie topcoat. I don’t know what I expected and can’t quite put my finger on why it isn’t just right. Maybe I was so thrilled when I saw it in the bottle that it wasn’t possible for the polish to live up to my ideals. Kind of like when you meet someone famous in real life and they don’t instantly become your best friend, even though you always just knew that if you ran into Drew Barrymore somewhere she would immediately realize how much you had in common and you’d be BFFs. Instead after you tell her how much you loved Charlie’s Angels she thanks you politely then moves on down the street.

I think maybe I expected to get more of the different color flakies at once – for there to be red and green at the same time, not just in different lights. At the end of the day there’s nothing really wrong with this color, but there are others I like better and I don’t expect this to become a go-to in my stash.

This Week’s Haul (so far)

Here’s what I’ve picked up this week. Let me know of anything that needs to move to the top of the swatch list!

I found all these Color Club polishes at TJ Maxx. For $10 I got the set of 6 colors with top coat, and for $4 I got these two pairs of the Winter Affair polishes I didn’t get at Sally. Note there’s an extra of this sparkle top coat that will end up in the swap list – but this was the same price for 2 polishes as for just the one at Sally. And I got the four minis for $5 – In True Fashion duochromes.

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Next, my Butter London Fishwife arrived!

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Essie Smooth Sailing ($4 at TJ’s) and Over the Top (full price at Ulta).

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These two came from Ulta, which has 5 for $5 on polishes, hand lotion, and a ton of other stuff. This purple looks very similar to the Color Club purple with holo glitter.

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Zoya Storm! I wasn’t interested from the original Zoya swatches but fell in love in the store.

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One more Layla Ceramic Effects (remember it’s about $6.50 plus tax if you use your $3.50 off $10 coupon at Ulta).

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FingerPaints holiday polishes – Elve’s Bells and Santa’s Magic. These were the two of the six that didn’t seem overly duplicative to me of other things I have.

And finally, here’s the Julep haul from two intro boxes and an add-on. Apparently this month they sent lots of glitter pots! The polishes are Sophie, Jodie, Toni, Michelle, and Caroline.

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WHEW! Just typing that wore me out!

Layla Ceramic OMG OMG Love

Just spotted at Ulta for 9.95. Picked up two to swatch!!! Also Ulta has a $3.50 off $10 coupon, and even if it’s $9.95 before tax, they’ll let you use it as long as it’s over $10 after tax (which saved me trying to find the cheapest item in the store to reach the $10).

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