So way back in November/Early December Nubar had their 30% off sale. I hadn’t ever tried Nubar but heard great things about them so I thought I’d purchase a few and see how they worked for me.
I chose the Sparkle Collection, the Go Green Collection and a few randoms because they caught my eye the most.
I did talk about these in my November Favorites video, so it’s not like I didn’t mention them previously lol. I’m just finally getting to posting the swatches (:x i know… I apologize).
If you’ve tried any Nubars or have any suggestions, please let me know! I’m just starting to feel my way through this brand and explore the different finishes they have so I’d love to know which ones are your favorites and which ones I absolutely need to have.
Nubar polishes are available on their website, which can be found here
. The shipping was pretty good, fast and averagely priced.
The packaging was also pretty awesome. The sets (collections) that I ordered came in a nice box, with a hand out with information on it. Some may think it’s too excessively packaged, with all the plastic being put to waste. Zoya’s polishes come in a sleeker clear plastic box, but then again Zoya’s polishes aren’t as oddly shaped and can be packaged much more easily. I liked Nubar’s presentation though.
Regularly, each polish is $7.49 ($0.51 less than OPI polishes), and collections are $49.95, with 8 polishes each, or 6 polishes and a top coat and base coat.
Pictures and swatches are after the jump!
Nubar Sparkles Collection
This is really the collection I was most interested in. I had seen swatches of this collection before on other bloggers sites and fell in love with it. They were super pretty and really quite unique in terms of the polishes themselves.
There are two different “finishes” (for lack of a better word) in this collection: glitter in a clear base, and glitter in an opaque base. The finishes don’t have anything to do with the application of the polish or the final result. It really won’t be chunky after a lot of coats and the glitter will still be full and beautiful.
As you’ll see, the glitter particles in each of these polishes are very very fine. The pieces of glitter aren’t thick and are really small squares. This makes the application extremely nice because, like all glitters, you have to really layer it on to get a full, opaque glitter but the pieces are so fine that after 4 or 5 coats (for the clear based glitters… 2 to 3 coats for the opaque based glitters) the nails aren’t chunky at all. Nubar claims they are opaque in 2 coats but really that didn’t happen for me. At 2 coats yes, there’s a thick glitter that shows all the color but I found that the 3rd and 4th coats made the depth even more beautiful and made the polish really look it’s best.
A total plus to this is that they dry pretty fast. The base of the glitters is pretty thin so the drying time is fast. The brush is also on the bigger side so it makes application easier.
Silver holographic polish. The particles themselves are both silver and holographic, instead of a really sheer silver shimmer with holographic glitter in it, which is what the majority of silver holographic glitters are.
Light grass green glitter in a clear base. It’s not a bright, yellow green, but not a cool green either. Very much in between, and on the lighter side. It’s sort of an unusual green. Unusual in the sense that not very many brands make this sort of not bold, not pastel, not bright, not olive green. It’s really just the color of “Light Green Glitter” that you could get from the Martha Stewart line of glitter at any craft store. Probably one of my favorite greens (which is saying something because the other half of this post is all green nail polish…)
The pictures above are a little more green than the actual color. The swatches are much more accurate of the actual color. Bright (“electric” is the more accurate word that comes to mind) blue glitter. Definitely not the color of the sky where I live but I’ll take it lol. Of all the Sparkles, this one is the most obvious one that needs the 4 to 5 coats. At the bottom of the swatches is just 3 coats and you can still see that it’s sparse without the extra coats on top. It is probably going to end up being one that I layer more than just wear alone.
Very dark blue glitter in a cerulean blue base. With a top coat, the polish looks almost jelly like but I feel like I can’t classify it as a jelly because the polish isn’t one on its own. It’s very deep and very velvety looking without a topcoat though. I’m probably never going to wear it without a top coat though. With the top coat it’s even deeper and looks very atmospheric (like spacey, but not as inky). This one can definitely be ok with just 2 coats.
The glitter is probably a little more blue than the pictures. Purples are so hard for my camera to photograph. It’s really a bummer. It’s definitely more of a lavender shade than the dark lilac that the picture shows. Not as blue as a hyacinth can be though. This is another glitter in a clear base. It’s quite a soft color, and again, not something you’d expect to see in nail polish form. There are tones of lilacs, pastels, brights, darks, and grays in terms of purple but the slightly darker lavenders really never make an appearance. And trust me, I have 56 different purple nail polishes.
Again, super hard to photograph. Bottle on the left is closer to being accurate. It’s stunning though. Very much like Make Up For Ever’s Purple #92 eye shadow in glitter form. It’s just…. beyond beautiful. I’m such a sucker for purple too.
So this is definitely supposed to be more blue. It’s for sure not as pink in real life. Again, purple is so hard to capture completely accurately! It really is that vibrant though. Just not so pink!
This one is just magical. You know in movies, like let’s say The Mummy Returns, when they have flash backs to ancient times, and there’s that music in the background that has that really deep buzz that’s both choral and instrumental? And you hear it when you see something really special with a lot of historical value? That’s sort of what happened when I swatched this one. Actually, if you’ve ever watched The Fifth Element, when they’re in the temple and they put fire on the fire rock and that red light comes out of it? Sort of the same vibrancy, and richness, and importance to it.
It’s the most firey, buzzy, alive red that I have. It’s a truly ruby red glitter on a embery red base. I’m totally in love with it. It’s not at all like “Smitten With Mittens” by OPI or “Ruby Pumps” by China Glaze. It’s totally different. The glitter is different and the color is different. “Fire Sparkle” is the perfect name for it.
Nubar Going Green CollectionThis is a collection of greens. The reason I bought this was to really get the green holographic polish, because it was totally unique. It was also to explore the different types of polishes Nubar has, and what I can expect from Nubar. The collection itself is very beautiful. Perfect for green lovers. There’s a creme, duochrome, holographic and 3 shimmers. All of them are different shades of greens.Because there were so many different types of polishes I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to see if I like the way Nubars creme and shimmers applied because of the different finishes offered in the collection. I don’t think the colors are really that unique, aside from the holographic, because since this has been released, a ton of greens have been released in shimmer, creme and duochrome form from a lot of the different companies, so when it was originally released (2009) I could see how exciting this collection was, but now it’s less unique and more of a learning opportunity for me.Formula wise, these were pretty opaque all the way around and were all easily 2 coaters. They all had a pretty good drying time as well, making my overall impression of Nubar a positive one.
Let’s go by Crayola Crayon terms (see my Tumblr Post
as to why I’m doing this today lol…). This one is in between the colors “Pine Green” and “Tropical Rain Forest”. It’s a very dark blue green shimmer. Almost teal, but not quite. Sort of like the color of a lagoon, at least that’s what I’d think a lagoon would look like, with all the mermaids and such.
This one is just “Pine Green”. Christmasy. Piney. If it were scented, it’d probably smell like a Christmas wreath.
Olive green to pink duochrome. Like an oil spill. Very pretty, but not necessarily unique. There are a lot of duochromes out there like this now. In fact, one of the Orly Cosmic FX
colors was like this, just packed with glitter as well. It’s still a very pretty color though.
Favorite. It’s a green holographic. It’s not bright like you’d expect though, a much cooler, grass green sort of green. The holographic particles are also much smaller than the Nubar Star Sparkle, the OPI Designer Series or even the Milani holographics. It’s pretty much on par with the China Glaze OMG collection. Goes on smooth, and is opaque in 2.
Very wine bottle like green. Reminds me a lot like “San Francisco” by Sinful Colors. Not a very unique color, a lot of companies make this sort of color. I feel like specifically the drugstore/Claire’s and such make colors like this all the time. Pretty though.
Midtoned green creme. I feel like Essie may or may not have a dupe for this in their last couple of collections because they’ve come out with a green in (I believe) their last 3 collections. Just purely green though. Doesn’t lean more towards blue or yellow. Smooth, opaque in 2.
These two are just random colors I picked to try out some of their other polishes. It’s another glitter and one from the Venetian Glass collection.
Probably the most beautiful glitter EVER. Super fine glitters as with seen in the Sparkles Collection. It’s just all teal glitter in a clear base. It’s amazing. Like makes my mouth water amazing. I’m in love with it.
It’s from the Venetian Glass collection and it just oozes orange glowy lava goodness. It has some glass fleck glitter. It’s sort of ridiculous how it goes from sheer to opaque in 2 coats. Very pretty.