Nubar Sparkles Collection Swatches and Review

Happy Friday Internet!

How are you on this fine day?

Today I’ve got Nubar’s new spring collection called Sparkles. This is a collection of eight colors packed with very fine, sugar-like glitter.

For me, the formula on these wasn’t the greatest. Having said that, I was rushed and didn’t have a lot of time to let each coat dry in-betwen coats. These do tend to cause bald spots and cuticle drag if you apply the coats too fast, and that’s what I did. So I can’t say for sure if it was the polish’s fault or mine or both. But some of these did turn out better than others.

In these pics I started off with the sun shining but literally 15 minutes later it was completely grey and cloudy. So you might notice some pics are darker than others, sorry can’t fight Mother Nature! :)

Oh about removal, yes it’s a pain. Just remember, soak a cotton ball in remover, leave it on your nail for 20-30 seconds then wipe off in one single hard stoke down the nail. Then use the other clean side of the cotton ball or a new one for the remaining glitter so you don’t spread it around.

Now peep em out!

Star Sparkles

Star Sparkles is filled with silver and holographic glitter. What I really liked about this is that the coverage was really great. A lot of times when you have a silver glitter polish, it seems sparse and isn’t very opaque. This is great on it’s own. This was three coats.

Sky Sparkles

Sky Sparkles is a clear base with sky blue glitter. This one wasn’t as opaque as I had hoped. I wish the base was colored as well. This was three coats.

Meadow Sparkles

Meadow Sparkles is a clear base with celadon green glitter. This is another one I was wishing was more opaque. Maybe after four coats it would cover completely, but that’s a lot of coats!

Violet Sparkles

Violet Sparkles is a violet base with purple/pink glitter. Now this one I loved! It looks amazing and covered pretty much everything in three coats.

Fire Sparkles

Fire Sparkles is a red base with red glitter. This is another great one, very opaque in three coats.

Hyacinth Sparkles

Hyacinth Sparkles is a clear base with purple glitter. I really liked this and barely had any bald patches (the ones that I had were because of my fast application) after three coats.

Night Sparkles

Night Sparkles is a deep blue base with light blue glitter. This is gorgeous, again the bald patches are my fault here. This was three coats.

Petunia Sparkles

Petunia Sparkles is a fuchsia base with pink glitter. This one is the coolest one of the bunch for me. The coverage on this was so amazing, this was only two coats!

Overall I liked this collection but did have issues with the thickness of the polish. But again, I was rushed. I liked the ones with a colored base more than the ones with a clear base. They are just more opaque and have more impact. The others I wouldn’t ever wear on their own, they would be great top coats to other polishes though.

These should be released on January 30th and you can find them on Nubar’s site here.

Will you be getting some sparkles?

Weekend time!

So what are your exciting plans for this weekend? I am excited because it’s supposed to stop raining on Saturday, at least for a day or two. It’s been POURING rain here since Sunday, which isn’t normal. I feel like I was suddenly transported to Seattle and no one told me! I don’t really have plans though other than to sleep in. :)



  • January 22, 2010

    Not really digging the collection. I think OPI’s Mad Hatter has closed me to all other glitters.

    I hear SoCal is under a state of emergency, what about NoCal? It’s craziness I tell you, I am in NC and it has alternated between 60 and 40 all week. WTF????

    Nothing fab this weekend, a few projects around the house and maybe take the spawn to the park. Meh…..

    • January 22, 2010

      Hi Elysia,

      Yeah we had 5 counties last night under a state of emergency, including SF. Crazy!

  • January 22, 2010

    Sparkles! So pretty! I’m already imagining how hot Star Sparkles would look over tons of polishes.
    .-= SoVeryFabulous´s last blog ..My Collection and How It’s Organized =-.

    • January 22, 2010

      Hi SoVeryFabulous,

      Yes you are right, it really would look great over other colors.

  • January 22, 2010
    Jackie S.

    The collection as a whole is disappointing, but I do love the night sparkles and violet sparkles.

    • January 22, 2010

      Hi Jackie S.,

      I was a little disappointed with half of it myself. I wanted more opaqueness.

  • January 22, 2010

    Thanks for the beautiful swatches. I’m not sure if I’ll get any of these when I order from Nubar next, but I do like the small glitter compared to large. Star, Night, and Petunia are my faves of this collection. They are all pretty, but I’m a little glittered-out right now!

    • January 22, 2010

      Hi SB_Sweetie,

      I hear ya, I am feeling the same way about glitters. I always love the way they look in the bottle, but I very rarely actually wear them as a mani.

  • January 22, 2010

    The only one I’ll probably be getting is Night Sparkles.
    I’ll trade you snow for rain. :)
    .-= Gejba´s last blog ..Comparison: Misa – Toxic Seduction vs. Zoya – Veruschka =-.

    • January 22, 2010

      Hi Gejba,

      Um no thanks, you can keep your snow, lol! πŸ˜‰

  • January 22, 2010

    Okay, this is way off-topic, everyone, but I’m heading to Paris next week for 5 days. Any must-have/must-see nail polish related things to do? Perhaps there is some amazing French nail polish I must have? Let me know! Sorry this is off-topic to your Nubar post, but I figured it’s still nail polish related.

    • January 22, 2010

      Hi SB Sweetie,

      Ohh you lucky duck! I don’t know of any but others might!

  • January 22, 2010

    I think I need all of these, they are gorgeous! This weekend I am going to be snowed in, so I’m praying to the USPS gods that they will deliver at least a few of the 25 polishes I’m waiting on so I have something else to do besides homework this weekend!
    .-= Andrea´s last blog ..Under the Sea =-.

    • January 22, 2010

      Hi Andrea,

      Oh man getting snowed in must not be fun, especially when you have nothing to do! I hope you get your polishes!!

  • January 22, 2010

    Hi Kelly! Violet sparkles are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Gladys´s last blog ..Hard Candy Nail Polishes & One Year Anniversary =-.

    • January 22, 2010

      Hi Gladys,

      You’re welcome!

  • January 22, 2010

    Those purply glitter polishes are GORGEOUS!

    • January 22, 2010

      Hi MissDeeCanada,

      Glad you like them!

  • January 22, 2010

    in your opinion – is the smaller glitter any easier to remove, or does it not make any difference?

    btw, I love the shape of your hands. It is very elegant.

    • January 22, 2010

      Hi yourhermoine,

      These were actually harder for me to remove than regular glitter. It’s so small and fine it tended to get all over! Thank you!

  • January 22, 2010

    The purples, the red and the blue are winners in my book! I might have to endure the hassle of glitter removal for some of these…
    .-= Solveig´s last blog ..OPI You Don’t Know Jacques! =-.

    • January 22, 2010

      Hi Solveig,

      Yes the purples especially I love!

  • January 22, 2010

    I agree with you – I love the ones in colored bases, not as thrilled with the clear bases. There are a couple of Nubar polishes I want to try, so if I get around to placing an order, I’ll definitely be adding a couple of these. (I’m all about the sparkly!)

    We’re in one of our regular winter warm spells here in CO, it’s 52F and sunny (we have over 300 days of sunshine a year!). Unfortunately, I have a project I need to finish, so if it doesn’t get done today, that’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow.

    • January 22, 2010

      Hi TropicalChrome,

      All the other Nubar’s I have reviewed (except pastels) were so excellent in terms of formula and color. I especially love the green collection (which I just saw today is going away…) and the Chocolate collection.

  • January 22, 2010

    The only one I really like out of these is the purple. I don’t really have big plans for the weekend.. I’m in L.A. and its been pouring here all week too. I’m supposed to go to church tomorrow night and hopefully to a friend’s party.. if it’s not raining. Other than that I’ll probably just paint my nails, sleep in, do some homework, and relax. :) hope you have a great weekend!

    • January 22, 2010

      Hi Dori,

      Are you sick of the rain yet? I know I am. I like rain and all and I know we need it, but this is getting a wee bit much…

  • January 22, 2010

    i love these new nubars!

    as for seattle weather.. it’s not really as bad as people think it is.
    .-= Candi´s last blog ..candiDUH: @VampyVarnish can i be added to your blogroll? =-.

  • January 22, 2010

    It’s sunny here in Seattle πŸ˜›
    I’m not a fan of glitters like this (except for the Lippmann ones), so I’ll pass on this
    .-= TipsToToes´s last blog ..Dolce & Gabbana Stromboli =-.

  • January 22, 2010

    The purples, reds, blues and silvers are nice! I’m such a magpie though x
    .-= Lucy´s last blog ..Teeth Whitening =-.

  • January 22, 2010

    These are great. Ever since your video on removing glitter polish, I don’t stay away from glitter polishes anymore.

    I’ve got a low key weekend planned. Have a great one!
    .-= marisol´s last blog ..Tequila & I Are Still Friends =-.

  • January 22, 2010

    I really like the purples and the red. I think I’m going to get the green as well and put a coat of green underneath it. I’m going to pass on the blues; I just bought both Absolutely Alice and Dorothy Who, so it’s time to share the love with other colors. I love Nubar — I bought some of the prismatic colors they came out with earlier in the month and they’re beautiful.

  • January 22, 2010

    usually I would be sick of it after a week but since I have no plans this weekend and I’ve had a lot of homework to do lately I think I’d be sad if it were nice and sunny outside and I weren’t able to go. Since I’ve had so much work that I need to be stuck inside anyways it nice to know that even if I didn’t need to be stuck inside, I would be stuck inside anyways. :) I’m enjoying it while it lasts but I’m sure when the sun comes around in a few days, I’ll be ready for it! :)

  • January 24, 2010

    :D:D:D:D I love this collection.

  • January 25, 2010

    Hi Kelly,
    I saw your photos of OPI Hong Kong Collection re-posted on this blog:
    It doesn’t give credit to you (no link to your site or whatsoever), so I thought I’d let you know.

    • January 25, 2010

      Hi Sibel,

      Thanks for alerting me!

  • January 25, 2010

    Hey Kelly,
    Removing glitters is a nightmare. I know you mentioned the technique, but do you recommend any remover that is particularly good for removing glitter? I spent what seemed like a lifetime trying to remove “Absolutely Alice” from my nails.
    And from this collection, Violet / Petunia sparkles look amazing.

    • January 25, 2010

      Hi Christy,

      Well the one I was using was OPI Expert Touch, but I am going to try Orly’s non-acetone and I think butter LONDON’s non-acetone removers soon. I have a sneaking suspicion that glitter is gonna be extra hard to get off with non-acetone remover though!