I can’t tell you how excited I was when I first heard that Nubar was coming out with a whole collection of purples! The Cleopatra collection for spring 2009 is really an awesome collection as a whole. There were a couple that didn’t really work for me personally, but overall I am really loving this collection. There was only one that had a strange application issue and I have noted that below. Pics taken in sun with no top coat.
Sphinx Purple is one of the ones that’s a really pretty color, but just didn’t particularly work for me. I would call this a jewel toned pink/purple shimmer and it has blueish undertones. It wasn’t sheer so you could get away with two coats, but I did three anyway.
Hieroglyphs Purple is another one that wasn’t my fav, but is a nice color in general. I think of this color as more of a raspberry red/pink/purple rather than “purple”. It’s a creme and I used three coats. This one too has blue-ish undertones, so those with warmer skin tones might not like it on them.
There is a strange thing happening with Nile River. If you check out the swatches on The Nailphile and
The Crystal Files, you will see their Nile River looks nothing like mine. It’s not only the color but the formula as well that’s different. I contacted the PR person at Nubar and she said that there had been a mix up with the labels when the first batch of these went out and I believe I have the correct Nile River and theirs might be mislabeled. Mine does look exactly like what is shown on their press release, so I assume mine is correct. Anyway, I wanted to love this color SO MUCH and I do love it in the bottle, on the nails…not so much. It was SOOOO watery and thin. no mater how hard I tried, I couldn’t get it even or opaque and this pic is four coats! So this one struck out big time for me because of the formula. The color could have been so great had it been thicker or creamier…
Isis Purple is a really nice muted pink/lavender that’s flattering to my skin tone but feels a little “safe”. It would be a great color for a more conservative work place or on days when you feel like being pretty, but mellow. This was three coats.
Now THIS I loved! Pharaoh’s Purple is very similar to Sephora by OPI Metro Chic, Call Your Mother and OPI Parlez-Vous OPI?, but does have some subtle differences. When compared to Parlez-Vous OPI? this one is slightly less lavender and is more taupe-y. When compared to Metro Chic, this one isn’t as brown and has more violet. The closest dupe would be Call Your Mother and that’s just a smidge more lavender-y so really, you don’t need both. This muted grayed out violet is one of my very favorite colors in the last year, so I am super happy I have another one! This was three coats.
Toga Purple is a gorgeous shimmery grape purple with very small blue and lavender shimmer. I really like this one on me a lot, but not sure if it’s a totally unique color. This was three coats.
I wore Passionate Purple the other day and it was really pretty. The color is a “blurple”, which is a blued out purple with tons of blue/pink shimmer particles. There are a few that are very close dupes though and to name a couple they are OPI Ink and Russian Navy. However, those might be harder to find now so this could be a great substitute. I have to say I can’t really comment on the wear because I only wore it one day before I changed polishes, so not sure about the chip factor. This was three coats.
So which ones do you think are a hit or miss for you?
You can find the Cleopatra collection as well as other Nubar polishes here and they are $6.99 each.