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Nubar Going Green Collection Review & Swatches

nubar, going green collection, nail polish, nail color, 3freeWe interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you…. GREENS!!! I know I promised to show you the other half of Retro Diva but I’m sorry, a collection of GREENS trumps all. As soon as I got my hands on Nubar’s Going Green eco-themed collection I knew I couldn’t (more like shouldn’t) wait to show them to you.

A whole collection of green polish. It’s like a dream come true. Did Nubar employ stealth psychics to stalk me and read my mind? Is this the result of years of MUA nail board begging for more fabulous greens than we can handle? Who cares, they’re gorgeous and they’re real! Check them out after the jump!

I’m not going to bog you down with a lot of chatter about these. In regards to the formula the bottom line is this; smooth, thin, well pigmented, two coat coverage, fast drying. In other words, pretty damn perfect. Each color glided on with ease. Now can we talk color?? I know you wanna!

I don’t know that I’ve seen a more gorgeous polish in my life than Greener and I’m not exaggerating. It’s heart stopping stunning and as incredible as it looks in pictures, it’s even more jaw-dropping in person. A true emerald shimmer, this exemplifies jewel tone and I own NOTHING like it.
Forest is a slightly mossy green creme. Can you even stand how flawless it is? Can you?? Just when I thought I’d never love another green creme the way I swoon over RBL Recycle, along comes Forest trying to steal my affections.
Speaking of Recycle, I knew the first question from you guys would be about how they compare. Recycle is decidedly darker and a bit bluer in its base tone. And if you ask me to choose a favorite between them, I’ll cut you! Seriously, it’s not a fair question!

Earth is a sparkling jade green. The light green micro-shimmer dances over the blue-green hue giving it depth and character. It’s very rich yet serene. Staring at it puts me at peace.

Conserve is a deep teal shimmer with slightly chunky glitter. It dries with a satin finish and bit of texture from the sparkle.

Can I get a HOLLA for the HOLO Reclaim? Don’t judge my cheesiness people, I’ve been waiting for a great green holo polish. The ones I have are all pretty light and not noticeably green. This one is a fabulous springy, grassy hue packed with fine holographic glitter. I wish it had been sunny so I could show its full holographic power but it’s a gloomy, rainy day in the Cleveburg.

Wildlife is a duochrome that flashes both bronze and fern shades depending on the angle. I don’t know fanatics, this one just isn’t grabbing me. I think it’s the alien-esque glow at the sides that are turning me off. It’s definitely got that “in the wild” type feel, I just don’t think it’s for me.

Nubar recently announced that they’ve partnered with PETA and have been certified as Vegan & Cruelty-Free. So you’ll soon see this cute little guy appearing on Nubar’s web site and packaging. Congrats Nubar!

Nubar polishes retail for $7.49 each and can be purchased online at The Going Green collection is listed as Coming Soon so keep your eyes peeled for an announcement of its on sale date.

Are you all totally flipping for these or WHAT? Share!

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  1. rmcandlelight says:

    All are so gorgeous!!! I'm going to get the whole collection!!!

  2. lola5375 says:

    WOW – I don't have any Nubar polishes yet, but I might have to start with this collection! I think I need to have Reclaim. And Greener. And possibly Earth.
    ITA with you on Wildlife – I'm just not feeling it.

  3. Emily says:

    I need the Holo and Greener!!

  4. Vampy Varnish says:

    Holy Christ is all I can say! I love them all! Of course I am totally digging Wildlife!

  5. D:) says:

    Wildlife is my fave strangely.

  6. newsystyle says:

    Whoa. Greener, Earth and Reclaim are really doing it for me. Just gorgeous.

  7. Siobhan says:

    Wildlife looks great! I hadn't gotten a good look at it, but I definitely need that one too!

  8. Nicole says:

    I think that of the whole collection, I have managed to talk myself into absolutely needing four of them. And one of them is Wildlife – I dunno, I'm totally digging the weirdness of it! Altogether awesome, thanks for the heads up and amazing swatches.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wildlife is my favorite by far.

  10. MzPickles says:

    Wowzer! *fans self* So Greener is better than Rainforest and Dominica Green?

  11. Scrangie says:


    I think my jaw just hit the floor.

  12. All Lacquered Up says:

    rmcandlelight – You should buy the set that comes with their foundation base coat (LOVE IT!) and diamond top coat. I'm not sure what the price will be but to get that base coat, it's worth it. That stuff is like glue!

    Lola5375 – I'm totally behind your choices. I think for a Nubar noobie, this collection is a great way to jump into the brand.

    Emily – Yes, you do!! It can't be all purples for you missy. :)

    VampyVarnish – Thank you! You should have heard me babbling like a fool as I pulled them all out.

    D:) – It looks like I'm in the minority on Wildlife which is great for Nubar. It just didn't mesh with my skin tone.

    newsystyle – A friend told me she thought Greener looked very regal. I couldn't agree more.

    Siobhan – Thanks! I know there are a lot of duochrome lovers out there, it's just hard for me to find one I truly love.

    Nicole – You're welcome. I hope you love Wildfire. Curious minds want to know… what are the other three?

    Anon – Cool! I'm glad so many people like it

  13. Mary Clark says:

    Where are the best places to buy Nubar polishes?

    I want Reclaim from this collection. They are all gorgeous but I am just SO picky about green polish. I have no idea why I can't just jump on the bandwagon but for some reason, green hues make me super selective.

    I sort of just want Wildlife bc it's so unusual looking!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I am smitten with Greener and Forest, cannot wait! And I know that I'll be futzing with Forest to franken up an Illamasqua Rampage dupe- I can't get enouph green jellies.

  15. Liz says:

    Oh – I LOVE that duochrome. I whinge about this every time you post something lovely by Nubar, but I *wish* they were more easily available to us in the UK!

  16. Duffi McDermott says:

    OMG. I think I've died and gone to heaven. Seriously. I will buy the whole collex, can't stand it if I don't. Even Wildlife — cause who knows what it'll be like on my hands?

  17. Anonymous says:


    How does Earth compare to CG Watermelon Rind?

  18. itsV-MONEY! says:

    Ooooooh, these are HAWT. :D
    I'd love it if you'd consider comparing Greener & Sinful Colors San Francisco for your next Swatch Request Sunday!

  19. Phyrra says:

    Wow I love Wildlife.

  20. moonchaii says:

    O My God, I love Reclaim. And Earth. Ok, Greener and Conserve I love too. I prefer shimmers to cremes, so I doubt I'll buy Forest, although it is pretty. If Wildlife had been just that fern color, I'd have liked it, but I don't really like it as now.

  21. Meyahna says:

    I love wildlife too. It reminds me of moss on trees, too pretty.

  22. melli says:

    Gasp!! Dead now…..

  23. Tammy says:

    OMG! I need them all!

  24. ashleydanielle says:

    I'm not a fan of greens but I really like Reclaim.

  25. Angie says:

    Holy WOW!

    Say, any chance Earth is similar to China Glaze Wet Velvet?

    Thanks for breaking in with the greens!

  26. Stef says:

    I don't have any Nubar polishes, but I think I'll try Reclaim, Conserve, and Earth! Green polish rocks!

  27. CandyPaint says:

    LOVES IT! I had RBL recycle on my wish, but just can't break down and pay $18 for a bottle of polish…yet. I had this collection on my radar ever since I saw it on The NailPhile's site, I'm getting em all!!! Woo Hoo, i can't wait!

  28. bargainbeautyblog says:

    I LOVE Wildlife– Yall are crazy! Its so hot and unique!

    –angelicterp (MUA NB)

  29. Anonymous says:

    Girl, you get on those Nubar people and find out an offical release date! <3

  30. Denette says:

    Georgous!!! I can see why you just couldn't wait!

  31. Rachel says:

    This is so exciting! I've never tried Nubars so this is a perfect time to start…

  32. yummy411 says:

    so did you say you were helping barielle or nubar. this looks like a green polish fanatic's dream! ;) great collection!

  33. Polishaholic says:

    Those are just too amazing!! What more can a green lover ask!? Thanks so much for swatching these. I can't wait for someone who ships to Finland to start selling this collection *drool*

  34. Miss Yaya says:

    i think i like recycle more than forest, but that is def my favorite of the bunch

    love the greens

  35. nocturnelle says:

    Gorgeous collection! Do you happen to have BB Couture Poison Ivy? I would love to know how it compares to Forest…

  36. Jason says:

    These are great! It's about time we saw somw variations in GREEN. I really like Earth – very unique, and I can see how it makes you feel relaxed.
    Another great green (somewhat like Forest, but maybe even nicer) is Suvi from Zoya. I just tried it last week and it is so incredible in the sun!
    Thank you for the great reviews! : )

  37. Tammi P says:

    I think i'm going to have to start buying Nubar polishes after seeing this collection.

    I floved them all but Wildfire may look a little scary with my complexion.

  38. Susanna says:

    Beautiful! I might have to bite the bullet and place my first Nubar order now.

  39. Charlene says:

    HEY do you think Keyshia Cole is wearing Forest in her new video with monica? here's the link;

  40. Anonymous says:

    Love Wildlife must have it!!

  41. Orli says:

    I like Greener & Earth.

  42. Rachel says:

    I've been waiting for these since The Nailphile swatched them. I need @_@!!

  43. marci says:

    of all the polishes posted recently none of them has hit me like 'wild fire'.. i just love it…i have to have it!!
    have never found nubar in the uk.. will have to order from a friend stateside!

  44. marci says:

    oops…i meant wildlife..
    you see am all cross eyed for it!!

  45. Kathy R. says:

    The only thing that I can say is "Oh my god!!! I want them all!!!" I love green polishes!!! I think you and I are twin daughters of different mothers!!! A lot of my friends don't like when I wear green polish, but that is their problem not mine. Can't wiat to get my hands of them!!!

  46. blackkattats says:

    ON SALE NOW!!!!!!!

  47. Sandi says:

    Nubar lost my money as soon as I read ‘partnered with PETA’. I can get cruelty free polishes from companies that aren’t lining up with domestic terrorists that like to attack children. Glad I saw this before I finalized my cart.

    • greenCerulean says:

      Haha the sad thing is that you actually think you “facts” are true. I’m sure Nubar is glad to not have business from someone like you.

  48. Nicole says:

    Ok, so, where does one buy Nubar polish?

  49. Pamela says:

    The only NuBar I have is 2010 & I bought it when I couldn’t find Sally Hansons Hidden Treasure. I love all these colors & I know I couldn’t pick a fav among them.

  50. Ellie says:

    Nice colors, iv’e heard so much about them but at which local store can i purchase these? and cnd,or maybe color club polishes? i live n tha valley ca..