As I told you last week, grey, aqua and mint are some of my favorite shades this spring. The Nubar Spring 2015 Pop! collection hits on all those spots and more. I’ll admit, it’s been a minute since I’ve been giddy about a Nubar collection, but this one is giving me butterflies. Keep reading to see why.
Formula & Application
Nubar nail polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin Camphor). The brand is also PETA certified as cruelty free. The bottles are topped with a curved, matte cap that is designed to rest comfortably between the thumb and forefinger.
The brush is thick and round though the width doesn’t impede application. In fact it’s one of my favorite brushes, as documented in my Top 10 Brushes list. It has a bit of resistance which allows for control but the bristles are flexible enough to fan out nicely across the nail bed.
The majority of the polishes in this collection have a smooth, self-leveling texture with excellent pigmentation. They are thin but not squishy, delivering full coverage in two coats. The only exceptions are Spotlight (yellow) and VIP (orange) which both have a thick consistency that goes on pretty streaky, requiring three coats.
Nubar Choirgirl is a pale dove grey creme. It’s got a cool blue undertone, like RGB Dove, only with better pigmentation.
Nubar Cover Girl is a baby pink creme. It reminds me of Zoya Dot except Cover Girl is a touch darker with a much better formula.
Nubar Encore is a hard color describe. Is is a browned red? A reddish brown? Or something else entirely. Maybe this is Nubar’s interpretation of Marsala. It’s unusual with a woody, earthy feel. It’s darker than OPI Gouda Gouda Two Shoes but in the same color family.
Nubar Fan Club is a bright blue creme that leans towards turquoise. Like a bright aquamarine. It’s deeper than JINsoon Blue Poppy but a similar hue.
Nubar Media is a different take on the cobalt blues that were so popular last year. This is like a cross between royal blue and cobalt and I have nothing like it. Essie Mesmerize is the only thing that comes close and it’s not as bright.
Nubar Prima Donna is a minty aqua creme. It’s the perfect complement for my new Botkier bag. Given that it’s a little darker than most polishes in this color, it’s unique to my collection.
Nubar Spotlight is a lemon chiffon creme with a green undertone. It was my problem child in terms of application but a pretty color.
Nubar VIP is a golden orange creme. It’s giving me this fake cheddar cheese vibe. Do you see it?
Bottom Line: I’m kind of in love with this collection. Okay, I am, except for Spotlight and VIP because of application issues and not wanting to look like I stuck my fingers in Cheetos dust and top-coated it. I’m not even that into baby pink or browned reds but the formulas are so good, I can’t hate on ‘em. Obviously, the blues and greys are my life force here but the collection as a whole is pretty solid.
Thoughts on this collection? Do you see any must-have shades here? Have you spotted Nubar in stores near you?Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Nubar. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.