Monday, October 7, 2013

Nubar Alter Ego Collection: Review & Swatches

I have been wanting to try Nubar for years (probably since I first laid eyes on Nubar 2010, a gorgeous iridescent flakie the brand released back in, you guessed it, 2010) so when I was given the opportunity to take some polishes from the brand's newest collection, Alter Ego, for a test run, I jumped at the chance! If you're unfamiliar with Nubar, the brand is based in California and is vegan, three-free and cruelty-free. Their Alter Ego Collection features a bevvy of iridescent flakie and glitter topcoats and have four of them to share with you today!

Although the polishes have a tinted base, they are quite sheer on their own, so I layered all of them. Plus I feel like having a base underneath really makes all the different colors in the flakies stand out.

First up is Blondie, a tinted light orange base which has iridescent pieces that shift from pink to green, plus a sprinkling of gold holographic glitter to amp up the sparkle and shine even more! Blondie has a very delicate, feminine vibe to it that I absolutely love. This is three coats over OPI My Vampire Is Buff, an off-white creme. Some flakies don't really pop over a lighter base, but I think Blondie pairs beautifully with a "blank canvas" shade like My Vampire Is Buff.

Gipsy is a green and blue iridescent glitter with dazzling flakes of gold. This is probably my favorite of the bunch. It is so ridiculously reflective and eye-catching! The crazy amount of shine Gipsy gives off made it a bit tricky to photograph without a glare, but trust me when I say this polish is absolutely stunning in person, especially when the sunlight hits it! This is one coat over OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow, a blackened green.

Kristal is a pearly white flakie with pops of blue, green and pink, depending on your lighting. This is one coat over Revlon Lilac Pastelle, a lavender creme. I think these look like princess nails! :)

Roxy is a blazing blue flakie that shifts to a gorgeous shade of teal. This is one coat over OPI Suzi Skis In The Pyrenees, a deep grey shimmer. The beautiful colors in Roxy remind me of the ocean.

All four polishes applied flawlessly. The flakies and glitter pieces distribute evenly and effortlessly across the nail, without fishing or placing. There are tons of fun layering opportunities with these polishes and I think they'd spice up any base color! All of these polishes are lovely, but my top picks would be Gipsy and Blondie. If you are a flakie fan, then you should definitely check this collection out!

You can purchase Nubar from their website

Disclosure: These polishes were sent to me for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.


  1. These are really pretty! I like that they're versatile as well.

  2. Ooh, Roxy looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing these. :D

  3. Yay! I'm glad you got to finally try their polishes out! They look amazing!

  4. I am mad crazy about Nubar, and these look AMAZING. They will be mine!


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