Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nail Lacquer: Organza, Taffeta, Marabout, Pekin

Nubar Holiday 2010: Finest Silks (Part 1)

For the holidays, Nubar took inspiration from the Silk Road with their collection of eight shades. Each shade is designed to provide complete coverage in two coats and be universally wearable. Nubar is free of formaldehyde, phthalate and toluene. Shades include: Organza (intense pearl white), Taffeta (pale peachy brown), Marabout (deep muted brown), Pekin (rich dark red), Sateen (deep vivid red), Charmeuse (neutral blush), Moire (light reddish brown), and Chiffon (muted brown). All shades are creams except Organza, which is a frost. Each shade retails for $7.49.

  • Organza is a white gold with ultra fine white shimmer. This looks more metallic than frosty to me, and brush strokes are quite noticeable. I did three coats, and I couldn’t get it to be opaque. It was the only shade that had opacity issues, but there was something appealing about this shade. It reminded me of weddings, actually. I like it even though I hate seeing brush strokes, which is so twilight zone. (I would give this one a product rating of 25/30, while the others are 29/30.)
  • Taffeta is a medium brown with orange-peach cream. Slightly warm but mostly neutral. Two coats.
  • Marabout is a cool-toned plummy brown-gray cream. Two coats.
  • Pekin is a dark red cream that pulls just a tiny bit blue. It’s similar to Essie’s Limited Addiction, which is a little darker and seems more neutral. Two coats.

I thought that Barielle’s Style in Argyle Collection would offer at least a couple of dupes but nothing was very similar. In general, I don’t have a vast stash of browns, so I didn’t find dupes for the majority of the shades here. All of the shades lean have mostly neutral tones to them, so they will work well on both cooler and warmer skin tones.

Application was stellar on all of the creams: two coats for creamy, smooth, even color. The formula isn’t too thick or thin, and the rubber cap makes it easy to hold when applying. Organza was the odd man out with a sheerer application and visible brush strokes.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I have no idea why I’m drawn to Organza in spite of its brush strokes, but I am. Pekin is a nice dark red cream, though I like Sateen (coming up!) a bit better.

AVAILABILITY: Nubar

See more photos & swatches!

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nail Lacquer: Organza, Taffeta, Marabout, Pekin

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nail Lacquer: Organza, Taffeta, Marabout, Pekin

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Organza Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Organza Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Organza Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Organza Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Taffeta Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Taffeta Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Taffeta Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Taffeta Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Marabout Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Marabout Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Marabout Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Marabout Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Pekin Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Pekin Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Pekin Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Nubar Holiday 2010
Nubar Pekin Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Finest Silks? How much is it?

Nubar, $49.95 for all 8 or $7.49 each.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

I listed for the dupes I could find for the shades within the post; please look at the specific shade for my thoughts on dupes.

What base/top coat did you use?

Zoya's Anchor & Armor.

How long do Nubar polishes wear?

I get a week's worth of wear.

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8 thoughts on “Nubar Finest Silks Collection Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

  1. Kelsey

    i think if you put an off white under Organza you’d be good to go.

  2. Mel

    Lovely shades! I need Marabout and Pekin in my life!!

  3. I like two last shades, they look nice :)

  4. Bernice

    Organza really looks like organza (the fabric)!

  5. Avatar of Michelle MichelleChefNYC

    If you were to put an opaque flesh toned nail varnish underneath Organza it would probably be more opaque in fewer coats. I find this works really well with those sheer shades, without changing the color too much (like white or black does). I am in love with Marabou, that is a must get for me. I also love Taffeta, but I think that would look rubbish with my skin tone.

  6. Avatar of Cathy Cathy

    I don’t usually like creams but Marabout and Taffeta are gorgeous!!

  7. Ann

    I like the look of Organza despite the brushstrokes because they brushstrokes actually help it mimic the fabric it’s named for, and all the thin lines also give the impression of very fine silk threads, which also suits the collection – that’s why I wouldn’t be bothered by its brush strokes, anyhow!

  8. LH

    like the red one!