Nubar Finest Silks Collection Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

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

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)

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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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.

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!

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