Swatchity-Swatch: Nubar Moon Shadow

Hello gentle readers.

Buckle your seat belts, kids. It's going to a pic spamapalooza, today. This is Nubar Moon Shadow. I first saw this polish on Scrangie's blog. After I read the linked to post, I went directly to Amazon, hunted this polish down and purchased it. I never do that. Seriously never. But for some reason, Moon Shadow just bit me in the brain and I had to have it. Right then.

Nubar Moon Shadow is a beautiful smoky purple jelly base with gorgeous duochrome shimmer. I applied three coats and topped it with Seche Vite. I fired off more than one hundred photographs of this polish in different lighting conditions to try to get the best out of it. If a lot of photos in a blog post irritate you, you are about to get seriously pissed because I couldn't narrow them down to less then ten.

Funny, tho I took pictures in different light, my favourite photos were those taken in my lightbox. :P





















How much serious pretty is this stuff? Purple, bronze, gold, green, golden brown. Yipes!

*sigh* I am conflicted about this beautiful polish. It is undeniably beautiful. The formula was gorgeous, like Nubar usually is. It applied so easily, flowed off of that fat, round brush so nicely and I had little cleanup. Dry time was a tiny bit on the slow side but nothing major.

Unfortunately, wear time for this polish was tragically short. I had  a lot of tip pull when I finished applying this and topping it with Seche Vite. And that tip pull morphed into serious tip wear by the end of the day. By the next day, I had chips. Big chips and polish just peeling away. Whaaa??? With a Nubar? I think that perhaps it didn't like Seche Vite and that is why I had so much tip pull. And, if I remember correctly, I used a moisturizing hand soap before polishing my nails and I may have forgotten to spray and wipe my nails with alcohol. So, I am not going to bag on this beauty, just yet. It gets another chance to prove it's self.

Nubar Moon Shadow is beautiful. So beautiful that, like some other polishes in my family, it is worth keeping around and just wearing when I want a day of something really special on my nails.

Do you own Nubar Moon Shadow? If so, have you had better luck with it? I am still inclined to believe that it didn't do so well because of something I did or didn't do. We'll see, next time I wear it, I suppose. I'll need to remember to use a different top coat, for sure. :)

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

22 comments

  1. I have this one too & I find that it works better layered over another polish rather than on its own. 

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  2. I love that! It's a great multichrome polish for the cold month! Bummer
    it didn't wear very long though. I typically only wear a polish for a
    day, tops so it doesn't matter too much to me =)

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  3. I am definitely going to try this one layered. Thanks! :D

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  4. Yes, the short wear time isn't a deal breaker, since I change my polish frequently. I was just a little dismayed that this one, which I wanted to wear for a few days didn't hold up very well. lol

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  5. Very pretty! Not my typical cup of tea but I like it.

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  6. What an amazing polish!  I run into weird happenings with polish sometimes and at times have decided that for some polishes I need to have the same brand of base and top coat as the colored polish.  However, I tend to like to just use a fave base coat and top coat because that's a lot easier.  Then some polishes just work better on my flexible nails (such as Orly and Nina Ultra Pro).  Anyway, I'm glad I'm not alone in wondering what's going on with that polish wear!

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  7. Ugh...you just instilled me another lemming. I just bought my first Nubar (Reclaim) from Amazon and it should be getting to me shortly. Hope it cooperates with my body chemistry! 

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  8. I love Nubar, this  polish is beautiful!

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  9. It is pretty. I hear you, I see some polishes and can admire their beauty on someone else but I know that they just aren't me. :)

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  10. I suppose that I could try Foundation and Diamonte. I may have to pic them up to use with my Nubar polishes. I would like to try Diamont, anyway since it gets such raves. 

    I am also going to try layering this baby. 

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  11. Heh heh. I am always happy to ignite the fire of the lemming in someone. 

    Reclaim is amazing. It is beautiful and the formula is fantastic.And, for a holo, it has really decent wear time, too. 

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  12. I love Nubar, too. I have only a few but they all have fabulous formulas and are just beautiful. Need moar! :D

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  13. Nubar is my favorite brand and that color is awesome.  Its gotta go on my lemming list.

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  14. Who doesn't like loads of photos?  I LOVE loads of photos, esp with a polish as pretty as this one.  Thanks :)

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  15. The color looks great on you! 

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  16. I think that it belongs there, for sure. :D

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  17. Yay! And, you're welcome. :D

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  18. Why, thank you. <3

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  19. That is such an interesting colour!!  Loving the colour shift!!

    -Ashesela

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  20. Janelle @Life.Love.NailpolishDecember 7, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Gorgeous! You should try it with Diamont, because that stuff is the bee's knees.  Seche doesn't play nice with a lot of 3-Free polishes, so I think that's why the wear time wasn't great. I know a lot of people say Seche and Zoya do not get along at all.

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  21. Thank you so much for your input. :) I love Seche Vite, but it doesn't work and play well with every polish I own. I have a couple of Nubar polishes it does fine with but this one? Not so much. And you are right, Zoya and Seche Vite don't always get along, either. I usually use a different brand of top coat when I wear Zoya. 

    I really need to remember to get the Diamonte next time I am a-hauling. :D

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  22. The colour shift on this one is mad fabulous, for sure. I couldn't stop moving my hands and watching the play of colour and tone across my nails. As pretty as those colours are in photos, they are even better in person. :D

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