Nubar Nail Polish ReviewThursday, May 01, 2008
Nubar is a brand that I've heard about for a long time, but since it isn't sold in any of the nail shops I frequent I never had the chance to try them out. A lot of my friends have raved about the polishes and the fact that this is one of the brands free of the "Big 3" chemicals. These are chemicals that have been implicated in birth defects and cancer, so by California law they have to be labeled as hazardous or removed from products. I have to be honest here, I was taught in medical school that the nails are basically impervious to anything and don't absorb things. This is why it is so difficult to treat nail fungus. I haven't seen any evidence to suggest that we do absorb enough of anything to cause these effects in humans, but if you can make a great nail polish formula without these chemicals then the whole point is moot. Then we're all happy!
So, I was given a few bottles of nubar quite a while ago (they came with the cuticle oil that I reviewed a few months ago). Since then I've tried a huge number of combinations of top coat and base coat to get good wear with this polish. I was not willing to review the polish until I had at least 5 days of chip free wear. Well, after a lot of experimentation I found the answer- skip the top coat!
By skipping the top coat, I was able to get 6 chip free days out of a nubar manicure (equal to Essie, OPI and China Glaze). As well, I've now had the same nubar pedicure for nearly 2 weeks with not a chip in sight! It doesn't seem to matter what base coat you use, as I've had the same results with China Glaze, OPI, CND and Orly basecoats. I've heard from Michelle at All Lacquered Up that with nubar's base coat and top coat wear is even better!
In terms of the polish, I think it is very easy to apply. The consistency is a bit thinner than OPI, very similar to Essie. The color does apply very easily without any pooling issues for me! The colors are rich with great depth and they even come in multi-packs with different colors making each bottle less expensive. To me, this Bouquet Collection pack is just full of great pinks for summer pedicures!
Nubar Nail Polish