Sunday, 13 September 2009

Nubar: Matt vs Gloss

Nubar the Eco friendly nail polish brand from LA have launched their modern matte collection. I was sent "Contempo" from the matt collection which is a pretty Raspberry colour. I was also sent "Cozumel Coral" a gorgeous coral shade which is from their gloss range.

All Nubar polishes are: free from Formaldehyde, phthalates, Toluene and Carcingon. They are not tested on animals and are suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
Price: £8
Available from http://www.beautyshed.co.uk


The matt finish, just isn't for me, I am very anti dryness and touching matt nails REALLY irritated me. It looks very dull and uninteresting to me. I am not "with it" on the matt trend. I wore it with a couple of coats, and I noticed chipping from the first day, which is supposedly not supposed to happen with the matt formula?! Do you like the matt finish? The gloss formula for Nubar however is totally different, it lasted ages and looks very pretty.
In all honesty I'm not that keen on the packaging for Nubar either, It's not at all appealing to the eye. I'm very much influenced by the way a product is presented, I highly value the importance of packaging. But, clearly Nubar is not about that, it's marketed at somebody who is highly influenced by the ingredients and the whole ethical value of a product. Unfortunately I am not Nubar's Target consumer, if you are then this brand is perfect for you.

However, if you are not concerned about the ingredients and really liked these 2 shades, Nails Inc "Burlington Arcade" is an exact dupe for Contempo but with a gloss finish.
Coincidentally, when I happened to be wearing the Cozumel Coral, my friend happened to be wearing Barry M's 296 Coral, which is EXACTLY the same colour!

18 comments:

MissCatherine said...

i dont think 'suitable for vegans and vegetarians' refers to eating nail polish, i believe it refers to the ingredients and the fact that no animal products were used in it at all and so can be used, particularly by vegans. vegans do not wear anything associated with animal products i.e. leather

bubblegarm said...

@Miss Catherine I am Vegan myself, therefore I do not eat meat or dairy products. However, I am not that concerned about what goes into nail polish as I'm not putting it directly inside my body... I just thought it was funny that they would use that tag line :) I know it referes to the ingredients obviously!

Shortiee31 said...

I too am against the matt nail trend so won't be venturing out on that! :) x

thedicegirl said...

Matt nails just dont look quite right to me. I like the glossy glamorous look that you get after painting your nails. The matt polishes just make them look dull.

Maria said...

I am not feeling the matt nail trend at all! I think it makes the nails look unhealthy or something.

Patricia said...

matt polish tends to cheap easily, doesn't last as long as normal polish :)

UnicornSmile said...

I'm not quite understanding the whole matte nail thing.. it looks like acetone was accidentally spilled on an otherwise normal manicure.. :))

amynicola_ox said...

the colours are gorgeous, especially the coral. i wish i could get on the "matte" bandwagon but i just hate it so much i love the glossy look and feel of nailpolish!!

MissCatherine said...

i will beginaby saying that i do not know a lot about veganism but the little knowledge i have about veganism is that vegans dont just worry about what they put 'into' their bodies; the whole point behind it as a lifestyle choice is that it is against the use of any animal product at all so as i said in my previous post vegans dont wear leather, they dont use any products that have been tested on animals hence the note on the nubar nail polish that it is suitable for vegans. i dont think it is just giving up meat and dairy products.

bubblegarm said...

thank you for your interesting comments girls... X

@misscatherine It depends on the way you wish to look at it, it doesnt mean that all vegans are anti leather etc or that my lifestye HAS to be that way, everybody is vegan for different reasons, not just because of animal cruelty, that is certainly not the reason for me. Yes it is affected by it, but not determined by it. I am very aware of what goes inside my body, or ontop of my skin... I am also a muslim, therefore I am extra aware of products that contain alcohol or animal products as they are not halal... long story, but taking it to nail polish in MY opinion is extreme, everybody is entitled their opinion. Just because I don't care about what goes into my nailpolish that doesn't stop me from being vegan lol. I'm not willing to pay 5X the price for something, that would be cruel in it self, I'd rather give the difference in money to charity. :) I'll end it here, I have too much to say lol. And I respect your views on this! :)

lola said...

the red nails inc. polish looks amazing...i just love deep reds for fall...xoxo

yorkieluvs said...

I wanna like the matte trend but I don't. I bought OPI russian navy and you don't know jacques in matte and they look horrific on me...lol! So glad it's not just me that doesn't like it. So many people have been raving about it.

jobetterdays said...

I have to say I am really not loving the Matte nail trend, I own one Matte polish and I always put a glossy top coat over it as I just hate the way it looks! x

Rosie said...

I still don't know where I stand on the whole Matte nail thing, I haven't tried it on myself yet, I'll have to try it soon.

Tali said...

I just cant get into matte.. BUT i think with the right color id give it a go! I think illamasqua will be launching some and those i want to try!!

tina_mbc said...

I haven't tried any matte polishes, but I would love to try them out!

No doubt that it would take a bit to take use to, but seeing some photos online, they sure look nice and different that the usual n/p... ;)

xxxx

Austrian_Babe said...

I totally hate the look of matte nailpolishes! I think this has got to be the worst trend ever

Beautygirl24 said...

I have to agree with you on the matte polishes out now. I just dont understand why someone would want their polish to look old and dirty, which is what the matte polishes look like to me. it's just my opinion though!