Nubar Crushed Candy Collection (2014) Swatches and Review

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Shew. I made it through another snow and cold dominated weekend. It took me 90 minutes to make the 30 minute drive home from the office Friday. My daughter told me she wanted to punch winter in the face and I replied that I would completely endorse it! Spring…where are you? Today I have a new collection from Nubar. The Crushed Candy Collection includes eight neon glitters in slightly-tinted bases with a “sexy, sand-like appearance”.  These aren’t textures. In fact, Nubar recommends finishing with a glossy topcoat. Yet you can definitely see what they mean by “sand-like.” After experimenting, I decided to use the same approach as Vampy Varnish and swatch each shade over a black base. This gives you the best representation (on camera) of the gorgeous glitters in each polish. As I was looking through the collection, I noticed four cool, complementary pairs. I thought it might be fun to combine two shades into one swatch mani.

The first pairing is Lemon Lime Crush, a neon green and yellow mix, and Rock Candy Crush which contains silver and white, with a sprinkling of black glitters. I love the brights in this collection, but I think Rock Candy Crush is my fave!

Nubar Rock Candy Crush and Lemon Lime Crush

Watermelon Crush is filled with tiny melon pink glitters with sparks of neon yellow. Strawberry Lemonade Crush is predominately bright yellow, highlighted with fuchsia.

Nubar Watermelon Crush and Strawberry Lemonade Crush

The next two are inverses of one another. Cotton Candy Crush is dominated by bright fuchsia glitters and accented with bright blue. Berry Blue Crush contains mostly bright blue glitters with pops of fuchsia.

Nubar Cotton Candy Crush and Berry Blue Crush

And the final combo is Apple Pucker Crush and Orange Slice Crush. Apple Pucker is very similar to Lemon Lime Crush. In fact, you wouldn’t need to buy both. Orange Slice Crush has small neon orange glitters with fuchsia accents throughout. The tinted base is most obvious on these two. You can tell in the photo how they slightly muted the black.

Nubar Apple Pucker Crush and Orange Slice Crush

You can (sorta) see in the Nubar image below that using the polish without a base polish results in a light wash of color peppered with fine glitters. I’m not sure you could get these opaque in a reasonable number of coats…but I don’t think that’s the intent either. These are fun and light on their own and pop nicely over a dark color. For each swatch, I used Nubar Foundation Base Coat, two coats of a black creme, one generous coat of a Crushed Candy shade and one coat of Nubar Diamont Seal & Shine Top Coat (I’m loving this top coat!)

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Nubar polish retails for $8USD and is available in salons and through their website.  They also distribute internationally. Visit their International Distributors page for availability near you. Be sure to follow Nubar on facebooktwitter and instagram for news and promotions.

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by Nubar for my consideration. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

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  1. Ivy says:

    Oh wow – tiny neon glitters, my kryptonite!

  2. POW Nails says:

    Ohhh I LOVE these, wonder if we can get them in the UK?

  3. Anne says:

    Wow! Those colors are simply gorgeous!

  4. Lisa N. says:

    Some great colors! Wonderful swatches and review!

  5. LaraLeaf says:

    Love mini glitters! Look like you could have fun with these.

  6. Danny says:

    Berry Blue Crush is AWESOME!!! I defo need to get my hands on that one!

  7. These are sooooo cool!

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