Sunday, 20 September 2009

Matte nails- Nubar

When I first heard that this season brings with it a trend for matte nails I was excited. After all, it is something fun and new to try, and a great excuse to buy more polishes. I was therefore happy to be given the opportunity to try out the new Modern Matte collection from a brand I had not previously heard of- NUBAR.

These polishes are described as eco friendly because they are free from formaldehyde, phthalates and toluene as well as being carcinogen free, suitable for vegetarians or vegans (not quite sure what they mean by this), and not being tested on animals (yay!).

I received one of their four polishes in the shade Vital, a beautiful deep purple, somewhat similar to one of my all time favourites OPI's plugged in plum.

This polish is very richly pigmented and is opaque after just one coat, though I found that two coats gave it a much deeper colour. It was also a little streaky at first, but with two coats it seemed to even out. The best thing about it was the drying time. It was dry to the touch within a matter of seconds and set in a couple of minutes, which is great for me as I am always doing my nails in a rush. Also, even though the finish is matte it did not look dull as it has tiny flecks of shimmer to give it dimension.

Sounds great right? However, one of the most important things for me in a nail polish is longevity, and this one unfortunately did not live up to its promise of a 'chip resistant formula'. After application in the afternoon it started chipping within a few hours, and by the time I had finished preparing dinner  some of my nails had barely half the nail polish left on. I am glad they say this polish is suitable for vegetarians as some of it probably ended up being a 'special' ingredient in my Thai green curry yesterday.

Overall, I would say that for £8 this did not quite live up to my expectations. I loved the super fast drying time, the colour and the unusual matte finish, but it just chipped far too quickly. However, I am determined to make it work so I shall try to invest in a good matte topcoat to improve its lasting power and shall report to you all.

The Modern Matte collection and other nubar nail polishes are available at

Do you guys have any recommendations for a good matte topcoat? What do you think of matte nails, is it just a passing trend?


  1. The colour is really stunning.
    I think matte nails will be big for this winter!
    You are so pretty Natalya, I love reading your posts.
    Love Lucy xx

  2. Haven't tried any of them, but both Nubar and Essie has matte topcoats.
    the colour is gougeous by the way, i think I want the whole collection!

  3. I'm not a huge fan of the matte look but then again it depends on the type of colour, brand etc I guess. Sometimes the nails just look like they have been coloured in with a felt tip! However with that said this colour looks fab, like you said with the flecks through it gives it some dimension. I have heard that matte polishes do chip like nothing on earth which puts me off. Hope the top coat works as it would be a shame not to wear this.


  4. I love the nail color! I prefer super shiny nails myself but this is one matte that I actually do like! :)

  5. opi nail envy in matte is a really good top coat!

  6. Oh no...It's a shame it chipped as it is such a lovely colour on you!

    Because the nail varnish is Matte - a regular topcoat will probably make them look shiny. I know Essie's 'Matte About You' is a matte topcoat that will change any polish to a matte finish. Maybe that may work to stop it chipping?

    I do love the matte look but I'm never sure about how I would feel if it was on my own nails, as I know I like my nails to look shiny! I'd probably end up applying a top coat!I'm definately going to try a matte nail polish this Autumn though and see what I think! x

  7. I have ordered ORLY matte top coat from ebay.. fingers crossed it helps!! xxx

  8. I think the shade is absolutely gorgeous!

    However, I just really cannot get into matte nails at the moment. Although, i'm sure once it's out of fashion I'll probably get into it. Haha. :)

  9. I've been hooked on Essie matte about you. I've been using it over OPI, China Glaze, Barry M, Illamasqua, and Milani polishes. I just love it. Holds up fairly well, I find that I do get some tip wear, but no chipping and I work in the medical field so am constantly washing my hands. It does seem to change from strictly matte to more of a satin finish after a day or two, but still a very pretty look. It dries super fast and one can easily renew the matte look by putting another coat. Hope that helps, love your blog and youtube channel. Cheers :)

  10. I like the look of matte nails, it's very sophisticated I think. I heard pretty much all matte nail polishes chip very easily, probably something due to their formula.

  11. Great review Natalya!

    Nubar make a great matte top coat called 'V for Men' for anybody who's interested- it's £6.55 and available from

    Be sure to check the blog for information on upcoming collections!

  12. I bought Prevail from the collection and I love it. The matte finish is great but still have satin look to it.

  13. I love to see the nails with a type of desing althogh be weard. I consider, every draw in the nails are like art, they result beautiful and amazing. Usually my boyfriend love to see my nails painted and with a kind of draw. This result very attractive to him. And i enjoy a lot when he is happy with me. if you want to live an hot experience so buy viagra


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