Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Well, here it is Wednesday, and I finally have some posts for you all! Today I have the Royal Gems collection by nubar. This is a collection of jewel toned shades that you can bejewel by adding a coat of Tiara over the top.

I had been waiting for some nice, bright sun shine days to get these done, but it just didn't work out. Either is was bright and I didn't have time, or it was cloudy or dark and I had all the time in the world. We have a forecast of rain for the next 6 days, so I decided to just go ahead and swatch these and just use inside and flash lighting. So sorry, I won't have any sunshine pics for you all on these.

This one I is just a great gold color. I think this is pretty true to life as far as real gold looks. This one I wasn't that excited about, UNTIL I put it on. 24K won me over and I really like this color. This was three coats.

24K with one coat of Tiara. I think Tiara works best as a very thin top coat, too much of Tiara and I think it over powers the base color. My Tiara was a little thick, so I thinned mine down a bit with some thinner.

A very pretty ruby red with some glitter through out, it is sparse but still noticeable. I noticed that all of these polishes dry very quickly, it was like working with a neon or matte polish as far as quick drying time goes. All of these definitely need a top coat to really bring out the shine to them. This was three coats.

One coat of Tiara over Ruby. I thought this looked very Christmasey, like holly berries covered with ice. Again, I think a thin coat of Tiara works best for this.

OMG!! This was my second least favorite upon first impression. As soon as I put this on though, I was in love with this color! Just look how gorgeous this is!! This is definitely my favorite from the collection. Unlike the two previous colors, this one didn't have any glitter to it, which makes this more like a true life tigers eye gem. I still can't believe just how pretty this one really is! This was three coats.

One coat of Tiara over Tigers Eye. I wasn't really impressed with Tiara over Tigers Eye. Tigers Eye is just to pretty on it's own that it doesn't need anything else!

My birthstone. This one only needed two coats of polish. Emerald contains the small, sparse glitter that Ruby and 24K had. I wish it would have been just a tad bit darker, but I still think this is really pretty.

One coat of Tiara over Emerald. One thin coat really transformed this one to a shimmering jewel. Very pretty. I think Tiara complemented this really nice while not over powering the base color.

My second fave from the collection. What a pretty pretty pretty shade of blue!! It's deep and dark and still obviously blue! Only two coats of polish were needed for this one too. Sapphire contained the sparse glitter that most of this collection has and it really made this one just shine!

One coat of Tiara over Sapphire. This one, just like Tigers Eye didn't need Tiara. I think this one worked much better without Tiara. The base blue color is just so amazing on it's own that I didn't want glitter getting in the way. LOL, you heard right, I didn't want GLITTER getting in the way.

This is a pearly, silverish color that has the sparse glitter to it as well. I did need three coats of polish to really make this one look nice. I don't think this color really suited my skin tone very well, it was nice but nothing that just blew me over.

Two coats of Tiara over Platinum. I used two coats because I thought this was a color that Tiara would really complement, and I was right. Platinum needs Tiara to really bring this out and give it a little bit of a wow factor. Tiara gave this a diamond effect.

This was much more purple in real life, (I think you all know about the inability to capture purples on camera) and it had the same sparse glitter to it. However this glitter had a pink tint to it that gave a really interesting sparkle to this color. I only needed two coats of this one.

One coat of Tiara over Amethyst. I think I put Tiara on a little to thick, and it would have been much nicer if I would have put it on a little thinner.

I am really pleased with this collection as a whole. I love that they actually went for a Gem colored theme and made the colors reflect that. I think it was Orly that sort of gave jewel toned polishes a go a while back - and I was unimpressed. I didn't think any of Orly's colors really reflected jewels. That isn't a problem with nubar's Royal Gems collection, you can tell they really did a good job of bringing out the jewel tones in the polishes.
Royal Gems has a release date of September 15th and can be purchase direct from nubar's website and will go for $49.95. So tell me ladies, which is your favorite color and was your birthstone represented in this collection?


Lacquer Laine said...

Gorgeous Swatches! I need that gold!

Nessa said...

I love Sapphire and Amethyst, but I always seem to be buying these colors over and over again. I'm sure I have some in my stash that look similar to these. Thanks for the swatches!

polishedlyrics said...

I'm ruby birthstone. It's pretty but the Tigers Eye is gorgeous! I'm so glad you got a chance to post these, they are all so pretty!

Paige said...

I think Tiger's Eye is my favorite one! It is so gorgeous and pretty unique!

Stephanie said...

I totally need those. I love the Ruby, tigers eye and amythest!

Lucy said...

I agree exactly with everything you said. How funny is that! That Tigers Eye I just said outloud "OOH"! That is gorgeous. I even agree with you on the Tiara. Is it as good as Fairy Dust? Another collection I'll be wanting. It will have to wait for awhile.

Mama Jen said...

some of these colors are really pretty!!! i love jewel tones

Nicole said...

Aww, Brooke even though you couldn't get outside, you did a great job swatching these, your swatches are lovely. I feel you on the purple swatches! I have the same exact problem.
And let me say that I HAVE GOT TO GET MY PAWS ON TIGER'S EYE! That is freaking GORGEOUS. Jaw dropping. Haha, it's my favorite too.

Inbal said...

it's a fun collection - first time I see swatches of it. most of the colors I love, and the tiara glitter seems fun to layer on almost anything. I agree that some of those colors need no extra glitter - but it's fun to have the option. thanks for this post!

Kae said...

These are lovely, I like the ones you layer too! Thanks for the swatches Brooke :)

Mica said...

Is it just me, or do they look too chunky? I was expecting sparkly and blingy. But the colors are really gem like. Do you think Zoya sparkle topcoat will give it more bling? I think i will be getting China Glaze Wizard of Oh Ahz next year instead.

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