Nubar Purple Beach: Duochrome, Triplechrome, Multichrome Awesomeness!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nubar ranks number one on my list of "most underrated nail polish brands ever". I don't know why they aren't conquering the world like they really ought to be doing. Their polish has near flawless application, they retail for less expensive than OPIs, they have one of the longest staying power for nail polish I've seen (on me, at least), and they make some of the best colour effects I've seen - duochromes, glass flecks, mattes, suedes, you name it - they have it. I just don't think they have a holo, but I may be wrong on that.

Anyway, one of the biggest draws about Nubar is that their duochromes are AWESOMELY DUOCHROME. It's not one of those wimpy duochromes that are like, "hey I'm a duochrome, but you have to tilt me at an 89.95 degree angle to see a slight flash of blue in the upper right corner of your nail". Noooo, Nubar duochromes are shameless little things - they scream "I'M A DUOCHROME AND YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO TILT YOUR NAIL TO SEE IT!" That's why I love them so much. Sometimes, you even get a colour that is called a duochrome but is far more complex than that.

Like Purple Beach. This one is billed as a purple/green duochrome, but I'm going to show you that calling it a duochrome isn't quite doing the polish justice. I prefer to call it multichrome (and I just made up a word, woo!)

Nubar Purple Beach

That's Purple Beach straight on in natural lighting. Notice that you don't have to turn and twist your hand into awkward angles just to see a hint of duochrome. I love purples, and I love duochromes, so this makes me VERY happy.

nubar purple beach

In this photo above, you can really see the green duochrome. And some brown. Woohoo, so this thing flashes brown, green, AND purple. Tri-chrome goodness!

Want to see more duochrome? I knew you'd say yes, so here you go:

nubar purple beach

And lastly, here is a picture of Purple Beach in indoor lighting. This one really brings out a different side of it. Here you can see it's primarily bronze/brown, with some flash of green-gold at the sides. Really gorgeous.

nubar purple beach

This lasted for almost a week before chipping, which is a record time for me! I'm absolutely in love with this shade. I love duochromes, and Nubar is my newfound love!


  1. That is so beautiful.
    This and Peacock are the prettiest Nubar duochromes. In my opinion anyways :)

  2. Wow, so pretty :)

    I can't do metallic and chromes however, as I end up with stroke marks EVERYWHERE. :(

  3. Oooh great polish! Actually I've never heard of Nubar before, so that's probably why it's so underrated since distribution might now be very wide?

  4. Prettyyy. I need a duo chrome in my life. I just recently got back into nail polishes due to Konad so I'm always on the lookout for pretty polishes now XD! Where do you get Nubar? I don't think I've seen them around where I live...

  5. This is such a gorgeous colour, it looks amazing!

  6. @chung: I got the polish from Nubar online direct :) It's hard to get hold of Nubar IRL, so most of us get it online in some form :)

    @tammy: I definitely think the lack of IRL distribution has something to do with their lack of popularity! I think it's really sad given that they have AWESOME colours :)

  7. holy crap. sold! :) looks gorgeous on you!!!

    Victoria Stanell

    Associate Product Editor


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