Saturday, August 20, 2016

KBShimmer: Fall 2016 Partial Collection Swatches and Review

Press Sample

Happy Saturday, dear readers! I hope your weekend is off to a fabulous start! I had hoped to get this post up yesterday to coincide with the launch, but unfortunately it wasn't able to happen with so many appointments throughout the day. I'm sure you'll agree with me that these gorgeous nail polishes from the new Fall 2016 collection by KBShimmer are well worth the wait! This 12-piece collections offers a little something for everyone, and I have 8 of them to share with you this morning. Ready? Let's do this!

Orchidding Me?
Two coats

Orchids come in a wide mix of colors, from pale whites to deep purples. Inspired by the orchids of Christy’s mother, this polish has a warm purple base that leans fuchsia, amped up with some linear holographic pigment for a fantastic rainbow flame. With 1-2 coat coverage, this is a must-have floral polish.

Let's just start off with a bang and one of my favorites from the collection. Orchidding Me? is such a deliciously vibrant polish and a must-have for any purple lover. While I'm not a huge purple fan overall, I have a weakness for warmer purple hues like this, and it matches the orchids I have in my kitchen perfectly! This polish is highly pigmented, and I almost got away with using a single coat. The formula was perfectation!

Flake Me Home Tonight
Two coats

This minty metallic polish is loaded with silver flakes and holographic sparkle. This foil formula is easy to remove and shines both indoors and out. If you loved our birthstone collection, this is a must have! 2-3 coats recommended. 

Even though it is described as a minty polish, I cannot help but feel like a mermaid wearing Flake Me Home Tonight. It has a wonderful seafoam green colour, and I imagine this is what all mermaids wear on their nails! Two easy coats and I was ready to go for a swim!

Grin and Gerbera It
One coat

A new addition to our line of creams, Grin And Gerbera It is a warm deep pink leaning color that has a kiss of red to it. This shade will work well in any season. 1-2 coats recommended.

I don't know why I am always blown away by the quality of KBShimmer's creams- they always knock the formula out of the park! Not too thick or thin, Grin And Gerbera It applied like a dream come true, and I only needed one single coat for opacity. I'm eager to test it out with different nail art techniques, and I have high hopes for it since it is so pigmented!

Oh My Ganache
Two coats

We hate to admit it, but chocolate cake is our weakness! Moist, deep and dark, there is nothing that can make chocolate cake better, unless it is ganache! Inspired by that rich chocolate glaze, Oh My Ganache is a rich chocolate-colored linear holographic polish. 2-3 coats recommended.

I don't mind admitting it- I am a chocoholic. While I usually share everything with the husband and kids, chocolate is one of those things I tend to hide and hoard just for myself. Of course, I have some on hand for them, but the delicious European chocolate is all mine! Mwahahaha! Oh My Ganache is the perfect accessory for on your nails while enjoying a tasty bon bon or chocolate cake, and I found the formula to be fantastic. If you're a fan of brown shades this time of year, as I certainly am, you're going to need this beauty!

Poppy Kisses
Two coats

A bright, orange toned red, this linear holographic polish brings to mind that famous poppy-filled field. Technicolor has nothing on this bright polish. 2 coat recommended.

One of the reasons I love to visit Crested Butte in Colorado over the summer is to enjoy all the poppies. We have the California Poppy here in the Bay Area, and it is often seen growing on the sides of the streets and highways, but it is different from the red of the common poppy flower. Poppy Kisses definitely makes me think of poppy fields! Like the other polishes in this post, the formula was fantastic and I had no issues with application.

Sage It Ain't So
Two coats plus top coat

A soft sage green, this earthy polish is filled with copper, lavender and silver glitter. A sprinkling of holo dust adds subtle depth. 2-3 coats recommended.

KBShimmer certainly has a way with glitter crellies, and I am intrigued with the colour combination seen in Sage It Ain't So. The copper and lavender glitters make the perfect accompaniment to the soft sage green base as they add little pops of colour without taking away from the lovely green hue. I'm happy to report this applied perfectly and I had no trouble with the glitters dispersing over my nails. It does dry to a slightly textured finish, but a single coat of top coat smoothed my nails out nicely.

Turning Pointe
Two coats 

A new addition to our Mega Flame line, this soft peachy pink color brings to mind ballet slippers and tutus. This girly polish is sure to be a favorite with its super holographic sparkle and delicate color. 2 coats recommended.

Oh ballet, what a complicated relationship we have! I wanted to love ballet so much when I was younger, but it was the dance class I hated so much. I'm sure it didn't help that I didn't start until I was older and my classmates had already been studying the dance form for several years prior to that. That being said, my hubby is always pointing out that I often walk on my toes; some habits never die, I suppose! KBShimmer really nailed this colour to go with the name! It has the perfect balance of peach to pink, and it applies superbly!

Fright This Way
Two coats plus top coat
Plus Purple Bat Glitters!

Fright This Way is a Halloween inspired polish with a deep black base and a scattering of holo dust and loads of purple glitter. At certain angles this polish looks plain black, but when the light catches the glitter, the purple pops! 2-3 coats recommended. 

BONUS:  Each bottle of Fright This Way will come with mini purple bat glitter, ideal for accenting this spooky polish.  There are no bats in this polish, and they are best used as placed accents, then covered with top coat.

For those of you that may not know, Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, and I always look forward to seeing the KBShimmer Halloween-themed polish each year. Dark and brooding, this polish evokes the essence of Halloween. As if the polish itself wasn't fantastic enough on it's own, KBShimmer is including a bag of these adorable purple glitter bats to add as accents to your nails, and the glitter pair so perfectly with this polish! This does dry to a slightly textured finish so you're going to want to use top coat to get a smooth finish on your nails. Of course I think of it now while typing up this post, but this would be amazing with a matte finish!

These and the four remaining shades from the KBShimmer Fall 2016 collection are currently available for purchase from KBShimmer here. KBShimmer polishes can also be purchased at Color4Nails, Harlow & Co, and Live Love Polish.

Did you pick up any of the new KBShimmer shades at yesterday's launch? What did you pick up, or which ones do you have an eye on? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day and enjoy the weekend!


  1. The nail polish that i liked the most from this collection will be "Oh My Ganache" and i'm actually not one that would pick a brown at all!

  2. Gorgeous swatches and lovely polishes. I'm really feeling Turning Pointe, both for the name (I was a dancer), and for the awesome microglitter sparkle!

  3. Gorgeous swatches! KBS is really killing it with this collection, I want everything!

  4. KBS Shimmer collection is really incredible! I like glitter nails so much! Also I love the ideas for glitter nails combined with a flat polish color like some designs from here - .

  5. There are some really unique polishes in this set! I really like Sage It Ain't So for that very reason - I've never seen a polish like it!


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