While it’s not really new, the flakie nail-polish craze is still going on strong.
Although I didn’t pick up any of the popular FingerPaints ones, I did rummage through my nail-polish stash for a pretty flakie.
I found Nubar Opulent Pearl! Oddly, this is the first time that I’ve worn it. It was in a drawer at the back of my Ikea Helmer. (You can run, but you can’t hide!)
At that time, I was still enjoying Zoya Yasmeen as a manicure. After a little while, I decided to slap on 2 coats of Nubar Opulent Pearl to see how it would look.
Here’s the result!
Nubar Opulent Pearl Pictures
Nubar Opulent Pearl Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
- 2 coats of Zoya Yasmeen
- 2 coats of Nubar Opulent Pearl
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Flakie polish
- Name: Nubar Opulent Pearl
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $4.25 CAD (on special-discount sale. Retails for $7.49 USD)
- Where to Buy: Possible eBay. (If you live in Ontario, Fernanda’s may have it.)
Nubar Opulent Pearl Review
Opulent Pearl by Nubar has a milky base with silvery micro-flakies. The polish has large opalescent flakies that appear green, orange, purple, yellow, red, and blue, depending on the angle.
Keep the cloudy base in mind because when used as a layering polish, it will significantly lighten up a dark polish.
I put it over my existing manicure, Zoya Yasmeen, which was a dark purple. As you can see, the result is a muted purple with a pearly effect.
Actually, I preferred the dramatic look of Zoya Yasmeen by itself. The next time I wear Opulent Pearl, I’ll remember to layer it over a light polish. I think that a pastel shade would’ve yielded more pleasing results.
The flakies are irregular in size and lay flat on your nails, so the end result is fairly smooth.
Application & Formula
Applying Nubar Opulent was really easy. The formula is smooth and not goopy. I think because there’s a lot of the base polish and that coats the flakies, it makes it easier to apply.
A single coat looked okay if you just want sparse flakies. But, when I sport flakies, I want them to be really in your face, so I used 2 coats.
Nubar is a cruelty-free brand, so animal lovers and vegans will be pleased to know this!
How Does Opulent Pearl Compare to Nubar 2010?
Nubar 2010 is a denser flakie polish and in a clear base, so you can literally layer it over any base colour without altering the shade. I found that Nubar 2010 tends to show mostly red, orange, yellow, and green. Opulent Pearl shows all those hues and more.
Final Verdict: 8.5/10
Nubar Opulent Pearl is a very special polish in my collection. Unfortunately, I don’t feel that I did it any justice by layering it over a dark lacquer. If I blog about it again, I’ll be sure to show you what it looks like over a pastel or a soft shade, since I think it’s more suitable for that because of the milky base.
What’s the most recent flakie polish you wore? Do you always layer your flakies, or have you worn them solo? What was your first flakie polish?