As I opened the plastic-bin lid, faint squeals of delight could be heard.
My nail-polish children looked up at me with as much desperation as the 3-eyed green-rubber aliens from Toy Story.
Then a hush fell over them all. Who would be The Chosen One this time? Who would be labeled ‘Trusted’ or ‘Busted’ on Swatch And Learn? If nail polish had eyes, they were all on me.
The fate of Nubar Peacock Feathers was in my hands – literally. This purple-green duochrome nail polish had a lot of expectations to live up to!
Some of the polish elders scoffed at the choice. They complained about how they’ve been waiting for years to be picked and then in walks the new kid, still shiny from Lacquer Academy, and gets chosen because of its bells, whistles, and Big-3-Free formula.
And because of all the commotion, the babies (the mini OPI bottles) woke up and started crying.
Was it worth all this fuss? Did Nubar Peacock Feathers shut them all up and perform like a champ in the lion’s den?
Nubar Peacock Feathers Pictures
Nubar Peacock Feathers Swatches
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat
- 3 coats of Nubar Peacock Feathers
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
√ Duochrome nail polish
√ Maximum coverage
- Name: Nubar Peacock Feathers
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $4.50 CAD (Bought from a beauty-supply store at a special discounted price. Retails for $7.49 USD)
- Where to Buy: eBay & select beauty-supply stores
- Discontinued? Yes
Nubar Peacock Feathers Review
Peacock Feathers by Nubar is mainly a vivid dark purple reminiscent of car paint – it’s a much slicker and a magician’s cloak kind of purple than my photos would suggest. Not nearly as blue. And it’s not so deep that it looks black.
The green duochrome is very easy to see in real life, but harder to capture on camera. When you look at your nails straight on, you’ll see the purple, but it’s when you bend your fingers or look at your nails on an angle that the green duochrome comes out with a vengeance.
Duochrome polishes like this keep my interest for longer, and it’s fun when you catch a glimpse of the green.
Formula & Application
This applied smoothly and without fuss, which is typical of the superb Nubar nail-polish formula. The polish was on the thin, slightly-runny side, but it’s nothing that I couldn’t work with. And it dried quicker than the average polish.
The problem came when I used the combination of the Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat and the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Nubar Peacock Feathers shrank big time at my nail tips to the point where my natural nail was exposed! I had to slick on more polish onto the tips so it wouldn’t look as bad.
Now, I’ve heard lots of people complain about polish shrinkage and tip wear when using Seche Vite, but this was the first time I’ve ever experienced such dramatic shrinkage. Normally if I wait 10-15 minutes for the last coat of color to dry prior to slicking on Seche Vite, I get zero shrinkage or tip wear.
There’s something about the thin formula of Peacock Feathers that doesn’t play well with Seche Vite. Or maybe Orly Bonder didn’t anchor Nubar on that well. Not sure. Just know that my finished manicure looks horrendous. Wasn’t sure if I should even post the swatches since the shrinkage made my polish look like I applied it in the dark while listening to happy-hardcore music!
Although my photos make Peacock Feathers by Nubar look like it has pixelated-like shimmer particles, to the naked eye, it looks more smooth and shiny. The subtle shimmer particles are small and just add to the sheen.
Ingredients & Animal Friendliness
While my polish label didn’t have any ingredients listed, all of Nubar’s polishes are Big-3-Free (i.e. they don’t contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP). Also, the Nubar brand is cruelty-free.
Unfortunately before I did this review, I didn’t realize that Peacock Feathers by Nubar has been discontinued. I’ve had this in my stash for 2-3 years (when it was readily available) and only cracked it out now.
It’s sold out on the official Nubar website. But I have seen it on eBay sometimes and at small beauty-supply stores that carry Nubar. So if you like this duochrome, snatch it up quickly before it becomes impossible to locate.
Final Verdict: 7.5/10
Peacock Feathers by Nubar is a fun duochrome that I think would look great on any skintone. If you’re not comfortable yet with wearing a full-on green manicure, this would be a great transition. It’s classy and not garish or childish. And the Nubar formula is smooth and easy-to-work with.
Are there any discontinued nail polishes or beauty products that you wish companies would resurrect? If you could create any duochrome or multichrome nail lacquer, which colors would you include?