Monday, October 27, 2014

KBShimmer Winter 2014 (8 of 17)

* I received the following to review in exchange for my honest review.

I have some of the KBShimmer Winter 2014 collection to share with you today. This collection features 17 colors. There are 12 new colors for this season as well as 5 returning holiday polishes from seasons past. There are also new cuticle oil scents and a holiday themed nail vinyl sheet. I have 8 of thee polishes to share with you today as well as 2 of the new cuticle oils. These will be available for purchase this Saturday 11/1. 

Stay tuned at the end of my post because I'll also be sharing some special offers KBShimmer will have starting 11/1.

Dressed to Gild 
Dressed to Gild is a gold cousin to Hexy Bikini, this textured polish is rich with holographic gold glitters.  Hints of lavender and lime glitters add depth and extra shine.  (2 coats)

Fallen Angle
Fallen Angle is a vibrant royal blue jelly, this a-cute polish features holographic blue triangles, sliver holo hexes, and blue hex glitters with micro sparkles. (3 coats)

Flake Dance
Flake Dance is sliver holographic snowflakes among a scattering of smaller silver holographic glitters.  Use over your favorite cream color for an instant wintery manicure.  1 dabbed on Coat Recommended, Glitter Placement may be needed. (2 coats over base)

Mauve On Over
Mauve On Over is a pale mauve creally base sets off a explosion of colored hexes in orange, navy and aqua. (3 coats)

Merry Pinkmas
Merry Pinkmas is a light cotton candy pink polish featuring red, green and neon glitters in a variety of shapes. (3 coats).

Spot Sign
Spot Sign is a black leopard spot shaped glitters are accented by black dots, small black hexes and micro holographic sparkle.  1 dabbed on Coat Recommended, Glitter Placement may be needed. (2 coats over base)

Too Cold to Hold
Too Cold to Hold is a rich sapphire blue base is filled with holographic sliver, blue, and green holographic glitters for a bejeweled textured look. (2 coats)

Turnip the Beet
Turnip the Beet is a rich sangria colored base accents holographic glitters in magenta, purple and red making this a super sparkly textured polish. (2 coats)

Colors: Keep in mind I only have 8 of the 17 shades offered, so check out other blogs for all of them. What I like about the colors I have and the collection as a whole is the variation. I say this every single time with KBShimmer. There is something for everyone, and this collection isn't a literal translation of Christmas, which I love.  I love the mix of festive shades, blingy shades, and unconventional shades for the season. There are colors and finishes for every taste.

Formula: I'm going to be break down these polishes in the section because there are some notable things I'd like to mention on a few. 

Dressed to Gild, Too Cold to Hold, and Turnip the Beet- All 3 of these are very easy to use and opaque 2 coat polishes. These are chunkier and thickier polishes, but apply easily. I would caution you to not go beyond 2 coats (you won't need to anyway), because they will get way too thick on the nail. 

Fallen Angle, Merry Pinkmas, and Mauve on Over- All great formulas here. They are easy to apply, and I used 3 coats for each of these. 

*Note the polishes I discuss below in their description say glitter placement and dabbing maybe needed/recommended. This is an expected result from both, but below I'm further describing my experience based on my skill level that may help direct your purchasing decision. 

Spot Sign- This one was a teensy bit out of my comfort zone, but I came up with a good result. Keep in mind, I'm a casual polisher. I'm not someone who is comfortable dabbing and placing glitters on my nail. Dabbing here is a must, but was doable. I didn't have problems getting the leopard spot glitters out at all, but placing them was a bit of challenge for me personally. Not a deal breaker here at all, but figured I'd mention it for those of you who may have similar challenges. That being said, this beats out trying to figure out how to paint them on your nail! 

Flake Dance- I did struggle with this one. This is a beautiful glitter, but for review purposes I was trying to get the snowflake glitters out to show. This one required dabbing as well, and fishing the snowflakes out. I did have trouble getting the snowflakes out, and my dabbing ending up being really heavy handed and messy. I'm to blame here with my lack of dabbing skill. I don't see other bloggers who reviewed this having the same issue as me. However, if you're not someone comfortable with dabbing glitters, you may find this one challenging. I do really like this one though, but I don't *need* to have the snowflakes, so I'll just paint this one on the nail from now on. 

Price: These will be $8.75 each and available to purchase on the KBShimmer website on Sat. 11/1. The polish Pine-ing for You will have $4 donated to Toys for Tots for each sale. The cuticle oil pens will be $6.00 each and the nail vinyl sheet will be $5.00.

Overall: Beautiful collection of polishes for the holiday season. I love the variation of colors and finishes. These are all very well made and meet my expectations for KBShimmer as always. Spot Sign is a must if you're like me and nail art challenged!

Chai Tea and Raspberry Vanilla Cuticle Oil Pens
These are both great scents and oils. Chai Tea is very a nice spicy and warm scent. Raspberry Vanilla is a fruity and sugar scent. These are both very hydrating and so easy to use. 

KBShimmer Winter Offers:
-Free Shipping For All Orders over $40 on No code needed.  Runs from 11/01-12/31
-Free With a $70+ Purchase, Holly Back Girl, a white Christmas crelly polish with red and green glitters.  Use code HBGFREE to receive free polish and free shipping with $70+ purchase. Runs from 11/01-12/31
-Free samples!  While supplies last, we will be sending out a sample in each order.  Samples may include scrubs, lotions, vinyl nail decals, soaps, etc.  Orders will also include a branded emery board.
-Free Snowman Glitter!  The first 400 orders will receive a bag of 1000 snowmen glitters perfect for winter nail art.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Monday! 


  1. These are so nice and pretty! Wonderful swatches and review.

  2. I definitely want to get my hands on Flake Dance and Dressed To Gild. Both are gorgeous but so are the rest of the polishes in this collection!

  3. I like Fallen Angle most out of these :)

  4. I just placed a big ol' order today, most of which were not from the Winter Collection, but I did end up with Merry Pinkmas and Holly Back Girl. I totally agree, I love the variation of KBShimmer. So many choices and something for everyone!

  5. I love your review and your photos. Glad your nails aren't super long as mine are very short and so I can see if they'll look good on me. Thanks for the information about the application as well. That is important to me. Do you have any suggestions for easy clean up around the nail? That's the hardest part for me. Thanks.


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