Nubar has a new collection slated for Spring 2012 called Jellybeans. The name, I'm assuming, is an allusion to the fact that these are pretty much all jellies. The jury is still out on these, I'm a little ticked off at the application of a few of these, but there are a couple that are just drop-dead gorgeous. Some will will be great for "jelly sandwiches," the name for glitter sandwiched between a few coats of a jelly polish. Some of these won't work for that, but will still look gorgeous alone, and a couple are plain weird, one just plain hideous, but all are shiny as hell.
Claire's Kelly Green Nail Polish - $4.50 at Claire's stores
Wow, I didn't know this even existed till a few days ago. I've been on the hunt for the perfect Kelly Green since before I was even that big into green nail polish. I've been looking for one for St Patty's Day for at least three years, and still haven't found one till this. I originally went into Claire's looking for some Mood polishes for a swap with Dutch blogger which I'm super excited about, and this jumped out at me. It's got a very pigmented jelly texture, and applies beautifully. Two coats will truly do, but since I'm neurotic, I applied three. It's sort of like Illamasque Rampage, but only in that the color becomes more intense with each coat. Rampage is obviously much darker. I was afraid this would turn out to be more of a neon, but luckily no, just a gorgeous vibrant true green. It does however dry sort of matte like a neon, but it's nothing a good topcoat can't fix. The price is definitely decent; these polishes are $4.50 each and are usually BOGO50%off at Claire's. I picked up Mermaid along with this, and sadly I'm nowhere near as happy with that one, but that's a story for another day.
Until recently, the only Illamasqua polish I'd tried was Muse, and I loved it so much I decided I needed to pick up a couple more. I've heard raves for months about Rampage but I kept passing on it. For a long time it was in and out of stock seemingly every day so the point was mostly moot. I obviously eventually caved and I am very happy I did. I'm very impressed with not only the beautiful and interesting color, but the formula. I have a total of four Illamasqua polishes now and every one is a bit different in finish; I've got a jelly (Rampage), a creme (Muse), a shimmer (Baptiste), and a micro-glitter (Phallic) and despite the vast differences in finish, they've all got immaculate application. This particular jelly is very pigmented, which is pretty unusual. Usually with jelly textured polishes you experience a bit of Visible Nail Line syndrome where while the polish lays down evenly, you can see the line where the free edge of the nail begins. Rampage has a bit of this in the first coat or so, but at three you still have the lovely translucent finish but the nail line isn't visible. The other interesting aspect of this polish is that it's gorgeous at two coats, three, and four, and you have good even coverage all along the way, but you can change the color with each coat. A lot of times with very pigmented polishes the color just gets a bit more solid with three coats, but with Rampage at two coats you have a kelly green, three is a beautiful emerald, and four will give you forest green. I'm wearing three coats above, and I like that in low lighting it's incredibly deep but then in the sun it's a vibrant rich color. It's not one dimensional like a lot of deep greens can be. It's all in the jelly, right? I don't know but this Illamasqua gem is a must-have in this girl's opinion.