Duo-chrome-y Goodness: Nubar Purple Beach


My big beef with duo-chromes is that they generally look ridiculously amazing in the bottle but are much, much less impressive once applied on the nail. Purple Beach is what a duo-chrome should be when applied. It’s a gorgeous high intensity duo-chrome that transforms from purple to ash to green. The duo-chrome is very easily seen all the time, not just in special lighting while your fingers are twister tilted in strange directions. It’s perfect in two coats and the application was not fussy. I rarely say this, but Purple Beach is a *must* own color. It’s the type of polish that causes constant distraction and careless driving. Colors like this keep my passion for polish alive.  Also, I think this color finally cured me of my recent bout with idon’tlikepurple-itis. Whew. It’s about time too. All my poor neglected purples are overflowing from their storage container. Poor little guys.


The picture above gives a slightly better depiction of the duo-chrome quality of this polish but, frankly, these pictures just don’t do this color sufficient justice. It’s much more duo-chrome-y in real life.

Now with all that said, the name baffles me a bit. Purple Beach…? What? I don’t get it. What does purple have to do with beaches? And how is this color in any way reminiscent of beaches?

Nubar can be purchased online at www.bynubar.com.


17 Responses to “Duo-chrome-y Goodness: Nubar Purple Beach”

  1. Stella Says:

    Purple Beach… maybe it’s supposed to be like… Turtle Beach? Purple… and turtle green?? Man, I have no idea, hahahahah!

  2. EllieM Says:

    I received Purple Beach by accident when Nubar sent this color instead of one of the colors I ordered. I told them I never ordered this & they told me to keep Purple Beach & they would send me the one I ordered. Now I’m glad I did keep it! It turned out to be one of the more unique polishes I own.

  3. diana Says:

    The only thing I can think of is the late sunset on the water creating a purple tinge, just before it gets dark. Really, that’s the best I can do. That color, however, is the stuff. I’m glad you found a cooperative duochrome. I hope the dud curse has lifted. I had an orange curse for awhile. I would buy a bottle of orange polish, put it on, and it would be peach. It was like a joke. :P

  4. Steph Says:

    Wow thats lovely n_n Dont really know how the name relates… maybe theres a beach called Purple Beach?? Colour doesnt really resemble beachyness though

  5. Jinnzor Says:

    Ohhh, I have that in my untrieds. I need to wear it! It looks great on you.

  6. Marsha Smith Says:

    That polish looks wonderful. I loooove duochromes, but I can’t stand the smell of Nubar polish.

  7. Girl, Decorated Says:

    Wow, that’s hot. I wish I’d added it to my last eBay order. I have a bitch of a time applying Nubars nicely (what’s up with that mop-like brush??), but they’re incredibly pretty. I have Peacock Feathers on my tips today, in fact.

  8. Jason Says:

    Wow Steph! This color looks sensational! You capture the nuances so well. Kudos on your great photography (and your beautiful nails as well)!

  9. Kyosuke Says:

    “Also, I think this color finally cured me of my recent bout with idon’tlikepurple-itis. Whew. It’s about time too.”

    Yay \o/ Finally you’ll be wearing more purples ^^
    I’m not so into duo-chromes… but your nails would make me love any color… and watch you driving carelessly without any fear, I’d be just amazed :p

    Take care dear Stephanie, and have fun with all your purples :)

  10. Dee Says:

    ive been a silent reader but i cant help to ask if you are wearing acrylics or if they are your natural nails. the shape of your nails are hot! ;) love em

  11. Sminkan Says:

    It is so beautiful!!

  12. mochachoc Says:

    i think it’s the luminescence

  13. lala Says:

    thank you for linking me onto your site! your blog is my vice! :D you have like a million nail polishes that I love

  14. Amber Says:

    This is a beautiful color!!
    I just went on another polish shopping spree…Have you ever tried Samoan(sp?) Sand? I judt bought it. it’s the most beautiful nude!
    Sorry, no one else gets excited whenI come home with..5 new polishes. I thought you would understand! lol

  15. gymnastgirly Says:

    Quit making me want more polishes, I’m supposed to be on a low-buy!

    Great swatches, as always :)

  16. Marte Says:

    Love the colour! :)

  17. Steph Says:

    Stella – LOL.

    EllieM – Lucky!! : ) And I’m glad you love it.

    Diana – Hopefully, it’s been a bad streak, lol.

    Steph – Not at all, lol.

    Jinnzor – Wear it!!!!! Let me know what you think when you do. : )

    Marsha – They do have a very strange smell… a little like blood. Lol.

    Girl, Decorated – Hmm… I haven’t noticed an issue with the brushes but I agree they are incredibly pretty. : )

    Jason – Thank you!

    Kyosuke – No duo-chromes? *dies* lol.

    Dee – Nope, my nails are natural. : P

    Sminkan – Thank you! : )

    Mochachoc – It has to be something like that otherwise, I’m just baffled.

    Lala – No problemo. : )

    Amber – I don’t have that one – I always pick it up and then put it back. Lol. I’ll have to try it.

    GG – LOL, thank you!

    Marte – I know, right!?

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