February 12, 2013

KBShimmer Spring 2013 Collection Swatches

Hi guys! Guess what today is? It's my 1000th post! I can't believe I've posted on here 1,000 times, that's a whole lot of nail polish! I have to say, I'm kind of impressed with myself for not quitting, I've never been the type to keep up with things I start. I probably would have thrown in the towel a while ago if it wasn't for you guys reading and commenting and just being awesome!

Today I have KBShimmer's gorgeous Spring 2013 Collection to share with you! This new collection is made up of 9 new polishes. There are layering glitters and glitters in milky or jelly bases that can be worn on their own. My favorite thing about this collection is the abundance of circle glitter, there are quite a few polishes with it in them!

Check out swatches of each polish by clicking the read more button below!


All swatches in this post are shown with top coat, I used KB Shimmer's quick dry top coat and I've been loving it!


A Dot Mess is fuchsia and black glitter in a clear base. The glitter is made up of small hex, circle and tiny bar glitter! For those of you who don't like bar glitter you might like this, the bars are seriously so tiny that they are barely noticeable. The formula was great on this polish, it was easy to get a lot of glitter onto the brush and you don't need to place the glitter where you want it. I used 1 coat over China Glaze Pink-ie Promise for the photos below.

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade

Get Clover It is blue, green & gold circle glitter in an emerald green jelly base. There are also little bits of green microglitter in the mix that give a nice sparkle out in the sun! This is clearly a favorite for me, circle glitter AND green? It should just be named "for Jen" haha! The formula was good on this, it's on the sheer side due to the jelly base but I had no application issues. I used 3 coats of Get Clover It on it's own for the photos below. I think this one is probably best to layer over another green, in lower lighting it looked perfect but out in the sun this looked a little patchy on it's own.

Lighting: Shade

Lighting: Shade

Lighting: Sunlight

I Got A Crush On Blue is a royal blue jelly base packed with various sizes & shapes of silver holographic glitter. This has some gorgeous depth to it, especially in the shade. The formula was good, I used 3 coats for the photos below and still had some nail line so it would be best to layer this over another blue. My only issue with this was getting the big holographic hex glitter out, I found that they sank mostly to the bottom and fishing them out was a bit difficult. I'd recommend putting this one upside down for a few minutes before applying it so that the glitter can hopefully redistribute in the bottle!

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade

Iris My Case is a milky lilac base with purple, pink, silver and blue glitter. I love how much the glitter shines through the milky base but it's still nice and opaque on it's own. The formula was great, it wasn't thick at all and it applied easily. I used 3 thin coats for the photos below.

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade


Lottie Dottie is blue and pink glitter in a milky white base. There is both circular glitter and bar glitter in here. The bar glitter again is very tiny in person! The formula was really nice, it was more opaque than I expected and easy to apply. I used 3 thin coats of Lottie Dottie on it's own for the photos below.

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight


Pastel Me More is a rainbow of pastel glitter in a clear base. I love this, it reminds me a bit of Cirque XX but without the holographic-ness to it. This looks absolutely phenomenal over dark colors but I decided to go with another pastel a my base for this, I love how soft it looks! The formula was great, it wasn't thick and the glitter payoff was awesome. I used 1 coat over China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On for the photos below.

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade

Lighting: Shade

Spring Training is a milky pastel green crelly base with blue, red, gold, and green glitter of different shapes and sizes. According the press release this one is lightly scented with a floral freesia note, I've had a bit of a cold the last couple weeks so I can't tell you if the scent is strong. I'll have to wear this again when my nose actually works! The formula was really nice, again very easy to apply and nice and opaque on it's own. I used 3 thin coats for the photos below.


Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade

Squared Away is a mix of different sizes and shades of blue and pink square glitter and microglitter in a clear base. There are also some holographic squares in here that my camera couldn't seem to capture the rainbows of. The formula was great on this one, it was easy to apply and the glitter payoff was great. I used 1 coat over China Glaze Sunday Funday for the photos below.

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade

Lighting: Shade

Where My Peeps is a soft yellow crelly base with pink, green, blue and gold glitter. The glitter is mostly circle glitter! This is not quite a bright as it looks in photos, curse you pastel yellow for being hard to photograph for no reason! The formula was good, I did layer this one but you definitely don't need to. I used 2 coats over over LCN Soft Daisy for the photos below. I can't stop laughing at the name of this polish by the way, I love it!

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight

Overall I really love this collection, formula wise they were all fantastic. This is my first time trying KBShimmer and I'm really impressed! A lot of people have recommended this brand to me and I can see why now! I was going to tell you my picks for this collection but seriously guys, I really love all of them. If I could only have 1 though it would be Get Clover It closely followed by A Dot Mess.

The KBShimmer Spring Collection will be available starting February 15th. If you are in the US you can order from KBShimmer.com, all international orders can be made at Harlow & Co.

In celebration of 1000 posts I have a little surprise giveaway for you guys. For me this is a big milestone so I wanted to do something to say "Thank You" for sticking with me whether you've been here for all 1000 posts or just a few. I won't be announcing this on Twitter or Facebook since I'd like this prize to go to someone who actually reads my blog and doesn't just come around to enter giveaways. To enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Harlow & Co please keep reading!

  • This giveaway is open from today February 12th 2013 until February 14th 2013 at Midnight EST. 
  • Giveaway is open internationally, anyone can enter
  • You may only do each entry option once, I will be checking.
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond to my email or a new winner will be chosen.
  • The gift certificate will be emailed to the winner once I hear back from them.
  • Full entry terms & conditions here.
How to enter:
  • Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below, entries left in comments will not count. 
  • There are 2 mandatory entries, if you don't do both you will be disqualified.
  • First Entry: Tell me your favorite thing about Spring!
  • Second Entry: Tell me the best email address to contact you at if you win, this will only be used to contact the winner.
a Rafflecopter giveaway


*Disclosure: the polishes in this post were provided to me for review. The giveaway prize is not sponsored, I paid for it myself :)*

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68 comments:

  1. I love all the circle glitter that's appearing in polishes these days! And the square glitter too. So cute.

    Congratulations on 1000 posts!

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  2. My favourites are yellow and green <3

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  3. Congratulations on such a significant milestone!

    I look forward to reading your blog posts every morning :) your hard work makes my day a little more enjoyable! Thank you, and congrats again! <3

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  4. I love the cremes with all the colored glitter....my current obsession. CONGRATS on 1, 000 posts! Thanks for the giveaway

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  5. I love yr blog! I really read it every single day!!!! Congratulations for yr 1000th! Mary L.

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  6. I love yr blog! I read it every single day! Congratulations for your 1000th post! Mary L.

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  7. I LOVE the squared glitter!! And Where My Peeps is gorgeous - puts me into a springtime frame of mind and suddenly activates mt sweet tooth! I love KBShimmer - thanks for posting these new swatches!

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  8. These are really pretty polishes. I think my favorite is the get clover one. I love green and this one has circle glitter!

    Thanks for all your wonderful swatches and reviews! I check your blog everyday, and I really appreciate your honesty and sense of humor!

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  9. I love them all! Thanks as always for sharing!

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  10. Is it international? And do we have to pay the shipping costs ourselfs?

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  11. Congratz on 1000! I've been reading for quite some time now (and my wallet as suffered for it lol!) and love your blog. It's one of my bright spots every morning that I make sure to read while getting ready. Thanks for keeping it going!

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  12. Please read the post.

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  13. Congrats on 1000! And great swatches, as always :)

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  14. Congrats on 1000 posts!!

    And I NEED Get Clover It!!!

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  15. Congrats on the big achievement. I'm picky about my nail bloggers. I think I've been reading the better part of a year, possibly longer. I've always loved your pictures, your descriptions are helpful, and I like how clean and easy to find things are here. Keep rocking it!

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  16. What better topic for your 1000th post than KB Shimmer? I love her polishes and I can't wait till the new collection is released. She really has a knack for creating lovely polishes with great formulas, and she definitely knows a thing or two about running a business. You should try her bath and body stuff too. :)

    No, I don't work for her. I'm just a fangirl. :P

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  17. Congratulations on your 1000th post! I love your blog and read it every day.

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  18. Congrats on 1000 posts! I just started reading a few months ago, but really appreciate the informative, fun writing and great pictures!!

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  19. Oh, sorry, didn't see that it was international in the post. I read the full entry terms & conditions but still can't find if it includes the shipping costs

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  20. Great swatches and congrats on 1000 posts!

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  21. The shipping cost of what? The prize is for a gift card that is emailed to the winner

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  22. Congrats on 1000 posts! I just started reading not that long ago but I will admit to binge reading all of your posts in a couple of weeks! I love seeing all of your pretty nails! Keep up the fantastic work!

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  23. These polishes are great! Love your blog and thanks for holding this giveaway :)

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  24. Lottie Dottie is so good! I'm loving all the circle glitter KB Shimmer is using~

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  25. Grats to a great blog! I've been reading here for about a month, and I look forward to your swatches every day. Also love your detailed descriptions!

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  26. Beautiful swatches! Congratulations on your 1000th post! I'm sure we're all happy you didn't quit :)!

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  27. Love these and love your blog! Congrats on 1,000 posts...here's to 1,000 (and beyond) posts.

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  28. Thank you for such amazing swatches. Get Clover is so beautiful. ♥

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  29. GIMME ALL THE CIRCLE GLITTERS NOMNOMNOM! And yay for 1000 posts!

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  30. Congrats on 1000 post! Your site is definitely the first place I head when debating what new nailpolish to buy. Thanks for introducing me to so many new brands and fueling my nail polish addiction! Also I love everyone of Kbshimmer's spring collection, especially Get Clover It and I've Got A Crush On Blue.

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  31. Aw yay!! I was really hoping you'd be swatching this collection. Gorgeous swatches and oh my the polishes are beautiful, I don't think I could pick a favourite :)

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  32. Congratulations on 1000th posts! Thank you for your amazing swatches, as usual--I think I must have this entire collection! They are so lovely and the glitter combinations so unique.

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  33. Congratulations on 1,000 posts! That's amazing! And great swatches, I will DEFINITELY be getting Get Clover It and Where My Peeps haha

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  34. These colors are absolutely gorgeous!

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  35. I'm in love with Get Clover It and Pastel Me More! I love the name of Where My Peeps (hilarious) but I'm not in love with the color, sadly :(

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  36. I want to buy some of these spring polishes so bad! I just got my first Kbshimmers for Valentine's day from my boyfriend. I made him buy Toucan Touch This because I think I saw it on your blog to begin with and fell IN LOVE with the color!

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  37. Congrats on 1000 posts! The polishes are so purdy and glittery :)

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  38. Congrats on 1,000 posts! Your blog was one of the first I started reading when I developed a nail polish obsession, and it's still my favorite! I love KB Shimmer too. I have Oh Splat!, No Whine Left, and Hex Appeal currently, and after seeing the Spring collection swatches, I'll probably be adding a few more to my stash. Hope you review more KB Shimmer polishes in the future.

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  39. Congratulations on 1,000 posts! That seems like such a crazy high number. :) I love what you bring to the nail blogging community, and I love your stellar taste in music.

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  40. Congratulations on 1000 posts! You're one of the first people I go to, to make sure I buy the colors I'm interested in. Job well done and keep on at it. I've seen KB Shimmer on Etsy, and have been interested in their stuff before, but I am definitely looking forward to trying out Get Clover. :)

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  41. Congrats! I love your blog - I've looked up your blog many a time in ulta to decide what to buy :) keep on posting!

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  42. Congrats on your 1000 posts!! Love your blog! Thanks for the awesome searches of this collection...I have been drooling over these polishes for a couple weeks now and hope to buy at least a few! :-)

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  43. could you maybe please swatch the illamasqua speckled nail varnish? I'm really interested in seeing what they look like

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  44. I'm not planning on picking those up sorry :( I think there are swatches on the blog All You Desire. Her photos are always beautiful!

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  45. Congrats on doing such a great job on your blog! I'm new to your blog, actually found you through one of your gorgeous nail colors on Pinterest. Your fab blog has made me excited to try so many colors & fun textures of nail polish! I also love your FAQ's with helpful info with products you use to keep your nails so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing & all the hard work you do :)

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  46. Where My Peeps reminds me of Candeo Colors Jellybean (which is a huge lemming for me and I don't even think is being made anymore) this will most definitely be the first KBShimmer I buy! What a great collection!

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  47. I definitely need Get Clover It and Where My Peeps! Thank you for this review - that's just what I needed before the launch of this collection :)

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  48. Congratulations on 1000 posts! I love your blog! I've been reading it pretty much daily for about a year now. Your pictures are beautiful and I love how you take sunlight and shade pictures. I also really appreciate your thorough and honest reviews and comparison swatch posts.

    I really appreciate that your giveaway is designed to genuinely thank your fans. I feel like so many nail bloggers these days just use giveaways to get people to promote their blog by sharing the giveaway... my instagram and tumblr feeds are always getting spammed with giveaways. It gets really annoying and sometimes I just end up unfollowing people because of it. Ok I'll stop ranting now lol :) thanks!

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  49. I love the Get Clover as well. I have a thing about green polish. I think it looks so great- even on very pale skin like mine

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  50. In general you've really helped me to figure out what I truly want to get next when new lines come out. Not to mention exposing us to new and great custom lines!

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  51. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I'm totally going to grab Iris My Case and A Dot Mess, even if I don't win.

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  52. These are really cute! And thanks for the giveaway and congrats on reaching 1000 posts!

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  53. I mean that if you win the card and you buy something on the website, do you have to pay the shipping costs of the products you've ordered?

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  54. Your swatches pics are the best :)

    Can't wait to get my hands on the Pastel me more and Squared Away!!!!

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  55. Allison Pennington-PackerFebruary 13, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Ooooh... I love Spring rain here in the NW! But this collection might top that. Congrats on 1000 posts!

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  56. Yun, The Polish HideoutFebruary 13, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Congrats on your 1000th post! That's amazing!
    And thank you so much for the lovely giveaway! <3


    ~ Yun

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  57. Love these swatches! & Congrats on your 1000th post! You're blog is always a joy to read!
    I do wish the giveaway was for all ages, but it's so generous of you to do it at all!

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  58. 1000! that's a milestone! congrats!!

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  59. Congrats on your 1000th post! Whaow...
    And thank you for the giveaway :-*

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  60. My favorite thing about Spring is the weather! Not as hot as the summer (it gets to 108 here sometimes) and not as cool as the winter (20-30 at night!) Also, Get Clover It might be my new favorite nail polish in the world (I am a green lover as well!) Congrats on 1,000 posts!!!

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  61. Congrats on your 1000th post!!!

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  62. Must have Get Clover and possibly Where's my Peeps.

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  63. 1000 post, that's very impressive. Congrats I've been following you for short time but I can't wait to read your post everyday. Keep up the good work!!!

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  64. Got Iris my Case and Spring Training because of your review. Cannot wait to try them on! Thank you for your wonderful blog!

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  65. yay hope you love then as much as I do!

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