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Marla Oddoye is a Emory University graduate who earned a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minored in English. While in pursuit of a healthcare career, she is a true fashionista who would describe her style as being feminine, simple, and sophisticated. She is a lover of all things beauty - from make up to nails - and art. Her passions don’t end there as she enjoys painting, volunteering, and has recently discovered a love for cooking low calorie, satisfying meals.

Nubar Cherry & Lemon Nail Lacquers Review

Nubar‘s Spring 2012 Collection, Jellybeans, features eight season-worthy lacquers ($8, 0.5 fl. oz. each) and I’ve got two of them to share with you!


I’m a huge fan of red coral polishes in the spring/summer, and Nubar Cherry makes for a fantastic color option. Cherry is described as a “semi-opaque bright orange-red creme.” While not exactly the shade of red that comes to mind when I think of “cherry” (more like cherry red tomato), it’s beautifully vibrant nonetheless.

I see this warm red pairing perfectly with turquoise rings and accessories! Cherry’s orange undertone is what really makes it unique – spicy yet tasteful. Although the finish is supposedly “semi-opaque,” I’d argue that it’s just opaque. The color is richly pigmented and there’s no visible nail line.


Lemon is just the right name for this color. It is described as an “opaque bright yellow creme.” As a girl who normally sticks to neutrals, pinks, reds, and purples of any shade, finish, and intensity, Lemon is a new one for me. (The couple of yellows I have are more of the gold/golden side.) Nubar Lemon is a sunny yellow without being neon and it’s fun. It’s the perfect lounging-poolside-with-a-girly-drink-and-magazine color (for fingers and toes).

As much as I adore both colors and their color pay off, I’m not too keen on either formula. Cherry’s formula is a bit thick, so thin layers were difficult to create and I got a couple of air bubbles as a result. On the plus side, if you can manage perfect application, the texture is smooth and opaque with just one coat (I did two for good measure). Lemon’s formula is thinner, but application was challenging. The texture was streaky (not uncommon of yellows) and even after three coats (four on middle and index fingernails), it still wasn’t completely even. Luckily, with a top coat (I used Nubar Diamont Seal & Shine Topcoat) the texture is smooth. Formulas aside, I’ve been wearing both colors for a couple of days and there’s no sign of chipping! (That’s great considering some polishes have chipped on me within 5 minutes of application!)

Overall, Cherry and Lemon are wonderful colors to add to a spring and summer nail collection. The formulas take some patience, but the results of these guilt-free Jellybeans are worth it.

Collective Product Rating & More Photos:


(All photos taken under natural light. Photo Credits: Marla Oddoye)

Price: $8 each

Availability: Nubar website

To see the entire Nubar Spring 2012 Jellybeans collection, visit their website.

[These samples were sent to Miss A for consideration of an honest review.]

What do you think for Nubar’s Cherry and Lemon?

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