KBShimmer Summer 2016 Collection Swatches and Review

July 31, 2016

It’s official! I am the last person in the world to have the KBShimmer Summer 2016 collection on my blog! You’ve likely seen all of these already. If not, it’s your lucky day! It doesn’t even matter if these are exceptionally late, they’re freaking stunning polishes for any time of the year. How do I know? It’s Winter here!

Today we’re taking a look at the entire twelve piece collection so this will be a long post. I’ll keep my chatting to a minimum for you though. I was also lucky enough to have two days of beautiful Winter weather when swatching these, so you get to see our clear blue skies in the background of some of the pictures! I hope you like it!

KBShimmer Summer 2016

KBShimmer
Summer 2016

Let’s not waste time checking these out!

First up is Playing With The Buoys. This is a super smooth pastel blue creme with a hint of a turquoise tone to it. Easy to apply and without issue, it was opaque in two coats. I have photographed it without topcoat as it was shiny on it’s own.

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Playing With The Buoys

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Playing With The Buoys

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Playing With The Buoys

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Playing With The Buoys

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Playing With The Buoys

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Playing With The Buoys

Next up is Ready For A Good Lime. This is a seriously great colour. A creamy, neon green with a hint of chartreuse colour to it too. It looks seriously hot when in the shade! I applied two coats with the second coat being floated on to avoid any streaking. I also applied no topcoat for my swatches as while the finish is not incredibly glossy, it was a glossy-satin that I really enjoy.

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Ready For A Good Lime

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Ready For A Good Lime

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Ready For A Good Lime

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Ready For A Good Lime

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Ready For A Good Lime

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Ready For A Good Lime

How Low Can You Flamingo is the obligatory neon pink in the collection. I have to say this might have to be my favourite neon pink ever and it’s purely because of the formula. The colour is standard, but the formula of this is in a creme-jelly style which made application absolutely beautiful. I my experience many neon pink cremes are a bit hard to get smooth application of and usually needing smoothing with topcoat. This one did not. It was perfect as it applied. I did two easy coats for my swatches.

KBShimmer Summer 2016 How Low Can You Flamingo

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
How Low Can You Flamingo

KBShimmer Summer 2016 How Low Can You Flamingo

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
How Low Can You Flamingo

KBShimmer Summer 2016 How Low Can You Flamingo

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
How Low Can You Flamingo

That’s Nude To Me is a pink-toned nude holographic polish. It blushes with golden highlights and I think it’s a really nice neutral option from this collection. Application was great, just two coats and again, no topcoat for my swatches.

KBShimmer Summer 2016 That's Nude To Me

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
That’s Nude To Me

KBShimmer Summer 2016 That's Nude To Me

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
That’s Nude To Me

KBShimmer Summer 2016 That's Nude To Me

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
That’s Nude To Me

Good Reef is a beautiful pinky-coral creme polish filled with shifting shimmer. It’s such a complimenting colour on and I really enjoyed wearing it. Dry well between coats for this one to avoid dragging. I applied three coats of Good Reef and one coat of topcoat for my swatches.

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Good Reef

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Good Reef

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Good Reef

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Good Reef

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Good Reef

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Good Reef

Along For The Tide is a medium sky blue jelly style polish filled with shimmer and holographic particles. The shimmer is mainly blue and pink in colour and it stands out so well, looking great in any lighting. This was a breeze to apply and so smooth on. My swatches are two coats and no topcoat.

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Along For The Tide

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Along For The Tide

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Along For The Tide

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Along For The Tide

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Along For The Tide

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Along For The Tide

Don’t Play Koi is a creme-jelly glitter polish in the style that KBShimmer always do so well. This one has a pure white base and glitters in the colours, coral, turquoise and grey. I found this one quite sheer but that does help the glitters stand out well, so it’s a catch 22 situation really. I applied four coats for my swatches and one coat of topcoat. I found, despite storing the bottle upside down, I had a lot of trouble getting a nice amount of glitters out. You could manually place them on the nails if you like though.

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Don't Play Koi

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Don’t Play Koi

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Don't Play Koi

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Don’t Play Koi

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Don't Play Koi

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Don’t Play Koi

Neon Me is another polish in the same creme-jelly glitter style of Don’t Play Koi. This one again has a white base colour and as the title states, is filled with multi-coloured neon matte glitters. The glitters in this one were plentiful and really easy to get out of the bottle in normal application. I applied three coats for my swatches and one coat of topcoat.

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Neon Me

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Neon Me

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Neon Me

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Neon Me

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Neon Me

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Neon Me

Next up is Mai Tai One On. This is a pastel yellow creme (remind me of duckling feathers) which contains sparkling lemon shimmer and silver (I think) flakes throughout. It sparkles so beautifully in the sunshine. This was the surprise of the whole collection for me because I wasn’t sure I would like it as much as I did. Application was good, though because it does contain so much flakes it can be a bit ‘draggy’ if you don’t dry well between coats. FOr my swatches I applied three coats and topcoat to really bring out the shimmer and flakes.

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Mai Tai One On

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Mai Tai One On

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Mai Tai One On

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Mai Tai One On

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Mai Tai One On

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Mai Tai One On

Suit The Breeze is a cornflower blue creme with lots of flake shimmer that changes colour from gold-pink-blue. The shimmer stands out a tad more in the bottle than it does on the nails, but what I found is that the shimmer makes the polish actually lean different colours in the daylight. It’s really cool, and an absolutely stunning shade of blue. My swatches of Suit The Breeze are just two thin coats and topcoat.

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Suit The Breeze

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Suit The Breeze

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Suit The Breeze

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Suit The Breeze

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Suit The Breeze

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Suit The Breeze

Gull, Get Real! is a tricky one for me to describe. At first I thought it was a blue based polish but now I’m looking at it and it’s a more smokey violet shade. This one looks completely different in the shade vs. sun but equally gorgeous in both lighting’s. The polish has a decent amount of holographic sparkle and is filled with metallic flakes that give the polish a great foil-style finish.

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Summer 2016 Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
Gull, Get Real

The final polish in the Summer 2016 collection is One Night Sand. I had been itching to try this one and I am actually wearing it right now because I loved it so much. This is a champagne- copper coloured polish in the same style as Gull, Get Real! It has a slight rose-gold tinge to it which is quite lovely. I can this polish will be a firm favourite of mine in future. Application was great, with only two coats needed for opacity. I’m also wearing one coat of topcoat.

KBShimmer Summer 2016 One Night Sand

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
One Night Sand

KBShimmer Summer 2016 One Night Sand

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
One Night Sand

KBShimmer Summer 2016 One Night Sand

KBShimmer
Summer 2016
One Night Sand

Overall I really enjoyed this whole collection. The creme’s are staple and their splendid formula make them winners for me. Other top picks are One Night Sand, That’s Nude To Me and Suit The Breeze.

You can get your hands on all these shades now at Color4Nails who ship worldwide, so make sure you go check them out!

What are your favourite shades from this collection?

Chris xx

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  • Georgina

    Lovely swatches as always. There really is something for everyone in this collection.

  • Rosalia Pano

    this is of those brands that I am dying to try.. and this is the collection that I NEED to get a hold of.. I do think I will buy a couple of them on line and have them sent to the US.. there is a couple of shades I am in love with.. like.. That’s Nude To Me, Good Reef &Don’t play Koi πŸ™‚
    thaks for the swatches.. they’re great!!!