Nubar Unpredictable Taupe

Do you ever have an item of make-up, or a nail varnish that you buy thinking “oooh now that’s lovely” and then put it away in your collection never to see the light of day again? OK, “never” might be a bit of a strong word, but this has certainly been hanging around in my stash for the best part of a year.

Now, excuse me whilst I kick myself, repeatedly. For Unpredictable Taupe is a marvel of a polish. It’s been a while since I tried a Nubar, so it was with no great surprise that this was the first one I pulled out when I went looking for one to wear.

At first, looking at the bottle, I thought “well, there’s not much taupe about that” and perhaps the reason it as labelled as “unpredictable” was because maybe it was a play on words. Ie, it’s an unpredictable taupe because in actual fact, it’s silver. Hmmm.

Application was great. In fact, this is one of the best Nubars I have ever tried. For a metallic, the application was damn near perfect. I did feel a bit concerned when I first put it on, as there were some tell-tale brush strokes but a coat of Seche Vite (yes, I know that using Seche over a Big-3-Free Nubar kind of defeats the object) seemed to even most of the brushstrokiness out, leaving me with a glorious, almost metallic chrome effect.

Oh, please ignore the fraying at the tips of my nails. I’d worn this for a couple of days before taking the photos, and I have this horrendous habit of using my nails to take things off the grill / out of the toaster etc. I really shouldn’t.

So. Can you see the hint of pink in this nail varnish? I hope you can, as I tried really hard not to just make this appear like a flat silver in the photos. I’m still not 100% convinced that it’s a “taupe” per se, but to be honest, I don’t really care. It’s just so pretty and delicate.

I really enjoyed looking at this when the sun hit it, turning it from silver to pink to grey, with even a tiny hint of gold shimmer if caught in the right light.

So, I can safely say that this has been given a firm place in the Just Nice Things hall of fame. I love it and own nothing like it, and therefore really wish I’d used it sooner. I wonder what other little gems are lurking in my untrieds? Exciting!




  1. 10th July 2010 / 7:52 AM

    I wouldn’t call this a taupe. Don’t know what I’d call it. It is pretty. Bad idea using your nails for tools! I have a pair of little wooden tongs for getting toast out of the toaster.

  2. 10th July 2010 / 11:45 AM

    what a lovely colour, i can indeed see the pink sheen to it. Looks nice x x x

  3. 10th July 2010 / 11:16 PM

    I have a LOAD of polishes that I’ve done that with, I don’t have a spot for untrieds so they go straight into a drawer and then I forget I haven’t worn them yet!
    This is gorgeous. I dunno if it’s a taupe – doesn’t seem much like one – but I can see from your photos it’s not a straight up silver. Really, really pretty!
    And I do stuff like that ALL the time – use my nails as tools. Whoopsie.

  4. 11th July 2010 / 9:17 PM

    I really can’t decide what I think of this one at al :/

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