KBShimmer Full Summer 2015 Collection Swatches & Review

by Lisa Heath

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After a couple days of intense swatches I finally have all 28 polishes from the KBShimmer Summer 2015 collection to share with you!  I went back and forth with how to assemble this collection and wasn’t sure if I wanted to split it up or keep them all together, and in the end I decided to make one giant post for the full collection.

Because there are 28 polishes, this will be an incredibly photo heavy post.

I’ll quit chatting now and get onto the photos!

Lei It Again

Lei It Again

Lei It Again is a slightly faded electric pink creme.  While this shade is bright and on the neon side, it does have a pastel like formula.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos and had slight self leveling issues (common with pastel like formulas)

Bahama Drama

Bahama Drama

Bahama Drama is a faded deep neon peach shade.  I loved this color!  Formula wise, it was similar to the pink.  Applied like a pastel would with some self leveling issues and I used 3 thin coats for full coverage.

Leggo My Mango

Leggo My Mango

Leggo My Mango is a neon orange creamsicle shade.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos and experienced some slight self leveling issues.

Rum Me The Right Way

Rum Me The Right Way

Rum Me The Right Way is a neon lemon yellow.  It’s actually a smidge more “faded” in person than in my photo.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

For Sail By Owner

For Sail By Owner

For Sail By Owner is a bright neon lime green.  While it has the “faded” quality, I actually had no issues with this shade application wise.  I used 3 thin coats and there were no self leveling issues.

In Yacht Water

In Yacht Water

In Yacht Water is a bright Caribbean blue with aqua tones.  I used 2 coats for these photos and had no application issues.

Sarong Place, Sarong Time

Sarong Place Sarong Time

Sarong Place, Sarong Time is a vibrant violet creme.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

You can see in the bottle that there are small purple “specks” which has since been corrected by KBShimmer.  I didn’t have any of the “specks” transfer onto the nail itself for my mani, but she shipped out a new batch of Sarong Place, Sarong Time to bloggers and I will update this post with the newest batch once it arrives. The new batch will be what is available to the public.

Alloy Matey!

Alloy Matey

Alloy Matey! is a super sparkly holographic silver micro and fine glitter shade.  I used 2 coats for these photos and it’s amazing. I used 1 coat of top coat to even it out.  Because such fine glitters were used it isn’t as textured as one would think.

Alloy Matey Macro

Sun & Games

Sun and Games

Sun & Games is the gold version of Alloy Matey!  This is a gold holographic mixture with micro and fine glitters in a clear base.  I used 2 coats for these photos and 1 coat over top coat.

Sun and Games macro

We Be Jammin

We Be Jammin

We Be Jamming is a bright magenta polish with blue shimmer and micro holographic sparkle.  The shimmer overtakes the magenta a bit in my photos.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

We Be Jammin macro

Precious Petals

Precious Petals

Precious Petals is a glitter top coat with neon pink, purple, white, and aqua glitters in a clear base.  I used 1 coat over Sarong Place, Sarong Time for these photos.

Precious Petals Macro

Wave The Flag

Wave The Flag

Wave The Flag is a patriotic glitter topper with red, white and blue matte glitters and tiny white stars in a clear base.  I used 1 coat over In Yacht Water for these photos.

Wave The Flag macro

What Are You Wading For?

What Are You Wading For

What Are You Wading For? is the lone linear holo in the collection.  I love KBShimmer’s linear holos, so I was a little sad that in 28 pieces, only 1 was a linear holo (she did make it up though with Alloy Matey! and Sun & Games so I’ll let the lack of linear holo slide.)

What Are You Wading For? is a deeper toned periwinkle linear holo polish with indigo blue shimmer.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

What Are You Wading For macro

Vitamin Sea

Vitamin Sea

Vitamin Sea is a blue leaning teal jelly polish with pink, silver, and micro holographic glitters.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Vitamin Sea macro

Home Surf

Home Surf

Home Surf is a dusty teal crelly with silver holographic glitters in several sizes mixed in.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Home Surf macro

Shell Shock

Shell Shock

Shell Shock is a peach leaning tan polish with holographic gold glitter, magenta glitter and copper glitters.  This is the sheerest KBShimmer crelly I’ve worn, but it built up fairly easily.  I used 3 coats for these photos, but you can also layer it over a nude or peachy shade if you don’t want to do 3 coats.

Shell Shock macro

Pink-a Colada

Pink a Colada

Pink-a Colada is a violet leaning pink crelly polish with holographic glitters in lime green, light blue and pink.  I used 3 thin coats for these photos.

Pink a Colada macro

Dust In The Bottle

Dust In A Bottle

Dust In The Bottle is a holographic glitter top coat with micro fine glitter in a clear base.  I used 1 coat over Lei It Again.

Dust In A Bottle Macro

Take The Punny and Run

Take the Punny and Run

I want to start by saying that chrome color shifting flakies and I don’t always get along.  They also reflect more or less color shifting depending on your lighting, angle, and things of that nature, so for each ultra chrome flake polish I have 3 different photos.

Take The Punny And Run travels from fuchsia to lime green with shades of gold and copper between.  I used 3 coats for full coverage.

Take the Punny and Run macro

Take the Punny and Run full

Pros and Bronze

Pros and Bronze

Pros And Bronze is our gold toned flake polish with subtle shifts to warm bronze and orange with hints of green at extreme angle.  I used 3 coats for these photos.

Pros and Bronze macro

Take the Punny and Run full

Green Weaver

Green Weaver

Green Weaver shifts from a rosy pink, to an apple green, this shifting shade also shows hints of purple at extreme angles.  i used 3 coats for these photos.

Green Weaver Macro

Green Weaver full

She’s Beyond Kelp!

She's Beyond Kelp

She’s Beyond Kelp! goes from lime green to blue, She’s Beyond Kelp! picks up shades of grass green and aqua at different angles.  I used 3 coats for these photos.

She's Beyond Kelp macro

She's Beyond Kelp full

Moody Hues

Moody Hues

Moody Hues has rich jewels tones in purple and blue showing off hints of copper at extreme angles.  I used 3 coats for these photos.

Moody Hues macro

Moody Hues full

Look On The Nightside

Look On The Nightside

Look At The Nightside is my favorite of the ultra chromes!  This shifting shade goes from a rich green, to a violet purple, and offers hints of royal blue.  I used 3 coats for these photos.

Look On The Nightside macro

Look On The Nightside full

Whew… almost done.. you all still with me?



Foiled is the first of 4 silver flake shades, and the smallest.  Foiled is a micro silver flake shade and I only needed 2 coats for these photos.

Foiled macro



R-E-F-L-E-C-T is the next size up in silver flakies.  I needed 2 coats for almost full coverage.  I kind of liked the patched together look it gave though.


That’s Ore Like It!

That's Ore Like It

That’s Ore Like It! is the next sized up silver flake polish and my favorite of the 4.  I used 3 coats for these photos and used the dabbing method on the 3rd coat to “fill in the blank space” as much as possible.

That's Ore Like It macro

Sterling Example

Sterling Example

Sterling Example is the largest of the silver metallic flake polishes.  I actually prefer this as 1 coat layered over a color, but showed it as 3 coats on it’s own.

Sterling Example Macro

KBShimmer Nail Art

Whats a few more photos anyway?

I did 2 looks with some of the shades in the Summer Collection!

Swirl Design

Nail Art

For this look I used 2 coats of Alloy Matey! and top coated.  Then I applied Swirl Vinyl Nail Decals from the KBShimmer Shop and added 1 coat of In Yacht Water over it.  Pulled the decals off and top coated to seal it in.

Nail Art macro



I also did a Summer gradient using Rum Me The Right Way and Bahama Drama with a topping of Dust In The Bottle!


Whew!  That’s a LONG post and all 28 shades in the new KBShimmer Summer 2015 collection.  Since there are so many – I’m going to bunch them up in my overview:

The Cremes – overall, great colors but some minor self leveling issues and most needed 3 coats to avoid patchy areas.  These are described as “faded” neons which also reminds me of pastel like neons.  They do apply like pastels and take some care, but the color outcome is vibrant and beautiful.

Ultra Chrome Flakies & Silver Flakes – Loved these.  Application was easy and they can be used over existing base colors or 3 times on their own for full coverage.  I prefer these as 1 coat over a base color, but did full coverage in my post to get more of a color shift range to show in the photos.

Glitter Toppers & Glitter Crellies – I found all of these to be of typical KBShimmer fashion.  Easy to apply, good glitter distribution and nice pigmentation.  The only one to watch out a bit for is Shell Shock since it is sheerer than others and if you are a 2 coat and done girl, this one may not be for you.

The Holos – Last but not least, the 2 holo micro glitters and lone linear holo.  Fabulous as always and all 3 had great coverage.  As with most micro glitters, Alloy Matey! and Sun & Games may require the foil method for removal.

Price: $7.50 – $10.75 each

Where To Buy: KBShimmer Website and Harlow & Co

Release Date: May 15th, 2015

KBShimmer Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

Did you have any favorites from this collection?  Any you plan on grabbing?

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Polish & Plates April 22, 2015 - 2:21 pm

Great swatches and a wonderful overview. I can’t even imagine how long this too you to swatch, photograph, edit and post! Those chrome flakies are really calling to me! And I may need one of those silver flakies – I have something similar in both categories from Mystic Muse already. Again – fantastic post!

Lisa Heath April 22, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Thank you so much! It was definitely a fun, but time consuming collection!

Manna April 22, 2015 - 2:44 pm

You are the swatch queen Lisa!! I’ll definitely be picking up the cremes.

Lisa Heath April 22, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Thanks Manna!

Allison @Never Say Die Beauty April 22, 2015 - 3:16 pm

How lucky to have all 28! There are at least 15 that I would love to have. So many pretties, but then kbShimmer!

Lisa Heath April 22, 2015 - 3:54 pm

KBShimmer puts out some gorgeous colors and while some think 28 is too many at once… I’m thinking “Bring it on..”

Jessica April 22, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Way to go on the monster swatching job!! I hope your fingers are feeling okay. :P I really love the look of the glitters and the cremes, not sure about the flakies though.

Lisa Heath April 22, 2015 - 3:53 pm

My fingers hold up like a champ!

ColorMeSoCrazy April 22, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Holy swatch-a-thon! I like a lot of these. They are so fresh and so summery!

Lisa Heath April 22, 2015 - 3:53 pm

It was quite the swatch-a-thon. Luckily my boyfriend understands and had Starbucks waiting for me after I put my son to bed so I had that boost to get through it all!

Carleen April 22, 2015 - 4:04 pm

Wow! That was a lot of swatching!!!

Ameerah@ValiantlyVarnished April 22, 2015 - 5:21 pm

This collection is divine! I kept thinking I had a favorite and them I’d scroll down and see another amazing color! The flakies are amazing!

Anastasia April 22, 2015 - 6:28 pm

holy moly, girl you went all out with these swatches! I love so many of these!

MarciaF April 22, 2015 - 8:06 pm

What are you wading for is fabulous. I especially love KBShimmer’s holos and can’t get enough of them.
You did a fabulous job swatching all of these. This is an excellent resource for all of us nail polish lovers.

Andrea April 22, 2015 - 8:08 pm

The mirror-like polishes are so fun! This is such a great collection! I really like the bright colors best.

komal April 22, 2015 - 8:09 pm

awesome blossom
how can I buy this

Kath TheFabZilla April 22, 2015 - 9:10 pm

I love your nail art!!!! This collection is definitely summer-licious!

Nidia - Lit From Within April 22, 2015 - 9:30 pm

What a great, comprehensive review! I love the chrome and silver flakie polishes. Take the Punny and Run has to be mine! Your beautiful swatches make me want them all, though.

Painted Fingertips April 22, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Those two microglitters are stunning!

Erika April 22, 2015 - 11:57 pm

Your swatches are gorgeous and I want all of the polishes. This is a beautiful collection.

Lothwen April 23, 2015 - 1:39 am

Yeah…. I think I need all of these. Your swatches have me drooling, lol!

Renu April 23, 2015 - 2:48 am

28 polishes? That must have taken a bit of time! I am loving Sarong Place, Sarong Time and Vitamin Sea – nice name LOL.

Clare April 23, 2015 - 3:33 am

Gorgeous swatches! I am a sucker for KBS and want them all if only pocket could allow! How does Alloy Matey compare to Dif Dim’s Big Bang? Thanks!

Marisa - Hey, Darling Polish April 23, 2015 - 3:59 am

Wow. This post is absolutely incredible! All of these polishes look amazing!!

Amber April 23, 2015 - 4:14 am

What a beautiful collection! I’m loving the neons especially. Thanks for all the work you put into the swatches. :)

Kim April 23, 2015 - 6:08 am

All of these are pretty. It’s hard to choose a favorite, but I do love Bahama Drama

Jess Scull April 23, 2015 - 6:51 am

My cuticles hurt just looking at this post LOL – Beautiful swatches.. This is such a great Summer collection from Christy!

Roselynn April 23, 2015 - 7:31 am

I am probably going to skip the flakies, but all those cremes and glitters must be mine! I am so ready to fling my wallet at KB Shimmer indefinitely.

Deborah April 23, 2015 - 7:46 am

Lisa, I applaud you for doing such a massive swatch post! Your photo;s look great and consistent, nice job! My favorite shade must be What Are You Wading For? though I like all the cremes as well.

Honeygirlk April 23, 2015 - 9:53 am

I have reflect and that’s ore like it on my list… I love them :) Your swatches have me swooning!

Simona April 23, 2015 - 12:31 pm

There are so many finishes and colours in this collection! Everyone can find something for her liking I guess! I have eyed more than one for sure!

Laura MyNewestAddiction April 23, 2015 - 12:48 pm

They are all gorgeous but Lei It Again is amazing.

BeautyJudy April 23, 2015 - 1:07 pm

Great swatches, Lisa! This is such a beautiful, robust collection!!!

Shelby Lou Nails April 23, 2015 - 4:11 pm

I appreciate this monster KBShimmer post so much, thank you! I am plotting my purchase, this is gonna be a toughie.

Cindy (Prime Beauty) April 23, 2015 - 6:12 pm

What a huge collection. Love,love, love the gradient!!

Nicole C April 23, 2015 - 9:32 pm

Oh man, I can’t imagine the time and effort behind this post! Amazing job!!! I want so many of these, and I plan on blaming you when my bank account suffers ;)

Kendra April 24, 2015 - 7:54 am

For Sale by Owner is beautiful!

Jenny Gilmore April 25, 2015 - 11:44 am

What an amazing post Lisa! Your swatches are fantastic! I have only gotten to swatch a few of these so far, but I’m diving head first into them tonight! Your post has me so excited to get started!

Valesha from Peachy Polish April 28, 2015 - 11:41 am

Girl, you are on it! You got these swatched so fast and WITH nail art too! Are you kidding! So amazing. You captured these so nicely!

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