Oct 122011

Last month, Chanel released a limited edition set of nail polishes for Fashion’s Night Out (reviewed here).  Chanel’s blue-themed colors, in Coco Blue, Blue Boy and Blue Rebel sold for $29 each, bringing the total over $100 for all three ($87 without shipping or tax).  Last week, Nubar released the Nubar Jeans Collections at $19 for the set of three.  Each Nubar shade is a variant of the initials “NJC,” after the name of the collection– “NJC1,” for the lightest, “NJC2” for the medium blue and “NJC3” for the deepest shade.  Cafe Makeup decided to do a comparison.

Another picture, different lighting:

NC1 and Chanel Coco Blue are the lightest shades in each collection, and each has a pearly texture:

This close up show the pearl texture of each:

On nails, you can see a slight color difference:

The medium blue shade is Nubar’s NJC2 and Chanel Blue Boy.  This color has no shimmer, and is a slightly translucent creme:

You can see a slight color difference between the two shades:

On nails:

The deepest shade is Nubar NJC3 and Chanel Blue Rebel:

Close up, you can see that the texture of these is quite similar:

On nails:

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Nubar Jean Collection polishes.  They work well, are easy to apply and gave me no problems with two coats.  For $19, I think that they’re a steal.  As these pictures show, there are some subtle differences between Nubar and Chanel’s precise colors and textures.  Whether the difference warrants paying more for the Chanel is really an individual beauty-lover’s decision.

Nubar’s polish set is available for sale here (careful, shipping costs can be a little high).  Chanel’s Jeans Collection was limited edition and is no longer for sale.

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  18 Responses to “Jeans Collection Nail Polish: Chanel v. Nubar Comparison”

  1. I paid $87 plus tax (29 x 3) for Chanel’s Jeans collection, not “over $100.”

  2. Umm.. just so you know Amy, that was not a comment from me – I would not be so sharp in a comment and I don’t want you to think all the “Ninas” are the same!

    • No worries! Actually I do not at all mind the comment. My math was off! I do learn so much from my readers. Actually I think Cafe Makeup readers are remarkable! We love you all Nina!

  3. They look pretty similar in the picture (and did I mention these blues go well with the graph paper you used as background?) and I think I prefer the nubar bottles (where there isn’t a peel-able part that tempts me).

  4. They are so similar… it just seems kind of wrong that Nubar did that.

    • I agree!!!
      I do appreciate being able to choose among different brands and price points, and I don’t think a brand should appropriate a color or texture of nailpolish, but cloning the exact same colors and finish from a high end release seems like an infringement! It is just wrong.

      It tarnishes both brands, the Chanel (it just highlights the huge markup of that brand for what concerns beauty products) and the Nubar (they come off unoriginal, and not very correct).

  5. While I acknowledge that there is a limited amount of colours a nailpolish can have, pushing a collection like this is just too much I think. Yes, countless of companies have already made a blue nailpolish, but this is not just the colours – it’s the entire concept they’ve taken.

  6. hi amy! i just received an email from ULTA. i believe for $9.95 they have the ” i’ve got the denim blues collection”. it looks very nice. and, it looks like there’s a shade for black denim (?). maybe it’s listed on their website…it’s new and on special. maybe 5 bottles together. could be better than all of the others (?). xo

  7. They are amazingly similar. It may be good for consumers but from Chanel’s point of view…I would be pretty annoyed. I guess you can’t copyright colors or collections tho! On a different-but-related topic will you be reviewing Chanel’s Holiday collection?

  8. OMG! I am soooo glad I didn’t buy Chanel!

  9. LOL! Are you sure the nubar color names are NJC1, NJC2 & NJC3? Those kind of look like their numbers since there are names with all of them on the link you gave. :/

  10. I agree that there are only so many colours and that lots of polish companies copy colours. But this is just a blatant and total STEAL of an entire collection/theme/set and is just wrong to me. And while most people who have heard me say this say that those who would have bought Chanel will not be tempted by the Nubar set, I dont buy it. I think a lot of people might have bought at least one Chanel and will now go for Nubar instead. Nubar has forever lost my business. Integrity of a company is important to me, and they obviously lack it.

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