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Jan 04 2016

KBShimmer Birthstone Collection

Disclosure: Press Sample. See bottom for details.

KBshimmer birthstones collection swatches and review on BeautyJudy

My mother hates her birthstone. HATES it. She’s a November baby, so her birthstone is Citrine.

But I’m pretty sure that if my mother saw Citrine, from the KBShimmer Birthstones collection, that she would change her mind pretty quickly and fall in love!

The crew at KBS has released 12 polishes inspired by the birthstones associated with each month of the year; known for their powerful link to zodiac signs, birthstones have long been celebrated as jewels that evoke certain feelings and traits when worn during its correlating month.

“We’re big on personality here at KBShimmer and feel your style – especially your manicure – should represent exactly who you are,” Christy Rose, founder of KBShimmer, said in a press release.

These polishes have a lot of dimension and glitz to them, it was hard to capture! Let’s get started!

Oh, and so that I’m not constantly repeating myself – ALL of these beauties are loaded with metallic flakes and what KBShimmer describes as a “hint” of holographic dust! Also – all of my swatches are two coats!

Garnet

KBshimmer Garnet birthstones collection swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Garnet is described as a deepened burgundy red polish. It’s a great deep winter hue. January babies have a beautiful new way to wear their birth month pride!

Amethyst

KBshimmer Amethyst birthstones collection swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Amethyst is a rich red-toned purple. February babies, rejoice! KBShimmer did right by you! I have a bit of a personal connection to the amethyst; my grandmother – a December baby – wore an amethyst ring for years, believing in the protective properties of the stone. I can see that ring clear as day in my mind, and love the idea of an Amethyst nail polish to remember it by.

Aquamarine

KBshimmer Aquamarine birthstones collection swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Aquamarine is a pale blue polish. This is one of my favorite polishes in the collection – blue is my favorite color and this is such a glitzy variation on a light blue. I think this will make a perfect addition to the birthday gift I will send my best friend, a March baby!

Diamond

KBshimmer Diamond birthstones collection swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Diamond is a pale silver polish that sparkles and shines out of control. Who else is jealous of April babies, having the diamond as their birthstone?!

Emerald

KBshimmer Emerald birthstones collection swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Emerald is a rich, grass green polish; this is a bit blurred because I wanted you to see the opacity, and the holo, and the sometimes foil appearance of the polishes. I didn’t always love my birthstone – I choose a blue holographic stone for my high school class ring when everyone else chose their birthstone – but I’ve really come to love it over the years and KBShimmer made this May birthday girl happy!

Black Pearl

KBshimmer Black Pearl birthstones collection swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Black Pearl is a dusty black-toned polish with holo sparkle. It is loaded with metallic flakes like the others but it takes on a golden hue, giving this polish a warm, blackened green look. It’s stunning and dimensional. When I had the baby this past June, I looked up the birthstone for her, and turns out there’s THREE! Pearl, Moonstone and Alexandrite. I have a new pearl necklace that the baby (aka, my husband, haha) gave me for Christmas. What a complement the black pearl polish will be!

Ruby

KBshimmer Ruby birthstones collection swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Ruby is a warm blue-toned red. I’ve always thought red is such a color of strength and confidence. i remember a time in the polish community when a red, holographic polish was hard to come by. Well, we’ve arrived, and we’ve arrived for the July babies!

Peridot

KBshimmer Peridot birthstones collection swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Peridot is a pale lime green. I confess, Peridot was always MY least favorite of the birthstones. But you add a little holo and sparkle and it’s fantastic.August babies should be pleased!

Sapphire

KBshimmer Sapphire birthstones collection swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Sapphire is a rich navy-leaning blue. This September birthstone polish is another of my collection favorites. It’s rich pigmention coupled with the glitz is really pretty.

Pink Tourmaline

KBshimmer Pink Tourmaline birthstones collection swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Pink Tourmaline is a vibrant pink; appropriate for October babies, and coincidentally Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is another of my favorites.

Citrine

KBshimmer Citrine birthstones collection swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Citrine is a golden yellow – I really think my mom, the November baby, would love this version of her birthstone. She might not wear it – she’s more of a marsala kind of gal – but she’d like it.

Blue Topaz

KBshimmer Blue Topaz birthstones collection swatches and review on BeautyJudy

Blue Topaz is an icy blue polish that reminds me of Elsa and “Frozen!” I’m dying to do a gradient with Aquamarine, Blue Topaz and Sapphire! Cheers, to the December babies – you have a beautiful birthstone!

Overall, these were easy to apply. Opaque in two coats. No complaints on formula, brushes or wear. Removal was NOT like removing glitter. It’s flake removal. So I did get little metallic pieces left on my cuticles and the skin around my nails after removing with a cotton ball and a mild acetone remover. I wore Ruby and Emerald, for a few days each, and they wore well.

Birthstone Promotion

KBShimmer is also running a promotion right MEOW! Twelve people who purchase from the collection will win a birthstone jewelry piece purchased from JewelryTV.

For each month’s polish purchased between January 1 and January 8, you will earn a chance to win a corresponding birthstone jewelry item as pictured in the listing. This contest is only open for purchases made on KBShimmer.com. Contest items cannot be exchanged for different sizes or prizes.

So for example, purchase Garnet and you get a chance to win the garnet necklace as show in the listing! Disclaimer, each jewelry piece was purchased by KBShimmer, and this contest is not sponsored or affiliated with JewelryTV.

The Birthstones collection is available now here on KBShimmer.com (linking here because of the promotion!), Amazon.com, select salons and retailers for $8.75 a piece. For sales outside the U.S., check out HarlowandCo.org.

Are you going to pick any up? What’s YOUR birthstone and what do you think of it’s representation here?!

Disclaimer: I received the collection from the PR Firm/Manufacturer for honest consideration. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!