Mar 09 2018

KBShimmer’s new Launch Party Collection Celebrates Sleek, Sophisticated Rebranding!

Disclaimer: PR samples, see bottom.

Welcome to the “Launch Party” of the newly rebranded KBShimmer, everyone!

KBShimmer has been working for a long time on how to update and grow their brand through image, mission and even scents for their body products! That work is finally revealed this week as the brand celebrates its holographic, new sophisticated look and meaning with the Launch Party collection of eight magnetic nail polishes and one scattered holo top coat!

Magnetic polish is a first for the brand, and it does not disappoint.

This post is going to be very picture heavy! First, let’s get a closer look at these pretties!

For separate sale on the website, you can also pick up a KBShimmer magnet, shown in front of the polishes here.

Left to right: Spaced Out, Orbits and Pieces, You Rocket My World, Let’s Do Launch and No Comet.

Left to right: Solar Flair, Just a Phase, A Star is Formed, Thrust Issues.

The magnet sells separately for $3, if you don’t buy the entire collection in the bundle offer – you can buy the set of polishes including the magnet and the beautiful duochrome makeup bag featured in the top photo of the post for $90.

KBShimmer also put together instructions for using their magnetic polishes, which I followed:

Let’s jump right into swatches! All of them are shown in two coats, with the exception of A Star is Formed, which is one coat over the polishes.

I’ll do shots of each individual polish, then a photo or two of each with A Star is Formed over it!

Spaced Out:

With A Star is Formed over it:

Spaced Out multichrome is full of flipping pigment. Purple and pink hues give way to shades of green blues and in photos an almost silver color appears. This was one of the first I swatched, and while I held the magnet the appropriate amount of time, my magnetic designs are much broader across the nail and reveal a more multichromatic look than magnetic cat’s eye – but you’ll see I’ll get better at this as I go along. I contemplated redoing my swatches, but I decided it was best to share my true experience as a user.

I did two coats of Spaced Out, and topped it with one coat of A Star is Formed, which delivers quite a pack of micro holo flake “flare,” as opposed to linear effect, in one coat!

Orbits and Pieces

A Star is Formed over Orbits and Pieces:

Again, early as I tried to use the magnet – being careful to watch whether I touched the magnet to the surface of the nail for 30 seconds – I found that the design I created was not the look I ultimately wanted.

But, Orbits and Pieces is a gorgeous duohcrome in a vibrant magenta pink hue that shifts to a blue-toned purple, creating a glowy nail experience. It’s otherworldly with A Star is Formed on top. Although pretty in the two coats shown, I think I would have preferred using three coats with this polish, and centering my magnet more.

Thrust Issues

With A  Star is Formed over it:

Thrust Issues has such a cool cat-eye look to it! It’s billed as a multichrome shade with a range of yellows, gold and oranges that dance like flames on nails. I could not get the oranges to come out and play, though! I used two coats.

I love how the holo topper gives it another, outer space dimension!

Let’s Do Launch

With A Star is Formed over it:

Let’s Do Launch is another gorgeous multichrome magnetic polish that shifts soft peach and pinks, lime green, and grass green; the inspiration is behind the colors popular in the 1960s, at a time when families were gathered to see man’s first steps on the moon. Shown here in two coats, it definitely flashes pretty. Also, you can tell I’m getting a bit better with my magnet!

And at this point, I think everything is a bit better with A Star is Formed, amiright?!

Just a Phase

With A Star is Formed on top:

Ok, now I’m REALLY getting a handle on how to position that magnet, and the strong, glowy cat’s eye is coming through! Just a Phase shifts between shades of red, bright pink, gold, green, copper and peach. Sorry about the bad lighting on that second photo – but it really shows off the shift so well!

You Rocket My World

A Star is Formed on top:

You Rocket My World is another multichrome magnetic polish, starting green and shifting through shades of lavender and silver. I had trouble capturing the shift colors in my swatches, but could pick up the lavender a bit in that second photo!

No Comet

With A Star is Formed on top:

No Comet is a duochrome magnetic polish, shifting blue and purple. My swatches were heavy on the blue, although the purple is evident in the bottle. Although I used two coats, you can see through some patches on my nails; I will use three coats when I wear this polish vs. swatch it.

I really love the universal feel of A Star is Formed over No Comet.

Solar Flair

With A Star is Formed on top:

I felt like Solar Flair was one of the prettiest, glowiest magnetic multichrome of the bunch. I hate to keep saying “cat’s eye,” but that’s the cool effect I kept seeing in these polishes! This one shifts gold and yellow to hot oranges and reds. while my swatches predominantely capture the oranges and reds you can see some of the gold/yellow in that first photo!

Again, adding A Star is Formed is the way to go, in my opinion, to add another layer to the cool effect of these polishes!


In the beginning, I was placing my fingers on my knee at an angle, and holding the magnet on another angle above the finger, counting to 30, intently watching the space between the nail and magnet to make sure I didn’t touch the surface.

It’s been a hot minute (read, a few years!) since I experimented with magnetic polishes, so I felt a little rusty.

I loosened up my approach, still using the magnet a little crooked to get a more slanted line on the nail, but holding it straight over the nail for the 30 count. This produced a tighter pattern for me.

A nail blogger, yes I am…but perfect I am not 🙂 I have to say that I have to keep experimenting and perfecting my magnet use on these polishes. They are gorgeous, and just the slightest magnetization creates a broad cat’s eye effect. I remember my first attempts at stamping several years ago. It took me a few messy tries to get my stamps looking good.

I had no trouble with polish application, but did notice on a couple nails that after magnetizing, I had some patches where the polish pooled towards creating the design, and my nails might be better served by a third coat; I noticed this with No Comet and Orbits and Pieces in particular. KBShimmer does specify using two to three coats with these magnetic polishes.

I loved how pigmented A Star is Formed ended up being when it came to holo punch. I love the magnetic polishes on their own but I really feel this kicks it up a notch, especially on some of the darker, more galaxy-feeling polishes like No Comet.

Congratulations to KBShimmer for a gorgeous rebranding as they celebrate their 10th year in business! I really love how it evolves the brand, and I love the clever “Launch Party” theme of their new collection. One of the ways KBShimmer has always stood out to me is through its clever ideas and naming convention. I expected nothing less from the thought and experience of the new look!

This collection is available starting March 15, $10 a piece for the polishes, $3 for the magnet, $90 for the bundle – all on the website and other retailers where KBShimmer is sold!

What do you think of these magnetic multichrome and duochrome polishes?! What do you think about the rebranding?

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

  • Emily Draher • Casual Contrast

    I mean, can KBShimmer do anything wrong!? NO! Love the polishes an love the rebranding!

    • BeautyJudy

      Lmao Emily I don’t think they can!

  • Yvette Price

    I’ve have been eyeing this collection and I NEED solar flair! This is definitely how you celebrate 10 years!

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  • PolishGalore

    I’m so surprised by the rebranding and I hate that my collection will be uneven now but I definitely want that holo topper.

    • BeautyJudy

      I love the way it sorta “grows up” the brand!

  • PrimeBeauty

    I’ve never tried magnetic polish but seeing these I need too!

    • BeautyJudy

      It’s a fun trend!

  • Kristi Vasquez

    Can’t wait to pick this collection up! Love everything KB Shimmer creates!

    • BeautyJudy

      Me too. They really do a great job with their collections – creative and thought-out

  • Kathryne

    This is such a stunning collection

    • BeautyJudy


  • 25 Sweetpeas

    Looks so much better than magnetic polish from a few years ago!

    • BeautyJudy

      Oh my gosh, right? Some of the other bloggers did an amazing job showing the colors these pull

  • Carleen

    I have yet to try magnetic polish. Solar Flare is my fav of your swatches.

    • BeautyJudy

      It’s one of mine too, reminds me of cat’s eye so much!!