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Monday, December 15, 2014

KBShimmer Mars-ala: Pantones Color of the Year 2015 - Swatches, Review and Press Release

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Today I have swatches AND a Press Release at the same time for KBShimmer's new Men Are From Mars-ala!

Men Are From Mars-ala

I will have full swatches and review at the end, but first, the press release...

Continued after the jump...

KBShimmer Launches “Men are from Mars-ala”
The perfect way to nail Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year!
Celebrate the New Year and Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year with KBShimmer! “Men are from Mars-ala” is an earthy, red-brown shade that will make a fresh new addition to any neutral nail palette. Worn outdoors or in bright light, Men are from Mars-ala features a linear holographic and when indoors, this shade is rich and warm – just like a glass of Marsala wine should be!


Men are from Mars-ala’s luxurious formula applies like a dream and dries to a shiny, holographic finish. Wear it with a matte top coat for an ultra-modern look or a high-shine one for something a little more classic. Just make sure you don’t get caught without this year’s Color of the Year!

Each KBShimmer bottle will retail for $8.75 on the website, For sales outside the U.S., visit

KBShimmer products can be found at their site here. For sales outside of the US visit Harlow & Co here

KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by the husband and wife team of Jason and Christy Rose.  KBShimmer offers unique and colorful nail glitter nail polishes that are Big 3 Free, with all glitter formulas being completely free of chemicals such as toluene, form aldehyde, form aldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).  KBShimmer glitter polishes feature a flat glitter-grabbing brush for easy application.. KBShimmer also offers a 2-free quick dry polish topcoat, olive oil lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, cold process soaps, and other skin care products. 

If you would like more information about KBShimmer, contact Christy Rose by emailing her here or visiting their site here.


And now here are my swatches and thoughts...

If you read my post here, you already learned my thoughts on Marsala as Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015.

I think it's going to be a great staple - a base to provide a nice contrast for your own favorite POP of color. I also think it can go wrong easily. By "go wrong" I mean, for me, turn into 70s and 80s "mom shades" easily. So how to you make sure it doesn't? Make it a HOLO OF COURSE!

Men Are From Mars-ala is an earthy, red-clay version of a brown-based burgundy with a strong linear holo. The formula and application were geat - no issues at all. Creamy and smooth - two coats and no top coat for the photos. Dries to a great shine.


And what does it look like matte? Well let's look!

 I actually think it's a pretty sexy look with a matte top coat.


What do you think? I do actually think the linear holo makes all the difference in a shade like this, making it wearable for most skin tones. I personally like the shade, even if it were just a creme - or matted. But that holo definitely makes sure it's 2015 and not 1982.

Purchasing information above in the press release but Mars-ala makes its debut January 1, mark your calendars!

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  1. LOVE this! Definitely on my wish list!

  2. I wasn't excited for this year's color but this polish certainly has me rethinking things. Stunning swatches as always. <3

  3. Hi Sheila, those of us old enough to remember 1982 (ahem...) certainly appreciate your input as to how to NOT look old-fashioned when wearing Marsala. I enjoy this holo take on the color and am excitedly looking forward to seeing what all the different polish companies come up with for the color of 2015.

  4. Hahaha! I was already GROWN in 1982, so I'm lumping myself in there too!


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