KB Shimmer - Better Lake Than Never | Swatches & Review


Hiya guys! I have been feeling very depressed the past week or so, more than normal unfortunately. I can't quite point my finger on it, but it's been an overwhelming kind of feeling. Hence been slowing down on posting a bit last week. I wanted to have a day where I could turn my brain off and have fun with polish - without worrying about deadlines and such. So I dug through my untried pile and pulled out a few that I have been dying to review. For today I'm sharing swatches for Better Lake Than Never by KB Shimmer, which is a collaboration shade with fellow nail blogger Alicia from Delicious Nails. An amazing brand and my ultimate nail crush working together on a polish? Yeah, take my money! From the second I saw this shade on Instagram I knew I had to have it, but adulting sucks and I had to wait until Black Friday to finally snag it. Without further ado, let's get to the swatches!

KB Shimmer - Better Lake Than Never | Swatches & Review

Better Lake Than Never by KB Shimmer is still available for purchase individually and as part of the Fall 2017 Collaboration Collection. Each full-size 15mL shade retails for $9.25 and the entire 14-piece collection can be purchased for $120.

KB Shimmer - Better Lake Than Never
KB Shimmer - Better Lake Than Never

Better Lake Than Never can be described as a rich jewel toned teal leaning blue, filled with holo glow flakes that accent a strong turquoise shimmer that makes this polish shine bright. You know the saying a picture is worth a thousand words? Well a brush stroke of this polish is worth a million gasps. To say it's stunning is by far an understatement. There is tons of dimension thanks to the flakes and the shimmer that runs across the rich tones of blue. I've always been a fan of blue hued polishes (no surprise there) because of how well they play off my skin-tone. It just feels like one of those rare colors that any skin-tone can wear and it'll look amazing.

KB Shimmer - Better Lake Than Never
KB Shimmer - Better Lake Than Never

The formula has a sheer application that builds-up evenly for full coverage. It has a nice balanced consistency, not too thick or too thin. Perfect distribution of the flakes across the nail, no clumping whatsoever. Very smooth and easy to work with for layering. Probably could have got away with just two coats, but I wanted a bit more sparkle and richness. It dries down to a smooth high-shine finish on its own. I experienced no staining on removal to my cuticles or my nail beds after a few hours of wear-time. I cannot begin to tell you how floored I am by that, I seriously expected at least a bit to my cuticles but nothing! Mind you I did test this without a basecoat as well. Shown in two to three coats and sealed with a glossy topcoat.

KB Shimmer - Better Lake Than Never

Overall... do I really need to tell you? It's a definite must-have that needs to be in every polish collection! By far one of my favorite polishes in my entire collection and one of those rare ones that I feel the need to buy a back-up for. I wish I would have thought to matte the finish because I bet it looks amazing with the flakes. That aside, it's really stunning and I hope KB Shimmer releases more of these jewel-toned glowing flake finishes. I know there was the Summer 2017 Collection, but none of the colors seemed to have that popping almost duo shimmer action like with this one. Maybe I'm just too in love with this particular shade, haha. But tell me guys, has this shade found its way into your collection? What do you think of it? Let me know down in the comments!

To recap, Better Lake Than Never by KB Shimmer is still available for purchase individually and as part of the Fall 2017 Collaboration Collection. Each full-size 15mL shade retails for $9.25 and the entire 14-piece collection can be purchased for $120.

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  1. Gorgeous! KB shimmer does make so many pretty polishes :)

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