KBShimmer Blue Topaz Swatches & Review

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Swatches & Review

For my first manicure of 2016, I decided to share with you the nail polish I wore to ring in the New Year: KBShimmer Blue Topaz from the Birthstone Collection! (I ended up wearing it for a few days straight.)

KBShimmer Blue Topaz represents the December birthstone, and that’s partially why I chose it as my New Year’s Eve manicure. The other reason was that I associate blue with “New Year.” Also, the saying ‘something old, something new, and something blue’ popped into my mind.

In the bottle, KBShimmer Blue Topaz is magnificent, and I was curious to see how it would translate onto the nails. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed! It’s so glitzy on the nails – a true celebratory polish!

In person, it dazzles like the Stars on Ice show, but it posed quite the challenge to photograph because it’s very reflective. This is one of those polishes that looks a hundred times even more brilliant in person!

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Pictures

KBShimmer Birthstone Collection Blue Topaz

Artificial Light

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Swatch & Review

Natural Light

KBShimmer Blue Topaz

Artificial Light

Blue Topaz KBShimmer

Natural Light

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Birthstone Collection

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Swatches

All swatches have:

    • OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener – Maintenance version (Used as a base coat)
    • 2 coats of KBShimmer Blue Topaz
    • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Artificial Light Photos

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Swatches & Review

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Swatch

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Swatches

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Review

Natural Light Photos

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Swatches Swatch

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Swatches Birthstone Swatch

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Swatch Swatches

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Swatch Birthstone Swatches


  • Icy blue (Yes)
  • Metallic flakes (Yes)
  • Hint of holographic dust (Yes)
  • Shines indoors and outdoors (Yes)

Key Notes

  • Name: KBShimmer Blue Topaz
  • Collection: KBShimmer Birthstone Collection
  • Colours Available in the Collection: Garnet, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Diamond, Emerald, Black Pearl, Ruby, Peridot, Sapphire, Pink Tourmaline, Citrine & Blue Topaz
  • Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • Retail Price: $11 CAD
  • Disclosure: This was provided as a press sample by Harlow & Co.
  • Where to Buy: KBShimmer’s website & Harlow & Co.

KBShimmer Blue Topaz Review


Blue Topaz by KBShimmer is an icy blue that has enough blue that it won’t get mistaken for silver. Although, when the light hits your nails, there’s a flash of silver, and it’s this element that helps make the manicure almost interactive!

Although you could wear any polish regardless of the season, I associate this colour with the winter because it has a chilly vibe. How appropriate, since Blue Topaz is December’s birthstone.


Wow, there’s so much complexity to Blue Topaz by KBShimmer! At the heart, the finish is an intense metallic flakey, but on top is a delicate dusting of holographic micro-glitter.

The flakes help create that silver flash I mentioned earlier, and the rainbow holographic bits add a fun and subtle touch of ‘fairy dust.’

The surface of the nail feels very smooth and not sharp or gritty because the flakes lay flat.

Application & Formula

I was excited to see that the formula, despite being a smorgasbord of sparkle, went on smoothly and easily. It wasn’t thick, and I didn’t have to work hard to get it to apply evenly. Also, it was exceptionally pigmented with a single coat, although I followed through with a second coat.

Since the polish is full of so much dazzling sparkle, even when you apply a shiny top coat, it doesn’t enhance it. Even solo, it’s a star!


  • Icy blue with silver flash
  • Metallic flakes
  • Holographic micro-glitter
  • Incredibly sparkly, even without a shiny top coat
  • Nails feel smooth
  • Applies easily
  • Very pigmented


  • If you don’t shop online, KBShimmer nail polishes can be tricky to get your hands on

Final Verdict: 10/10

Since I painted the first nail, I was smitten by KBShimmer Blue Topaz from the Birthstone Collection! It is such a showstopper and conversation starter, and if you’re celebrating your birthday or any other special occasion, this is a really fun one to wear!

What’s your birthstone? Do you like the colour of your birthstone? If you could switch your birthstone to another, which would it be?


12 thoughts on “KBShimmer Blue Topaz Swatches & Review

  1. Melissa

    This is a very pretty color and it looks great on you. This would be perfect for a lot of winter themed nail designs. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      It was incredible how much it reflects the light. Haha, when I took photos with some artificial lights set up, it nearly blinded me! 😉

  2. Cat

    Hi Mary! I can’t wait to get my bottle of this! I hope you’ll be reviewing the other shades in this collection, too. =)

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Cat!

      I have three other shades from this collection, and I plan to share more on here, whether it’s a full review or a nail-art preview.

  3. Michaela

    This is like if you put Queen Elsa’s dress on your nails! My birthstone is peridot, not my favorite green but I’ll take it!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Michaela!

      Very well said – great description! Queen Elsa would surely approve of this wintry shade!

      Peridot is a nice green. It always reminds me of the spring and renewal.

  4. Desiree

    My birthstone is Opal, but so many replace October in their lineup with Pink Tourmaline…. ugh. If it weren’t for that, I’d be tempted to buy the entire collection!

  5. Nailtastic

    Looks amazing on you! So happy I ordered the whole collection, can’t wait to see them IRL. It’s been a long time since I’ve been so excited about an entire collection. 🙂

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Nailtastic!

      Wow, 12 brilliant nail polishes are heading your way – ENJOY!

      I’m sure that when they arrive, your eyes will turn to hearts because they are even more sparkly in person and on the nails than photos can ever show!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Lizzy!

      It made my jaw drop when I first saw it in the bottle. But, of course, the real test is seeing how it looks on the nail. I wasn’t disappointed. It makes your nails look like a million blue diamonds sparkling brilliantly! 🙂


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