NARS Dark Room, Shutter, Wrong Turn Nail Polish

Here are the last three shades from the upcoming nail collaboration between 3.1 Phillip Lim and NARS (official info here). If you missed the other posts, check here and here. In general, I find NARS’ lacquer formula to be underrated–it’s really quite good, both in terms of color payoff, consistency, as well as with respect to wear. I usually get seven to ten days of wear with very minor tip wear out of this formula.

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NARS Dark Room, Shutter, Wrong Turn Nail Polishes
NARS Nail Polish Dark Room
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
98%
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MAC Rebel, Sour Cherry, Shirelle Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is the brand’s latest nail polish formula that is supposed to be brand new. The bottle looks the same as before with a black, rubberized cap and clear glass bottle in a cylindrical shape. MAC has widened the brush that uses what seems like (at least to me) finer strands, because I definitely noticed an improvement in application across the board. I didn’t have any wear issues with MAC’s formula in the past, but the polishes often looked streaky and uneven, and the bristles of the brush just seemed too sharply cut or too thick, contributing to streakiness. The brush is wider but not too wide; it fits well on the nail, even my pinky nail, and you can press and flatten it across the nail so that it splays out and you can get almost coverage across the entire nail in one stroke. (This, of course, will vary depending on the width of your nail bed.) I’ve tested seven shades for wear, and they all lasted seven days with minor tip wear for me, which is the norm for me–almost nothing chips on me.

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MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Rebel
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%
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NARS Anarchy, Gold Viper, Insidious Nail Polish

Here are three more shades from the upcoming nail collaboration between 3.1 Phillip Lim and NARS (official info here). If you missed the first three, check this post. In general, I find NARS’ lacquer formula to be underrated–it’s really quite good, both in terms of color payoff, consistency, as well as with respect to wear. I usually get seven to ten days of wear with very minor tip wear out of this formula.

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NARS Anarchy, Gold Viper, Insidious Nail Polishes
NARS Nail Polish Anarchy
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
91%
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Cult Nails Spring Radiance Collection

Cult Nails Radiance Collection includes three, limited edition shades. They can be purchased individually for $12.00 each, or you can use code TEMPTALIA12 to buy all three for $24. Alluring and Radiance were both nice shades that were easy to apply and had great end results, but Thrive’s thick consistency made it difficult to work with. It was the shade I was most excited about (personally–I love all things mint green at the moment), and as pretty as it can be, it requires a lot of effort and patience.

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Cult Nails Spring Radiance Collection
Cult Nails Nail Lacquer Alluring
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
99%
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MAC Gold Pearl, Green Pearl, Pink Pearl Top Coat Nail Lacquers

MAC Gold Pearl Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as “sheer gold pearl transformer.” It’s a sheer, gold-shimmered polish with a warm, yellow-tinged base and fine, gold pearl shimmer. It makes nails look almost metallic, because the shimmer is quite fine and creates “threads” of shimmer that are somewhat visible (depends on the angle). The consistency is slightly thick but manageable during application. I tried one coat over Impassioned, which is a bright coral, and it warmed it up, lightened the color, and added shimmer. The way the two worked together was nice–it didn’t look like an overlay of shimmer, it was as if the two were really one, which is a great effect. It’s not much of a duochrome, as it is just gold and golder, though it almost looks a bit like a duochrome in the bottle.

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MAC Green Pearl over Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer Top Coat Gold Pearl
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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NARS Hell-Bent, Other Side, Crossroads Nail Polish

This July, NARS is releasing a collection of nail polishes in collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim (official info here). With these, NARS has introduced a wider brush (compared to the last polish I tried from NARS, which was in April), though the bottle size and shape have stayed the same. The bottles for this collection have the designer’s logo printed on the front as well. In general, I find NARS’ lacquer formula to be underrated–it’s really quite good, both in terms of color payoff, consistency, as well as with respect to wear. I usually get seven to ten days of wear with very minor tip wear out of this formula.

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NARS Hell-Bent, Other Side, Crossroads Nail Polishes
NARS Nail Polish Hell-Bent
A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
100%
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