Friday, July 11th, 2014

NARS pastorale, Milos, Amarapura Nail Polishes
NARS pastorale, Milos, Amarapura Nail Polishes

Today, I have three of the more metallic-finished polishes from the newly reformulated NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.), which will have a total of 43 permanent shades. The official launch is July 15th, and both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Pastorale Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-copper–it really is rose gold–with a metallic, foil-like finish. There were almost no visible brush strokes, as nearly all of them disappeared once the polish dried. The color was opaque after two coats of polish, and it dried quickly. This shade lasted for seven days with minor tip wear on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm (112) (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, more orange. Estee Lauder Shimmering Bronze (LE, $20.00) is darker. Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life (LE, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Milos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich gold.” It’s a shimmery, buttery yellow gold with a frosted finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and there were very subtle brush strokes–I really only noticed them at angles. The consistency was on the thicker side, and the drying time was longer than any of the other shades I tried, and it was unforgiving if you applied a second coat too quickly. Zoya Kerry (P, $9.00) is yellower. MAC Immortal Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Dior Or Divin (LE, $24.00) is more orange. Chanel Gold Fingers (LE, $27.00) is darker, yellower. ORLY Flare (P, $5.00) is darker. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles (LE, $7.50) is darker, yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Amarapura Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver chrome.” It’s a brightened, medium silver foil with a metallic, foil-like finish. It really looks a lot like tinfoil on the nails! It was fully opaque after two coats, though it was almost opaque after a single coat. The consistency is slightly thin but not problematic, and there are very slight visible brush strokes but most of them disappeared after the polish dried down. Cult Nails Lethal (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery. China Glaze Cheers to You (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

NARS Obscura, Elbrus, Paros Nail Polishes
NARS Obscura, Elbrus, Paros Nail Polishes

NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) has been reformulated and gone through a packaging update with a wider brush (but the bottle and the rest are the same). According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). This is typical wear for me across most formulas, though the tip wear was more noticeable with the new formula than the old one for me. I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Obscura Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lavender charcoal.” It’s a dark, smoky purple-taupe with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had full color coverage in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. The polish lasted seven days on me with minor tip wear on me. NARS Crossroads (LE, $20.00) is darker, richer. Chanel Charivari (603) (P, $27.00) is lighter, warmer. Cult Nails Ms. Conduct (LE, $12.00) is warmer. NARS Manosque (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Festive Finery (LE, $16.00) is purpler, lighter. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $7.50) is lighter. Zoya Petra (P, $9.00) is coler-toned. Essie Smokin’ Hot (LE, $8.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Elbrus Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “plum.” It’s a dark, reddish berry with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage after two coats, and the consistency was slightly thin but not watery or runny. At times, there was a hint of nail line coming through, but most of the time, it appeared opaque. It dried down quickly to a shiny finish without a top coat. I tested this shade for wear, and it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. MAC Dayflower (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Rebel (DC, $16.00) is similar. Chanel Provocation (P, $27.00) is slightly darker, purpler. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is darker. China Glaze Velvet Bow (LE, $7.50) is darker. Zoya Anja (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer. Essie Masquerade Belle (LE, $8.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Paros Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “red brown.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly muted, warm-toned red with a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it dried down to a glossy, high-shine finish faster than average. The consistency was slightly thin but not problematic. Tom Ford Beauty Shameless (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Dangerously Fun (LE, $16.00) is darker. China Glaze Merry Berry (LE, $7.50) is slightly darker. China Glaze Adventure Red-y (LE, $7.50) is similar. Butter London Pillar Box Red (P, $15.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, July 7th, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers
Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers

Zoya’s summer collection, Bubbly, features six shades with holographic sparkle. I reviewed the first three shades here, and this post showcases the remaining three. I’m usually drawn to Zoya’s summer collection, because they have such a magical sparkle to them. This year was no exception in that regard, though opacity was lacking. Two shades were less pigmented than described, and they would need at least three coats or underwear to achieve full coverage. The formula was slightly thin but not watery or difficult to apply, and I had exceptionally good wear out of this finish from Zoya. (Keep in mind, however, that almost nothing chips on me.)

Zoya Alma Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm golden peach metallic.” It’s a brightened, tangerine orange with gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was semi-opaque after two coats, though Zoya describes it as “fully opaque in 2 coats.” It applied evenly, but if you want full color coverage, I would recommend three coats. Zoya Beatrix (P, $9.00) is darker and has a different finish, but it was the closest I could think of. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Harper Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cotton candy pink with a spun gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium cool-toned pink with warm, gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was mostly opaque after two coats, though there was some visible nail line at certain angles/lighting conditions. Zoya describes it as “fully opaque in 2 coats,” though. This shade wore well for ten days with minor tip wear but no chipping. Zoya Binx (P, $9.00) is darker. Formula X Astrolady (P, $12.50) is lighter, less holographic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Jesy Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fiery coral orange metallic holo.” It’s a muted, medium orange-coral with warm undertones, gold shimmer, and holographic sparkle. It was semi-sheer with visible nail line, though Zoya describes these as “fully opaque in 2 coats.” Though it wasn’t as pigmented as anticipated, it didn’t streak when applied. Illamasqua Marquise (P, $17.00) is darker, more opaque, no holographic shimmer. Zoya Tanzy (P, $9.00) is darker, more opaque, no holographic shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers
Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers

Zoya’s summer collection, Bubbly, features six shades with holographic sparkle, and this is a review of three of those shades. I’m usually drawn to Zoya’s summer collection, because they have such a magical sparkle to them. This year was no exception in that regard, though opacity was lacking. Two shades were less pigmented than described, and they would need at least three coats or underwear to achieve full coverage. The formula was slightly thin but not watery or difficult to apply, and I had exceptionally good wear out of this finish from Zoya. (Keep in mind, however, that almost nothing chips on me.)

Zoya Binx Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “spicy orchid purple dappled with gold metallic and holo sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but it had a bit of translucency and visible nail line. Zoya lists the intensity as 3 (with 5 being opaque), but then the description says it has 2-coat coverage and the brand-provided swatch shows opaque color. This shade wore well for almost ten days with minor tip wear when I tested it. Formula X Astrolady (P, $12.50) is lighter. Illamasqua Fire Rose (P, $17.00) is warmer, less holographic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Stassi Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “brilliant citron green with a gold metallic glaze and holographic finish.” It’s a medium, yellow-toned green with gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was semi-sheer after I applied two coats, though the color went on evenly. Zoya lists the intensity as 3 (with 5 being opaque), but then the description says it has 2-coat coverage and the brand-provided swatch shows opaque color. China Glaze This is Tree-mendous (LE, $7.50) is more glittery. Zoya Rikki (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler-toned, different finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Muse Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blue raspberry holographic fizz with a subtle vein of gold.” It’s a medium-dark blue with aqua green and gold shimmer and holographic micro-glitter. It was semi-opaque after two coats, but there was visible nail line. If you want more opaque color, I think you would need three coats. Zoya lists the intensity as 3 (with 5 being opaque), but then the description says it has 2-coat coverage and the brand-provided swatch shows opaque color. This shade wore well for ten days with minor tip wear but no chipping. Revlon Radiant (LE, $4.99) reminded me of the glittery bits but is almost clear in color (more of a top coat). Zoya Maisie (P, $9.00) has similar holographic sparkle but isn’t the same. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer
Essie Too Taboo Collection

Today, I’m reviewing three shades from Essie’s Too Taboo collection, which features six shades of neon. All three I tried dry down to a semi-matte/satin finish–it doesn’t have a really flat, chalky matte finish, but it isn’t shiny or glossy. It reminds me a bit of pleather or vinyl in its dry down, and if you prefer a glossier finish, just add your favorite top coat. These wore without chipping for seven days, but there was slightly more tip wear than average for me. The formula was thin, slightly watery, and two of the shades were harder to work with.

Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “supercharged blue violet.” It’s a muted, bluish-purple with a semi-matte finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats. The formula was slightly watery, so the first coat was streaky, but the second coat covered better and hid the streakiness. Dior Sailor (LE, $24.00) is brighter, bluer. Cult Nails Wack Slacks (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is bluer, darker. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is bluer, darker. Illamasqua Cameo (P, $17.00) is lighter, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essie I’m Addicted Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon aquamarine blue.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with a satin finish. It was semi-opaque after two coats, but it would really need a third for opaque color. The consistency was thin and watery, so the application was streaky. Zoya Rocky (P, $9.00) is lighter, warmer. Essie In the Cab-ana (P, $8.00) is warmer, more aqua. Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. Zoya Phoebe (P, $9.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essie Vices Versa Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “juicy neon lime.” It’s a brightened, light-medium chartreuse with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. This one was semi-sheer after two coats, and even three coats was only semi-opaque (see my middle finger), and the application was very difficult. It was very thin and watery, and as a result, it streaked and never leveled. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Deven Green (P, $10.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned, shimmery. China Glaze Def Defying (LE, $7.50) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, July 4th, 2014

NARS Nail Polish
NARS Nail Polishes

On July 15th, 43 shades of NARS Nail Polish will debut. Some are old favorites, others are new. It has been reformulated and now comes with a wider brush. I’m testing out wear at the moment, but for now, here are some sneak peek swatches… (FYI, I don’t have all 43 shades, just the 14 shown here.)

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