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.

Read Full Review
NARS pastorale, Milos, Amarapura Nail Polishes
NARS Nail Polish (2014 Formula) Pastorale
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
94%
See All Glossovers

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.

Read Full Review
NARS Obscura, Elbrus, Paros Nail Polishes
NARS Nail Polish (2014 Formula) Obscura
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%
See All Glossovers

Zoya Alma, Harper, Jesy 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.)

Read Full Review
Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers
Zoya Nail Lacquer Alma
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
90%
See All Glossovers

Zoya Binx, Stassi, Muse 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.)

Read Full Review
Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers
Zoya Nail Lacquer Binx
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%
See All Glossovers

Essie Chills & Thrills, I’m Addicted, Vices Versa Nail Lacquers

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.

Read Full Review
Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer
Essie Nail Lacquer Chills & Thrills
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
84%
See All Glossovers

Sneak Peek: NARS Nail Polish Photos & Swatches

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.)

Read Full Review
NARS Nail Polish