NARS Thasos, Ikiru, Kalymnos Nail Polishes

Today, I have three of the more pastel-hued 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.

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NARS Thasos, Ikiru, Kalymnos Nail Polishes

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep red with slight shimmer.” It’s a deepened, ruby red with very fine, subtle ruby shimmer that brightens and makes the polish look more cherry red in the light. With less light, the shimmer disappears and the color appears almost blood red. NARS Paros (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia (P, $10.00) is darker, more metallic. MAC Underfire (LE, $16.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Get Noticed (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Dior Apparat (LE, $24.00) has gold shimmer. Chanel Rouge Fatal (LE, $27.00) is warmer, less shimmery. Le Metier de Beaute Dynasty (LE, $10.00) is cooler-toned. China Glaze Mommy Kissing Santa (LE, $7.50) is similar, more shimmery. China Glaze Merry Berry (LE, $7.50) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Color
Urban Decay Nail Color Mrs. Mia Wallace
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
97%

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.

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NARS pastorale, Milos, Amarapura 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.

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NARS Obscura, Elbrus, Paros Nail Polishes

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.)

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Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers
Zoya Nail Lacquer Alma
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Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
90%
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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.)

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Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers
Zoya Nail Lacquer Binx
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
96%
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