Monday, September 3rd, 2012

NARS 15 Minutes Nail Lacquer

A Pop of Spring in Your Holiday Line-Up

NARS 15 Minutes Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lemon yellow.” It’s a slightly pastel sunshine yellow. MAC Near Beth Experience is much lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Yellow Fever is much darker. China Glaze Lemon Fizz is also much lighter. In the end, I couldn’t think of any dupes from previous shades I’ve reviewed.

This reads very springtime to me, though I can see why it’s a hue incorporated into this collection as a result of the collaboration with Andy Warhol.  Of all the five individually releasnig shades, 15 Minutes was the “worst” performing.  It is a bit streaky, and it did have a longer dry down time compared to the other four.  For a yellow, it’s rather good, though.  I think with a couple of practice applications, most of the streakiness can be dealt with. The color is opaque after two coats, though, and the formula doesn’t feel too thick, but it is on the slightly thicker side.  NARS’ polish typically wears well on me with very minor tip wear after seven days–some shades I’ve worn for as long as ten days.

The Glossover


15 Minutes

It's a color I couldn't think of a dupe for, so that always counts for something, but the formula isn't perfect. It's particularly good given how difficult it is to find a good pastel yellow polish, though.











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NARS 15 Minutes Nail Lacquer

NARS 15 Minutes Nail Lacquer

NARS 15 Minutes Nail Lacquer

NARS 15 Minutes Nail Lacquer

NARS 15 Minutes Nail Lacquer

NARS 15 Minutes Nail Lacquer

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS, $18.00 (October 1st).

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

MAC Near Beth Experience is much lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Yellow Fever is much darker. China Glaze Lemon Fizz is also much lighter. In the end, I couldn't think of any dupes from previous shades I've reviewed.

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17 thoughts on “NARS 15 Minutes Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Lizzy

    I like yellow polish (reminds me of Madonna, lol I’m old!) Though, for some reason, I’m not 100% sold on it.

    Love how well you apply polish to your nails every single time! Any secret, besides practice, practice, practice? ^_^

  2. Jade

    Sorry if this information is already somewhere and I just haven’t found it, but when you swatch test polish for reviews do you use a base and a top coat?

    • I typically do base coat + top coat for swatches, unless noted otherwise in the review. When I test for wear, I do three nails just polish, two nails with a base + top coat.

  3. Butter London’s Cheeky Chops is pretty close :) I love that colour!

  4. blueraccoon

    The color’s pretty even if I’m not a huge fan of yellows, but I can see some streaking. I’m a little surprised it scored an A- instead of like a B+ or a B. *shrug* Just my thought.

  5. Jocelyn Beckett

    When trying to save money for other things, I really don’t need nail polish. But this colour is so pretty…

  6. You’re right, plenty of dupes around. I still like it a lot though, very summery. Let’s wear it while we still can! Oh wait, didn’t I just state in another topic that I never stick to seasonal trends? … :-)

  7. Lauren

    Eh, I don’t think you can quite call this a “collaboration with Andy Warhol” without crossing into some sort of afterlife…

  8. Kafka

    For a yellow, even with the streaking, that’s pretty good! Yellow nail varnish is generally not for me and, yet, something about this colour is really appealing. One of my YSL eyeshadow Duos (and the one I wore just recently) is almost this colour and it looks surprisingly nice on me given my olive-yellow skin, so I think I’ll ponder this one.

  9. I’ve always had a problem wearing yellows, they make me look very sallow, but this one looks gorgeous! Do you think this would look good on NC15 skin?

  10. caitlin

    okay, even though yellow is not my color this is adorable!! i am so in love with all of nars recent polishes, the orange and teal are amazing as well! i let out a gasp when i scrolled down the website and saw them :)

  11. KittyK

    Love this yellow, so smooth and buttery. Plenty of pop for a pastel-esque shade and not at all “taxi cab”. For a yellow, very good application — even a relative nail novice like myself could knock this one outta the park in two coats.

    Sally Hansen’s Mellow Yellow is a super-close dupe. At maybe 1/4 of the price, could be an okay sub if you’re also willing to put up with it being nearly 1/4 (or less) of the formula quality of Nars 15 Minutes. Once on the nail, though, only the hardcore lacquer fans will see the difference.

  12. kathi

    I really love this shade-I wouldn’t have thought about buying it before seeing these swatches