Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer
NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer

NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer

NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “azalea pink.” This is a vibrant pink-red with a cream finish. The undertones almost read neutral to me, but there is a subtle warm undercurrent that gives it an almost coral-red look to it against my skin tone. MAC Toco Toucan is much pinker. Zoya Kimber has a similar base color, though it’s a bit lighter, but it also has shimmer. China Glaze 108 Degrees is pinker and has shimmer. Illamasqua Collide is a smidgen pinker. China Glaze Heli-Yum is similar but not as vibrant. Zoya Dana is a touch pinker.

Thakoon was inspired by the vibrant hues of an Indian spice market and translated it into polish for your nails. Anardana is a star within the collection–it’s so, so rich in color, you could almost get away with a single coat. It’s bold, vibrant, and nearly turns neon but manages to stay a notch away so it has a little more depth. The formula had a good balance between thick and thin, so the polish flowed evenly and fluidly across the nail during application.  I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with NARS’ lacquer formula.

The Glossover

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Anardana

A+
Anardana applied effortlessly--the formula itself was flawless and the color rich in pigmentation. It was perfect in two coats but you could almost get away with just one.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer
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NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer
NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer

NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer
NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer

NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer
NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer

NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer
NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

NARS, $18.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

MAC Toco Toucan is much pinker. Zoya Kimber has a similar base color, though it's a bit lighter, but it also has shimmer. China Glaze 108 Degrees is pinker and has shimmer. Illamasqua Collide is a smidgen pinker. China Glaze Heli-Yum is similar but not as vibrant. Zoya Dana is a touch pinker.

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15 thoughts on “NARS Anardana Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Neha

    Anardana is a Hindi word, it means “Pomegranate seeds”..I’ll buy this collection for the sake of the names given from India. Thanks a lot for your great review and swatches.

    • spamela74

      Thanks for the translation!  I was really curious about the name’s meaning.  I was thinking it just meant “azalea” but it does kind of resemble pomegranate color.

  2. divinem1

    OMG, I don’t think I can pass this one up!  Gorgeous!

  3. JosianeDemalsy

    Nars nail polishes are reallyt hemping these days!

  4. Huh, this actually looks like it might match the MAC Impassioned lipstick and lipglass better than the Impassioned nail polish.

  5. spamela74

    How coincidental that you reviewed an “azalea pink” polish.  Because I was just looking at my blooming azalea bush (or are they rhododendrons?) thinking that it would make a happy color for lips or nails.  

  6. CiaraAinsleyFears

    How beautiful! 

  7. Katie

    This is gorgeous! Christine, can you please recommend some awesome lipsticks in this exact color? Thanks.

  8. Kafka

    I went to Sephora today on the off-chance that maybe they would have the Thakoon collection, even though it’s not supposed to be in their stores yet. And yes! Two lovely ladies went to the back and brought out all but the mandarin red/Lal Mirchi.  They let me swatch a bit on a piece of tape and, I have to say, I was disappointed in both this one and the Ratin Jot. (Especially the Ratin Jot, which has been my #1 choice from the minute I saw the photos in the press release!) The Anardana was quite warm-red in undertones, particularly when swatched against my skin (NC 30/35). I think your review completely nails the extreme opaqueness and the very last photo shows what I saw in the store: the darkness of the very opaque pink/red, which differs (imo) from the bright pop of pink in the press release photos.  Much more pomegranate red-pink than azalea pink, imo! (Personally, I think Schiap is a much prettier, more vibrant pink.) I’m definitely going to order the Lal Mirchi tonight but I’m holding off — if not passing entirely — on several shades that I’d previously been convinced I would get.  :(  

  9. That color is stunning.

  10. blahitslizz

    I love this, I wish that Essie had a dupe to this tho, ill have to check out the china glaze one instead :D

    • Patrycja

      Essie has a dupe, it’s called Watermelon. I checked it out today. I had Anardana on and I painted over with Watermelon.

  11. Dominique33

    Beautiful ! I never thought I could get it here yes I did, I wanted it as soon as I saw your swatch. Nail polishes are so great. Thanks !