Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

NARS Desperado Nail Polish
NARS Desperado Nail Polish

NARS Spring 2011: Desperado

NARS Desperado Nail Polish ($16.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is deep yellow gold with a golden-bronze base. NARS describes it as an “antique brass.” I think it’s a gorgeous take on gold–it’s clearly gold but so much deeper and richer. It’s kind of like NARS Etrusque in polish form. This polish is a bit sheer, though; at two coats, it was almost opaque but there was still visible nail line, and the thickness of NARS’ formula made me hesitant to put on a third coat (I also didn’t feel confident that it was going to get me to total opaqueness).

my thoughts on the formula: NARS’ Nail Polish wears a solid week on me with minor tip wear (along with a proper base and top coat, of course).  The polish tends to be on the thicker side but not goopy.  Desperado had a mix of being thick but seemingly watery, which I imagine is why it was still semi-sheer after two thicker coats.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: The color is spectacular; I see it really complementing skin tones with yellow and olive under tones.  It’s rich and deep and luxurious.  As a polish with a slightly metallic finish, some brush strokes are visible though.

where to buy: NARS

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NARS Desperado Nail Polish
NARS Desperado Nail Polish

NARS Desperado Nail Polish
NARS Desperado Nail Polish

NARS Desperado Nail Polish
NARS Desperado Nail Polish

NARS Desperado Nail Polish
NARS Desperado Nail Polish

NARS Desperado Nail Polish
NARS Desperado Nail Polish

NARS Desperado Nail Polish
NARS Desperado Nail Polish

NARS Desperado Nail Polish
NARS Desperado Nail Polish (Flash)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Desperado? How much is it?

NARS, $16.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

It seems similar to China Glaze Platinum Gold but Desperado seems yellower.

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25 thoughts on “NARS Desperado Nail Polish Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Carrie

    I could not wear that in a million years, but still a shame about the VNL.

  2. Gaby

    Omg so gorgeous!

  3. Marie

    It’s a fabulous color. Tooo bad it will probably look bad on me.

  4. Tekoa

    It’s pretty, but I’ll stick to NARS Mash.

  5. Arantzazu

    Such a beautiful color!

  6. Alexandra

    I think it looks beautifull in the bottle but too yellow on the nails.

  7. Tasmin

    Christine, Nars is my favourite brand. I find the NARS Etrusque eye shadow very difficult to blend. Any tips?

  8. Lucie

    Such a beautifu colourl! I am so terribly jealous of people with nice nails…have about a billion nail polishes on my counter that I keep for decoration but my nails are so oddly shaped they look crazy with polish on them. :(

  9. Alannah

    Ooh, interesting. I like it a lot on you! Not sure it’ll look good on me though.

  10. Nora

    I had to get Pokerface because the color was too gorgeous to resist, but the formula was so disappointing. They chip so quickly on me, and they dry super slowly. But still…. pretty!

  11. Marian

    Gee that’s really pretty! It’s such a unique gold. I kinda like that it’s a little sheer.

  12. Heather

    Really beautiful color

  13. emily

    I love the color idea! But I would need it to be more opaque at 2 coats. For 3 coats+, I would end up a smeared/dented antique mess.

  14. Jen

    I almost ordered this… I’m glad I didn’t cuz it’s pretty but not special enough.

  15. Katherine

    Oh I am so going to get this! I can tell already that this color will look nice on my (NC 35-37 skintone, untanned darker when tanned) although I don’t wear MAC foundation I did get matched.

  16. Annick Chantal L. H.

    I just added in my wish-list… It’s a beautiful color and I love, love, love golden colors. I only need to check if it’s complementing tan to dark skin colors.

  17. I think this is a great color! I would purchase it because I don’t own one like it! I generally don’t take into consideration if it will look good or bad on me…I TRY to sport them all! (Especially the interesting colors like this!)
    I would LOVE to see it with a coat of Essie Matte over it!!!

  18. I love this color, I just love these kinds of gold.

  19. Mariella

    Not an attractive colour at all, in my opinion.

  20. Jan

    I LOVE Desperado. I have stocked up. Anyway, are you aware of a lip color that matches Desperado? This color looks great on me.

    Your website is AWESOME by the way!