Sunday, April 14th, 2013

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair ($29.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is described as an “orange” and “navy.” Each nail lacquer duo comes in a “shoebox” with a NARS dustbag. The individual polishes don’t have names, but one is labeled as “Left” and the other as “Right” (building off the inspiration, which was Pierre Hardy’s spring shoe collection). However, each bottle is a full-sized bottle (0.50 fl. oz.), like regular NARS’ polishes, which retail for $19.00 normally–so the set is priced at $29.00 but has a value of $38.00. I typically get a week of wear out with very minor tip wear and no chipping with NARS’ formula.

Ethno Run (Left) is a bright, bold medium orange with a cream finish. It was very nearly opaque after two coats (faraway, there’s a slight lightening where my nail line starts), and it applied easily without streaking or pooling along the edges. NARS Madness is a bit darker and has a more jelly-like finish–but the two are rather similar. NARS TV Party is darker with stronger red undertones. Illamasqua Gamma is also darker and has a stronger red undertone.

Ethno Run (Right) is a deep, dark navy blue with a cream finish that’s almost a little jelly-like. It has a thinner–almost watery–consistency, and it looked a bit like watercolor paints on the nail–like some areas seemed nearly black and others seemed bluer, so it was a bit streaky. MAC Double Truoble is lighter. Essie Bobbing for Baubles is more subdued. Essie Cynthia is tealer. Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm is much lighter. China Glaze First Mate is also quite a bit lighter. NARS Midnight Express seemed really quite close–perhaps marginally lighter.

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NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair Review, Photos, Swatches

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Both shades were not fully opaque after two coats, and depending on your preference, three would get you to full opacity. The orange shade was easy to apply, but the navy blue was a little watery so it was a bit streaky.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Left) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Left) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Left) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Left) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Left) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Left) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Left) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Left) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Left) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Right) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Right) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Right) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Right) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Right) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Right) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Right) Nail Lacquer

NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Ethno Run (Right) Nail Lacquer

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Barney's (now), NARS, $29.00.

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Yes.

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See individual shade review!

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15 thoughts on “NARS Ethno Run Nail Lacquer Pair Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Hi Christine,

    What a great classical pairing of navy and orange! I really like how the navy half has a slight sheerness for added interest :)

  2. Ethno Run (Left) is amazing! Orange makes me so happy haha.

  3. blueraccoon

    I would be all over that blue if it wasn’t so streaky :(

    • xamyx

      Try L’Oreal After Hours; from what I can tell in the photos, they’re nearly identical, but it’s alot less finicky (and quite a bit cheaper, too).

  4. I like how both of these look really glossy and juicy.. almost like a hybrid of a jelly. Sadly, orange is a pass for me, but I love the blue.

  5. Lydia

    How does Ethno Run left compare to Chanel Holiday?

  6. Genevieve

    Its ashame the blue is so streaky because I love that orange!

  7. Nina

    They are both beautiful! The Orange one reminds me of chanels Holiday nail polish from Last year…

  8. Usually I abhor streakiness…but the uneven, as you put it, watercolor quality to the navy blue is so striking. However, for almost-black blue, I have China Glaze’s Calypso Blue!

  9. Nails look stunning, love, love, love the orange :)

  10. Veronica

    Perfect for the Fighting Illini fans in your life.

  11. geneva

    I purchase this duo and I really love the orange. I painted my nails with both colors and I’m happy to post that I didn’t have any issues with the navy polish being streaky at all.