Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

NARS Pokerface Nail Polish
NARS Pokerface Nail Polish

NARS Holiday: Pokerface

NARS Pokerface Nail Polish ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a new and limited edition shade described as a “vibrant lilac.” It’s one of two new polishes from NARS’ Holiday collection. I’m curious as to why NARS has started to push out more and more limited edition products; often, in the past, seasonal items were rolled into the permanent range.

Pokerface is a medium lilac with subtle pinky-red undertones and pale lilac micro-shimmer. It took three coats, but the end result was opaque, smooth, and beautiful. I see this looking particularly striking on paler, cooler skin tones, as well as deeper skin tones for a stunning contrast.

I’ve had good luck with NARS polish in terms of wear–about a week with just minor tip wear but no chipping–and this shade applied nicely. It wasn’t too thick or thin, and I didn’t experience any bubbling.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It’s a very feminine without being over-the-top girly; there’s still that bit of edge despite the lilac base color.  I think it would work well on cooler skin tones, because it does lean towards the cool spectrum, but I still thought it worked with my warmer skin tone.


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NARS Pokerface Nail Polish
NARS Pokerface Nail Polish

NARS Pokerface Nail Polish
NARS Pokerface Nail Polish (Natural Light)

NARS Pokerface Nail Polish
NARS Pokerface Nail Polish (Natural Light)

NARS Pokerface Nail Polish
NARS Pokerface Nail Polish (Natural Light)

NARS Pokerface Nail Polish
NARS Pokerface Nail Polish (Flash)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Pokerface? How much is it?

NARS, $16.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

It's lighter with shimmer than Zoya's Perrie. I don't personally own it, but it also looks similar to Chanel's Lilac Sky.

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50 thoughts on “NARS Pokerface Nail Polish Review, Photos, Swatches (Holiday 2010)

  1. Brittni R

    I wonder if this is Lady Gaga inspired? She does love lavender/lilac. Love this shade! But what is it with companies and hidden shimmer? :( It makes me a sad panda.

  2. Diane

    I got his during the Sephora Friends and Family sale, I can’t wait to gt it, it looks beautiful.

  3. Jenn

    Gaga inspired? lol.

  4. Sam

    It’s a STUNNING color, but man, $16 for a nail polish? I understand NARS is a pricey brand so I’m not surprised per say, just still sticker shocked.

  5. Emma

    Wow, I like this a lot more than I thought I would. Damn, there goes more money…. 😀

  6. Svetlana

    Nars is way too expensive in Europe . Where I live It’s more expensive than Chanel for reference!:-/

  7. Kate

    Wow, I’m loving this shade of purple with the subtle shimmer :)
    Are you going to be able to review the Nars Downtown lipgloss from this Nars Holiday collection? I’d love to see what it looks like.

  8. Isabelle

    I do love it but I have so many lilacs already. Some other cheaper alternatives to this trendy color is Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri in Lively Lilac or Essence’s $99 in No More Drama.

  9. Bethy

    I swatched this the other day at Sephora and it just did not work with my NC37 coloring. Personal preference, of course. I do love the color, just not for me!

  10. Arantzazu

    Amazing colour! It’s very elegant!

  11. Peach

    OMG!!! I love this color, I love the name, I love the texture…
    this is so “right”!

  12. Autumn

    This is stunning!! 😀 I love lilac shades.

  13. Vivianne

    Looks a lot like OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender

  14. Sara

    This is GORGEOUS! The two new nail polishes NARS released for their Winter Collection are both winners in my opinion :)

  15. Michelle

    I think that is the most perfect shade of lilac! Pretty!

  16. I just ordered this color from Sephora and am super excited to try it!

  17. Jen

    Looks nearly identical to my Sally Hansen InstaDry in Lively Lilac.

  18. Fey

    The color reminds me of those Good and Plenty licorice candies. That being said, I dislike the color in general.

  19. JoElla

    This color is prettier on the nails than in the bottle.

  20. I love this! So pretty and feminine.

  21. An original color, very pretty !

  22. baby in a corner

    this colour was in fashion last spring and all the cheaper brands had it by then. I think nars missed the trend!

  23. Nora

    OMG I need this. Lilac is one of my favorite colors to wear on my nails, and this is like the elite!

  24. Megan

    I love this! I wonder if there is a dupe for it, because I can’t pay $16 for nailpolish! $10 is my limit, I switch colors too much to pay that much. Anyone know of a color that looks similar?

    • It’s semi comparable to OPI do you lilac it, and MAC love and friendship. I’d say. Not so much to lucky lucky lavender since that’s a bit more pink.

  25. AnGeLwInGz

    I love this color but I find NARS nail polishes to be a bit on the watery side.

  26. Rainbow

    This is soo pretty but I cant justify paying more than $13 for a polish D: $16 is only $3 more but I have to have limits or I would be bathing in nail polish…I love the name too!

  27. Kim


  28. The finish of this is really cool!

  29. leah

    i really love this color but i have NARS orgasm nail polish and it chips alot ! did anyone find that nars nail polishes chips alot or is it just me? how do i get it not to chip

  30. Vibrant170

    I love this colour so much!!

  31. Maya

    Illamasqua Jo mina is much nicer but doesnt have shimmer

  32. Coffee0410

    LOVE! I ran to get this from Sephora today after seeing your swatches….It was also the last day to use my F+F coupon, so I was super excited!

  33. nessa

    What a Gaga appropriate colour!

  34. Carrie

    Pretty color…but not pretty enough for that price.

  35. Vale

    Finally a real lilac. Love it! But why it is not imported in Italy? :_(

  36. Tiffany

    that color is WOW! to me

  37. It’s really beautiful this color. It’s exactly like Kinetics Yes! nail polish from their summer 2010 collection. Really seems like indigo copy. The good news is the Kinetics one is very cheap (4-5$)and super chip resistant. I would definitely recommend it to those who like this shade but don’t wanna spend 16$.

  38. Rainbow

    Per someone’s comment I went and got Lively Lilac from SH Insta-dry but its seems darker to me and not as blue as Poker Face. It’s pretty close though for only $5..

  39. Ericka

    Was wondering if have the other holiday colour too – bad influence – been debating whether I need it too if I already have Chanel Particuliere?

  40. lissa

    I bought this yesterday and have it on now, it’s my new favourite polish. Since I usually wear dark blacks greys and blues it’s a huge change for me! I found it went on really well, needing only one coat.

  41. linda

    there’s a commercial on tv that starts out showing a close up of fingernails painted with a lilac colored nail polish. right off hand i don’t know what the commercial is for — i just saw it today (3/28/2011). does anyone know if this is the color in the commercial? thanks