Thursday, February 4th, 2010

NARS Purple Rain Nail Lacquer

Stunning Spring Nails with  NARS Purple Rain Nail Lacquer

NARS Purple Rain Nail Lacquer ($16.00) is a deep jewel-toned purple with red undertones shimmered with flecks of violet and wine red shimmer. It looks kind of like a dark grape purple when there’s no real light, but I like that it doesn’t look black in low light conditions. Of course, like many polishes, this one really shows off best in the light. Even just regular lighting will catch the shimmer in such a lovely way. This is a richly pigmented nail lacquer; it needs only one thick coat and it goes opaque, though I did two coats for good measure. It wears well (one week with just tip wear, no chipping), and it applies easily–doesn’t streak or drag. The formula is thick without being goopy, so it doesn’t require any experimentation in application–it’s just apply, dry, and enjoy!

I was surprised by how much I liked this shade, even though it doesn’t conjure up any spring images in my mind, I’m really glad NARS put it out, spring season or not!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love purple nails, Purple Rain is really one of those must-see shades!

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NARS Purple Rain Nail Lacquer

NARS Purple Rain Nail Lacquer
Purple Rain Nail Lacquer

NARS Purple Rain Nail Lacquer

NARS Purple Rain Nail Lacquer

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58 thoughts on “NARS Purple Rain Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. KG

    Gorgeous color!
    Prince will probably sue them though. That fool is litigious.

  2. Kitty Kris

    Ooohhh… I want it!!!

  3. MissTiss

    Looks kinda like OPI Merry Midnight except instead of flakies it’s microglitter and shimmer. Pretty.

  4. egon

    OMG OMG OMG *faints*


  5. OMG! I must have this!! What a fabulous color! So rich & vibrant! I have never had a NARS polish but this definitely makes me want to try it. Thanks so very much for the swatching & the review!!

  6. Ahh love it! I used to have the nars polish in schiap (sp?)- hot pink, but it dried up.
    I might have to buy this polish!

  7. Wow, that`s a beautiful color!! <3

  8. Missy

    This reminds me of their holiday nail polish from last year “Tokadio Hotel” so I’m not too excited about this=/

  9. That is a stunning polish, wow! I might need to get that color!

  10. kp7*

    OH MY GOSHHHHHHHH! I want that color!!! Usually i’m not one to spend that much on a nail polish, but for this color i will! =)

  11. Jennifer D

    it looks exactly like OPI Visions of Sugarplum from the ULTA Holiday Collection 2008

  12. Sarah M

    Wow! I’m kind of speechless. That has to be the most beautiful purple nail polish ever!

  13. VexintheCity

    It’s gorgeous. I have it and it’s my new fave purple polish.

  14. Jenn

    I ordered this last week and will pick up my box from my mom’s house today. My stuff goes to my mom’s house so the husband does not know how much I spend. Hee hee. I think I may get another cause I know my clients will want to wear this and I don’t want to share my bottle!

  15. Ella

    Its similar to the nail lacquer from MAC Style Black.

  16. Annie


  17. Amanda

    WOW!!!! :) Love it, however it really reminds me of Essie “Sexy Divide” which is already in my collection!

  18. omg….that color is AWESOME! Do you know of a cheaper dupe?

  19. I love this polish, it’s such a gorgeous colour!

  20. Angela

    Very Pretty color. I like the disclosure about the product being provided to you.

  21. I love the color! I’ll probably get it.

  22. HC

    Sigh. I was eyeing this when it came out and I want it! I barely wear polishes so I don’t know if I can get used to purple nails! I think I might pick this up though but for $16 a pop, that’s expensive! Damn NARS

  23. K

    Gorgeous, but is this going to end in a lawsuit with Prince??

  24. I swatched this in Sephora and loved it! I sadly didn’t get it since Im on a budget :(

  25. amy

    That is gorgeous and I love purple nails, especially dark purples. This one reminds me of African Violets. I have one on hold at The Bay tomorrow when I go to the NARS event. Can’t wait to buy it and try it.

  26. Hiromi

    OMG. It is my favorite kind of color. The naming is perfect, too.

  27. Kalee

    wow, i’ve been looking for a color like this. i love purple and every dark purple i have bought/seen does look more black than anything. and i love the different colors in it. im definitely going to get this. thanks!

  28. Anitacska

    So beautiful. :) Too bad I hardly ever wear nail polish…

  29. AnGeLwInGz

    Very glam. It kind of reminds me of OPI Ink. Would you say they are similar?

  30. Elysia

    I just tried that out today! It looked pretty in the store, but when i walked outside (of the mall) it didn’t appear to be as sparkly. I felt that I the color was more matte

  31. Amanda Craig

    OMG!!!! I want it!!!!

  32. Shweta

    love at first sight. it shall be mine…off i go to nars’s website….

    thanks christine :)

  33. Nicole

    oh wow! beautiful colour!

  34. oOOhhh I LOVE IT! I will definitely being linking this via my blog.

  35. Love this color! I must get it, but they were sold out last time I was at the counter. :(

  36. I’m wearing this color right now. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. dry fast, on my 3rd day now still no chipping yet!

  37. Luisafer

    I’ve been wanting this kind of shade for a long time, seriously, have black with purple glitter, dark purple almost black, but not the same!!!
    the only bad thing as you mentioned not to much of a summer shade…

  38. spenca

    I think I have the same color, but it’s an ”H&M” nail polish in the color ”Goddess on Stage”.
    I love that one and it was only 5 euros (so about 8 dollar?!). :)

  39. Helena

    I already knew I wanted this, ha ha, but now…I WANT IT EVEN MOAR.

  40. i bought it, i was feeling depressed so i just went on and bought it haha!! thank you Christine!

  41. Cynthia

    I will definitely purchase this color!! I love it!!

  42. Natalie

    Very pretty! But I have Ink by OPI & they look very similar, so I guess I’ll have to pass on this gorgeous one :(

  43. Kiki

    Christine, thanks soooo much for this. I’ve been waiting for swatches ever since i heard about Nars spring 2010 collection. I must admit though that i wasn’t too fond of the shadows, lip glosses, etc but the minute i saw the nail polish i new i had to have it. Now that i see what the color is like i’m about to order it. Thanks again!!!

  44. Lorna

    how does this compare to chanel’s vendetta i wonder….

  45. Jessica

    O-M-G. I must have this. Is it out?

  46. Diana

    I’m wearing it right now :) It’s actually my first Nars polish (and I was super happy to find the color because I missed out on Tokadio Hotel from last year). I was really surprised by the quality of the polish. It went on smoothly (I also did 2 coats) and its the end of day 3 with minor chipage on the tips (forgivable, I’m super rough with my hands). I skipped a top coat this time and they actually are just as shiny as if I did (I find Channel polishes tend to dull very fast).

    I love how it still looks purple in bad lighting.

  47. Tracey

    I think I might of found a dupe for it :) or one very close to it. It’s a color that Hot Topic sells which is shocking

    • Tracey

      sorry hit enter before I finished lol. It’s called Purple Iridescent Nail Polish (237684) and is on the site as well. The photo on the site makes it look like it has multi-colors in it but when you see the bottle at the store its more of a purple with blue and pink iridescent. The only problem with it is that it has that strong nail polish smell in the bottle but not really on your nails so just keep that in mind when applying :)

  48. Nathalie

    That’s a really pretty color. Not sure I’d wear it for spring though

  49. OMG! Gorgeous color, love it!

  50. Kathy

    How does it compare to OPI’s “Merry midnight”?