Monday, April 15th, 2013

NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair

NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair ($29.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is described as a “coral” and “dusty rose.” 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.

Vertebra (Left) is a warm, pink-tinted coral cream. It was opaque in two coats, and I didn’t have any issues during application–no streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges. The consistency was nicely balanced so it wasn’t too thick or too thin. Butter London Trout Pout is a smidgen lighter. Essie Tart Deco is lighter. Essie Haute as Hello is similar. China Glaze Pink Plumeria is brighter and pinker.

Vertebra (Right) is a rosy, beige-brown with a cream finish. It applied beautifully with even, opaque color in two coats, and there were no streaks or bubbles in sight. The consistency was just slightly on the thicker side but not in any way that impeded application. Nubar Taffeta is darker. Barielle Cashmere or Loose Me is darker, warmer.

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NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair Review, Photos, Swatches

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This duo was the best-performing out of the six pairs NARS is launching in the collection. Both shades applied well, had great color payoff, and were easy to work with. The rosy brown had an ever-so-slightly thicker consistency.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair

NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair

NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair

NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair

NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
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NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Vertebra (Left) Nail Lacquer

NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
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NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
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NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
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NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
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NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
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NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
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NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
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NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
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NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
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NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
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NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Vertebra (Right) Nail Lacquer

NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
NARS Vertebra (Right) Nail Lacquer

NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair
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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

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

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review!

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22 thoughts on “NARS Vertebra Nail Lacquer Pair Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    Again, I wish these were sold as singles; the dusty rose is gorgeous, but the coral would just sit untouched.

    • smacking my head against the wall for the same reason.. I would love to have the opportunity to mix and match my own sets. It seems that out of every pair, I just want one. Gah!

    • Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

      Meanwhile I love the coral but I don’t know if I’d ever wear the dusty rose…although I probably would, I like it and it’d be good for more formal events. If I wore regular nail polish. :)

      • Linda

        Try Nail’s INC’s Jermyn street. They are so similar you would have to be a nail junkie to notice that the first coats of both are ever so slightly off. One is slightly darker. By the second coat all bets are off.

      • Linda

        Oops–just realized you wanted the CORAL. Unfortunately I have no dupes for you. I have about 9 corals in my collection and they are all different. Maybe you can try splitting up the pair with a friend?

  2. Hi Christine,

    NARS Vertebra was the NARS + Pierre Hardy duo I was looking forward to the most! Both colors look beautiful and very wearable! :)

  3. I love both of these! But I still wish they weren’t sold in sets of two. There are a couple I like, but their “other half” does nothing for me.

  4. Avatar of Precious Precious

    Out of all the sets that you’ve reviewed, I think this is my favorite, Christine. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. :)

  5. I would get this duo for that coral one alone, hehe, it’s so gorgeous!

  6. Avatar of Carolina Carolina

    I want this SOOOOO much. Love it.

  7. Alyssa

    I’m so happy that these polish have performed as well as they did! It’s nice to see a limited edition Nars product that actually lives up to their claims.
    And two higher end polishes for $29 together? Yes please!!!

  8. My favourite of all duos <3

  9. Avatar of KY Klee

    ooohh this is my favorite combo!

  10. VickyM

    This is by far the prettiest of all the duos. I like both colors, particularly the brown Rose Mauve like color. If only we had Nars here… :(

  11. Anum

    I don’t know how you get all these swatches up so quickly:) hope your nails made it;p

  12. Not to take away from Nars, but Rimmel London has a dupe (415 Instyle Coral) for Vertebra that I picked up today for 1.50 from Walmart.

  13. Ana

    Gah I want this, do you know if it’s going to be sold at Sephora?