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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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