NARS pastorale, Milos, Amarapura Nail Polishes
Today, I have three of the more metallic-finished polishes from the newly reformulated NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.), which will have a total of 43 permanent shades. The official launch is July 15th, and both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.
NARS Pastorale Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-copper–it really is rose gold–with a metallic, foil-like finish. There were almost no visible brush strokes, as nearly all of them disappeared once the polish dried. The color was opaque after two coats of polish, and it dried quickly. This shade lasted for seven days with minor tip wear on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm (112) (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, more orange. Estee Lauder Shimmering Bronze (LE, $20.00) is darker. Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life (LE, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
NARS Milos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich gold.” It’s a shimmery, buttery yellow gold with a frosted finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and there were very subtle brush strokes–I really only noticed them at angles. The consistency was on the thicker side, and the drying time was longer than any of the other shades I tried, and it was unforgiving if you applied a second coat too quickly. Zoya Kerry (P, $9.00) is yellower. MAC Immortal Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Dior Or Divin (LE, $24.00) is more orange. Chanel Gold Fingers (LE, $27.00) is darker, yellower. ORLY Flare (P, $5.00) is darker. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles (LE, $7.50) is darker, yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.
NARS Amarapura Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver chrome.” It’s a brightened, medium silver foil with a metallic, foil-like finish. It really looks a lot like tinfoil on the nails! It was fully opaque after two coats, though it was almost opaque after a single coat. The consistency is slightly thin but not problematic, and there are very slight visible brush strokes but most of them disappeared after the polish dried down. Cult Nails Lethal (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery. China Glaze Cheers to You (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.