NARS Pokerface Nail Polish Review, Photos, Swatches (Holiday 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)

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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!

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

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!

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$)and super chip resistant. I would definitely recommend it to those who like this shade but don’t wanna spend 16$.

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..

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

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.

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

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