NARS Purple Rain Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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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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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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!!

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!

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

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.

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!

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

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…

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?!). 🙂

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!!!

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.

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 🙂

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