NARS Reformulated Nail Polish Reviews, Swatches and Photos

After reformulating its Lip Gloss collection, NARS Cosmetics revamps its Nail Polish line for Fall 2014. The new Nail Polish collection comes in 43 – including 19 new and 24 fan favorite – colors that range from light pastels, shocking reds and oranges, metallics, chromes to sultry blues and plums.

NARS Nail Polish Reformulated for Fall 2014
NARS Nail Polish Reformulated for Fall 2014

Like the limited edition NARS x 3.1 Phillip Lim Nail Collection, the reformulated Nail Polish contains resins and polymers for improved wear and to strength nails. It also comes with a removable cap and a shorter, wider brush for easy application.

Blow-Up is a creamy bright orange.
Shameless Red is a creamy bright flamingo pink.
Torre del Oro is a creamy cherry red.
Paros is a creamy red with a hint of brown.
Ithaque is a sheer light pink with cream finish.
Thasos is a creamy mint green.
Ikiru is a creamy sky blue.
Kalymons is a creamy lilac.
Elbrus is a creamy plum.
Obscura is a creamy smoky grayish purple.
Zakynthos is a creamy medium tan.
Pastorale is a metallic rose gold.
Milos is a metallic cool-toned gold.
Amaraupura is a silver chrome.

Again, I noticed an inconsistency in pigmentation. The creams were on the sheerer side, especially the lighter colors and required several coats to achieve full opacity. The metallics applied much more pigmented and I could do with just one coat. Overall though, the polishes applied with ease, dried fast and wore well without chipping after a week (with the use of a top coat).

NARS Blow-Up, Shameless Red, Torre del Oro and Paros

NARS Ithaque, Thasos, Ikiru and Kalymons

NARS Elbrus, Obscura and Zakynthos

NARS Pastorale, Milos and Amarapura

Clockwise from bottom left: Ithaque, Thasos, Ikiru and Kalymons, Zakynthos, Obscura, Elbrus, Kalymons, Ikiru, Thasos, Ithaque, Pastorale, Milos and Amarapura

NARS Nail Polish is available now at NARS boutiques and on for $20.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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