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NARS Zulu Madness

By on November 9, 2007
in Green, NARS, News with 9 Comments

Perhaps by now you have seen the Sephora Holiday Catalog. Because of the move, I didn’t get mine. It wasn’t until I logged on to the Sephora site that I saw the image below. That green fairy is sporting NARS Zulu nail lacquer on her nails. And yet again a frenzy ensues over acquiring a polish. It’s gorgeous, right? Gorgeous but frustrating. Why? Let me share a little tale with you.

For many many months I have been playing a game with my shopping cart on the NARS site. I don’t know if you’ve been to their site before but there is a Vintage section with discontinued items at majorly reduced prices. One item being phased out is NARS nail lacquer in their old non-Big 3 Free formula. Among the shades in the DC’d bin, Zulu, a deep forest green creme. So since early last summer I have put that polish in and out of my shopping cart more times than I can count. I was trying to be good and resist online shopping.

So what happened when I finally decided to cave in to Zulu? You guessed it, it’s gone. After emailing NARS customer service I learn that it’s not just “temporarily out of stock”, it’s gone for good. And I quote, “Unfortunately, we are no longer producing the NARS Nail Polish in the color “Zulu”. There is not an anticipated re-launch date at this time.”

When I saw the Sephora holiday image I became overjoyed, thinking the wizards at Sephora had read my mind and found me a Zulu dupe. I frantically emailed Sephora to find out the name of that glorious green polish since I couldn’t seem to find it on the Sephora.com site. I waited in excited anticipation for a response. So imagine my disappointment upon learning that it’s NARS Zulu, available only to Beauty Insiders and in limited quantities.

My theory is, that Sephora bought out NARS old stock of Zulu and that once it’s gone, it’s gone. As of right now it’s listed at “temporarily out of stock,” but I wouldn’t hold my breath for it’s return.

Instead, let’s move on. Your favorite fanatic is here to save the day. Chelsea Psycho Green. One of my favorite nail boarders and dusty hunting pals sent me this gem and with a shiny top coat, it’s a Zulu twin. Here’s an old swatch pic of it, dug up from the archives. And check out DQ2′s comparison pic on Blogdorf Goodman. Without a top coat, the finish is very dull when compared to Zulu’s jelly like finish but if you’re looking for a deep forest green, this is your best bet. Chelsea is a small salon brand and can be found at nail shops and professional beauty supply stores. I’d suggest calling around to find a salon near you.

See, I told you green would be popular this fall!

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  1. jdbsusanna says:

    This is the problem with shopping. If you don’t wait, you may discover that your item has been discounted when you paid full price a couple months before. If you do wait, you may find out that your product is sold out. I usually wait, and it’s usually sold out!

    BTW — you’ve been tagged: http://jewelboxdreams.blogspot.com/2007/11/ive-been-tagged.html

  2. Cindy says:

    How similar is it to NFS by Creative (CND) ? I have NFS and I love it, but it’s very blackened green. Is this just as dark? I love greens and blues so much!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Ah now I really want Zulu. T-T

  4. yvonne says:

    Wow, I’m glad I got my NARS Zulu like, a year ago.

    I have pictures of it on my nails if you’d like to see, but I don’t know if that would make things worse or not, haha.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Gah. I have seriously scoured the internet – there’s nothing. Only one bottle on ebay and the price is ridiculous already. : ( This is so depressing.

  6. Sarah says:

    I was just wondering where exactly you can get Chelsea nail polish… I tried doing an internet search but I couldn’t find it anywhere. It’s so depressing about Zulu, and now I’m obsessed with finding a similar shade…

  7. Kari says:

    Try a coat of China Glaze: Liquid Leather
    followed by a cote of China Glaze:outa bounds followed by a light layer of Chila Glaze: liquid leather. Looks like Nars Zuul to me!

    Let me know your results!

  8. Stephanie says:

    This is absolutely nuts, now there’s a bunch of auctions on ebay for zulu and one of them is going for $62.00!! : O!!! This has got to be some sort of illegal.

  9. batchy says:

    I think i found a dupe for Nars Zulu, and it looks even closer if you add around 10 drops of black nail polish. I compared it to the picture that scrangie has..and it pretty darn close. :-)

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