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The ALU Archives – NARS Mash & Platoon

By on May 14, 2009
in Green, NARS, The ALU Archives with 8 Comments
The ALU Archives focuses on older, beloved shades from the All Lacquered Up stash.

When I posted info about the new “vintage” shades (those two words so don’t belong together) from NARS, a reader commented that she is planning to order some polishes from the Vintage section. Not to be confused with the new “vintage” polish, of course. Anywhoodle, she mentioned Mash and Platoon which got me digging through my NARS collection for this week’s Archives post. After locating both Mash and Platoon, I couldn’t decide which one to wear so I’m making this week a twofer.


For those not in the know, NARS has a Vintage page where they sell limited quantities of discontinued shades. Circa 2006/early 2007 the nail polish section carried treasures like Zulu and Midnight Express at half price! Then when the Sephora Holiday 2007 launch of Zulu happened, those shades disappeared and the price went back up to full retail (boo!!). Even though Zulu is gone there are still a couple of fun and funky greens to be had.

Platoon is currently out of stock but I’m hoping, for crotchfairy’s sake, it makes a quick return. This groovy, metallic yellow-green isn’t really my kind of shade but being the type that likes a well rounded collection, it fills a void.

Now I’m not sure if Mash was named for the 70s era war comedy (which makes the most sense) or the song “Monster Mash” (cuz monsters are green) but each time I see it, I can’t stop humming that tune. Either way it’s a keeper. What could have been just a drab army green has been warmed up by the golden metallic shimmer.
Looking at it vs. China Glaze Wagon Trail, you can see how utterly unique Mash is. While Wagon Trail has a cousin in Revlon Dark Pleasures Talk Dirty, I see nothing that quite compares to Mash.


Mash and Platoon retail for $16 and can be found on NARSCosmetics.com. Make sure you go to the Vintage section under Makeup, not Nails. That’s where the current offerings are sold.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    How strange, Platoon and Mash look almost identical in bottles. Quite easy they can be confused.

  2. auroragyps says:

    I wonder how close close a match Mash would be to Revlon Street Wear’s ‘Toad’, which is one of my all time favorite polishes. I hardly use it though, not wanting to use it up.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I wonder how close a match Mash would be to Revlon Street Wear’s ‘Toad’? It’s one of my favorite polishes, but I hardly use it, for fear of running out.

    auroragyps@yahoo.com

  4. crotchfairy says:

    I saw swatches at a previous blog of these two. Never noticed the green in Platoon. And I’m so very glad you did a side by side comparison of CG’s WG and Mash.

    Alright, I’m convinced. I’ll remain every vigilante for restock. Thank you for the post.

  5. bekah says:

    ive never seen the nars MASH & i so want it!

  6. yourhermione says:

    Your Wagon Train looks so much lighter than mine. Mine you can barely tell it isn’t black. Maybe I need to get a new bottle….hmm.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The NARS site is sold out of both Mash and Platoon. :(

  8. Lauren says:

    mash looks kind of similar to OPI "at your quebec and call"

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