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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – NARS Schiap Nail Polish

By on July 15, 2011
in 365 of Untrieds, NARS, Pink with 18 Comments
nars schiap nail polish 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

As I committed to do, I’m featuring at least one pink/red nail polish each week. This week we’re looking at NARS Schiap. Schiap is interesting in that both the lipstick and nail polish forms of the color seem to have mass appeal even though it’s a shockingly bright shade.

I have a love/hate relationship with NARS nail polishes. I love a lot of the colors they’ve put out over the years but I hate the formula because it’s notoriously streaky. Will Schiap follow suit or stand out from the pack?


Formula & Application: NARS nail polishes are 4-Free (including formaldehyde resin). The squat square bottles are topped with a somewhat rubberized cap that houses a short, round brush. Unlike a lot of prestige brands that have a removable outer cap, the NARS cap is one solid piece. The bristles are pretty flexible though they are kind of sparse and don’t really fan out easily. I believe that, like the MAC brush, that may be where we should place the blame for streaky application.

The formula of this polish is a cross between a creme and a jelly. It has a bit of a watery texture but is well pigmented. So pigmented that the first coat covered really well. In fact, I found myself thinking, “Is this a NARS polish?” as the first coat flowed on the nail like a dream. Then the second coat went on and it was streak city with patchiness a plenty. The third coat evened everything out but then I discovered a couple bubbles after it dried. Drat! You can see them on my middle and pinkie nails.

NARS Schiap is bright, fuchsia pink creme with a definite cool blue undertone.  What I found interesting is that in sunlight it becomes almost eye searing as though the sun is an electric source for the color. However indoors it’s a bit more subtle and not as in-your-face. We’re not talking glow-in-the-dark neon by any means but it sure does make a statement. I attempted to find a suitable dupe and they were either too dark (Chanel Pulsion), too neon (Zoya Ali) or too light (OPI La Paz-itively Hot & Zoya Whitney).

nars schiap nail polish swatch

Bottom Line: NARS Schiap is one of those nail wardrobe staples. A pedicure perfect bright pink. Even though I’m not a pink girl I can’t deny the attraction. I’m not head over heels but it’s a great color. While I haven’t come across an affordable dead-on dupe the application issues prevent me from giving it the thumbs up. Considering its price tag, I can’t, in good conscience, tell you to run out and get it without proper warning.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: If I owned a dupe I would ditch it so until then I’m reluctantly STASHing it.

NARS Schiap is available at NARS counters worldwide and online at NARSCosmetics.comBeauty.com and most department store websites. NARS nail polishes retail for $17/ea for a .5oz bottle.

How many of you are smitten with Schiap? Have you come across a dupe for it? Which NARS nail polishes do you feel are worth the splurge?

Disclosure: A product sample was provided by NARS. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Jessi says:

    I like the color, but I don’t want to pay $17 for anything less than a perfect formula. I’m holding out hope you find a better formulated dupe!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I hear ya. When the price is that high, you should expect more from the formula. I know that is a lot of the issue with Chanel. The people who consistently have chipping issues won’t shell out the dollars. Rightfully so. Fortunately Chanel wears phenomenally on me.

  2. lauren says:

    Is Schiap still brighter than Essie Funny Face? I have both Funny Face and Pulsion, and Funny Face is a little bight lighter and bright.

  3. meme says:

    Kind of on the line and in-between a fuchsia pink and a neon pink. Not loving it for the price tag however. I have others that are this shade and way cheaper.

  4. Gorgeous! I hope a dupe can be found…I want it!

  5. Lucy says:

    Really like this colour, I dont think I’ve ever tried nars polish though.

  6. Danny says:

    OMG this is an awesome pink!! love that!

  7. Chris says:

    The only NARS polishes I would shell out money for are Purple Rain and Midnight Express. Since I am not a “pinks girl” I wouldn’t pay a lot of money for a hot pink that streaks.

  8. Phyllis says:

    This color of reminds me of Orly “Passion Fruit” it would be great to see it compared.

  9. 24kt says:

    the cheap dupe might be:

    wet n wild fast dry how i met your magenta.

    i am wearing that now with a coat of salley hansen lcd and they wore very well and went on easy.

  10. JDV says:

    I wonder how this stacks up against Butter London’s Primrose Hill Picnic?

  11. Julie says:

    This is a great color for a pedicure, you are right about that! Do you know of any colors that are just like this, but are pearlized? i like a little glitz in my polish. Thanks.

  12. Kaitlyn says:

    I think “Schiap” is an ode to Elsa Schiaparelli’s “shocking pink” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsa_Schiaparelli). Her nickname was Schiap. I have a Schiaparelli stocking bag from the 1950′s in classic shocking pink that I inherited from my grandmother. I have always wanted a bottle of the vintage perfume. Love that Nars did this!

  13. NailPolishFan says:

    I love the color, but not the price. How would this color compare to Essie’s Pink Parka or China Glaze’s Pool Party.

  14. Lena says:

    i think opi indiamood for love is similar.

  15. Liz says:

    I JUST did this color on my nails right before you posted this and i LOVE it! Though usually not a pink girl it is vibrant and different enough to not come off as too girly!!

  16. Carrie says:

    This might be similar to Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Fuschia Power.

  17. Sheena says:

    This is one of my favorite colors of polish, the perfect pink! Finger Sweets has a shade called PopStar Pink which is identical and is great quality!

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