Where my fall and winter wardrobe is concerned, no colors dominate my closet more than purple and grey. No matter what the trend may be each year, they remain my staple shades. From my beloved purple Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. (scored on Gilt) to my kitten-soft grey sweater dress, it’s a color combination that I just can’t quit. That’s why, when I laid eyes on the NARS Fall 2013 color palette for nails, I was hooked!
The theme of Founder and Creative Director François Nars’ collection is rich color impact in signature NARS shades. Well, if the nail colors are any indication, he certainly delivered.
Formula & Application: NARS nail polishes are 4-Free (Formaldehyde, DBP, Toluene and 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 fan out easily.
As I mentioned in my review of the NARS Andy Warhol collection, I haven’t had the best luck with NARS lacquers in the past. But the formula has drastically improved ever since the Thakoon release. It’s so smooth, creamy and pigmented. Both shades applied flawlessly, delivering full coverage in two coats.
NARS Fury is a decadently lush blue-leaning purple creme that borders on indigo in some light. It has just enough pigment punch to keep it from treading into almost-black territory yet it has the mysterious edge we associate with those shades.
NARS Galathée is a dove grey creme with a hint of blue in its base though not as much as RBL Concrete Jungle. This type of pale grey is just my style and it’s a shame more brands don’t have them in their perm collections. Zoya Dove is the only one I can think of, offhand, and it looks practically muddy next to Galathée.
Just to show you how perfectly these shades play off each other, I added a smattering of Galathée dots to my Fury manicure. Makes for a fun accent nail, no?
Bottom Line: If you’re as much a fan of a purple and grey combo as I am, it will be hard to resist these shades. The grey is particularly lust-worthy for its neutrality. While the hefty price tag can be quite a deterrent, if you do take the plunge, have faith that the formula and pigmentation won’t let you down.
Thoughts on the NARS fall shades? Do you plan to pick either of them up? Is there any predominant color theme to your fall wardrobe?
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