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Nail polish review: Nars x Thakoon’s tropical paradise

It could never be said that I am an impulsive purchaser. Actually, it could be said that I am the impulsive purchaser. I impulsively purchase like it’s going out of style – and these Nars x Thakoon polishes were my …

Fri, Jun 22, 2012, 07:30

   

It could never be said that I am an impulsive purchaser. Actually, it could be said that I am the impulsive purchaser. I impulsively purchase like it’s going out of style – and these Nars x Thakoon polishes were my most recent splurge, from Asos (so I didn’t even need to leave the desk). It was an odd choice, because I’m not a huge nail polish gal; though I appreciate a nicely painted nail, I really appreciate a nicely painted nail when someone else does it for me and I don’t need to worry about staying still for a full hour.

However, I was in luck – of a sort – because these polishes arrived precisely at a time when I felt like doing nothing more than watching TV, moping and drinking the occasional cup of coffee in an enormous mug. I’ve tried out two shades in the range, with varying results – although my general verdict? I love them. Acid-bright, great packaging, and they look stunning together, which helps.

This is Koliary, a bright, turquoise shade which, by coincidence, just happens to match my kitchen chairs. This is three coats, plus a coat of Seche Vite, and I loved it. It lasted three days (and would’ve lasted more, but I got itchy fingers and swapped it out) and looked great. My only quibble? I’m not sure how flattering it was on my slightly yellow-toned skin. But that’s my problem, really.

The second shade I tried was Anardana, a bright red-toned pink, quite dark and very shiny. Again, I love the colour – so juicy! – but the formulation on this shade was slightly harder to apply than the blue. It got tacky very quickly, and it seemed slightly thinner than the Koliary, which meant I needed more coats and it’s chipped after a day and a half.

I’ll probably paint my nails again in November, so you won’t be seeing too many of these posts, but I would highly recommend these Nars polishes. If you’re concerned about longevity, the Koliary is a good bet – and if, like me, you get impatient after two days, go for the Anardana! Bisous!