As promised, here is my follow up to yesterday’s post with the rest of the glorious goodies I picked up in the last couple weeks. After raiding the Internet and local drugstores, you can imagine I wasn’t done shopping so I hopped in my car and visited my local Sephora…
Sorry my picture is a little wonky, I was excited at the time. I was in Sephora for awhile, definitely too long, trying on make-up and asking crazy questions. I ended up walking out with all Nars items, aside from a Sephora foundation brush and blotting papers. The lipstick is Love Devotion and the polish on the right is Versailles, both are from the Summer 2010 collection. I’m not sure if Purple Rain (the middle polish) is or not because it’s not shown on the website as being part of the collection. I also desperately wanted the Cleo duo eye shadow, but luckily for my bank account they were sold out of that (it’s a deep turquoise-grey with light blue). The lipstick is really pretty, looks like a bright coral, but is very sheer and very moisturizing; it also gives that wet look that I’ve apparently been into lately because all I buy/wear are wet-looking sheer colors. The polishes, I was also very excited about and have already done Versailles for you!
This nail polish is sooo pretty. I know I already said this about Borghese Limoncello, but Versailles is also like having blonde nails. There are so many things to love about this polish, for one it’s kind of a golden neutral: it’s obviously gold, but it’s subtle and stunning, not over-the-top, so I think it goes with everything and is good for just about any occasion. I also think it would look striking on any skin tone, on me it’s kind of a nude with a kick and for the ladies out there with darker skin tones it would be a bright pop of gold without too much glitter (not that there’s anything wrong with glitter). As for what you probably can’t see in the photos, there is a very subtle orange-coral shimmer to this polish, you can only really see it when you move your nails through the light, but it was a pleasant surprise for me because you wouldn’t expect it from the bottle.
Now, I do love this polish, but I have to admit it wasn’t all sunshine and roses after I put it on. I discovered a big DON’T when it comes to using Nars and that is: DON’T use Seche Vite as a top coat. I was expecting to paint and then pop on a quick coat of Seche Vite and go watch True Blood on Sunday night, but oh no. As soon as I’m out the door I see that my right thumb is utterly destroyed! You can imagine my dismay, I had to go for about 2 hours before I could fix it. The next day I noticed some peeling and some major tip wear and this hasn’t even been on for 24 hours. I read the paper that came in the box with the polish and it was then that I got the impression that this was meant to be used as an all-in-one type deal and not with base or top coat. It doesn’t say that explicitly, so I think the next time I am going to try Nars polish without base and top and see how it does, maybe after a day I’ll throw on a different top coat and see if they play nicely together. I’d like to use the top coat because it made the polish so much shinier. In any event, I have some more trial and error to do with this one, which is kind of a pain, but the colors are gorgeous. The important thing to remember so far is don’t use Seche Vite.
I’m looking forward to using Purple Rain. I’m also getting ready to put some polish on this evening and haven’t even decided what to use yet! It’s almost time for a Fourth of July-themed nail so I need to start thinking about that. Is anyone doing anything cute for the holiday?
‘Til we paint again,
Addendum: The last time I wore this polish I took these new pictures. I ended up not liking it as much the second time, it seemed so much more tan or khaki as opposed to gold. Maybe it’s just meant for summer? I guess we’ll see