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I love pop art, so I was a bit disappointed that from a nail polish collection inspired by Andy Warhol, I only liked two enough to buy them, but my wallet thanks me. This mani I wore earlier in the week is the second of the two, NARS Superstar (Andy Warhol Color Collection, Holiday 2012), a deep teal creme:

Superstar

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied very well and was nicely pigmented; I got full coverage in two smooth coats. I wouldn’t call it vibrant in a bright way, but it does look like a very bold, strong color on the nail, because of its solid opacity and pigmentation (the sunlight does make it look a bit washed out.) There’s not much else to say about it other than it’s a lovely teal creme. Teal is a color that can vary so much depending on how much blue or green it has (this one is more blue-leaning), so that’s why I think I can’t resist whenever I come across one in a new collection. They may all fit under the “teal” category, but none of them are quite exact dupes of each other. I paired this with Lippmann Purple Rain on my toes.

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For the last weeks of winter, I’m trying to wear as many older fall and holiday collection polishes before I really dive in to this year’s new spring stuff. NARS New York Dolls (Andy Warhol Color Collection, Holiday 2012) is a smoky vibrant purple creme:

New York Dolls

Picture taken in natural light. This was highly pigmented and applied very smoothly in two coats. This photo shows off more of the shade’s vibrancy, but in natural light it does look more smoky. I’d expect a color that has dusty qualities to be soft, but I love how bold it actually looks. The high pigmentation definitely contributes to that; it looks so solid and creamy on the nail. It may be “just a creme,” but it’s simply gorgeous. I would expect a polish that’s part of a collection inspired by Andy Warhol to have a nice pop of color. It isn’t your traditional bright, but it still fits the bill! I paired this with Essie School of Hard Rocks on my toes.

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I feel like I’ve really breezed through this collection! I’m wrapping it up with NARS Amchoor (Thakoon for NARS, Summer 2012) is a bright lemon yellow creme:

Picture taken in sunlight. As expected from a yellow, the formula was streaky and I needed three coats for full coverage, even with its high pigmentation. Although it was thick it applied pretty smoothly. Normally I wouldn’t feel the need to buy more yellow polish, since no matter what the brand or how smooth the formulation is, they will need three coats. But I couldn’t resist this one, not just because I like seeing the complete set, but also because it’s super-pigmented. It just looks amazingly yellow, and I like this summery shade much better than the Dijon-colored sour mango powder this is named after. It doesn’t really remind me of fresh mangoes either, more like dried green mangoes (which are delicious :)). I paired this with Color Club Gimme a Grape Big Kiss on my toes.

I really loved trying this collection! Every single one of the polishes had a good formula and high pigmentation. They’re “just” cremes but the colors are simply beautiful. Although this was inspired by Indian spice markets, when I look at all the bottles lined up it makes me think of the colored powder thrown at Holi festivals!

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There are two blues in this collection, not that I’m complaining. I just wore the other one one mani ago but I don’t feel as if I’m being repetitive. Blues just look amazing and different across the full spectrum of shades. NARS Koliary (Thakoon for NARS, Summer 2012) is a vibrant azure creme:

Picture taken in natural light. (Normally I wait for good sunlight but I couldn’t this time.) This applied well; the formula was smooth, nicely thick, and pigmented. I ended up using three coats out of habit, but adding the third was not totally necessary. I probably have a couple of other similar blues, but I find this color gorgeous every single time! Since this one is so pigmented and saturated, it looks so bold and bright. It’s like looking up at a clear, cloudless sky; it’s the type of blue that has a hint of cyan to it. I don’t get what this is referencing, since I didn’t see any Indian spices/herbs with the name, but I just love the color. 🙂 I paired this with Color Club Raspberry Rush on my toes.

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This polish might seem out of place in a collection full of bold, punchy colors, but light colors can be really bright, too! NARS Kutki (Thakoon for NARS, Summer 2012) is a light sky blue pastel creme:

Picture taken in weak sunlight. This applied very well, especially for a lighter shade. It was a little streaky as expected, yet the formula flowed smoothly. I used three coats for total evenness, though I just barely needed the third. I tend to associate pastels with Easter and I typically wear a lot of them in April, but I’m seeing how well they work in the summer too, since the starkness looks great against a tan. I love this shade; it looks so airy and light, but the stark quality gives it a well-defined, bright look at the same time. It’s not that whited-out, so it still looks very much blue (with a hint of turquoise). I don’t associate the color with its namesake, which it looks nothing like, but I just adore sky blues, especially when they look just like this. I paired it with Color Club Yum Gum on my toes.

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This is definitely the polish I was most drawn to when I first came across this collection, and got the ball rolling that eventually led me to getting them all. NARS Anardana (Thakoon for NARS, Summer 2012) is a bright amaranth creme:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied very well; I used three coats to get that really solid, even look, but the formula was still smooth and pigmented. This color is amazing! I had to look up names of shades of pink because I couldn’t find a way to define it, and “bright amaranth” seemed like the best fit. It is bright, in a rich, vibrant, very color-saturated way. I love pinkish-toned reds like OPI Dutch Tulips, so naturally I love reddish-toned pinks as well. It’s so refreshing to see a shade like this, since a lot of bright pinks tend to be fuchsia or cooler-toned, and the ones that are warm-toned don’t really approach being red. This one is so red-toned that it actually looks red in low lighting. It’s not the color of pomegranate seeds (its namesake) or even fresh pomegranate fruit, but I prefer this shade much, much more. 😀 I paired this with Color Club Wicked Sweet on my toes.

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When I first saw the display of these polishes, this didn’t immediately strike me as one I really “needed,” since it’s a color I don’t typically get excited over. But after falling in love with the concept of the collection and the visual of all the bottles lined up, I went back to get it anyway. NARS Ratin Jot (Thakoon for NARS, Summer 2012) is a bright orchid creme:

Picture taken in sunlight. The formula was smooth and pigmented; it looked fine at two coats but I did three anyway. After hearing this labeled “orchid,” I can’t describe it in any other way; it truly does remind me of orchid flowers! It’s a lovely blend of pink and purple that just leans slightly towards the latter. The boldness and color saturation are great. While the color doesn’t match its namesake (in the pictures I saw of the alkanet root, it’s a vampy purple shade), I like the creative license since this shade is wonderfully bright and summery. It may be the power of suggestion but I think it totally fits in with the Indian theme. I paired this with Color Club Get Your Lem-on on my toes.

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While I was happy to cross all those metallic polishes off my untrieds list, I’ve really missed bright colors over the past couple of weeks. I thought the perfect way to get back into it would be to start with NARS’ Indian spice market-inspired collection. NARS Lal Mirchi (Thakoon for NARS, Summer 2012) is a bold red-orange creme:

Picture taken in natural light. (This looks brighter and more obviously red-orange in real life; with the lack of sunlight it’s looking a little too orange here.) This applied very well; the formula was smooth and pigmented. Despite this, though, I still found myself needing three coats for that fully even look. While I wished this were a two-coater, I didn’t mind doing the extra coat since the formula was so nice. This is a great, fiery (it really does remind me of its spicy namesake) shade of red-orange, and I love how bold and saturated it looks. I had already gotten the other five polishes from this collection at Sephora, but once I heard about this one, I just had to go down to NARS’ Bleecker St. location to get it and truly complete the set. I paired this with Color Club I Always Get My Man-darin on my toes.

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As this is a green, I’ve attempted to try this in December for two years running, only to run out of days for NOTDs. I really should have tried this by now, but better late than never. NARS Zulu (my bottle is from the Vintage Nail Polish Collection, Fall 2010) is a blackened hunter green jelly:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied very well; I used three coats for full coverage and opacity. Like a true jelly, you can see the base color (a lovely shade of yellow-toned hunter green) with the first coat, but the shade gets deeper with each coat. You can only really see that it’s green in bright lighting conditions; most of the time it does look black. But I’m okay with that ’cause it’s Zulu! Its deeply blackened look is just part of what it is. I love how smooth, clean and reflective it looks! I didn’t mind doing three coats at all since the polish went on quite effortlessly and I acheived this stunning vampy look. Having missed out on the original release and the original re-release, I’m glad I was able to get it this time around. I paired this with Sephora by OPI I’m With Brad on my toes.

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The ALCS started last night, and after the Yankees pulled off an incredible come-from-behind win, I’m happy to start this round of Posteason Blues™ with NARS Midnight Express (Vintage Nail Polish Collection, Fall 2010), a deep navy blue jelly:

Picture taken in sunlight.  This applied very well and went on smoothly and cleanly.  Since it is a jelly I needed three coats to get an even, opaque appearance.  The blue base color is apparent in the first coat, but by the third coat it looks very, very dark; practically black out of direct light.  This fact may be disappointing for some, but I just love the defined look it gives my nails, and the finish looks so smooth and glassy.  I paired this with Sally Hansen Stormy Blue (Salon) on my toes.

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