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NARS Nail Polish Swatches ~ Purple Rain

Hey everyone! How are you doing. I don’t have much luxury nail polish brands in my collection. Honestly, I feel buying luxury brands is waste of money. Guess, I need to change my perspective! Few months back I saw a swatch of NARS Purple Rain in Pinterest. Felt like I want it, even if it costs $$. Took a short shopping trip to Sephora. Mostly to swatch it on my nails and I loved the gothic vibe. NARS Purple Rain is a rich dark purple shade filled with micro red shimmers. I have two coats in the swatch images below.

NARS nail polish swatches

Purple Shimmery Nail Polish NARS

  • Pigmentation: NARS Purple Rain has incredible pigmentation. You can be done with one coat with perfect application. I’m not much of a perfectionist in polish application. Hence, the swatch images have two coats.
  • Formula: With the first swipe on my nails, I said “Wow”. Applies like a dream. It has the perfect consistency and streak free application. It is free of toluene and formaldehyde.
  • Finish: It doesn’t have high gloss finish. More like a semi-matte finish and shimmers are not much visible to bare eyes. But, just add a shiny top coat and see how gorgeous it looks. I topped it with Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat. It is pretty on its own too. But I prefer the glossy finish with a top coat. Lighting brings out the beautiful shimmers to life.
  • Staying power: When you pay so much for a nail polish, expectations are really high. NARS nail polish fulfills all of it. I wore this shade multiple times. With and without Top Coat. It stays for one and a half week without Top Coat and with Top Coat, I wore it more than two weeks with very minimal chipping. I have a small baby and my hands are always busy keeping the house clean. Still it stayed this long. (I did apply base coat before this polish)
  • Where to buy: NARS Nail Polish retails for $20 in Sephora, Nordstrom and NARS website.  You can get less expensive deals on . I got from Amazon for $14 with free shipping.

NARS nail polish swatches

NARS nail polish swatches

NARS nail polish swatches

Purple Rain without Top Coat


I feel This NARS polish is worth the money spent. I can’t wait to try more shades from the brand. How do you like this polish? Share your thoughts in the comment box below. I would be happy to hear from you 🙂

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  1. Amazing that any nail polish lasts two weeks! I quit wearing nail polish because I do so much cleaning that it never lasted more than 1 day. Maybe I need to try a more expensive brand like this one. I also never use topcoat because I’m too impatient to let it dry. Love your pictures! They give a great idea of the color. What would you recommend for a light spring/summer color that would last? Thanks!

    1. Hi Veronica, If you are looking for a light spring/summer appropriate color, Julie G nail polish Bubble bath would be perfect!

  2. Samantha says:

    Wow..Such a great color. I’m also not fond of luxury polish brands much but this NARS shade looks gorgeous! Think I got to try it! Can you suggest a good and affordable purple color nail polish from drugstore brands?

    1. Hi Samantha, this shade is so worth it! Wet n Wild nail polish Eggplant Frost is one of my favorites and you can get it for a dollar in drugstores!

  3. Purple is my all time favorite for nail polish and a lot of other things as well. Love these images love that it last around 2 weeks too.

    1. Thank you Helen for liking it!

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