Revisiting NARS Purple Rain for the Holidays

November 17, 2014

Somehow amidst all the glitter and reds, we seem to be missing a good purple nail polish for this Holiday 2014…or am I missing something??  Instead, I found something in my stash whilst cleaning this past weekend, and decided to revisit an oldie but goodie!

NARS Purple Rain nail polish

NARS Purple Rain Nail Lacquer was originally released in Spring 2010 and stayed on in their permanent collection.  It was recently reformulated together with the release of the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection (reviewed here and here), and the bottle I have here is the newer version.  It is a stunning rich shade of gem-like purple flecked with red and gold shimmers.  The shimmers give it a holographic quality, such that it looks reddened purple at certain angles.  Unlike the “invisible” shimmers that Chanel prefers, these actually show up when applied on the nails too.

Purple Rain is a somewhat thick formula, and I find the new extra wide brushes to be a little thick.  The combination of the 2, made this prone to applying in gobs and then streaking when you go over too many times.  However, it is nicely self-levelling, and dries quickly to give the flawless finish you see above.

NARS Purple Rain NOTD

Unfortunately I don’t have Purple Rain in the older formula to compare against, and NARS polishes do tend to vary from shade to shade.  However, I’m glad the square cap now snaps off so it is easier to apply the polish, and between the extra wide brush and the older thin brush I’ll take the new anytime.

NARS Purple Rain Nail Lacquer is a yummy rich purple with complementary shimmers that make it interesting without going too bling.  I love that this one remained purple on me regardless of lighting, and doesn’t turn too black (I have enough of that for now).  So, if you are missing a good purple nail polish for the coming holiday season, do consider this.

xo Linda

10 responses to “Revisiting NARS Purple Rain for the Holidays”

  1. bellyhead says:

    I DO love that name! That album is one of my most favorite. 🙂
    That purple is totally stunning and love the rich shimmer in that one.

    • silverkis says:

      Me too! Although everytime I mention something like this I get blank stares and my hubby calls me an oldie.
      It’s a totally yummy purple, so holiday appropriate!

  2. Stacey says:

    Linda I LOVE this colour!!

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict xx

  3. Noodles says:

    Love love loves! It’s sooo time to break out the deep moody shades, and what better than a mysterious dark metallic purple!

  4. Sunny says:

    My thoughts exactly! I don’t own Purple Rain. I wanted it desperately when it first came out, but back at the time NARS was impossible to get here in Belgium (or maybe I just didn’t know all the 1500 webshops that I do now)! Then I got Chanel Taboo, and I think the two are too similar to justify hunting this down as well 😉 It’s definitely the perfect time to wear a rich purple again.

    • silverkis says:

      You know what? I was thinking of Taboo the whole time I was swatching Purple Rain! But god help me if I know where I squirrelled it off to! I’m in the midst of a major spring cleaning, and when I get around to part 2 (i.e. drawers, boxes, wardrobe, black holes etc) i’ll do a comparison swatch just for you! :*

  5. Lily says:

    OOOH!! I’d get it just for the name. Ashlyn’s chinese name is translated to Purple Rain 😛

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