Wednesday, August 17, 2011

NARS Night Series Nail Polish Collection Fall 2011 Swatches and Review

NARS Night Series nail polishes. They finally exist. I'd been wishing they'd do polishes based on the Night series shadows so I was really excited when I saw the announcement for these. I had hoped they'd translate Night Fever shadow into a polish, alas, the four Night shades they chose were Night Breed, Night Flight, Night Porter and Night Rider.


Night Breed. Night Breed is a black base with irregular silver glitter. There's some round traditional glitter but the majority of it is odd flakes and shapes in different sizes. I didn't expect to like this because it's a very common and overdone theme (black with silver glitter) but once I had it on my nails I fell in love. It's gorgeous, but it's extremely similar to Orly Goth (another favorite of mine). If you have Orly Goth and aren't a NARS collector, you probably won't need this one. Unless, of course, you're a fan of this film:

Nightbreed (1990).


Night Flight. Night Flight is a black base with iridescent blue shimmer. The blue is the dominant color and the black base only deepens the shade and enhances the shimmer. There are hints of pink and green shimmer in here as well, very subtle but quite pretty. Totally makes me think of this:





Night Porter. Night Porter is the one I was originally most interested in but I'm slightly disappointed by it. It's a dirty green with green and gold iridescent shimmer. It has a really dull look to it indoors, which is what disappoints me. Outside in full sunlight it looks amazing. All the different colors of shimmer come out and it loses most of the dullness.


Night Rider. Very unusual color. Fairly true to the shadow color, but better in nail polish form. It's a jelly-like murky grey-purple base completely packed with iridescent shimmer flakes. Some look silver and white, others are borderline holographic because they shift colors so much. The duochromey/iridescent flakes are the most subtle and the silvery-white ones stand out the most. I'm not sure the name works for me because all I see in my head is this:


The formula on these was decent. Night Porter was a little too thick and gave me trouble and Night Rider was oddly fluffy feeling. Night Breed and Night Flight were perfect. I did three coats of all, only Night Rider needed a third coat. These are pretty pigment heavy and could be one-coaters if you do thick coats. I like thinner coats so I did two really thin ones when I wore them. They all dry to a very dull finish so topcoat is a must. Though, topcoat is always a must so that's sort of irrelevant, isn't it?

Overall, I'm not super thrilled with them but I do like them. Night Breed is really close to Orly Goth. None of them are as sparkly or filled with pearl shimmer (I read that as 'glass fleck') as I thought they would be. They're all pretty close to their namesake shadows, so that's cool- matching shadow and nail polish.

I don't think these are limited edition but I'll have to double check. The NARS website doesn't state that they are. These are limited edition (confirmed by NARS). They're $17 each, available from NARS and Nordstrom only at the moment. I got mine from Nordstrom because I hate the FedEx Smart Post shipping that NARS uses.



26 comments:

  1. I was also excited about Night Porter, but it's too bad to hear that it looks dull indoors.

    Night Breed looks great especially since Hallowe'en is coming soon (yay), but since you said it's similar to Orly Goth, I may as well just get that since it's a lot cheaper.

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  2. Holy crap I want those! *sigh* Especially Night Flight.

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  3. Wow, might have to make my first NARS nail polish purchase! These are so me :)

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  4. These just got delivered to my apartment today along with the rest of my Nordstrom order! Can't wait to try them, thanks for the swatches!

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  5. I love the look of Night Breed! It's a beaut! xx

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  6. These are limited edition. You might want to add that you can get 20% off through the 21st (I think) with code NEWNARS

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  7. After I saw the post announcing these polishes I jumped to buy Night Rider, but ended up ordering all 4 polishes (hey all addicts have set backs). Night Rider is still my favorite, but I was suprised to love Night Breed. As for Night Flight I was flabergasted, I thought it would just be nearly black but it's not & I love them.

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  8. Night Rider reminds me of Haunting from China Glaze's Halloween 2011 collection... (I have a swatch at my website if you're interested) but I think Night Rider is my favorite. You're right, very unusual! Reminds me of MAC Idol Eyes eyeshadow ;)

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  9. LOL @ all the movies/music/series they make you think of. I don't want anything 'Hasselhoff-related' on my nails, yuk, but that polish is very pretty!

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  10. Wow, these are all so pretty!

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  11. I like Night Rider best of all, though they're all nice in my opinion.

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  12. Too bad Night Porter is sort of dull indoors. I would have bought that one for the name. Love that movie. I love Rush, too!

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  13. I love Night Breed!!!!! Such a great collection!

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  14. I love this post, I love all of these polishes, I love you and I love your pop culture references.

    These polishes make me so happy! I hope I don't miss out!!

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  15. The color I was the least interested in, initially was the one I liked the most -- Night Rider beautiful color & texture! Like you, I was most interested in Night Porter & was disappointed w/the way it really looked on nails. I was thinking it was going to be more along the lines of Butter London's Wallis except a litte darker. Thank U for swatching!

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  16. Night Rider and Night Flight are delicious! I want these.

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  17. I really like Night Breed and Night Flight (Rush reference not withstanding), but in this price range, I'm not likely to pick up anything that's not an absolute show stopper.

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  18. Kit! Its been so long... I like Night Flight alot.

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  19. I actually like Night Porter, but I am indoors alot so...very very pretty swatches! I think black sparkle seems to be trending alot with polishes (thinking the new Black Deborah Lippman party polish).

    Lovely as always!

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  20. Dayum, Night Breed is gorgeous. It looks like there's more glitter/sparkle in Night Breed than in Orly Goth. Maybe I can franken something similar USING Goth...

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  21. I love Night Breed, and not just because of the film that shares its name :p

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  22. OMG Thank You! I knew if anyone else would think of that movie when they saw Night Breed it would be you. I actually love it :P (I'm a massive Clive Barker fan though I loved it before I even knew he wrote it) And yes I kind of want to buy the polish just for that.
    Otherwise I kind of like Night Flight but I'll have to see it in person. Night Rider too. I'm undecided how I feel about it.

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  23. I tried Night Rider several days ago and I like it very much. I thought that OPI's Star Ferry would be close to it, but after trying it too I think that I prefer by far Night Rider. Could you recommend me a nail polish that is really close to NR? A mauvy-shimmery color in the same style?

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