Sunday, 27 January 2013

Nars Zulu and OPI The Man With the Golden Gun

Happy Sunday afternoon everyone!

This is my first official mani of the new year, yay!  I asked some friends what I should wear next as I wanted to slap on OPI's The Man With the Golden Gun (TMWTGG) but wasn't sure what to wear under it.  Eventually, we made a group decision for me to wear Nars Zulu as the base color.

I have to say, Nars Zulu is super pretty.  I love me some jellies!  Zulu went on almost opaque at two coats but I did a third for good measure.  It is a super dark hunter green that looks almost black in certain lighting. 

I added some thinner to Zulu as I felt the polish was dragging a bit during application.  All of that is minor to me though; my only real complaint with Zulu isn't even really about Zulu.  It's about Nars polishes in general.  I am not a fan of trying to paint my nails with awkwardly-shaped brush handles/caps/whatever.  And Nars' caps are square.  SQUARE.  Do not love.  If they were to do something like Chanel or Illamasqua, where the square cap comes off and the actual brush handle is easy/comfortable to use, that would be fine.  But Nars does not do this with their polishes, as far as I can tell.  Huge turn off for me, I probably wouldn't buy another Nars simply for that fact (yes, I am fussy).

On to TMWTGG: I like this polish ok.  What's not to like about a gold leaf polish??  Well, I like it in theory, I should say.  In practice, I found it extremely frustrating.  When I would dip the brush in to the polish, there would be a ton of gold flakes on the brush, however, when I'd remove the excess polish around the mouth of the bottle, almost ALL of the flakes would come off with the excess polish.  Not cool, OPI.  Then, when I went to apply TMWTGG, the gold flakes didn't transfer evenly or much at all from brush to nail.  It applied very sparsely, in my opinion.  For this reason, I used two coats of TMWTGG and I still found the flakes to be sparse.  I would love to have a gold flake polish that is a lot more dense than TMWTGG.  As a polish collector, however, I will be keeping this polish regardless as I adore the gold bottle and I am a fan of the James Bond franchise.  That being said, I expected more of this polish.  It's not BAD, but it could have been a lot better for the money (I think it was retailing for something crazy like $35 - $40).

I may, in the future, try to get my mitts on Cirque Polish's Au as it was pointed out to me that it appears that it may be a denser gold flake polish with larger gold flake particles.  Here's hoping!

Nars Zulu (3 coats, pic taken in daylight):


OPI TMWTGG (2 coats) over Nars Zulu (3 coats)...pic taken in my fridge's light since the sun had set by the time I took this pic.  I REALLY need that lightbox the DH is planning on building for me haha.


What's your experience with either of these polishes?  I'd love to hear what you guys think! :)  Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

6 comments:

  1. :-( I hate non coming apart square lids too <--- that might not make sense but it does in my head.

    Zulu is a gorgeous base for this too

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    1. haha well as long is it makes sense to BOTH of us, I think we're ok! :p

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  2. i love how YELLOW the man with the golden gun is! Nars Zulu is pretty special too

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    1. Yes! Love the idea behind TMWTGG too, I just wish it met my ridiculous expectations haha ;) I am looking forward to one day getting my hands on the Cirque gold flake top coat to do a comparison.

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  3. OMG that nars polish! <33 i don't have either of these, but i'm definitely lemming them hard now!

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    1. hehe thanks!!! ^_^ You definitely need Zulu...nothing like a dark green jelly!

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