This gorgeous purple nailpolish is part of NARS’ Spring 2010 collection. I love purple nailpolishes and I just can’t get enough of them, especially dark purples. When I saw the preview pictures and swatches on varies beauty blogs, I knew I have to add this to my nailpolish collection. Sephora describes this as gothic purple, but I think this looks like a deep blue violet with fuchsia iridescence in it. At first, I thought this would look like OPI Russian Navy because Purple Rain looks like it has blue and red shimmer to create a purple illusion; however, Russian Navy is distinctively navy blue and Purple Rain is distinctively purple. In the bottle, Purple Rain looks a bit more red, but when dried, the polish is purple and the fuchsia iridescence is very subtle. I like that NARS added a rich dark colour amongst the pastels and the brights. The colour is also dark enough to be carried over into the fall and winter months because purple is a classic for those seasons.
The polish dries to a glossy finish. The texture is a medium thick and the colour is pigmented and opaque within the first layer but I used two layers anyway. The polish is smooth, but I was having problems with my topcoat and that is the reason my nails look a bit thick and goopy. The NARS MA tells me that this polish is chip resistant and UV resistant. Though I will have to redo my nails to check out these claims. I tried to take pictures in different lighting situations to capture the bluish purple along with the fuchsia iridescence.