Friday, August 23, 2013

NARS Lal Mirchi

As it happens, there's an unphotographed NOTD in between this one and OPI Care to Danse: a gold from Zoya that I adored. But there was never a good time for me to get pictures of it, and as much as I adored it, I was tiring of keeping it on my nails "just in case." My fellow MUAers and bloggers know those feels.

So I asked Madeline to help me choose a new NOTD, which works out, because I said I'd show you another Thakoon for NARS before the summer was up.

I can't remember if I mentioned it on this blog, but I know I've told a couple of blogger friends that Lal Mirchi was my white whale among the Thakoon polishes.

Also, my pictures of this one aren't even 70% accurate, so please direct yourself to Scrangie's. For some reason, my pictures REALLY pulled out the red.

Three coats with SV.

When I finally ordered this and a few other NARS goodies last fall, I couldn't wait for the box to arrive. I think Lal Mirchi was the first polish I extracted from its little NARS box -- I was so excited to have it in my hands, as it was a NARS Bleecker street boutique exclusive and I'd never actually seen it on the NARS site before. I ended up seeing it on the site three times, and ordered it after it had gone out of stock twice because NARS regret is brutal (coming this fall, Rach and NARS Mash: A Love Story).

But my heart sank when I saw it in the bottle, because Lal Mirchi looked like a dusty sunset orange, and I had a couple of those. Little did I foresee it would be entirely different on the nail, where it definitely skirts the line between red and orange. It's crazy saturated. I definitely also see this:


The formula, application and dry time were just as fantastic as Anardana's, and by that I mean they were PERFECT. Two coats are all you need to get it opaque. Also worth noting is that this polish looks orange at one coat, but then is more of a red-orange after two. I wore Lal Mirchi for two days, during which I experienced better wear with it than I did with Anardana, which had chipped within a day. This did not; I only had barely visible tip wear after the second day. Score!

In conclusion: TOTAL WIN. If you're a fan of this collection or red-orange cremes, and find Lal Mirchi on a blog sale somewhere, anywhere, BUY IT. Don't wait forever like I did, and certainly don't wait almost a year to think about wearing it, either. (Shout out to Madeline for being decisive when I could not be.) That's no way to treat a white whale. ;)

If you're thinking this blog post was unusually short for me, you're ... not wrong. This week has been a busy one, and I haven't been able to concentrate on anything AT ALL. The good news is that I've somehow started Welcome to Night Vale (yay), started reading Danielle's August pick for our book club, and I've even begun crafting for Krysi's wedding at the end of next month. The bad news is that I'm generally stressed out right now, to the point where I think it's messing with my health a little bit. Not kosher at all, but everything should calm down within the next few days and I'll just have to ride it out.

Have a good weekend, and I'll be back next week! I hope to post at least twice, and I've acquired some new polishes I'm excited about -- that is, if I get the chance to take photos! :-P

P.S. I saw "Kick-Ass 2" last weekend with B. I kind of wish we had skipped it because it was not good. The only things I liked about it were Donald Faison and John Leguizamo, and ... that's about it. So save your pennies, or go see "Red 2," if it's still playing near you. Or you should order a pizza and catch "For a Good Time, Call ..." on HBO! That's a better idea, isn't it?


  1. I adore red orange creams...they perk me up mid winter and are always right for spring and summer! Classic and never go out of fashion.

    1. They really are. And they look good on everybody.


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