More a Slow Burn Than a Blaze, Sheer NARS Disco Inferno Nail Polish

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NARS Disco Inferno Nail Polish

NARS Disco Inferno Nail Polish ($18), from the new spring 2013 collection

How do you feel about sheer nail polishes? If you answered, “Yes! Love ’em. Gimme-gimme-gimme!” I’d like to direct your attention to a Disco Inferno.

NARS Disco Inferno. It’s from their new 2013 spring collection, and I see it as a provocative counterpoint to the makeup it parties with in the release.


“Intense” barely comes close to describing many of the color products in the collection. This spring at NARS has been a full-on pigment party.

But for nails, the brand decided to go a different, sheerer route.

I like it in the context of the rest of the collection — the contrast between the vibrant, 1,000-watt stereo pigment products, and Disco Inferno’s almost whisper of color.

Sure, if you don’t like sheer nail polishes, this won’t light your fire, but if you do, look out!

Like a real fire, Disco Inferno plays with light. It’s constantly changing colors.

It also reminds me of a mermaids tail…

No, not a tale like, “Once upon a time, a lonely mermaid longed to walk along the shore above her underwater world.”

Nope. Tail, as in T-A-I-L.

Have you ever seen a rainbow trout? How it’s side is almost holographic?

Or pigeon feathers? Wait — that’s kind of gross…

I’ve been wearing Inferno for a few days. From some angles, I see green; from others, grey; and from others still, a dusky purple shines through.

In this swatch I’m wearing three layers, but I also like the way it looks with one, where you can see more of the underlying nail.


Looks pretty darn cool.

nars disco inferno swatch

Disco Inferno Nail Polish (three very sheer layers)

After a few days with it on, there are a few chips at the edges…but I did not apply a base or top coat, so there’s that. A base and top coat would surely help.

PRICE: $18
AVAILABILITY: Available now at NARS counters and

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Happy Tuesday, you beautiful mermaid. ๐Ÿ™‚


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  1. Trisha says:

    Sure isn’t for me normally, but I bet this would look awesome over an opaque solid color. Maybe like a muted brown. Then, yes, I would totally love this. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  2. Norwenna says:

    I had such great expectations for this, but I hate sheer nail polish…Guess there is not much of the duochrome left when layered over black or white?

  3. Sunny says:

    I find it a bit of a pity it’s sheer, but that’s because I’m not a fan of sheer nail polishes. Perhaps it’ll be really wacky layered on top of a black creme!
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  4. gio says:

    I like the colour but I wish it was more pigmented. Sheer polishes aren’t my thing.
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  5. Wonder how it would look over black? Might be amazing!

  6. Sofie says:

    It is a pretty color, but I don’t know if I could wear this for a whole week. Maybe for a girls night out or a date. Seems like it needs a base color. Like Rachel said, maybe black. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Amber says:

    I have to agree, I bet this would look gorgeous over black, navy or dark

  8. Tennyoceres says:

    Hmn I thought it was going to be more opaque. I’m betting this would look great as a top coat for lighter shade polishes too. Lilac purple, mint green, and baby blue immediately come to mind.

    I hope this is available for swatching when I get to Sephora on Friday. I am definitely curious.

    • Karen says:

      Oooh, Sephora trip! Are you going to pick up something specific, or just look around? I might stop by tonight (famous last words).

      • Tennyoceres says:

        I’m using my complimentary VIB makeup session on Friday! I just told the guy booking me for the appointment I’ve been going nuts putting on makeup with my winter skin (oily T-zone and dry cheeks). Hopefully miracles will abound and my skin will be happy with makeup again.

        I want to check if any spring collections are out at the Sephora on Powell. The NARS collection has that finishing powder that every blogger and their mother is raving about. If there’s time I’ll go to Macy’s and invade the Inglot counter.

        • Karen says:

          Oh NICE. Any idea of the look you’re going to try? Whenever I go in there and sit in the chair, I just say, “Go frickin’ crazy.” LOL

          I’m wearing that new NARS powder right now, btw. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Rachel says:

    I really like the color but I wish it wasn’t so sheer. I have short nail beds and with sheer polishes, they sort of look funny. Lol
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  10. Very pretty! I actually really like this, though I doubt I will get it. When it comes to my nails, I usually like a bright, opaque wash of color. I wonder how this would look layered over an opaque cream…
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  11. Stephanie says:

    What a pretty color! But I think this polish looks more prettier over a black base polish.
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  12. Jennifer says:

    Wow! I hate that in the bottle – hate! AND I LOVE IT on your nails!!! Pretty cool color!

  13. Kim says:

    Burn, baby, burn. ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually prefer sheer colors for my fingernails because I’m lazy and can’t be bothered with a base or top coat (and chips and wear are much harder to spot with the sheers). I’m not sold on the green aspect of this, but do like the gray/purple. Rainbow trout was a great example!

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