Sunday, July 17, 2011

NARS Vestale nails, Chanel Jade Rose ... and roses & butterflies

Hi everyone! Here's yet another nail post!

On my nails this weekend is Nars Vestale, which is currently available as part of the collection "Bright Lights, Big City," exclusively at Nordstrom for their Anniversary Sale. Also included in the collection are two other nail colors: Koh Lanta (deep purple) and Matto Grosso (dark espresso brown) and a six-shade eye shadow palette, Bright Lights, Big City.

I really like Vestale -- it has an ideal amount of pink tones to make it flattering, but it's still definitely a "nude" shade, and it's neither too light nor too dark. The color reminds me somewhat of Chanel's Jade Rose, although without Jade Rose's subtle shimmer. Vestale is also slightly darker and more opaque, with a thicker formula.

Jade Rose's shimmer really sparkles in the sunlight 

L-R Jade Rose and Vestale

Pictured in the shade
L-R: Jade Rose, Vestale

And here's a few nail swatches. Hope you don't mind the many similar photos -- I always seem to take too many and then can't decide which ones to get rid of! The beautiful roses are courtesy of my neighbor, whose vines are hanging over into my yard. :) 

Look how amazing this little rosebud looks as it begins to emerge from its leaves. 

Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charitonius)

It took some patience to capture this little guy on camera, as he didn't stay in one spot for long!


  1. Gorgeous pics! Thanks for sharing them with us. :)

  2. Beautiful! Would you know if this color will be available for sale individually after the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? This looks like a beautiful pink nude, and I love Jade Rose for an effortless look. I wish the shimmer in the bottle showed up a little more on the nails though, not just when the sunlight hits it in the correct angle..

  3. Gorgeous photos! I'm loving the look of Vestale. I wonder how similar it is to Dior's Beige Safari.

  4. Hi Liz, Thank you! :)

    Hi Lakshmi, I haven't heard whether or not it will be sold outside of Nordstrom in the future, but wouldn't be surprised to see it one day on I hope so! :) You are right, Jade Rose has that Chanel-style shimmer that is so subtle. Riva is similar in that way.

    Hi Kristie, Thank you! :) I don't have Beige Safari, but based on what I've seen I think (including your great review) Vestale is slightly darker and has slightly more pink to it and no shimmer at all :)

  5. Hi Makeup Magpie,
    I love your pictures, they are stunning!
    It would mean a lot to me if you stopped by my blog :D

  6. Gorgeous photos! I almost fainted at the first one of just your thumbnail amid the tea rose buds. You managed to make those flowers look like tiny people. :)

    I do like both these nail polishes, but I think I prefer Vestale for being just a hint more rosy.

  7. I just love your nature pictures along with how you pair your beauty products! Beautiful flowers and nails :)

  8. I picked this up yesterday, it's such a great nude pink. I'm going to polish my nails with it once I get off blogger =P. You always take stunning photos of flowers, but these photos of delicate rose buds emerging from the velvety leaves are mind blowingly beautiful!

  9. Hi ZP, Thanks! :) It was fun taking these flower & butterfly photos. I still have Vestale on today - it has worn pretty well!

    Hi Martha, Aw, thanks for the sweet compliment! :)

    Hi Dovey, Thanks! :) I got lucky that the sun was shining yesterday so I was able to take some outdoor pics. The macro lens surprises me sometimes because it captures tiny details I can't see with my own eyes :)

  10. What incredibly stunning photography!!! You have such a talent! You're making me wish I had a garden *sigh*

  11. Hi Perilously Pale, Thanks so much! :) My neighbor has a nice little garden, I love flowers but confess I am not the best at maintaining them!

  12. love, LOVE, love your pictures! How delightful are those roses and that butterfly? It made my afternoon!

  13. Beautiful post, as usual! I love the nails, and the comparison to Jade Rose. Wonderful pics!

  14. Hi Lexi, Thanks very much! :) Welcome back & hope you had a great time on your trip!

    Hi productdoctor, Thanks so much for the kind words! :)

  15. I want your camera and your photography skills to go along with them. Your nails are perfection all the way too!

  16. Hi HDTM, Thanks for reading, and thanks for the sweet compliment! The Leica lens really makes close-ups pretty effortless! Love it :)

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