We couldn’t do a better job of writing up the history of Nars Jungle Red nail polish than the lovely ladies at Sephora’s Beauty and the Blog already did. In brief, the color has a starring role in The Women (both the original play, movie and now the remade movie).
We were inspired to try this polish for our change-of-season pedicure and took it over to our local salon. If you looked up True Red in the dictionary, you would find a photo of Nars Jungle Red polish, meaning it’s not a berry red we might wear in summer and it’s not a burgundy we might wear in winter.
Our original plan was to do our fingernails in Sephora by OPI’s Metro Chic, thinking the red/gray combo would be eye-catching, but once we saw Jungle Red on our toes, we knew we had to try it on our hands, too.
The funny part is, just like in The Women, Jungle Red caused quite a stir at our local nail salon. A fellow salon-goer wanted the color for her own mani, but was dismayed to find out the salon didn’t offer the color. Not to worry, unlike some of the women in the movie, JSG definitely are not the type about whom you would say: “There’s a name for women like that that’s rarely used outside a kennel.” (If that doesn’t make sense, see the movie.) We happily let her borrow our polish.
We checked in with our favorite manicurist, Erica Marton of the Sally Hershberger Face Place. She tells us that the color is a top pick at her salon, too: She only has a small amount of the polish left and it’s still September. She recommends using a top coat 2 or 3 days into the mani to keep the color from chipping. And for those looking for a less expensive option (it sells for $16), Erica recommend Essie’s Bordeaux (a bargain at $8).