A while back, I had the chance to piggyback on a friend's NARS order and get Diamond Life, the only polish in their Spring 2012 collection. At the time, there weren't any good swatches of this around, but NARS described it as "metallic violet", and you know I'm all over anything in the purple family, so I went ahead and got it.
Now that I've tried it, I've got mixed feelings. The color is pretty—though as purples tend to do, it confused my camera, which made it look a touch too warm in some photos and a touch too cool in others. It only took one coat (seriously). But oh, the brushstrokes. The finish reminds me somewhat of the old Sally Hansen Chrome polishes, but those didn't cost $17 or $18 a bottle even in today's dollars, and on most of those, the brushstrokes settle out better if I recall correctly.
Maybe if I thinned it a bit and was more careful in my application I'd be able to get the brushstrokes all neatly lined up, and perhaps a topcoat would help it look its best. I'm just not sure I want to make the effort when there are so many other polishes in my stash that are easier to deal with. I'm not exactly sorry I got this because if I hadn't I'd probably be wondering what I was missing, it's just a bit disappointing.