Nykaa Pastel Nail Enamel in Marsala Chai (No. 1) : Review

by Sub Editor Akanksha on November 2, 2016

in Grade A, Nail Products, Nailpaint, New Launches, Reviews


Guest Review by Anshu Sharma (Skin type- Combination/Dry , Skin tone – Wheatish)

When Nykaa launched its pastel nail paint collection, many bloggers were going gaga over it. Being a nail paint lover myself, I wanted to try it out too. I have wheatish to dark complexion (depending on the weather), so I was a little skeptical about choosing a shade. I finally decided on Marsala Chai which I will be reviewing today :)

Availability : Nykaa.com



Shade : Marsala Chai is a beautiful earthy brown shade with maroon undertones. The colour will suit most Indian skin tones but I feel it is not the perfect brown for dusky girls as I have observed that sometimes it doesn’t look that good on my tanned hands.

Finish and pigmentation : It gives a nice glossy cream finish and is quite pigmented.

Coverage : It gives an even and opaque coverage in one coat. But I prefer two thin coats for an extra glossy finish.

Consistency : It is the right consistency for a nail paint. It is neither too thick nor runny. This makes it very easy to apply.

Staying power : The shine fades after 4-5 days without chipping which is good enough.

Does it stain your nails ? No. It doesn’t discolor your nails afterwards as it contains a UV filter to prevent discoloration and yellowing.



  • Gives opaque and even coverage in one coat itself.
  • Shade will suit most Indian skin tones.
  • Stays on nails for a week easily without chipping (depending on your daily routine)
  • Does not discolor your nails afterwards.
  • Price is reasonable when compared to Colorbar & Chambor
  • Not tested on animals, free from dangerous chemicals commonly used in nail paints.


  • May not be the perfect brown for dusky girls or tanned hands.
  • Expensive when compared with Maybelline’s Colorshow range.


Verdict : A

Price : Rs. 149 for 9 ml

Recommendation : I really like this shade and wear it often when I get bored of bright reds and berry shades. It is perfect for any season. For the price I pay, this collection is pretty good. Do give it a try, I am sure you will like it. In case you try and like it, do let me know. I’ll be happy to hear.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Nisha@Thepinktrends November 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm

I want to try their Matt Range of nailpaints


Aditi November 2, 2016 at 11:35 pm

very pretty shade, i’m always on the hunt for shades like these because they’re great for work wear! well reviewed :)

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Anshu Sharma November 3, 2016 at 8:23 am

@aditi: yes..its a pretty shade as work wear..thanks for liking the review
@nisha: ya..m too excited to try their new matt collection


Sreeparna Ganguly November 3, 2016 at 10:11 am

One of my favourite shade for nails…Thanks for the review..


Dipika Desai November 3, 2016 at 11:23 am

Very nice shade.


Anshu Sharma November 3, 2016 at 1:32 pm

@sreeparna: one of my favourite too :) happy u liked the review
@Dipika:yes it is a pretty shade..


Priyanka Jain November 3, 2016 at 6:34 pm
coralcrue November 3, 2016 at 10:27 pm

That really is such a classy shade.


paakhi November 5, 2016 at 2:11 pm

very pretty shade ..plus Nykaa nail paint stays perfect for a long time


Sangeeta G November 9, 2016 at 9:57 am

Perfect name for the shade.. looks pretty.


Anshu Sharma November 9, 2016 at 7:19 pm

@sangeeta: ya perfect name :)
@paakhi: yes it stays for good enough time


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