I lost my NARS virginity last week, and my lips may never be the same again. I spent hours last week playing colors, creating new looks, and reading up on NARS. While i typically lean towards handmade and organic cosmetics, i can’t deny the true quality of NARS. I find that NARS lipsticks, though rather expensive, are made with Vitamin E, which makes them moisturizing. Best of all- it’s paraben and lead free- and the colors are long lasting. I had low expectations of a brand name lipstick, thinking that 24.00 was WAY too much to spend on one lipstick. Then, this happened:- one turned into five. Of course, i did my research and found as many sale colors as i could.
Wearing the lipstick felt so right! Since I am “the other white meat” (bugs love to bite me in the spring and summer, much like people flock to eating chicken) and I have moody eyes that change often (my license may say green, but my eyes are hazel and or blue)- i thought it was best to go with a mauve for my pink color and a copper for my red.
My first pick was a total miss. I gave that color away because it was such an apricot color (Beautiful Liar). My second pick was a retired nars color called petit monstre- not a bad pick. I’ll definitely wear it. I also picked up “Sexual Healing” and “Catfight”, both of which i totally love and have worn quite a bit in recent days. My last pick, Gipsy, might have been a total rip off. I ordered off Amazon and it didn’t come in Nars packaging- so i had to complain to the company, when i found that it wasn’t send from MARS but an independent seller. Gotta love it- the bottom was NARS, and the product seemed to be- but i can’t be positive.
Regardless, it was life changing. My eyes are always intense, so i like muted lips- and these lipsticks really did the trick for me. Plus, when i’m stressed (which i can’t even begin to tell you how stressed i am- i graduate college in 26 days! EEK!) i tend to get like, super chapped lips for some reason. This lipstick improved the quality of my puckers for sure.
My grading on NARS Lipsticks is a solid B+. Here’s why:
1) It’s impossible to pick the color off of sephora and or amazon- the colors are totally misrepresented there. I also don’t have any beauty stores near here. I live in a small town at the Jersey Shore- so yeah, not happening.
2) The packaging, though I understand that they are industry icons, was SUPER excessive. It was like, a box, within a box, within a box. Save a tree. One box. The lettering was however, totally beautiful and sleek.
3) For such an expensive lipstick, you get very little price.
Other than that, the product is great. The formula works well and there are many different options. I love that NARS is an industry icon and that they don’t use harmful materials in their lipsticks.
I could not get any good swatch pictures, and my camera deleted all the pictures i took of them on my lips- so excuse the amateurish photo of my pale hand and the swatching—
3. Sexual Healing
4. Petit Monstre
5. Beautiful Liar