Saturday, April 12th, 2014

NARS Lipglosses
NARS Lipglosses

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) launches a reformulation on April 15th, and the new permanent range features 30 shades, which I have now reviewed in full. 23 of the shades are shades that have been carried over from the original formula, and seven of them are brand new. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

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Saturday, April 12th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss Comparison
NARS Lipgloss Comparison

I wish that I could compare all of the original NARS Lipgloss shades to how they appear in the reformulation, but alas, I only have nine of the 23. In this post, I’ve swatched the new and original in the same photo–half and half–so that it is easier to compare.

  • Angelika was more pigmented and applied much more smoothly in the original version, which was probably due to the thicker consistency.
  • Belize is slightly pinker and darker.
  • Dolce Vita had the most noticeable difference; the undertone is much cooler-toned in the reformulated shade. It was an interesting difference to capture, because when merely swatched on the skin, it sometimes looked similar, but it depended on the light. When I blended each swatch out, so it wasn’t as thick/opaque, that undertone difference became more and more prominent.
  • Orgasm is sheerer in the reformulated version, but the base is also darker/sheerer, so it doesn’t appear as light on the lips.
  • Rose Gitane seemed pretty much the same!
  • Stella seemed more pigmented in the reformulation.
  • Super Orgasm is noticeably pinker and less sparkly in the reformulated version.
  • Supervixen seemed about the same, perhaps a little more shimmery in the reformulated version.
  • Wonder seemed the same.

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Saturday, April 12th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss – Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan
NARS Lipgloss – Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan

Scandal is described as a “sheer crushed cherry.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-red with a glossy finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, while the color applied evenly for the most part, it did settle into lip lines. The color lasted for four and a half hours. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is more orange. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is very similar in color, less glossy. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is redder, brighter, more opaque. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is more muted. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is more opaque, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Misbehave is described as a “sheer cherry red with gold shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-red with red and gold shimmer. It’s pretty much Scandal with shimmer. It had semi-sheer pigmentation, which seemed to apply better than Scandal, as the settling into lip lines was subtler and less noticeable. This shade wore well for four and a half hours as well. NARS Eternal Red (P, $26.00) is more orange, less shimmery. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, less shimmery. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is more opaque, less shimmery. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is slightly less warm-toned. Maybelline Intoxicating Spice (070) (P, $8.99) is more muted, less shimmery. NARS Hollywoodlawn (LE, $26.00) is darker, more opaque. Chanel Daydream (P, $29.50) is darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Quito is described as a “bright strawberry pink.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, but it applied unevenly, and there was some color that settled lightly into lip lines. It wore well for five hours, though. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is very similar. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more muted. Milani Ravish Raspberry (06) (P, $5.49) is cooler-toned. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is very similar. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Gitane is described as a “sheer sangria.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned red with orange undertones and very subtle shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, which applied evenly with a little settling into lip lines, but it wasn’t too noticeable from a normal viewing distance. This shade lasted for four and a half hours on me. It’s just barely darker and less warm-toned compared to both Scandal and Misbehave, but they’re all quite similar in the base color. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is sheerer. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sixties Fan is described as a “pomegranate.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned berry with a glossy shine. It had semi-sheer color payoff, but it was prone to settling into lip lines and didn’t apply as evenly as one would like. The color wore well for just over four hours. It is very similar to Quito–it’s just a smidgen darker and more muted. Chanel Tocade (182) (P, $29.50) is a little lighter. MAC Fashion Perk (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, more muted. NARS Penny Arcade (LE, $26.00) is more opaque. MAC Colour Saturation (LE, $20.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

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Friday, April 11th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss – Eternal Red, Sweet Revenge, Chihuahua, Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal
NARS Lipgloss – Eternal Red, Sweet Revenge, Chihuahua, Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal

Sweet Revenge is described as a “sheer pink grapefruit.” It’s a softened, medium pink with warm undertones and champagne shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage (you can see how well it hides my lip freckle) but still has some translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through. (Yet again, the description says “sheer,” but it’s not sheer and certainly much more pigmented than other glosses in the range!) It applied evenly, and the hue wore well for four and a half hours. NARS Super Orgasm (P, $26.00) is pinker, more shimmery. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is creamier–a little lighter. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is warmer. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chihuahua is described as a “sheer guava.” It’s a medium, warm-toned, pinky-coral with a creamy finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, applied evenly for the most part, and had only minor settling into lip lines (the kind not really noticeable from a normal viewing distance). The color lasted for three and a half hours. It is really just slightly darker and less shimmery compared to Sweet Revenge–the two are very similar on. NARS Super Orgasm (P, $26.00) is darker, pinker, more shimmery. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Stolen Kisses (P, $26.00) is warmer. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Be Nice (P, $22.00) is warmer. Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ophelia is described as a “strawberry nectar.” It’s a medium-dark, peachy-coral with pink and gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff, which noticeably darkened and added warmth to the lips, plus a lot of visible shimmer. It wore well for three and a half hours on me. NARS Salamanca (P, $26.00) is redder, less shimmery. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is lighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is pinker. Guerlain Frizzy Mango (LE, $32.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Citrus (P, $24.00) is more sparkly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dolce Vita is described as a “sheer dusty rose.” It’s a medium-dark, rosy pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage–one of the more pigmented shades in the range–and applied evenly (seriously, why are the more opaque shades described as “sheer?”). It wore well for five hours on me. Of all the glosses, Dolce Vita seemed to be the one that was most changed that I could discern (I have nine of the original shades, not all)–the actual undertone of it shifted from warm to neutral-to-cool-toned. It’s still a very pretty shade, but I don’t appreciate the significant color change–the difference is most noticeable when applied. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer. Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) (P, $8.99) is lighter. Maybelline Mauve Mystique (025) (P, $8.99) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stella is described as a “muted raspberry.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned pink with pink and red shimmer. It had almost semi-opaque color payoff with noticeable translucency that let the natural lip color come through. It applied evenly, smoothly, and wore well for four and a half hours. MAC Galaxy Rose (LE, $20.00) is brighter. MAC Astral (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss – Easy Lover, Turkish Delight, Tasmania, Super Orgasm, Salamanca, Orgasm, Wonder
NARS Lipgloss – Easy Lover, Turkish Delight, Tasmania, Super Orgasm, Salamanca, Orgasm, Wonder

Super Orgasm is described as a “peachy pink with gold glitter.” It’s a medium, warm-toned pink with gold glitter. It had semi-opaque color coverage, noticeably adding color and glitter to lips but the natural lip color still came through. It wore well for four hours. I noticed the texture of the glitter throughout the wear. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, less glossy. Milani Sweet Grapefruit (09) (P, $5.49) is less shimmery, darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) (P, $8.99) is slightly cooler-toned, less shimmery. MAC Meteoric (LE, $20.00) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Salamanca is described as a “pink flamingo.” It’s a muted, coral-red with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied evenly for the most part and didn’t settle noticeably into lip lines. The color wore well for four hours on me. MAC Wake Up! (P, $22.00) is shimmery. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is cooler-toned. Revlon Fatal Apple (P, $7.99) is more opaque. Revlon Papaya (P, $7.49) is lighter, more shimmery. Guerlain Candy Stripe (P, $30.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Orgasm is described as a “peachy pink with shimmer.” It’s a light, peahcy-pink with a lot of gold and coppery-gold shimmer. It’s a lot lighter compared to Super Orgasm, which is a darker pink overall. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, which lasted for four hours. MAC Flare for Fantasy (LE, $20.00) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty Heart Shaped (308) (P, $28.00) is slightly pinker. MAC Dynasty at Dusk (LE, $20.00) is similar. Guerlain Frizzy Mango (LE, $32.00) is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wonder is described as a “sheer mandarin orange with pink and gold shimmer.” It’s a medium, warm-toned orange with barely-there pink and gold shimmer. It’s semi-opaque–not at all sheer–but settles slightly into lip lines. The color wore well for five hours, which is longer than many other shades in the range. MAC Riviera Life (LE, $15.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Morange (LE, $15.00) is more opaque. MAC Eclectic Edge (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. Guerlain Tangerine Vlam (P, $30.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Eternal Red is described as a “bright orange-red.” It’s a medium-dark, orange-red with warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it applied so-so–it was mostly even but there was some color that settled into the lip lines. This shade lasted for five hours on me. MAC Berry Bold (LE, $20.00) is similar, less glossy. Shiseido Lust (RD305) (P, $25.00) is more opaque. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is redder, more opaque. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is brighter, more opaque, more shimmery. Chanel Exces (P, $32.00) is redder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

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Monday, April 7th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss – Supervixen, Istria, Angelika, Priscilla, Easy Lover, Turkish Delight
NARS Lipgloss – Supervixen, Istria, Angelika, Priscilla, Easy Lover, Turkish Delight

Angelika is described as a “cotton candy pink with gold particles.” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium pink with blue undertones and subtle gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer color coverage, but it did not apply evenly and tended to settle into lip lines. It lasted for four hours, which is about average for me. MAC Fearless (LE, $20.00) is less glossy, darker. Milani Pink Lady (07) (P, $5.49) is slightly darker, less cool-toned. L’Oreal Florid Pink (LE, $7.99) is less glossy. NARS Coeur Sucre (P, $26.00) is slightly lighter, more pigmented. MAC Silly (LE, $15.00) is less blue-based, darker. MAC Pink Nouveau (LE, $15.00) is more pigmented, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Priscilla is described as a “shocking pink.” It’s a vibrant, fuchsia pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had mostly opaque pigmentation with just a tiny bit of translucency. It applied evenly and smoothly, while the color lasted for five hours. MAC Pink Poodle (By Request) (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery. MAC Girl About Town (LE, $15.00) is darker, more shimmery. MAC Embrace Me (LE, $15.00) is less blue-based, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Easy Lover is described as a “ultra-sheer hot pink.” It’s a muted, cool-toned pinky-purple with iridescent shimmer. It is, as described, incredibly sheer. On my lips, it just made them look slightly pinker and added some shimmer, but it’s barely-there. The color seemed to emphasize my lip lines. It lasted for two and a half hours on me. MAC Playful Petal (LE, $20.00) is very similar. Revlon Sugar Violet (P, $7.99) is more pigmented. MAC Rhythm (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Chanel Chelsea (LE, $29.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Turkish Delight is described as a “pink sherbet.” It’s a pinky-beige with subtle warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage but settled into lip lines, though the color seemed to apply fairly evenly otherwise. It lasted for three hours on me. Chanel Rosace (87) (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery. Maybelline Petal Plush (100) (P, $8.99) is similar. MAC Picture Pink (LE, $15.00) is less glossy. MAC Angel (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tasmania is described as a “pink cantaloupe.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage, and it does settle into lip lines. The color managed to wear for three hours on me. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is a bit darker, less milky. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Chanel Murmure (179) (P, $29.50) is slightly warmer. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated, and the new formulation will launch on April 15th with 30 permanent shades–seven are new and permanent, 23 are shades that were available in the previous formula. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

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