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NARS Bound, Danceteria, La Main Bleue Velvet Lip Glides

NARS Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Bound Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium-dark rosy mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a cream finish. It had good color payoff, though it was not fully opaque, with a smooth, lightweight texture that was comfortable to wear and non-tacky. The only issue I had with this one was how the color gathered in lip lines noticeably. This shade wore well for four hours and was hydrating over time. MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Sweet Tooth (LE, $20.00) is lighter (80% similar). Anastasia Raisin (-, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Lots of Laughs (P, $10.00) is lighter (80% similar). Anastasia Vintage (-, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Danceteria Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark raspberry pink with cool, blue undertones and a creamy finish. The gloss had a smooth, gel-like texture that wasn’t heavy, so it was comfortable to wear over the five hours it lasted. It had rich color payoff that applied evenly, and the color didn’t pull into lip lines either. The formula felt moisturizing while I wore it. Colour Pop Trinkets (LE) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Barbie Pink (-, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Charm (LE, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Weekend Barbie (-, $16.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Infamy (P, $52.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Erotic (P, $52.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Raring to Go (P, $10.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). Sephora Ultra Violet (18) (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Le Maine Bleue Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark berry with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation–just slight translucency that allowed my lip freckle to peek through–that covered evenly and smoothly. I found that this shade applied particularly well and did not emphasize lip lines like some of the other shades have in this range. The color wore well for just over five hours and was moisturizing while worn. MAC Twirling (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay After Dark (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Electro (-, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Rebel (LE, $15.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Tango (-, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NYX Spice Cake (P, $5.99) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Vice (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

NARS Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a hybrid between lipstick and lipgloss that is hydrating, richly pigmented, and comfortable to wear. They have stronger color payoff, a non-tacky consistency, and a smoothness to their consistency that is a lot like a good lipstick, while they have a plusher, thicker texture that gives lips a plumper, fuller look along with a glossy sheen that is more like a gloss. Some of the lighter shades settled into lip lines, but it varied from shade to shade. The wear varied between three and five hours for me, which is more like a gloss than a lipstick. They develop a more “velvety” finish, which is code for “less shine” after two to three hours, and at that point, they tend to look more like a natural finish lipstick than a gloss. I would classify the formula more as a pigmented gloss than a glossy lipstick, if I had to put it firmly in one box. The formula has a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste to me.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide Bound
Bound
NARS Velvet Lip Glide Danceteria
Danceteria
NARS Velvet Lip Glide La Main Bleue

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NARS Mineshaft, No. 54, Le Palace Velvet Lip Glides

NARS Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Mineshaft Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium red with warm, orange undertones and a cream finish. The texture was smooth, non-sticky, and light-to-medium in weight; it sat well on lips for the most part with just the faintest settling that was visible in the close-up but not in person (without a magnifying mirror). The color was richly pigmented and lasted for five hours while it felt hydrating over time. NARS No. 54 (P, $26.00) is cooler (95% similar). Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Forever Darling (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Urban Decay Punch Drunk (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Anthurium (LE, $19.50) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Anastasia Runway Red (-, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Milani Red My Lips (12) (P, $5.49) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Neon Apple (-, $16.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Le Palace (P, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS No. 54 Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a cream finish. It had opaque color payoff that applied with smooth, even coverage. The texture was smooth with a little weight (but it wasn’t heavy) and just slightly emphasized a few of my lip lines, which I could only see close-up. This shade wore well for five hours and was moisturizing while worn. Tom Ford Beauty No Vacancy (P, $52.00) is brighter (95% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Altressa (P, $85.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bugatti Red (17) (P, $48.00) is darker, glossier (95% similar). Anastasia Neon Apple (-, $16.00) is brighter, warmer (95% similar). NARS Mineshaft (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Socialite (-, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Punchy Red (-, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Le Palace Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a deep red with subtle, cool undertones and very fine pearl. It had intense color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly. The texture was smooth, almost gel-like, and easy to spread across the lips and did not well up into my lip lines. This shade wore well for almost five hours and was hydrating over time. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Ready to Roam (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Altressa (P, $85.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Brickhouse (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Runway Red (-, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Mineshaft (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty No Vacancy (P, $52.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Anastasia Socialite (-, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Neon Apple (-, $16.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

NARS Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a hybrid between lipstick and lipgloss that is hydrating, richly pigmented, and comfortable to wear. They have stronger color payoff, a non-tacky consistency, and a smoothness to their consistency that is a lot like a good lipstick, while they have a plusher, thicker texture that gives lips a plumper, fuller look along with a glossy sheen that is more like a gloss. Some of the lighter shades settled into lip lines, but it varied from shade to shade. The wear varied between three and five hours for me, which is more like a gloss than a lipstick. They develop a more “velvety” finish, which is code for “less shine” after two to three hours, and at that point, they tend to look more like a natural finish lipstick than a gloss. I would classify the formula more as a pigmented gloss than a glossy lipstick, if I had to put it firmly in one box. The formula has a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste to me.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide Mineshaft
Mineshaft
NARS Velvet Lip Glide No. 54
No. 54
NARS Velvet Lip Glide Le Palace
Le Palace

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NARS Stripped, Unlaced, Playpen Velvet Lip Glides

NARS Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium beige with a hint of pink paired with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and while it didn’t appear streaky, the color settled into lip lines noticeably. This was one of the worst performers in the range as a result, even though it felt comfortable to wear over the three and a half hours it lasted. MAC Art of Seduction (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Insouciance (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Liquid Passion (LE, $15.00) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied without streaking, but some of the color gathered into lip lines. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and non-sticky. The color lasted for three hours on me, but there was more color visible in my lip lines at that point as well. Maybelline Life's a Peach (P, $4.49) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Odalisque (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Dress the Part (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Hella (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Pink-a-boo (P, $4.49) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Rose Reve (189) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Creamsicle (P, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Buxom White Russian (P, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Boy Bait (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Ideale (22) (LE, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and spread easily across the lips. The formula was hydrating, comfortable on the lips, and lasted for four hours on me. There was a slight amount of visible color in lip lines, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) (P, $8.99) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Snitch (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). NARS Nebulous (LE, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Candy Coral (-, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Maui (-, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

NARS Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a hybrid between lipstick and lipgloss that is hydrating, richly pigmented, and comfortable to wear. They have stronger color payoff, a non-tacky consistency, and a smoothness to their consistency that is a lot like a good lipstick, while they have a plusher, thicker texture that gives lips a plumper, fuller look along with a glossy sheen that is more like a gloss. The wear varied between three and five hours for me, which is more like a gloss than a lipstick. They develop a more “velvety” finish, which is code for “less shine” after two to three hours, and at that point, they tend to look more like a natural finish lipstick than a gloss. Some of the lighter shades settled into lip lines, but it varied from shade to shade. Overall, the formula was lightly to moderately hydrating and comfortable to wear. I would classify the formula more as a pigmented gloss than a glossy lipstick, if I had to put it firmly in one box. The formula has a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste to me.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide Stripped
Stripped
NARS Velvet Lip Glide Unlaced
Unlaced
NARS Velvet Lip Glide Playpen
Playpen

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Sneak Peek: NARS Velvet Lip Glides Photos & Swatches

NARS Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new liquid lip color from NARS that’s supposed to be a hybrid between lipstick and gloss. I’ll be testing these out over the next few weeks (they don’t launch until September 6th at the earliest, for Sephora VIB/VIB Rouges, so I’ll be timing my reviews to be closer to that availability). Here are swatches in the meanwhile!

NARS Velvet Lip Glides

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NARS Velvet Lip Glide for Fall 2016

NARS Velvet Lip Glide for Fall 2016
NARS Velvet Lip Glide for Fall 2016

This season, NARS takes lips to a whole new level with the new Velvet Lip Glide. The new lip color strikes the perfect balance between softness and strength, coverage and comfort in a full range of colors. Laced with NARS’ Oil Infusion Complex, this hybrid lip color combines the fluidity and effortlessness of a gloss with the coverage and comfort of a lipstick. Oil Infusion Complex allows for a smooth-glide effect, instantly delivering saturated color with sensorial comfort. The new doe foot applicator offers a plush application delivering effortlessly nourished lips and intense color. Named after the iconic venues and new attitude that emerged from the sexual revolution of the ‘70s, Velvet Lip Glide shade names capture the freedom of personal power and play.

Availability

September 6th for VIB/VIB Rouge (Sephora), September 15th (NARS Boutiques, NARSCosmetics.com), October 1st at all other retailers

The Details

Velvet Lip Glide | $26.00 | New, Permanent

  • Area Rich chestnut
  • Bound Rose pink
  • Danceteria Fuchsia
  • Deviant Deep burgundy (NARS Exclusive)
  • La Main Bleue Rich berry
  • Le Palace Deep cherry red
  • Mineshaft Poppy red
  • No. 54 Raspberry red
  • Playpen Pink coral
  • Stripped Beige pink
  • Toy Deep aubergine
  • Unlaced Nude pink
  • Unspeakable Garnet

NARS Shirley & Stefania Audacious Lipsticks

NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick
NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick

NARS Shirley Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep red with subtle, warm undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, creamy, and lightweight consistency that applied evenly and was comfortable to wear. This shade wore for over six hours and left behind a stain. The formula felt lightly hydrating on my lips. Marc Jacobs Beauty Miss Scarlet (208) (P, $30.00) is darker, more muted (95% similar). Besame Cherry Red 1935 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Shiseido Bloodstone (RD503) (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Olivia (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Tentation (169) (P, $36.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Tannin (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Velvet (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). NARS Fire Down Below (P, $28.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Perfect Score (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Just a Bite (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). YSL Black Red (71) (LE, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Silk (LE, $5.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar). NARS Eva (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler, glossier (85% similar). NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (P, $17.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Make Up For Ever C406 (P, $22.00) is lighter, less glossy (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Stefania Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep, magenta fuchsia with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. The texture was smooth, creamy, and easy to apply as it didn’t tug on the lips and delivered rich, opaque coverage in a single stroke. The color lasted awhile–well past six hours–and was neither drying nor hydrating over time. Estee Lauder Stronger (P, $30.00) is lighter, cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Maybelline Rebel Pink (P, $7.49) is less glossy (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C207 (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty #010 (LE, $36.00) is cooler (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pretty Boy (P, $18.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Burgundy (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Have Your Cake (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | NARS Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a richly pigmented, creamy, hydrating, and long-wearing formula. In my experience, the formula is typically opaque in a single stroke, lightweight, moderately to very creamy with four to six hour wear. It feels lightly hydrating to mostly non-drying overall. There is no noticeable scent or taste, and they are very comfortable to wear.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Shirley
Shirley
NARS Audacious Lipstick Stefania
Stefania

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