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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). Urban Decay Punch Drunk (P, $19.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Laura Mercier Poppy (P, $25.00) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #402 Red to Go (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). MAC Forever Darling (P, $24.00) is darker (95% similar). Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is brighter, lighter (95% similar). Milani Red My Lips (12) (P, $5.49) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Runway Red (-, $16.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Neon Apple (-, $16.00) is brighter (90% similar). Revlon HD Fire Opal (560) (P, $8.99) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Anthurium (LE, $19.50) is brighter, lighter (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). NARS Mineshaft (P, $26.00) is warmer (95% similar). Anastasia Neon Apple (-, $16.00) is warmer, brighter (95% similar). Cle de Peau Bugatti Red (17) (P, $48.00) is glossier, darker (95% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Altressa (P, $85.00) is more muted, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Socialite (-, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Punchy Red (-, $16.00) is cooler, lighter (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). Anastasia Runway Red (-, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred (P, $38.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Altressa (P, $85.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Ready to Roam (LE, $15.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Opera (LE, $15.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Brickhouse (P, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Mineshaft (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Neon Apple (-, $16.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). MAC Driven by Love (P, $19.50) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Socialite (-, $16.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty No Vacancy (P, $52.00) is brighter, lighter (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. Chanel Insouciance (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Art of Seduction (LE, $20.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% 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. LORAC Barista (LE, $17.00) 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 Dress the Part (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Odalisque (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $15.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Rose Reve (189) (LE, $30.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Buxom Creamsicle (P, $19.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Maybelline Life's a Peach (P, $4.49) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Ideale (22) (LE, $34.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Buxom White Russian (P, $19.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). MAC Boy Bait (P, $20.00) is warmer, darker (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. Too Faced Peach Tease (P, $19.00) is brighter, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Pure Peach (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Nebulous (LE, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) (P, $8.99) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Snitch (P, $26.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Candy Coral (-, $16.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (85% similar). NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is warmer, brighter (85% similar). Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). Anastasia Maui (-, $16.00) is warmer, darker (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. Besame Cherry Red 1935 (P, $22.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Miss Scarlet (208) (P, $30.00) is more muted, darker (95% similar). MAC Dubonnet (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). NARS Olivia (P, $32.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Shiseido Bloodstone (RD503) (P, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). YSL Black Red (71) (LE, $36.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Fire Down Below (P, $28.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Tannin (P, $26.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (90% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $17.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Visionary (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Perfect Score (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Velvet (P, $21.00) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Tentation (169) (P, $37.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Just a Bite (LE, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Rock Steady (P, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Silk (LE, $5.00) is cooler, more muted, darker (85% similar). NARS Eva (LE, $32.00) is glossier, cooler, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (P, $17.00) is warmer, brighter, lighter (85% similar). NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is cooler, brighter, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Mistletoe (LE, $26.00) is more muted, darker (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 less glossy, cooler, lighter (90% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pretty Boy (P, $18.00) is glossier, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C207 (P, $22.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Burgundy (P, $28.00) is darker (90% similar). Bite Beauty #010 (LE, $36.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Rebel Pink (P, $7.49) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Have Your Cake (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (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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NARS Apoline, Kate, Mona Audacious Lipsticks

NARS Apoline Audacious Lipstick
NARS Apoline Audacious Lipstick

NARS Apoline Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm, rosy undertones and a satin sheen. It had good pigmentation that covered the lips evenly, while the texture was creamy, easy to apply, and comfortable to wear. I noticed some of the color pulled into lip lines just slightly after three hours of wear, while the shade lasted closer to five hours in total. The formula was a smidgen hydrating while worn. Tom Ford Beauty Indian Rose (P, $50.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Primrose (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Estee Lauder Inescapable (P, $32.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C106 (P, $22.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Shy (P, $15.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Flashy (LE, $24.00) is less glossy, warmer (90% similar). MAC Faux (P, $17.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Audition (P, $21.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Fig (P, $26.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Sorbet (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). NARS Anita (P, $32.00) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Criminal (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Kate Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium purple with warm, pink undertones and a creamy, lightly glossy finish. The color payoff was intense–totally opaque in one pass–and went on evenly. The consistency was smooth, creamy, and never tugged on the lips as I applied it. This shade lasted for over six hours, left a fuchsia-tinted stain behind, and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Strong Woman (LE, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Colour Pop Zipper (P, $6.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Dose of Colors Dark Secret (P, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Vintage (P, $20.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Speedball (P, $17.00) is glossier, darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Leather (P, $5.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). MAC Heroine (P, $17.00) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bijou (LE, $6.00) is less glossy, lighter (85% similar). MAC Stylist's Tip (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Vibrant Violet (P, $7.99) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Notorious (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Mona Audacious Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark brick red with warm undertones and a creamy finish. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and sat well on the lips without emphasizing the texture of my lips. The pigmentation was completely opaque, as described, and the color applied evenly. On me, the color wore well for over six hours, left a slight stain behind, and was moderately hydrating while worn. Marc Jacobs Beauty Miss Scarlet (208) (P, $30.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $17.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Maybelline Smoking Red (P, $7.49) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). Maybelline Burgundy Blush (P, $7.99) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Diva (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $17.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). NARS Charlotte (P, $32.00) is cooler, brighter (90% similar). Estee Lauder Desirous (P, $30.00) is less glossy, darker (90% similar). YSL Black Red (71) (LE, $36.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Melted Velvet (P, $21.00) is brighter, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Divine Wine (P, $7.99) is less glossy, lighter (90% similar). NARS Bette (P, $32.00) is cooler, darker (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nikita (Right) (LE) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Shirley (P, $32.00) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). MAC Dionysus (P, $21.00) is cooler, darker (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 Apoline
Apoline
NARS Audacious Lipstick Kate
Kate
NARS Audacious Lipstick Mona
Mona

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