Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

NARS Angelique Lip Treatment
NARS Angelique Lip Treatment

When Quantity Matters

NARS Angelique Lip Treament ($25.00 for 0.06 oz.) is an ultra sheer neutral rose that almost leans coral–it just brightens up my natural lip color a bit. It has a glossier finish than your average lipstick, but it feels very lightweight and is moisturizing if you have healthier lips. It’s not overly creamy, bit it glides on lips easily and doesn’t feel like you’re wearing enough, but this also means that it’s just as easy to over-apply the product. (And trust me, with the amount you get, you don’t want to do that.) It doesn’t keep my lips moisturized all day though, and I do find myself needing to reapply every three to four hours.  It also carries a rating of SPF 15 (titanium dioxide).

So, this is a situation where I’m really bothered by the product’s price/quantity ratio. I’m willing to give all products a fair shake, and I recognize that there are brands at different price points with some brands trying to be more accessible and others remaining at arm’s length and obviously in the luxury category. I expect pricing to be in line with the brand’s image, similar products, etc., and I expect quantity to be around the average for that brand and/or direct competitors.

I don’t understand why NARS’ Lip Treatments are $25 (which is $1 more than their lipsticks and glosses) and HALF the size.  This is not a product that packs a ton of pigment in a single swipe so you can put it up to using less, or it’s full of innovative, never-before-seen ingredients/technology.  This is a product I’d easily use 3-4 times a day:  two weeks of usage and it’s already over half gone.

And so many thought Fresh was a splurge at $22.50 (but for 0.15 oz.)… Dior (which tends to be pricier than NARS) has their Lip Glow ($28.00 for 0.12 oz.), Fusion Beauty has LipFusion Balm Lip Conditioning Stick ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.), and so on. If you want to go NARS, I’d suggest one of their lipsticks instead, which are quite moisturizing as far as lipsticks go (on average) with some colors on the sheer side, others more semi-opaque, but at least you’ll get twice as much product.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 5/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I would pass, because they’re just way too pricey for what you get. There are plenty of other more moisturizing tinted lip balms (that come in stick-form) with twice as much product for about the same price. If NARS was just a little below the average, it wouldn’t be so bad, but they’re half as much and the size is half as much as their own lipsticks (which are fairly moisturizing!).  If you have dry or peeling lips, this won’t be enough.

AVAILABILITY: NARS, Sephora

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NARS Angelique Lip Treatment
NARS Angelique Lip Treatment

NARS Angelique Lip Treatment
NARS Angelique Lip Treatment

NARS Angelique Lip Treatment
NARS Angelique Lip Treatment

NARS Angelique Lip Treatment
NARS Angelique Lip Treatment

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19 thoughts on “NARS Angelique Lip Treament Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Diane

    For this color, you might as well just buy Strawberry or Cherry chapstick! It will do the same thing for a lot less money!

  2. Diana B

    Good for you on your rating of this product you can stop in Walmart and pick up something better.

  3. Melissa (divinem)

    Off topic: I drool over your brows, Christine. I have jet black hair, but you can barely see my eyebrows.

  4. Wow, 0.06oz?!? What’s in this stuff? Gold? lol. NARS products usually give a good amount of product so I’m surprised that this is so teeny tiny. Even if I was a die hard NARS fan (which I am not) I wouldn’t go for this -_-’.

  5. Ashley D.

    Totally skipping.

  6. Bernice

    Great review !
    Love your honesty and practicality :D

  7. Sukaina

    Where is the color lol :D

  8. nessa

    It’s very pretty on you, but YIKES on the price! Thanks for your honest review, Christine!

  9. My Lip Ice in Amber looks just like it and it cost me about 10ZAR ($1.30).
    Just seems like a waste of money to me.

  10. This is the only NARS product that I wouldn’t buy hahahahahaha I’ll stick to Cherry Chapstick as well!!!

  11. Sophie

    This is horrible quality :/

  12. Electra

    This is actually my favorite tinted balm — the color is absolutely perfect on me, and I haven’t been able to find another that I like even half as well; this is just gorgeous with my coloring — but I agree that the price/product ratio is out of line. I’d repurchase, though, just because it’s such a perfect product for me and I haven’t found a cheaper substitute.

  13. husna

    The price is too much, had to pay £18.00 :( but im in love with the color, i have pigmented lips, but a few swipes makes my lips look like i’ve been kissed ;) do you have any other lip product suggestion which gives same shade of color? xoxo