Thursday, November 10th, 2011

NARS Catfight Lipstick
NARS Catfight Lipstick

NARS Catfight Lipstick

NARS Catfight Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “nude mauve.” It has a semi-matte finish, which is supposed to yield full color coverage, be long-wearing, and moisturizing from the inclusion of conditioners and antioxidants. I don’t know if I’d use the word “nude” to describe this color. It’s a pink-plum with a subtle, cool undertone running through it. The finish is decidedly semi-matte–it has the look of a matte overall but there’s a little sheen there, and the sheen is still visible from afar. MAC Hot Gossip is pinker and glossier but similar in color.

NARS’ Semi-Matte Lipstick formula wears four to six hours on me, and when I wore Catfight out for errands, it wore welll for four hours and needed reapplication at five. It’s unscented and tasteless to me. I don’t find it hydrating; it’s not as drying as some matte finishes are, but it’s not comfortable to wear for longer than three hours. I had strong urges to apply balm by that point!

The Glossover



I wish it was more hydrating or less drying, because wearing it for longer than a few hours results in rather dry, chapped lips. I'd recommend wearing it with balm or gloss on top or underneath to help combat that particular issue.











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NARS Catfight Lipstick
NARS Catfight Lipstick

NARS Catfight Lipstick
NARS Catfight Lipstick

NARS Catfight Lipstick
NARS Catfight Lipstick

NARS Catfight Lipstick
NARS Catfight Lipstick

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NARS, $24.

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Any dupes?

MAC Hot Gossip is pinker and glossier but similar in color.

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60 thoughts on “NARS Catfight Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Sarah M

    This lipstick looks amazing!!! :)

  2. I always go for the NARS Sheer formulation, because they are moisturizing.

  3. Courtney

    Cute! I’ve always passed this color up thinking it was nothing special but it is really beautiful. Shame about the wear but I can deal with it for this color! Good thing there’s a VIB event at my sephora today!

  4. Cindy

    This is my “go-to” dusky pink lipstick (at least it looks that way on me, I’m *very* fair). I discovered it years ago at Sephora and wear it with MAC’s plum lipliner. Sometimes I use NARS lipgloss in “Female Trouble” over it. When MAC released that “Pink Cult” blush, I discovered that it’s PERFECT for it! I used to wear Benefit’s Dandelion with it, which also looks great, but Pink Cult is great!

  5. So pretty, kinda a my lips but better colour

  6. Dana

    This looks so pretty on you! How do you get lipsticks and glosses to last for hours on your lips? I am lucky if I get a half hour, and that is across the board.

    • Nothing special – that is just the product by itself, no lip liner, primer, concealer, foundation, etc. No tricks, just applied onto lips. I notice that a lot of my friends lick their lips, press them together, move them around, etc. – they are fussing with their lips. I don’t do these things so maybe that’s why?

  7. Lauren

    Such a pretty color! Definitely not a nude, though. You look great in every color. So not fair! Haha!

  8. Pretty shade, but this screams “summer” to me.

  9. This is a beautiful color, but I haven’t purchased another lipstick from NARS since Mayflower. I find their lippie formulas to be very drying and they tend to cake versus fading with wear. I love NARS and wish they would do something to fix the drying factors in their lipstick line.

  10. Ana G.

    Like it! But we can’t buy Nars in Portugal and ordering online is wayyy too expensive! Nice color though!

  11. Saffy

    Wow, I really love this one. I would definitely consider picking it up!

  12. Nadia

    I tried a couple of NARS lipsticks in person after I saw swatches here and I really don’t like their formula. At least for the ones I tried, they were very drying and the way they fade is not pleasant. It feels like they ‘pill’ or something. Just gross. But this is a beautiful colour!

  13. Ashley D.

    Very purrdy.

  14. Shawna F

    What foundation are you wearing here I looks amazing on your skin! I like this color I can handle the drying I suppose even though Winter is coming/here lol

  15. lilly

    The texture is just so flattering and smooth!

  16. Audrey

    I hate how beautiful this is. Now I have to have it, haha. Looks so pretty one you, Christine! :)

  17. Kristina VV

    This is a nice color I really like I have not tried any nars lipsticks I have only Mac ones right now do you think the nars are worth the almost extra 10 dollars?

    • Sometimes but not all the time – NARS’ lipstick formula is not my favorite for high-end, so while other lipsticks are worth it, not this particular one.

  18. I really like NARS’ lipsticks and this color is gorgeous… Seeing as how I’ve been looking for a good pink, I am definitely going to check this one out! Too bad about it not being moisturizing, I’ve had pretty good luck with their lipsticks across the board. I don’t mind using lip balm with lipsticks, though, so this may be workable for me.

  19. This one got something. Hmmmm…. it really special. But I am hopeless, I cannot stand the drying formula of the NARS lipsticks. And they have so nice colurs, it is a shame!

  20. Dayna

    Aw :( and the color is sooo pretty. I wish it wasnt drying.

  21. jen

    This reminds me alot of my Nars matte Montego Bay which is my all time favorite lippie. Speaking of lipsticks, have you tried the new Revlon Lip Butters?? oh my stars… seriously amazing. Blew my Chanel Coco Rouge Shine out of the water. Just ask Musings :)

  22. Sindhu

    Hi Christine!

    Love this color on you…I’m wondering does this color look similar to Mac’s Mehr from the Micky Contractor collection to you? I’ve been looking for a dupe for that and this looks somewhat similar!

  23. Angi

    So pretty. Your entire look here is great. What do you have on your cheeks?

  24. Alicia

    I just picked up this lipstick from Sephora like a week ago because it looked really pretty on me. I have to agree with the drying part, but it can be solved with application of good hydrating lip balm. I’m very pale with neutral to somewhat cool tone.

  25. Veronica

    It’s a really pretty color, but my lips dry too easily to make it worth purchasing for me. C’est la vie. Looks good on you, though!

    Also, I hate the name. I don’t know why, but I’ve always found the term “catfight” to be really patronizing.

  26. Stephanie

    It remind me of Heavenly by Cover Girl Lip Perfection but i think the nars one has more of a sheen..