Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

NARS Downtown Lipgloss
NARS Downtown Lipgloss

NARS Holiday 2010: Downtown

NARS Downtown Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a darkened mauve-plum with brightened fuchsia-plum shimmer. It has a high gloss shine, and it is surprisingly thick. I actually found this gloss to be rather thick and tacky, while NARS’ Lipglosses are known for their non-sticky texture. Stickiness aside, I really loved this shade–it seemed different than the usual plums. I loved that it was opaque, but the shimmer and shine almost made it seem metallic when worn.

The texture of this particular gloss felt so different from other NARS’ Lipglosses; the stickiness was one thing, but this was very thick, too.  I don’t mind a tacky gloss myself, but if non-sticky is a must-have, I would pass on this or else try it in-store first.  I did not notice any scent (plastic, wax, or otherwise), though.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you can handle very tacky gloss, this is a color worth checking out. It’s flattering on both warm and cool skin tones as well as paler and darker skin tones.


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NARS Downtown Lipgloss
NARS Downtown Lipgloss

NARS Downtown Lipgloss
NARS Downtown Lipgloss

NARS Downtown Lipgloss
NARS Downtown Lipgloss

NARS Downtown Lipgloss
NARS Downtown Lipgloss

NARS Downtown Lipgloss
NARS Downtown Lipgloss

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase a Downtown? How much is it?

NARS, $24.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

MAC Lovechild is the closest I can think of, but I wouldn't really say they are dupes.

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38 thoughts on “NARS Downtown Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Gorgeous! I have not seen any colors similar to this. Would love to have it for my collection.

  2. Jakara

    I want it! Love the color!

  3. shilpa

    love your entire look, christine. can you give us a break down?

  4. Promise

    This is actually really pretty, and I know you said this one didn’t have a scent, but I don’t like the scent of my Nars gloss now, and I think they are pricey for what they are.

  5. Kathrina

    I like it. It kind of looks like a lighter lipgloss version of MAC’s Odyssey lipstick. I’m not yet sure if I will purchase this one, though.

  6. Kerrie

    I’m not a fan of plums but that’s really nice.

  7. Elizabeth

    The way it looks on you is very similar as to what MAC Courting Lilac Lipstick looks like on me.

  8. Jazz

    I tried this on the other day in Sephora, and its so pretty on ( Nw-45ish skin , pink lips ). Only thing I didnt like was the texture, it was ridiculously thick just like you said .

  9. lo

    This is pretty! It kinda reminds me of Chanel’s Particuliere for lips… weird?

  10. Michelle

    OMG I have been SEARCHING for a color like this…I had this GREAT mini gloss I got with a clinique GWP a while ago that I just finished (and they apparently do not carry) that looks almost identical. Thanks for posting!

  11. Evelyn

    Does it seem to you that a lot comes out on the wand, more so than normal? Or maybe it’s just so thick that it makes me think that. It is a pretty color though.

  12. Marcela

    Gorgeous color and shimmer! I do love the somewhat “metallic” effect. Too bad there isn’t an exact MAC dupe, though, cuz I’m not willing to dish out $24 for ONE lipgloss.

  13. Nicole

    That looks so pretty on you! Love the color.

  14. Lucie

    I love this gloss! It really is a very unique colour, very pigmented which is nice. I don’t think it is sticky to a bothersome point, and the wear time is longer because of the thickness of it. Two thumbs up!

  15. I just purchased this. I didn’t find it to be that thick/tacky. I love it – it’s like no other color in my collection.

  16. Bernice

    Very unusual. You look good in it but I doubt I will ! LOL

  17. The one Nars lipgloss that I own is sticky too. Very pretty color!

  18. Shefali

    I just bought this on Sunday! It’s absolutely gorgeous in the tube AND on the lips!!

  19. Sarah A.

    I snatched this one up during Sephora’s Friends and Family sale… I love it, it’s beautiful on its own and does such interesting things to my lipsticks when I use it to layer! I didn’t notice a problem with it being sticky, but then again, I have been using a smaller amount and wearing it sheer…

  20. Wow, very nice! Is the plum-ishness similar to Benefit’s Breakup Rumor lipstick at all? (I ask because Breakup Rumor is an amazing lipstick and I’ve been looking for a gloss to go with it!)

  21. kaylynrenee

    I have to have this…

  22. jennifer

    wow this looks so pretty wish I could try it on first

  23. ohh super pretty on you but I could never pull it off 😛

  24. Xiao

    This was my first NARS Lipgloss purchase :) pity I’ve been sick for two weeks and have an allergic reaction on my upper lip so I haven’t een wearing any lip products :((

  25. Angel

    i usually steer clear from colors like this.. they’re a bit out of my comfort zone lol. but seeing how nice it looks on you makes me REALLLYYY want it :(. it’s like the perfect color for fall and winter LOL. and it’s amazingly flattering with the eye makeup you have on 😀

  26. Downtown Lipgloss will become a cult favorite.

  27. Perri

    I haaate how tacky Nars gloss is. FOr some reason the lighter shades apply stickier… I have a really deep red color that isn’t so tacky.

  28. Maya

    I’m starting to worry that NARS is changing their formula for their lipgloss…I bought Oasis and was shocked by how sticky and thick it was (just as you described here). If it weren’t for the fact that I LOVE the color I’d return it! Hope any future colors have the same old consistency!

  29. Zoffe

    Wow, that’s such a gorgeous and unique shade! I really love the metallic sheen :)

  30. I’ve ordered this (after seeing this review) plus Hot Wired lip laquer, will let you know how I like them in person. :)

  31. Robella

    Color is amazing. Never seen such before!

  32. snm

    i really hate nars glosses but this color is totally gorgeous.but since i don’t wanna pay 24 bucks to a tacky gloss,i might have to search for dupes:)

  33. Luisafer

    Love this color!!!

  34. jen

    wow, that looks really gorgeous on you!

  35. Ruthie

    Absolutely one of my top 5 fave lip glosses (and that’s saying a lot cuz I’m a lip gloss whore! ;))! The color is stunning, no scent, a little goes a long way, and this NARS gloss wears REALLY long on me for some reason (like 4-6 hours!)! Plus, it seems to be more moisturizing for me than most other NARS (or basically any other brand) gloss! Also, I’m uber-pale and the color is equally complimentary on my lighter skin tone. WOOT! 😉

    Thanks for the great swatches and review, as always!!! :)