NARS Mind Game Mini Velvet Lip Glide Coffret ($45.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a new, limited edition set that features six miniature sized Velvet Lip Glides with three exclusive shades and three from the permanent range. The set will be exclusive to Sephora and available November 1st (but it might go up earlier based on my experience). Since the Velvet Lip Glide formula just released, I only tested the wear of the new shades (and I did not re-swatch the existing shades, but I did check them against the permanent line and did not notice any differences in color or texture), so the ratings for the three shades from the permanent range are based on my previous testing of them. Overall, the set is nice; I think it’s well-worth checking out if this is the type of formula that tickles your fancy. The only downside is that they’re all darker shades, which seems to suit the feel of the collection but may not be enough variety for a set.
Bound 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 (LE) is darker (80% similar). MAC Lots of Laughs (P, $10.00) is lighter (80% similar). Anastasia Vintage (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
No. 675 is a muted, medium-dark red with warm, brown undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage that applied very smoothly and evenly, and the color seemed to stay out of my lip lines, too. The consistency had a smooth, almost gel-cream feel and was comfortable to wear. On me, it wore for just over five hours and was hydrating. Anastasia Bordeaux (P) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Vamp (P) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Fudge (P) is more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
Chez Claude is a muted, medium-dark reddish plum with subtle, warm undertones and very light, fine pearl. It had good color payoff, where just a hint of my lip freckle still came through, which went on evenly and smoothly. I loved how smooth and cream-like it felt on the lips, but it had enough plushness that it didn’t pull into lip lines or appear streaky. It wore well for five hours on me and was moisturizing over time. NARS Plato's (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Preserving Passion (P, $24.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Peer Pressure (LE, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Fatale (P, $52.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Spare Me (LE, $20.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Distinction (21) (P, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Maybelline Caviar Couture (050) (P, $8.99) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Exposed (P, $52.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.