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NARS Pago Pago Lipstick


NARS Pago Pago Lipstick

NARS Fall 2011: Pago Pago Lipstick

NARS Pago Pago Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink,” and it is part of the Sheer Lipstick line. Sheer Lipsticks are supposed to have “sheer, long-lasting color pigments” and include a blend of ingredients to “hydrate, nourish, and protect lips.”

Swatched, Pago Pago is a subtle pink-beige with white shimmer suspended in a very creamy base. MAC Lush Amber looks similar on but they are very different when swatched, as does MAC Martha though it is less peach.MAC Bare Again has more coverage and a touch darker. Chanel Peregrina is a touch pinker but similar.

When I wore it, there was less noticeable pink and more beige that came out. It looked more like a healthy nude lip–warm, subtle, natural–nothing that washes one out, feels or looks chalky, or otherwise might lean towards corpse-like lips. The natural translucence in the formula will make this a wearable shade on most skin tones, because the natural pigmentation of the lips will play with the color. If you have naturally redder lips, I would expect this to look pinker.

When I was test-driving Pago Pago, it wore well for about two and half to three hours, but by three and half, it needed a reapplication. It’s a little moisturizing, because there are no drying effects after wearing it for two to three hours. It feels a bit balm-like initially, but the shine wears off at two hours and you’re left with residual color and shimmer.

NARS Sheer Lipstick Pago Pago
Pago Pago

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NARS Oasis Lipgloss


NARS Oasis Lipgloss

NARS Oasis Lipgloss

NARS Oasis Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “sparkling pink champagne.” Is this really what one thinks of with the description of “pink champagne”? Am I alone when I look at the swatch and read the description and feel like it’s not really fitting? It’s a semi-sheer plummy pink with flecks of gold shimmer and a high-gloss shine. This shade was originally part of a Sephora-exclusive set of blush-inspired glosses and has made a reappearance in the fall collection.

NARS Lipglosses are supposed to be comfortable, glossy, and non-sticky.  I don’t find these completely non-sticky; I wouldn’t go out of my way and say they’re sticky, but there is a little tackiness there.  They are comfortable to wear, and the texture spreads evenly across the lips.  Though in the past, these glosses have smelled plastic-like, I didn’t notice any scent or taste with Oasis.  I only achieved three hours of wear with this shade.

NARS Lip Gloss (Discontinued Formula) Oasis
Oasis

NARS Outremer Eyeshadow


NARS Outremer Eyeshadow

NARS Outremer Eyeshadow

NARS Outremer Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “bright true blue,” but it leans a little indigo–there is a touch of purple there. It’s not quite a true blue. It has a matte finish, and it definitely qualifies as an intense shade of blue. MAC Cobalt is a touch more indigo (and it has even more texture issues), while MAC Atlantic Blue is a touch bluer. Inglot #388 is very similar but has a smoother, silkier texture. Make Up For Ever #159 is bluer.

Outremer has some initial texture issues–it is dry, almost chalky, and stiff to work with when swatched. It’s easier to use when applied with a brush to the lid, but the drier texture requires more finesse when blending, because it’s not as blendable as a smoother, silkier matte would be. For me, it doesn’t work well applied without a base (as NARS eyeshadows are touted to be long-wearing and crease-resistant when worn)–it’s was somewhat uneven and difficult to diffuse. It works infinitely better over a base, and to be honest, I’ve never found a matte in this particular hue that’s a dream to work with (Inglot #388 being the closest). At least it gives brands a challenge, I suppose…

Again, this is a shade that applies better than it seems when first swatched. I wouldn’t rely on the results of a swatch definitively–trying it on is really the way to go. It ended up being much like NARS Daphne (but it did have a softer texture in comparison), which looked pitiful swatched but lovelier in practice.

It is a fussier eyeshadow, though, and it tends to live up to the stubborn reputation of mattes rather than disprove it.  One of my favorite eyeshadows is MAC Atlantic Blue (which is similar but a touch bluer), and it has a lot of the same downsides as Outremer–and for me, the resulting color makes the effort worth it, but it is purely a personal preference and doesn’t minimize the shortcomings in texture of this product overall.

NARS Eyeshadow Outremer
Outremer

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