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NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick
NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick

NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer burnished berry.” It’s a medium-dark, berry-red with neutral-to-cool undertones. (On me, those generally translate slightly warmer.) Too Faced Pink Chocolate (P, $21.00) is creamier, warmer. Laura Mercier Cozy (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Candy Apple (LE, $17.00) is slightly pinker/cooler-toned. Chanel Ce Soir (P, $34.00) is more muted, lighter. See comparison swatches. (You can see it on The Dupe List here!)

The Sheer Lipstick formula is supposed to have “sheer, long lasting color pigments” with “sophisticated shine.” Flair lasted five hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. It looks almost like a stain, because of the level of pigment, slight glossiness, and darker coloring. It does settle into lip lines slightly, but I didn’t have any issues with the color feathering over time. Though described as sheer, it’s more like semi-sheer to semi-opaque–which is something I’ve seen with the majority of NARS’ Sheer Lipstick range. I didn’t notice any scent or taste.

NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick
NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick

NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick
NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick

NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick
NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick

NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick
NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick

NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick
NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick

NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick
NARS Flair Sheer Lipstick

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phuongk Avatar

I know it’ s not even on the same spectrum but how do you think this is in texture/formula and coloring versus NAR’S scarlet empress? I’m a big fan of SE but it’s so drying. This looks like a fall version of SE, whereas SE would be more suitable for winter time? Thoughts Christine?

Christine Avatar

Scarlet Empress seems more like it is truly cool-toned, so there’s that. The texture will definitely be more emollient (and as a result, a little shiny/glossy, but it’s not super glossy) with Flair, but it’s only lightly hydrating. I know some people find all of NARS’ lipsticks on the drying side, too (including the Sheer formula), so I don’t know if for sure it’ll fix the drying issue for you!

Shelby Avatar

Wow this shade looks gorgeous on the lips! I actually think this looks like a just bitten type of look but very natural and could be worn everyday! I wish it wasn’t so expensive or I would love to give it a try!

Audrey Avatar

I actually find them quite pigmented. They’re not fully opaque like the pink Kat Von D pink color you just reviewed, but I do get a lot of color out of them and have to take it easy on a few. I actually was just looking at your swatches of the shade Damage, and I was shocked how sheer your swatches looked. I’m wondering if you got a dud because mine packs a much greater punch. Damage is my favorite out of the line (I am obsessed with sheer, grapey colors), and I love Flamenco as well.

(Also, they could just show up on me a lot more because I’m a lot fairer skinned than you, lol.)

Dione Avatar

Just replying to say I adore this lipstick. Looks great on my nw20 skin tone. Berry/plum lipsticks seem to suit me best and I gravitate towards them.

Josie Avatar

Your skin looks flawless here Chrstine! Are you using foundation here and if so, which one? I can’t seem to see the ‘Makeup Look’ section that I usually find in your posts! =( (Sometimes this happens to me – not sure why – I’ve even tried refreshing a few times!)

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