NARS Killer Heels Mini Lipstick Set Review, Photos, Swatches

NARS Killer Heels Mini Lipstick Set
NARS Killer Heels Mini Lipstick Set

NARS Killer Heels Mini Lipstick Set ($49.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes five miniature-sized lipsticks from NARS past and present range. It is a Sephora exclusive, so it’ll launch on November 1st. NARS’ Lipsticks retail for $27.00 for 0.12 oz., so the kit has a total value of $56.25.

Fire Down Below is described as a “pure blood red with no blue or orange.” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown-based red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly creamy consistency that adhered well without sliding around but wasn’t uncomfortable to wear. The color wore for five hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. I don’t have a full-sized version to compare it to, but some readers noted that it seemed sheerer in the swatches than the version they remembered. This shade is part of the permanent range. NARS VIP Red (DC, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Hourglass At Night (P, $34.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever C406 (P, $22.00) is glossier (95% similar). NARS Golshan (P, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS Rouge Indiscret (LE, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Lost (P, $7.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). NARS Majella (P, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Fearless Red (LE, $28.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). MAC Hearts Aflame (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NARS Just Push Play (P, $26.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Shirley (P, $34.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Viva Glam I (P, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Nosferatu (P, $20.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Avenue (P, $6.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Rei of Light (212) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). NARS Olivia (P, $34.00) is darker, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Little Darling is a light beige with subtle warm undertones and soft shine. It was previously available, but it doesn’t appear to be part of the brand’s permanent range any longer. The last time I recall seeing it, the color was part of the Sheer Lipstick range, which would account for its sheerness here. The texture has some slip and resulted in a streakier application. It lasted for an hour and a half on me. Guerlain Galiane (15) (DC, $58.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). MAC Zenith (LE, $30.00) is more pigmented (95% similar). MAC Pure Vanity (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Revolve Around Me (LE, $52.00) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Cle de Peau Silk Scroll (P, $65.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). Maybelline Truffle Tease (930) (P, $7.49) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Rum Punch (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Oh Snap (P, $6.00) is more pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Vanished (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Nudist (PiP, $20.00) is more pigmented (85% similar). bareMinerals Sexpot (PiP, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Joyous Red is a muted, medium-dark copper with warm, red tones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a lightly creamy consistency that applied without tugging and lasted for four hours on me. This is another shade that was released previously but isn’t part of the current range. It seemed warmer and sheerer compared to the original one I have. NARS Femme Fleur (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Maybelline Maple Kiss (925) (P, $7.49) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Chula (DC, $21.00)(90% similar). Estee Lauder Slowburn (130) (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Temper (DC, $22.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Santa Sangre (P, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Jungle Red is described as a “bright red from the 1950’s silver screen.” It’s a medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It appeared more as a pinky-red applied on my lips, but it seemed warmer in the tube. The texture was lightly creamy and yielded mostly opaque coverage. It wore well for four and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. This is part of the permanent range. Chanel La Bouleversante (51) (P, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Fighter (LE, $6.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Antonio (LE, $36.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Desire (LE, $8.99) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Rouge Rebelle (172) (P, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Steam Heat (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). Chanel Ultrarose (257) (LE, $38.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Warren (P, $36.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC My Inner Femme (LE, $20.00) is darker (85% similar). Maybelline Siren in Scarlet (P, $7.99) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Succulent (LE, $6.50) is less glossy (90% similar). MAC Nutcracker Rouge (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Chimichanga (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). Givenchy Heroic Red (321) (LE, $36.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Candied Maple (LE, $24.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Scarlett (LE, $36.00) is more muted, glossier (85% similar). NARS Rita (P, $34.00) is darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Mayflower is a muted, rosy plum with warm undertones and a light shine. It had semi-sheer color payoff that went on fairly evenly, though the more slippery consistency showed slight lines on the lips. It had faint shimmer, which I could feel just slightly. On me, the color wore for two and a half hours. This shade was also previously available but is no longer part of the current line-up. Surratt Beauty Celestine (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Beloved (LE, $8.99) is more pigmented, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Bansar (P, $25.00) is darker, more pigmented (90% similar). Bite Beauty Hazelnut (DC, $28.00) is lighter, more pigmented, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Break Away (LE, $20.00) is lighter, more pigmented (95% similar). MAC Amor Prohibido (LE, $20.00) is cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Honey Bear (DC, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Ballade (DC, $37.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). Chanel Ce Soir (DC, $34.00) is lighter, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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NARS Killer Heels Mini Lipstick Set
NARS Killer Heels Mini Lipstick Set

NARS Killer Heels Mini Lipstick Set
NARS Killer Heels Mini Lipstick Set

NARS Killer Heels Mini Lipstick Set
NARS Killer Heels Mini Lipstick Set

NARS Fire Down Below Lipstick
NARS Fire Down Below Lipstick

NARS Fire Down Below Lipstick
NARS Fire Down Below Lipstick

NARS Fire Down Below Lipstick
NARS Fire Down Below Lipstick

NARS Fire Down Below Lipstick
NARS Fire Down Below Lipstick

NARS Fire Down Below Lipstick
NARS Fire Down Below Lipstick

NARS Fire Down Below Lipstick
NARS Fire Down Below Lipstick

NARS Little Darling Lipstick
NARS Little Darling Lipstick

NARS Little Darling Lipstick
NARS Little Darling Lipstick

NARS Little Darling Lipstick
NARS Little Darling Lipstick

NARS Little Darling Lipstick
NARS Little Darling Lipstick

NARS Little Darling Lipstick
NARS Little Darling Lipstick

NARS Little Darling Lipstick
NARS Little Darling Lipstick

NARS Joyous Red Lipstick
NARS Joyous Red Lipstick

NARS Joyous Red Lipstick
NARS Joyous Red Lipstick

NARS Joyous Red Lipstick
NARS Joyous Red Lipstick

NARS Joyous Red Lipstick
NARS Joyous Red Lipstick

NARS Joyous Red Lipstick
NARS Joyous Red Lipstick

NARS Joyous Red Lipstick
NARS Joyous Red Lipstick

NARS Jungle Red Lipstick
NARS Jungle Red Lipstick

NARS Jungle Red Lipstick
NARS Jungle Red Lipstick

NARS Jungle Red Lipstick
NARS Jungle Red Lipstick

NARS Jungle Red Lipstick
NARS Jungle Red Lipstick

NARS Jungle Red Lipstick
NARS Jungle Red Lipstick

NARS Jungle Red Lipstick
NARS Jungle Red Lipstick

NARS Mayflower Lipstick
NARS Mayflower Lipstick

NARS Mayflower Lipstick
NARS Mayflower Lipstick

NARS Mayflower Lipstick
NARS Mayflower Lipstick

NARS Mayflower Lipstick
NARS Mayflower Lipstick

NARS Mayflower Lipstick
NARS Mayflower Lipstick

NARS Mayflower Lipstick
NARS Mayflower Lipstick

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
  • NARS Vengeful Dual-Intensity Blush
On lips:
  • NARS Redemption Lipstick
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Huh, I actually really like this colour selection save the barely there light shade. Wish it had performed better – there’s way too much tempting holiday stuff to consider something not amazing – but I suppose that makes narrowing down my wishlist easier!

NARS doesn’t seem all that creative with their holiday sets – they are pretty repetitive/typical holiday-esque shades, IMO!

2 of my all time favorite reds & 1 from an artist palette. These sheers never attracted me, but for anyone who isn’t covered, this is a marvelous set of shades. God, do I love old Nars l/s range. At Xs, I think they get neglected, due to the overwhelming & warranted attention to Audacious formula. This is a great way to refocus on the originals. If mine are getting grody, I could be convinced. And I actually like the surreal packaging.

Not withstanding that questionable case these come in, the actual lipsticks themselves just don’t jump throw hoops to wow me anyway. They seem to be way too dupable within ColourPop, Maybelline, Milani and MAC for me to even bother with as it is. Also, the two lightest shades are very weak performers at 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours wear, which is just awful! PASS!

I have the first Joyous Red, too. I believe it was from 2010 and it was definitely darker and more opaque than this current one. But this 2015 version is pretty also. Tempted…

Joyous Red looks like an orange-y color that I’d like to try, but I’m not particularly impressed by any of the other colors. Time to hunt for some dupes!

One thing I have come to love about your reviews is that you can usually tell when you genuinely enjoy a product. If it’s a dud your face will tell, regardless of your rating or the ratings of others. It’s one of the reasons I’ve come to not only enjoy but trust your opinions and reviews. This set seemed like it genuinely underwhelmed you so I’m going to pass; even though most of the colors are out of my comfort zone I entertained the thought, but now that I’ve seen your reaction I have my verdict.

Thank you for your work! Keeping a beauty blog up and running is harder than people realize. Hope you’re having a good week!

Mayflower looks so good on you, especially with that blush! What is it? (I don’t see a list for the other makeup in this post otherwise I wouldn’t ask!)

I must confess to likeing this little lipstick collection. This goes as a maybe on my wishlist. I thought I wouldn’t like the nude, but as it seems so sheer, it might just work.

Wow, that Little Darling shade is terribly unflattering! I can’t imagine a skin tone it would flatter. What an odd choice for this little set.

Thanks for this wonderful review. Quick question — did you use any lip liners with these lipsticks? Could you recommend one or two that would be a good complement? Thanks!

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