NARS Lipgloss Comparisons - Original vs. Reformulated

NARS Lipgloss Comparison
NARS Lipgloss Comparison

I wish that I could compare all of the original NARS Lipgloss shades to how they appear in the reformulation, but alas, I only have nine of the 23. In this post, I’ve swatched the new and original in the same photo–half and half–so that it is easier to compare.

  • Angelika was more pigmented and applied much more smoothly in the original version, which was probably due to the thicker consistency.
  • Belize is slightly pinker and darker.
  • Dolce Vita had the most noticeable difference; the undertone is much cooler-toned in the reformulated shade. It was an interesting difference to capture, because when merely swatched on the skin, it sometimes looked similar, but it depended on the light. When I blended each swatch out, so it wasn’t as thick/opaque, that undertone difference became more and more prominent.
  • Orgasm is sheerer in the reformulated version, but the base is also darker/sheerer, so it doesn’t appear as light on the lips.
  • Rose Gitane seemed pretty much the same!
  • Stella seemed more pigmented in the reformulation.
  • Super Orgasm is noticeably pinker and less sparkly in the reformulated version.
  • Supervixen seemed about the same, perhaps a little more shimmery in the reformulated version.
  • Wonder seemed the same.

See more swatches!

NARS Angelika Lipgloss Comparison
NARS Angelika Lipgloss Comparison

NARS Lipgloss Comparison
NARS Belize Lipgloss Comparison

NARS Lipgloss Comparison
NARS Dolce Vita Lipgloss Comparison

NARS Lipgloss Comparison
NARS Orgasm Lipgloss Comparison

NARS Lipgloss Comparison
NARS Rose Gitane Lipgloss Comparison

NARS Lipgloss Comparison
NARS Stella Lipgloss Comparison

NARS Lipgloss Comparison
NARS Super Orgasm Lipgloss Comparison

NARS Lipgloss Comparison
NARS Supervixen Lipgloss Comparison

NARS Lipgloss Comparison
NARS Wonder Lipgloss Comparison

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Interesting. I prefer the original dolce vita. what a bummer, it was on my to buy list.
any word as to why they changed the formula?

I’m sure they just felt like it was time to revamp their original formula with newer technology/ingredients/packaging, so they all got changed, but I don’t know if they intentionally made Dolce Vita different for a particular reason.

Do the reformulated lipglosses have that chemical/plastic taste and smell? I purchased turkish delight last year and couldn’t wear it more than once due to the awful taste/smell though the color was nice…

No, none of mine did. They had… no scent. No added perfume, but I couldn’t smell the base/actual formula either. I know some have had the older glosses be fine but then later on down the road, they would smell, so I can’t weigh in on that (I’ve only had them for maybe 2 or 3 weeks).

IMO all the originals look 10 times better. More even and smooth on the lips. What a disappointment. I have to say that I prefere the new lesser brown dolce vita, though.

I vote ORIGINAL formula all the way! Thanks for showing these! I only had a few to compare which were not in your nine. Appreciated! <3 🙂

Ooh, this is so interesting, thanks Christine! 😀

Having read the comments, I can see why people are annoyed about Angelika -reformulation should definitely not make things worse! Also surprised that they didn’t re-name Dolce Vita, since the colour is noticeably different.

White-based pale glosses do seem to be very tricky to pull off! I tend to have to avoid them because even if I could take a bit of patchiness, it’s the almost inevitable lipline sinking that drives me insane 😛

I’m grateful that I have a backup of Dolce Vita since it was my MLBB shade. It’s disappointing to see the color changed so much. Ironically, they seem to have changed some of the most popular glosses the most (Dolce Vita, Orgasm).

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