NARS Sheer Lipsticks Swatches (x20)

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Behold! All 72 new NARS Lipsticks ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) are in my possession and have been swatched! This post features all of the shades listed as a Sheer finish, so you’ll find 20 swatches below (including some from the original 30 shades I had and shared swatches of previously) —


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Seraphine Avatar

Goodness, your poor lips must be tired! I do appreciate all they go through for us. Although I’d love to have a lipstick named Barbarella, the shades Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday are more my style. (Love these three film names!) Damage is tempting, too.

Speaking of Roman Holiday, I noticed an old review of this shade from about five years ago in which it looks much, much lighter than it does in this new swatch. Did they tweak the shades?

Christine Avatar

The whole range was reformulated! Additionally, while I don’t have physical product to compare (I have maybe half a dozen of the Lipstick formula at this point, most being LE shades), please keep in mind that while I’ve always tried to make my photos as accurate as I could… it is also “at the time” and on particular equipment, e.g. in five years, I have changed my lighting, my camera, my monitor, and even my physical space (I moved states!).

Tessa Avatar

I bought Barbarella some years back, mostly for the name (and because I didn’t have anything similar), and it was one of the absolute worst cosmetics purchases I’ve ever made. The only lipstick in my entire life I would give an F.

… But hey, maybe the 2019 version is much better? Let’s hope!

Lauren Avatar

I love sheer (but not too sheer) formula bullet lipsticks and since I’m almost out of my favorite ones from UD and they’ve been discontinued I’m going to try some from NARS. These swatches are definitely helpful. Thanks!

thirteenthirteen Avatar

Oooh, I really like G*psy, but that name…I can’t do it. I spent a couple years living in the Balkans and that particular slur is way too real to me.

thirteenthirteen Avatar

I’m on a lipstick no buy right now so it’s sort of a moot point, but I have an ever-growing wishlist of lipsticks to check out when the no buy ends. But by that time Christine will have posted dupes!

Rachel Rivkind Avatar

I’m so confused. What were the various instagram photos I saw others post where the new NARS cases were going to be red? Was that just photoshopped? Or a different line?

Lauren Avatar

Ooh good call. TMI is one of my favorites and I still have 2/5 backups left (from when I hoarded it when it got discontinued). It definitely does look similar which is probably why I added Damage to my wishlist immediately. If it is a dupe and similar in formula I’m excited because it is a color I wear almost every day – hence why I’ve run through so many backups already.

Deborah S. Avatar

While these are marketed as sheer they appear much less than most “sheer” lipstick based on your lip freckle. In most of the swatches you can barely see it and that is knowing where it is at. If the formula feels nice and they stay in place this might be another lippie that I would be interested in purchasing. I have been really enjoying sheerer formula’s lately and purchased a couple from Dior and of course my L’Oreal Shines. Easy to wear and in the case of the Dior, they leave a nice stain behind.

Georgina Avatar

I definitely don’t need any more lipsticks, but I’m curious to test these out! The ingredient list is definitely very different; notably, they eliminated many of the fragrances/citrus essential oils that were in the older version. Barbarella looks gorgeous!

I was ambivalent about the change in formula because Dolce Vita was my first “grown-up” lipstick and the scent always brought me back to that excitement of discovering the world of makeup. However, when I realized how many citrus oils were in the original version, I’m hopeful that these lipsticks will be a bit less irritating and more hydrating.

TropicalCowgirl Avatar

I really get offense for names from certain cultures…when in that culture’s domain. My nickname when a girl, when I was carefree, from relatives actually coming from that area, was Gypsy….I also respect others being sensitive to it. As an FYI, via different dialect…the real offense was the various translations/slang of “travelers”. Kind of like “fag” is hugely derogatory here in the US, but other parts of the world, it’s just a cigarette.

My buddy from New Orleans calls me a Hefer…aka cow…but there it is totally a term of endearment. I’d be really offended if he told me “bless your heart”.

I’m just explaining my perspective…not trying to offend at all.

Soooo, unless the company is from that area, I am going to leave myself open to fab…and I do love Gypsy. I love the colors before and after but I will swatch. I love sheers, especially in the winter when glosses don’t work. I’m too old to rock a matte lip.

Just putting that out there for food for thought.

bridget Avatar

I think brands have a big responsibility and we have to hold them accountable for what they say. NARS provokes on purpose as a marketing strategy. I’d say they revel in provoking people into having these conversations because “no publicity is bad publicity” and that is distasteful to me.

the shade is so beautiful though! It would have been my pick

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