NARS Stripped, Unlaced, Playpen Velvet Lip Glides Reviews, Photos, Swatches

NARS Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium beige with a hint of pink paired with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and while it didn’t appear streaky, the color settled into lip lines noticeably. This was one of the worst performers in the range as a result, even though it felt comfortable to wear over the three and a half hours it lasted. MAC Obviously Bare (P, $17.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). KKW Beauty Super Nude (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Art of Seduction (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Tease (P, $7.99) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Liquid Passion (LE, $17.50) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Undressed (P, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar). MAC Showing Skin (P, $17.50) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Bite Beauty Flat White (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Chanel Insouciance (P, $32.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied without streaking, but some of the color gathered into lip lines. The texture was smooth, lightweight, and non-sticky. The color lasted for three hours on me, but there was more color visible in my lip lines at that point as well. Bite Beauty Flat White (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Sugar Sugar (312) (PiP, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). LORAC Barista (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC C-Thru (P, $17.50) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Odalisque (P, $26.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Flair for Finery (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Summer Sweetheart (LE, $17.50) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Hella (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Maybelline Pink-a-boo (P, $4.49) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Dress the Part (LE, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Ideale (22) (LE, $34.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Embraceable Me (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Chanel Rose Reve (189) (LE, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Sandy Sensation (115) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Turkish Delight (P, $26.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Curvii (LE, $6.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Boy Bait (PiP, $20.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Life's a Peach (P, $4.49) is lighter (90% similar). Buxom Creamsicle (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Buxom White Russian (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a muted, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that covered evenly and spread easily across the lips. The formula was hydrating, comfortable on the lips, and lasted for four hours on me. There was a slight amount of visible color in lip lines, but it wasn’t noticeable from a normal viewing distance. Too Faced Peach Tease (P, $19.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). NARS Rapture (LE, $26.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Pure Peach (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pink Lemonade (P, $17.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Huahine (LE, $26.00) is less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Ravishing (P, $17.50) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Hourglass Horizon (P, $30.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (85% similar). Urban Decay Snitch (DC, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Pat McGrath Wicked Whisper (P, $30.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Bad B (P, $24.00) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Conquest (LE, $26.00) is cooler (85% similar). NARS Nebulous (LE, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Fuel (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Pearlescent Peach (520) (P, $8.99) is warmer (85% similar). NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Candy Coral (-, $16.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (85% similar). Anastasia Maui (-, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Formula Overview

NARS Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a hybrid between lipstick and lipgloss that is hydrating, richly pigmented, and comfortable to wear. They have stronger color payoff, a non-tacky consistency, and a smoothness to their consistency that is a lot like a good lipstick, while they have a plusher, thicker texture that gives lips a plumper, fuller look along with a glossy sheen that is more like a gloss. The wear varied between three and five hours for me, which is more like a gloss than a lipstick. They develop a more “velvety” finish, which is code for “less shine” after two to three hours, and at that point, they tend to look more like a natural finish lipstick than a gloss. Some of the lighter shades settled into lip lines, but it varied from shade to shade. Overall, the formula was lightly to moderately hydrating and comfortable to wear. I would classify the formula more as a pigmented gloss than a glossy lipstick, if I had to put it firmly in one box. The formula has a vanilla scent but had no discernible taste to me.

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NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Stripped Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Unlaced Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide

NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide
NARS Playpen Velvet Lip Glide

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
  • Becca Champagne Pop/Hyacinth Duo
On eyes:
  • Marc Jacobs About Last Night Palette

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Playpen sure is pretty! Very summer-like and fresh. Which means I may have to hold off until next *spring*, as I generally don’t wear many of these light, almost pastel shades during wintertime. The sliver of *winter* we even get here!

We definitely had a few cold spells last winter! The winter before was even colder, though. I think it’s the dry climate that makes it feel so cold, especially once that sun sets!

Looks nice and soft, a bit streaky but overall, I don’t know. I can see darker colors being very opaque and nice but I wouldn’t get this in a neutral color for the price.

This looks interesting and the lip colours do look like a bit of a cross between lipstick and lip gloss. At least it didn’t leave your lips feeling dry and tacky. The last colour reminds of the Honey Bear one.

Playpen is the only one I would even consider and I’m drawn to deeper shades currently anyway so likely a complete pass for me.

All three are really pretty on you Christine, I can see why you chose these to review. Playpen is my favorite- but I dunno- with fall around the corner I’m looking for darker shades. Nancy T is correct- this might be a “wait till spring” option. Thanks for the review though!

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