NARS Scarlet Empress is a slightly cool-toned, very dark plum with a matte finish. It is a permanent lipstick that retails for $26.00 and contains 0.12 oz.
NARS Scarlet Empress Lipstick ($26.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, muted plum with subtle, cool undertones and a semi-matte finish. It wore down to a truer matte finish within an hour of wear. The texture was lightweight, thin but not clingy but there was a smidgen of product that sank into my deeper lip lines, though it wasn't noticeable at a normal viewing distance. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with a second layer. The lipstick was firmer, stiffer in the tube, so it tugged a bit when applied initially but wasn't uncomfortable to apply (I'd just recommend shorter strokes rather than a fluid stroke). It stayed on well for six hours, left a faint stain behind, and felt neither drying nor moisturizing while worn.
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No Rules. Just Lips. In celebration of 25 years of rule-breaking beauty, NARS introduces a provocative lip lineup of trendsetting shades in addition to the brand’s original 12 revolutionary hues. Paying homage to how the brand started under the guise of legendary makeup artist, François Nars, NARS Founder and Creative Director, the collection lends itself to endless artistry and self-expression. The range of 60 hues, in matte, satin, and sheer finishes, feature an innovative, pigment-rich formula that delivers instant color vibrancy and conditions lips for radically lightweight wear and unprecedented feel. Achieve unstoppable, intense color impact in a single stroke. Bring on bold brights for groundbreaking style and expose yourself with seductive nudes that leave nothing to hide.
Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Polyethylene, Isohexadecane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Kaolin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Polysilicone-11, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydroxyapatite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Propylene Carbonate ·Simethicone, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, [+/- ( May Contain): Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Mica, Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)].
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