NARS Hardcore is a very warm-toned, medium copper with a metallic finish. It is a limited edition lipstick that retails for $26.00 and contains 0.18 oz.
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NARS Hardcore Powermatte Lip Luster Pigment ($26.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a light-medium, golden copper with warm, rosy undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. The lighter color seemed to make the shimmer/metallic finish really pop in this particular shade, as a lot of the shades in the formula have been deeper. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, and it applied better with more even, more pigmented coverage on my lips than when I tried swatching it on my arm. A second layer can be applied for full coverage if preferred. The consistency was lightweight, thin, and a little more watery than other shades in the formula. It dried down to a transfer-resistant finish, and it didn't slide around, but I could tell it wasn't 100% flat/dry after the initial dry down. This particular shade did emphasize my lip lines/texture a bit more after it finished drying. It lasted for four and a half hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
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