NARS Vain is a slightly warm-toned, dark copper with a semi-matte finish. It is a permanent lipstick that retails for $26.00 and contains 0.18 oz.
NARS Vain Powermatte Lip Pigment ($26.00 for 0.18 oz.) is a rich red with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly across my lips. The consistency was lightweight and fluid, though it seemed creamier and a little "denser" than other shades in the range, which may have resulted in the less-matte finish. It took two to three hours before the sheen and formula felt matte and totally set as there was slight transfer until that point. It was more comfortable to wear, as it had more flexible hold, though. On me, it stayed on well for six and a half hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview, which is a detailed review of the range as a whole.
Potency and precision-the new power couple. An innovative concentrate of our most powerful matte yet. Fluid Pigment Complex, liquefied pigment with a zero-gravity feel, introduces infinite matte color saturation with ultra-flexible longwear. Sensorial, lightweight texture that applies like an ink on lips. Dries down to lock in formula for a smudge-resistant, carefree wear. Matte. Empowered.