NARS Area is a moderately warm-toned, very dark brown with a cream finish. It is a permanent lipgloss that retails for $26.00 and contains 0.2 oz.
NARS Area Velvet Lip Glide ($26.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a deep brown with subtle, warmer undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that covered the lips with smooth, even color, but some of the natural lip color can come through still. The texture was lightweight, non-tacky, and comfortable to wear on the lips, while a bit of color sat in lip lines and made the ones on my bottom lip a bit more noticeable, though I didn't really detect it from a normal viewing distance. This shade stayed on well for four and a half hours and was hydrating. MAC Thunder Kiss (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Maybelline Retro (P, $7.99) is cooler (90% similar). MAC King Pin (LE, $20.00) is lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Rum (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (201) (P, $38.00) is cooler (85% similar). Bite Beauty French Press (LE, $22.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). MAC Chestnut (P, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Mars (P, $26.00) is lighter (80% similar). ColourPop San Clemente (P, $8.00) is lighter, less pigmented, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
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Covetable comfort with confident color. Glides likes a gloss with the coverage of a lipstick. Velvet Lip Glide’s innovative hybrid lip formula delivers highly saturated color with extraordinary comfort, leaving lips with luxuriously smooth and non-drying texture in a long-lasting finish without drying or feeling sticky. Developed with Oil Infusion Complex, an innovative concentration of precious oils, fused to create a smooth-glide effect that feels smooth and moisturizing. Water lily flowers and white tea extract are infused into this hybrid lip glide for antioxidant protection and ultimate hydration. Fully coats lips on contact with saturated, satin to soft-matte style.
Dimethicone, Kaolin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isostearyl Isostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone SilsesquioxaneCrosspolymer, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Dicalcium Phosphate, StearalkoniumBentonite, Propylene Carbonate, Ethyl Vanillin, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Lecithin, Silica, ArganiaSpinosa Kernel Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Tocopherol, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, [+/- (May Contain): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140)].
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