Round-up: NARS Lipglosses (2014 Reformulation) Overview & Thoughts

NARS Lipglosses
NARS Lipglosses

NARS Lipgloss ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) launches a reformulation on April 15th, and the new permanent range features 30 shades, which I have now reviewed in full. 23 of the shades are shades that have been carried over from the original formula, and seven of them are brand new. NARS says the new formula is supposed to have “longer, more comfortable wear,” while being hydrating and smoothing with a “silky texture.” The texture is thin, somewhat tacky (the more shimmery shades seemed slightly tackier than the creamier ones), unscented (and no signs of a plastic, waxy, or crayon-like scent), with two to five hours of wear time, and is moderately hydrating. The formula is thinner and less sticky (5 or 6, compared to an 8 on the original formula, on a 10-point scale), and I found it more comfortable to wear overall. Note, the reformulated glosses are more expensive and contain less product.

You can view swatches of all of the lipglosses here in the Swatch Gallery.

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Lily Avatar

Thank you Christine for this beautiful round up of the Nars glosses. I really like Giza and will check it out next week at Nordstrom. Thanks again!

Jules Avatar

This collection was so disappointing to me. So many shades that look lovely in the tube, but when applied, just seem sheer and weak and unimpressive. And loads of them settle in lip lines. Really not what I’d expect at that price point. Great big pass from me!

Stacey Avatar

What’s new about the price increase and decreased amount. EstΓ©e Lauder and gang has been doing this for years? As a matter of fact, the first stock of items may it be clothes, shoes, house wear are always the best quality. It goes down hill from there and increase in price. Coach is no where what it was 40 years ago in quality.

Jennie Avatar

Thanks for this extensive review and roundup, Christine! On a separate Nars note, the lip laquer in Chelsea Girl is sold out everywhere and a lot of sites that used to carry it no longer seem to carry the lip laquers in general – do you know if they are being discontinued? Thanks in advance πŸ™‚

Kirana Avatar

Thanks for the hardwork Christine! Been a long time fan of Nars gloss, but this new formula seems far less pigmented? How about that rubbery case, its still like that? I hate it when it melts and gets sticky within some time

Christine Avatar

No problem, Kirana!

Some shades seem to be less pigmented, but comparing old vs. new for the shades I have in the old formula, pigmentation didn’t differ in all of them. It’s less rubbery – more of a hard plastic and similar to the feel of the Larger Than Life caps!

Yana Avatar

Thank you for doing all the reviews. I’m happy that Nars didn’t just reformulate the lipglosses but added some new shades as well. The one thing that I dislike about Nars is that they have several colors that come in a lipstick form, lip pencil form, blush form, lipgloss form and then of course there’s the illuminators. Although they have good quality, sometimes I feel they don’t have as much… diversity as other brands do? I’m not sure how to describe it. For example, they release a cheek palette and of course the three powders in it just happen to be the ones that most Nars lovers have. The concept was probably to re-promote but they could have re-promoted shades that not many people might have tried and the palette would give an opportunity to do so. Well anyways, I would also like to mention the round-up pictures that you did side by side for this,as well as the MAC patentpolish pencils; it’s helpful in seeing possible dupes.

Christine Avatar

Hi Yana!

Always my pleasure! πŸ™‚ I totally get what you’re saying! Sometimes having the same shade in different types of products is useful, but they can start to run together. You can always add clear gloss to the lipstick to get a gloss version, or sheer out the lipstick to get a softer look.

ruthlessrocks Avatar

Good news about the crayon scent, it was a major MAJOR turn off for me. I understand they were unscented, but I’d rather have a faint sniff of vanilla than that wax smell.

Casey Avatar

I went to try the new Turkish delight and was disappointed that it was more sheer than the original. But it was moisturizing I wish it was more opaque. The new one looks more nude than soft pink which was also disappointing. If the original had the new moisturizing formula I’d be happy.

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