The Best & Worst of NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments
NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments ($26.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) is described as “liquefied pigments with infinite matte color saturation for lasting, weightless wear.” It’s supposed to have “full coverage in one swipe” that “dries down instantly” for “smudge-resistant, carefree wear.” The formula has a very fluid consistency that is thin, smooth, but not at all watery, and the majority of shades were nearly opaque or opaque in a single layer.

The dry down started quickly but was forgiving as I maneuvered around the edges of the lips but remained a bit tacky when I pressed my lips together for over a half hour later, though as long as I did not press my lips together until five minutes post-application, the color did not lift. I have found the wear to be comfortable so far–non-drying–but not the longest-wearing nor the most budge-proof in liquid lipstick, as just sipping water, tea, or coffee caused color to transfer onto my cups.

There was plenty of coverage, so it still lasted through drinking but did start to break down noticeably during a meal. Even just touching the color after a half hour of wearing it yielded color on my fingertips. The formula had a soft, vanilla scent but no discernible taste.


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Katherine T. Avatar

I like London Calling, but another reader bought it, and her swatch is much darker purple, like a totally different color, so will only consider if I can return

kjh Avatar

Thank god for roundups…. liked far too many of these. Now, can start eliminating some. WL was about 8. Still will wait for an xmas set….has anyone heard any leaks or rumors? Oh, yeah, it’s mid July and holiday stuff starts soon. Should have to wait less than a month. Snarky, much? Yeah, much. Off to review the dupes. With these, not much hope of not hitting rouge, unless I order direct. HAD hoped. S is so disappointing, so often. Seems everyone is being loyal elsewhere. Well, a revisit didn’t help much in whittling.

melancholy Avatar

In Europe many think the Bourjois Matte Velvets/Velvet Souffles are almost exact dupes of this formula for just 1/3 the price.

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