Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My NARS sheer lipstick collection

          Every girl has a line of lipstick that just speaks to her. For me, NARS sheer lipsticks have the confluence of feel, finish, and color that keep me coming back for more. I favor a light natural look, so sheer lippies are a must. I don't want to look like I'm wearing lipstick; I want to look as if my lips are naturally cohesive with my look, whether it be makeup or outfit. NARS Sheer lipsticks are significantly more tinted than a tinted lip balm, however they allow some natural lip color to shine through. The formula is lightweight and comfortable, and they don't make my lips peel. If I don't have any lip balm on hand, I'll use one of these to hold me through. I also like that the shine is minimal. I don't like to add too much glossy shine to my larger lips. I find that glossy formulas add a wet look, but usually ends up being more drying in the long run. I love the rubber casing too, mostly for aesthetics, but it's also good for grip.

           The NARS sheer formula lipsticks I have in my collection are Love Devotion (just got this!), Belle de Jour (most used), Pago Pago, Mayflower (my first), and Dolce Vita (wasn't a fan originally, but now love). Colors on my immediate wishlist are Cruising, Barbarella, and Roman Holiday. It's just a matter of time before they're mine!

         I've swatched my collection below. They do appear sheer on my skin, however the colors are more pronounced on the natural pink of my lips. Each tint is quite different from the next. NARS does a really good job of describing them, so forgive me if my description is similar. NARS Love devotion lipstick is a really pretty guava. It's perfect for summer; I've been pairing it with all my warmer toned and peach/orange based looks. Can you believe I didn't have a pinky coral lipstick before this? Was I living under a rock? NARS Belle de Jour lipstick is famous for currying Kim Kardashian's favor. The girl knows makeup, because I love it too. It's a beautiful peachy beige nude. I've worn this more times than I can count. NARS Pago Pago lipstick  is a light pink with silver sparkles. It's actually quite pale on the lips and I'd prefer no sparkles even though they make only a miniscule contribution. I wore this a lot the summer I first got it. I haven't worn it much recently, but I still like it. NARS Mayflower lipstick is a strawberry pink with a small amount of silver sparkle. This is perfect for naturally pretty pink lips. It's a fresher my-lips-but-better alternative to Dolce Vita. NARS Dolce Vita lipstick is so many beauties' holy grail color, and rightfully so. I wasn't too fond of this when I first reviewed Dolce Vita (see here). It's too dark when I have flushed lips, but when I have pale healthier lips it does look pretty. That said, this is probably still more of a fall season color for me.




          Thanks for reading! Now that it's summer I'm especially favoring sheer lips. When it comes to lips and other cosmetics, I'm pretty focused and brand faithful. Me, a NARS fan? Nah, more like a fanatic. When I find something I like I stick to it because I know I'll use it! Do you have a favorite lipstick formula or brand? What are you favorite NARS lipstick colors?

Love, Dovey.

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  1. I have yet to try an actual NARS lipstick! I will need to get one some time, right? Loving the look of Pago Pago!

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    1. Hi Tracy, I'm surprised, especially considering your beautiful collection :) Pago Pago was a summer release, so it would be perfect for summer!

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  2. Mayflower looks beautiful! Love the NARS packaging.

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  3. Love Devotion and Mayflower look beautiful in your swatches! x

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    1. Thanks Rocaille! I'm quite smitten with both at the moment.

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  4. I have belle de jour and sometimes I totally forget about this shade, my favourite colour however will be moscow for now. My all time favourite lipsticks have to be guerlain rouge automatiques, love them, from red, pink to neutral - I would love to have them all, lol

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    1. I don't have a Guerlain, but from what I've heard they are collection worthy :) Moscow is a stunning color; I don't think I'm brave enough to wear it though!

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  5. Mayflower is on my "to buy" list! Thanks for the nudge lol, I'll definitely get it now! :D

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    1. Hi Annick, glad to be guilty of encouraging a lemming :)

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  6. I don't own any of these *sigh* but I've had Belle De Jour recommended to me as the perfect nude. :)

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    1. Hi Vita, it's definitely a favorite of mine. the slight sheerness helps the nude blend in.

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  7. I am also a huge fan of Nars sheer lipsticks- Pago Pago and Dolce vita are also in my collection. I just got damage which is a soft plummy colour and I do have Roman holiday- which is o pop of pink which can only make you happy.I have never seen Love Devotion- it looks lovely too!

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    1. Hi Jo, you're making me want Roman Holiday! It always *almost* makes it into my cart. I think this is the year :P

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  8. I'm going to have to check out Mayflower, thanks for reminding me. From one fanatic to another, right?

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    1. hi Lexi, I'm pretty sure we're tuned into the same fanatic brainwave channel here :)

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  9. I'm such a child, there are a million lip smackers in the pocket of all my trousers, bags and lab coats. Lipsticks are not my thing, though if I do wear any (other than lip smackers or chubby sticks) it is Nars from my palettes.

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    1. Hi Mopsy; nothing wrong with lip smackers! Sometimes a tinted balm is all one needs, especially in summer. When I was younger I always wanted to collect them, but was thwarted by mom!

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  10. I can't wear these, unfortunately, but I love your collection. I like the NARS Pure Mattes, myself... ;) Such drama!

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    1. Hi Larie - I do not own a single pure matte for the reason you described: drama! Isn't that fun :P

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  11. I still absolutely need Belle de Jour! This is a favorite lipstick formulation of mine as well :)

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Hi Jessica, I'm glad we agree! Belle de Jour is really lovely. Definitely recommend it!

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  12. I have and love Belle du Jour and Dolce Vita but Love Devotion has sat idly on my wishlist for some time now. Will be giving it a good home soon, I reckon. Lovely swatches! :)

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    1. Thanks Danielle! Love devotion escaped my mind until recently; but I'm so glad I picked it up for the summer!

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  13. I've started to fall in love with sheer lipsticks. I have a NARS one too in Flamenco, which works out to be a reeeaally nice sheer red, and it's pretty freaking awesome! Def. need to check some of these other ones out! :D

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    1. Hi MAggie, I remember your Flamenco review. That's a great color when you're in the mood for a red tint!

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  14. Great collection! They all looks so happy and lovely in the tubes. :D

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    1. Hi Liz, Secretly, I like having everything all matchy matchy and together too!

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  15. What a great collection of NARS lipsticks! I have Mayflower and Pago Pago which I really like. I also have Barbarella on my wishlist :)

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    1. Hi MM, I just saw Barbarella again--- it is so pretty in person :)

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  16. umm so i kinda sorta went out and bought mayflower today just because of this post. i might go back and get love devotion now too. eep! i love sheer formulas, i actually prefer it out of all lipstick formulas. i hate wearing lipstick to begin with but when the formula is like this i am all on board!

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    1. Hi Kelly, eep!! I hope you like it! I know you love Dolce Vita! Love devotion is a current favorite of mine :)

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