I think it’s been too long since I’ve featured Nars, so here it is – the new Nars Pure Matte Lipsticks.
There are 6 colours in the range, each lipstick containing mango butter, vitamin e and acai oil to provide hydration and a highly pigment finish.
So let’s take a look…
Vesuvio (sounds like a car): A full bodied red
Every lipstick collection needs a decent red and Vesuvio is it. Neither too pink or too blue, I found this red remarkably flattering. It is as pigmented and as creamy as they say as this is just a one layered swatch:
On the lips – (I’ve done about 40 lip swatches in a day so my lips are quite sore!). I think it’s a pretty good red:
Wearing red makes me nervous so I’m happy to have a matte red lipstick because it’s less likely to slide about and look like you’ve just had some hanky panky with a man friend. On the lips, one layer:
Volga: Deep Aubergine
So the least likely to be my kind of shade is a deep vampy aubergine purple. I can imagine how gorgeous this would look with a pale eye – it reminds me of crushed blackcurrants (from the Ribena adverts, that is):
(Note: Image is slightly warm – as I wasn’t with my usual lights when arm swatching).
On the lips – it’s a purple alright but not nearly as unwearable as I thought. Still an evening shade, like, but actually quite nice on the lips:
On the face:
Terre De Feau: Black Cherry
Another dark lipstick is Terre De Feau a dark cherry which when swatched, looks a lot like Volga, but remember Volga, she is ultimately an Aubergine and she will never be a cherry no matter how hard she tries:
This is more wearable than Volga although I’d say they were quite similar. Once again, for some reason the dark shades look good on the lips:
The finish might I add, is Matte, but more of a soft matte. On the face:
And then we move on to the more neutral shades.
Bangkok: Soft Rose
Bangkok is a soft rose with some shimmers to it. This is one I would be most likely to buy blind but actually it’s my least favourite. It wears quite pale and made my lips look dry – perhaps because of the shimmer bits.
Would like it if it was a tad darker and I usually love nudes!
The lip swatch is uninspiring because I just couldn’t get it to look undry. Hmm you need lips in good condition to wear this one:
It doesn’t look bad on overall though. I think this could work for paler ladies to be honest:
Tashkent: Nude Beige
So this is the shade that I thought would be right up my street because it’s a perfect beige nude and reminds me of other famous Nars nudes like Honolulu Honey. It seems to have a touch of peach to it.
This is really really light. I mean really light. I guess if you were going for the extremes (dark eyes and pale, pale lips) this could look really retro. But as a day to day nude, for me it’s a no because it’s just too pale.
These lighter shades I think, also are more likely to look cakey on the lips.
You have to excuse my lack of other make up, it was like 5am!
Last but not least…
Tonkin: Cinnamon Plum
This is the most meh shade to me to look at – or so I thought. Cinnamon and plum are not my friends. It also swatches a bit brown *shudder*
But this has turned out to be my favourite lip colour! It’s wearable and on my warm skintone it’s flattering and the closest to a tasteful nude. It also looks quite healthy on the lips:
On the face:
The Pure Matte Lipsticks from Nars are very nice indeed; they deliver what they say in terms of pigmentation and aren’t too drying at all. I do naturally have lips that dry out constantly so mattes are hard for me to wear, and I’d say these did pretty well.
I think the finish of these lipsticks are a soft matte as opposed to a hardcore matte – you can see the softness in the photographs and a slight sheen.
The shade selection is decent, but a little extreme (very dramatic or very pale) but it does cover all the basic colour groups with 3 bolds and 3 naturals. Of them all surprisingly, I didn’t like the nudes too much instead preferring Tonkin, the cinnamon plum for natural wear and Vesuvio for a full bodied red.
The Nars Pure Matte Lipstick launches on the 1st September exclusively in Selfridges then in other stores on 01st October. Priced at £18 each.