A few weeks ago, before Nars screwed me over, I was in Selfridges and treated myself to two Selfridges specials – a lip set and a palette (which I will review later but it is quite boring).
The lip set I got is called ‘Some Like It Hot’ – one of my favourite Jack Lemmon films!
I couldn’t resist this kit when I saw it was all nudes. This contains two travel sized products and one full sized – a mini Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bettina, a Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Gold Digger and Sheer Lipstick in Pago Pago. I don’t own any of these so it seemed like a good investment at £35.
With this set you also get a black bag with NARS written on it which make you look like you are an employee of the company. It’s also really thin so I wouldn’t pile to much into it but I guess it’d be ok as a supermarket bag for life…but still…you look like a Nars employee. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but they could’ve put some element of design into it!
Anyway – the products:
I didn’t think that I owned any of these colours. I just went to Google Bettina and found MY OWN SWATCH. I clearly have too much make up. FFS.
Nars lip products to me, are the weakest part of their collection, although there are some gems I prefer their eyeshadows, blushers and base products to the lip stuff.
Bettina is a a nude mauvey livery shade. By livery, I mean the kind of thing that Angelina Jolie would wear. I don’t like it, it’s not a sexy nude, just more of a lifeless nude.
Pago Pago (now I am positive I don’t own this!) is a sheer finish nudey rose.
I was super excited about it because it’s infused with silver shimmer throughout and I love me some shimmer on the lips. However – I have realised that it doesn’t show up at all on my lips – it’s quite pointless as it’s not glossy, and it adds no pigment, and the pretty shimmer doesn’t show up much unless I am going to walk around with a permanent flashlight pointing at my lips (An example of a good silver shimmer in a nude is Shu Uemura – I have their supreme shine in BG911 – it’s pale but the shimmer looks stunning outdoors).
Gold Digger is the kind of gloss I would’ve loved a few years ago but have outgrown. It’s a very glittery yellow gold gloss. I do like a bit of glitter, and I even like MAC dazzle glass because they tend to chunk is a different hue of glitter in there. I found this a little dull despite the shine.
All three together, it looks a bit heavy.
I have just put the pencil and lipstick on in this picture. In context to my whole face, I find it a bit too ‘dead’ and nothing special.
I should’ve stuck to Nars’ glorious hot pinks; Schiap and Yu (in the pencil). These Nars nudes do nothing for me!
You can still buy this set now at Selfridges. There’s also a wine based trio which in hindsight, would’ve been far more interesting then this set. I also prefer Nars’ yellow based nudes (such as Honolulu Honey) and would’ve preferred it if they put together a set based on that.
What do you think of these colours?