Considering I placed this lipstick (spoiler alert!) at the top of my pyramid for last month's Best & Worst of Beauty video, I figured it was about freaking time I did a proper blog pimping of this beauty. I got it for Christmas last year in my "Sephora SUPERSTARS Beauty Must Haves" kit and, while I was excited to try a NARS lipstick for the very first time, I had no idea how in love with this sheer nude number I was about to fall. Surely it's how the creator(s) of a Reese's cup felt; they had a hunch that peanut butter and chocolate was going to taste good but had no idea how many arteries they were about to clog.
I know the first picture of this post is slightly misleading in terms of color but dayum the drama was too good to pass up; it would be like Beyonce calling you personally to invite you to her next concert and you telling her you already have plans for that night. CANCEL THOSE PLANS, FOOL. Cancel them quick and praise Beyzus from the front row.
NARS lipsticks are housed in the same velvety smooth, rubberized packaging that we all hate to love and love to hate. It feels so good in the hand but collects all of the dirt and cat hair. I personally think it looks so classy and enjoy whipping it out of my bag after lunch or what-have-you for touch ups; I'd be lying if I said I didn't peek out of the corner of my eyes to see if anyone notices (they don't). The formula stands up to the NARS name and feels absolutely luxurious to apply. It's a sheerer formula but still packs a punch with the pigmentation that it has and leaves your lips feeling silky and hydrated.
The color of "Dolce Vita" is something that surely shifts from face to face (and lip to lip for that matter) but in the tube it's just your stereotypical nude: a fairly equal mix of pink and brown. Regardless of how lackluster it looked to me initially though it shifted into the most beautiful peachy mauve once applied to my lips. I honestly don't think I'll ever find a nude lipstick as perfect as this!
Well, I suppose that's a semi-lie. NARS' "Dolce Vita" would be closer to perfect if it smelled a little better (it doesn't smell bad, don't get me wrong, but it's not exactly good either; thankfully the scent is something you have to shove your face into the bullet to catch wind of) and lasted a little longer. I'm sad to report that this only lasts 2-3 hours on me before it's nearly completely worn off. And while that leaves me many opportunities to whip out (show off) my fancy NARS lipstick tube to reapply, it means that overall I'm going to run out of this extremely quickly. With these going for $26 a pop it means I'm not exactly able (on my pathetic grad-student income/debt merry-go-round of a bank statement) to immediately dish out the minute this drops dead.
It sure is pretty though… dammit.
Have you tried any NARS lipsticks?
Love 'em? Hate 'em?
What's your favorite/perfect nude lipstick?
xoxo - Cassie